[SIGCIS-Members] 4S in Rotterdam - possible dinner

Thomas Haigh thaigh at computer.org
Mon Aug 18 05:37:04 PDT 2008

Hello everyone,


The 2008 4S conference begins in Rotterdam on Wednesday, August 20th.


Following our customary practice I am proposing to organize an informal and
affordable dinner for anyone with an interest in the history of computing.
This would probably be on Thursday night before the panel. If nobody is
going to the official and hugely expensive banquet then we could instead aim
for Friday night. Please email me if you are interested - I will send the
final details ONLY to people who confirm interest to avoid spamming the
list. If you can't get to email you could also text my cell phone during the
meeting: +1 414 526 6631.


For the third successive year this includes a SIGCIS organized panel, this
one prepared in collaboration with the Software for Europe Project. I'm
please that we were able to get celebrated STS scholar Trevor Pinch as
commentator, which should give our panel a little visibility in the
ever-expanding ocean of concurrent sessions that 4S has become. It's an
exciting panel, looking at the relationship between computing practices and
national/transnational identities on both sides of the iron curtain.


Our session is on Friday, 22 Aug from 11.00-12.30 am. 


Session 2.2.4: Symbolic Internationalism: Computing, Users and


Organizer: Thomas Haigh

Room: T3-31

Chair: Thomas Haigh, University of Wisconsin, thaigh at computer.org

Policy Machines: Shaping European Computer Users

Corinna Schlombs, University of Pennsylvania, schlombs at sas.upenn.edu

Transnational Technology: The Unified System of Computing and its Discursive

Simon Donig, University of Passau, simon.donig at uni-passau.de

Socialist Internationalism and its Limits in Czech Computing

Helena Durnova, Brno University of Technology, durnova at feec.vutbr.cz

The Goodbye Petrovka Plan: Internet Use and National Identity in Ukraine

Maria Haigh, University of Wisconsin, mhaigh at uwm.edu

Discussant: Trevor Pinch, Cornell University, tjp2 at cornell.edu


The conference program is dominated by medical and environmental themes. IT
shows up in a number of contexts, including panels on standards, online game
worlds, and open source and the fashionable world of surveillance studies. 


Please reply ASAP if you may be interested in dinner (this includes the
panel participants).



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