[SIGCIS-Members] SHOT Meeting: Program highlights for History of Computing

Thomas Haigh thaigh at computer.org
Sun Sep 26 20:49:21 PDT 2010


Below is a summary of the history of computing material on the program at
SHOT next week – useful for those of you attending, and hopefully of general
interest to those not able to make it this year.

The main program doesn’t include as many sessions devoted primarily or
exclusively to the history of computing as the 2007 or 2008 meetings did,
but there are a number of closely related panels and individual papers
scattered through the meeting. Plus, of course, our full day meeting on
Sunday. Elsewhere on the program I notice a new, more constrained 90 minute
format for all the panels and a surge of interest in space and cold war

The Official SIGCIS Events are

·         8:30-10:00am on Friday, Oct 1: Panel on “Networks As Places in the
History of Computing:

·         12:30-2:00pm on Friday, Oct 1: SIGCIS Lunch Meeting (Book auction,
award presentation, etc)

·         9:00am to 6pm on Sunday, Oct 3: SIGCIS 2010 Workshop: Materiality
& Immateriality in the History of Computing

Below is a detailed guide, including details on all sessions with history of
computing/IT content.

Tom Haigh


Friday: 8:30-10:00am 7: Networks as Places in the History of Computing

Thomas Haigh University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, Organizer & Chair

Jeffrey Tang, James Madison University,  Commentator

·         Sue Thomas De Montfort University Shaping the Landscapes of
Cyberspace: West Coast Metaphors

·         J Carles Maixé-Altés University of A Coruña, Spain: Diverging
Paths to a Networked World: Computerizing Spanish and British Savings Banks,

·         Ksenia Tatarchenko Princeton University ‘Not Lost in Translation’:
How English Became the Common Language of Computer Science (1960-74)

Friday: 2pm-3:30 18: The Shock of the Old, includes

·         Matt Thomas, University of Iowa Low-Tech Solutions to High-Tech
Problems: The Curious Case of the Moleskin Notebook (Not computing, but IT
broadly conceived

Friday: 2pm-3:30 21: Author Meets Critics: Paul Edwards, A Vast Machine:
Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming

Sverker Sörlin, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden: Organizer

Nina Wormbs, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden:  Chair

·         Sverker Sörlin Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

·         James R Fleming Colby College

·         Paul Edwards University of Michigan Respondent

Saturday 8:30-10am 22: T&C: Technology & (Counter) Culture

Susan Schmidt Horning, St John’s University Chair & Commentator

·         Mark Clark, Oregon Institute of Technology, To Hell With the Grid:
Home Power Magazine and the Ideology of Alternative Energy

·         Peter Sachs Collopy (Robinson), University of Pennsylvania,
Guerilla Television and the Utopian Promise of Video

·         Sungook Hong Seoul National University, S Korea,The Artist as
Engineer: Nam June Paik’s Video Synthesizer and His Video Art

Saturday 8:30-10am 23: Users and Standards


·         Emily Goodmann Northwestern University ‘Information?’: Telephone
Books, Information Operators & The Computational Telephone

Saturday 8:30-10am 27: Standards, Technology, and Power


·         Jonathan C Hall Columbia University From ‘Free Software’ to ‘Open
Source’: Standardization of a Technical Term in Pursuit of New Markets

Saturday 10:30-12:00 32: A Banker’s Utopia: Dreams and Realities of the
Cashless/Checkless Society

Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo University of Leicester, United Kingdom: Organizer

Jeff Yost Charles Babbage Institute: Chair

Paul Thomes Aachen, Germany: Commentator

·         Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo, Tobias Karlsson, and Björn Thodenius,
University of Leicester, United Kingdom, Lund University, Sweden, and
Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden

·         Origins of Cashless Payments: Direct to Account Payments, Cash
Machines and Online Technology in the UK and Sweden 

·         David Stearns Seattle Pacific University Conflicting Dreams of a
Cashless Society: VISA’s Entrée and Expectations of Electronic Funds

·         Ian Martin Open University, United Kingdom, ‘Too Far Ahead of its
Time’: Britain, Burroughs and Realtime Banking in the 1960s

·         Olga Pantelidou National Technical, University of Athens, Greece,
Automating Check Processing: How ERMA Altered Bank of America’s Network
Typology and Branch Architecture, 1955-66

Saturday, 2:00-3:30pm 37: Geek Worlds

Jonathan Coopersmith Texas A&M University: Chair & Commentator

·         Nick Muntean University of Texas-Austin, The Ideology of Consumer

·         Matthew Schandler, Lehigh University, Recycling Innovation:
Nintendo’s Conservative Approach to Research and Development

·         Elizabeth Lenaghan (Robinson), Northwestern University Kindling
Consumption: How Amazon’s E-reader Marketing Refashions Readers

Saturday, 4:00-5:30pm  42: At The Office

Jennifer K Alexander, University of Minnesota: Chair & Commentator

·         Andrew Mamo (Robinson), UC-Berkeley Affect and Automation:
Middle-Class Engagements with Mid-Century American Technology

·         Louise Karlskov Skyggebjerg, Danish Museum of Science &
Technology, Denmark, ‘It’s Another Landscape of Communication’: New
Technologies in Use in the Office

·         Colrain M Zuppo (Robinson), Indiana State University/Bowling Green
State University, Organizations as Consumers of Human Capital Via
Technology: Evolution of the Boundaryless Workplace


SIGCIS 2010 Workshop: Materiality & Immateriality in the History of


Stream A (room TBA)

Stream B (Room TBA)


Opening Plenary:

*	Introduction to the Workshop and its Theme by Thomas Haigh,
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
*	Keynote Address: "Friction: Rethinking Speed, Power, and Possibility
in the History of Information Infrastructures" by Paul Edwards, University
of Michigan


Coffee break


Roundtable: Computers, Information and Society in the Classroom

*	Andrew Russell, Stevens Institute of Technology (chair & organizer)
*	Nathan Ensmenger, University of Pennsylvania
*	Rebecca Slayton, Stanford University

(Short presentations to introduce pre circulated documents, followed by
general discussion). Consolidated file of syllabi
<http://www.sigcis.org/files/WS2010Syllabi.pdf> now available for download.

