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[liberationtech] SIGCIS 2012 Workshop "Information Identities" (history) CFP - deadline June 15

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SIGCIS Workshop 2012****

Information Identities: Historical Perspectives on Technological and Social

For the latest updates and the full Call for Papers, see

DEADLINE for submissions: 15 June 2012

The Society for the History of Technology's Special Interest Group for
Computers, Information and Society (SIGCIS –
welcomes submissions for a one-day scholarly workshop to be held on Sunday,
October 7, 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  As in previous years, SIGCIS’s
annual workshop will be held at the end of the SHOT annual meeting on the
day that SHOT has reserved for SIG events. For more information on the main
SHOT program, see

SIGCIS invites proposals that examine the relationships between computer
and information technologies and changes to individual and/or group
identities, such as those shared by a nation, company personnel, or members
of a virtual community. Such papers might consider:

* Specific “information identities”—a term that we invite scholars to
interpret broadly and creatively—that have been articulated in the recent
or distant past****

* Relationships between information technologies and political change****

* The rhetoric and discourses of globalization that have been linked to
information and computer technologies****

* National identity and its relation to information technology****

* National and transnational strategies for joining or creating an
“information society,” a “network society,” an “information economy,” or
related concepts****

* Transnational and international organizations, such as IFIP, UNESCO, the
European Union, or standard-setting committees.****

* Ways in which particular information technologies acquired new meanings
and fulfilled new roles through interaction with local practices and

* The emergence of new kinds of community and identity around information

SIGCIS encourages submissions along these and similar lines of inquiry, but
it also maintains a proud tradition of welcoming all types of contributions
related to the history of computing and information, whether or not there
is an explicit connection with the annual theme.  Our membership is
international and interdisciplinary, and our members examine the history of
information technologies and their place within society.

Proposals for entire sessions and individual presenters are both welcome.
We hope to run special sessions featuring dissertations in progress and
other works in progress. The workshop is a great opportunity to get helpful
feedback on your projects in a relaxed and supportive environment. All
proposals will be subject to a peer review process based on abstracts.

All submissions should be made online via the SIGCIS website,  Limited travel assistance for graduate
students and other scholars without institutional support is available.
Questions about the 2012 SIGCIS workshop should be addressed to Andrew
Russell (College of Arts & Letters, Stevens Institute of Technology), who
is serving as chair of the workshop program committee. Email
arussell at
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