Examining the Interaction of Speculative Literature and Computing: Toward a
Research Agenda

*	David L. Ferro, Weber State University (chair & organizer)
<http://www.sigcis.org/files/Ferro.pdf> full text
*	Janet Abbate, Virgina Tech  <http://www.sigcis.org/files/Abbate.pdf>
full text
*	Eric G. Swedin, Weber State University
<http://www.sigcis.org/files/Swedin%20and%20Ferro.pdf> full text
*	Thomas Haigh, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
<http://www.sigcis.org/files/Haigh.pdf> full text

(Short presentations to introduce pre circulated documents, followed by
general discussion)


Lunch break (group lunch option TBA)


Dissertations In Progress
Chair/Commentator: Paul Edwards, University of Michigan

*	“ <http://www.sigcis.org/dp1> The Akademgorodok Computing Center
(1958-1990)” Ksenia Tatachenko, Princeton University.
<http://www.sigcis.org/files/Tatachenko.pdf> full text
*	“ <http://www.sigcis.org/dp2> Digital Equipment's Rise and Fall,
Could it Have Been Avoided?” Dave Goodwin, Birkbeck College London.
<http://www.sigcis.org/files/Goodwin.pdf> full text
*	“ <http://www.sigcis.org/dp3> A History and Ethnography of the Cocoa
Software Community.” Hansen Hsu, Cornell University.
<http://www.sigcis.org/files/Hsu2.pdf> full text
*	“ <http://www.sigcis.org/dp4> Connecting Minds in a Multimedia
Episteme: The Academic Supercomputer Centers and the Construction an
Advanced Cognitive Infrastructure for the U.S. Research Community:
1983-1993” Kevin Walsh, University of California, San Diego.

(Short presentations to introduce pre circulated dissertation proposals, to
be discussed in turn by workshop participants)

Traditional Papers: Teaching & Showing
Chair: Olga Pantelidou, National Technical University of Athens
Commentator: Rebecca Slayton, Stanford University

*	“ <http://www.sigcis.org/t4> The PLATO Computer-Based Education
System: Teacher's Tool or Teacher?” Christopher McDonald, Princeton
*	“ <http://www.sigcis.org/t6> Car Navigation Systems – A History of
Associative Clusters.” Tristan Thielmann, University of Siegen.
*	“ <http://www.sigcis.org/t7> A Material History of Bits.”
Jean-François Blanchette, UCLA.
*	“ <http://www.sigcis.org/t9> Museums and the Material Culture of
Video Games.” Petrina Foti, Smithsonian NMAH.

(4x20 minute presentations followed by a 10-15 minute comment and general


Coffee break
(Demonstration of the "IT History Society Archival Database," Jeffery Stein,
IT History Society).


Works in Progress
Chair/Commentator: TBA

*	“ <http://www.sigcis.org/wp1> Multi-sided markets and on-line
distribution of working papers: A brief history of NEP, 1993-2005.” Bernardo
Batiz-Lazo, University of Leicester and Thomas Krichel (Long Island
University & Novosibirsk State University, Russia).
*	“ <http://www.sigcis.org/wp2> Making Computers Logical: Edmund
Berkeley’s promotion of logical machines.” Mai Sugimoto, Kyoto University.
<http://www.sigcis.org/files/Sugimoto.pdf> full text
*	“ <http://www.sigcis.org/wp4> Technological system or
military-industrial-complex – the diffusion of numerically controlled
machine tools in Sweden, 1950–1970.” Gustav Sjöblom, Chalmers University of
Technology.  <http://www.sigcis.org/files/Sjöblom.pdf> full text
*	“ <http://www.sigcis.org/wp5> Meta Filter: Coming to Agreement with
Interactive Computer Technology.” Sharon Irish, UIUC.
<http://www.sigcis.org/files/Irish.pdf> full text

(Short presentations to introduce pre circulated papers, to be discussed in
turn by workshop participants)

Traditional Papers: Place & Space
Chair: Ann Johnson, University of South Carolina.
Commentator: Peter Meyer, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

*	“ <http://www.sigcis.org/t2> The Material History of Digital
Electronics: The Development of Silicon Manufacturing Technology at
Fairchild Semiconductor.” David C. Brock, Chemical Heritage Foundation &
Christophe Lecuyer, University of California.
*	“ <http://www.sigcis.org/t5> ’The World Looks to Britain’:
Technology Transfer, Heterogeneous Engineering, and British Computing
Companies’ Attempt to Capture the Indian Market, 1955-1965.” Marie Hicks,
Duke University.
*	“ <http://www.sigcis.org/t8> Wat' Forever: Computing Education at
the University of Waterloo.” Scott M. Campbell, University of Waterloo.
*	“ <http://www.sigcis.org/t10> Materiality, modernity and space: The
British banks and their computer centres, 1961–1963.” Ian Martin, Open
University & University of Manchester.

(4x20 minute presentations followed by a 10-15 minute comment and general


Dinner: An optional group dinner will be held following the workshop for
those eager to continue conversation over food.



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