[SIGCIS-Members] REMINDER: 2016 SIGCIS Workshop - Singapore June 26/27

Jason Gallo jagallo at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 13:53:29 PST 2016

This is a reminder to submit individual papers and panel submission for the
2016 SIGCIS Workshop, which will be held on on June 26th and 27th, immediately
following the  Society for the History of Technology annual meeting in

The deadline for submission has been *extended to February 26th*. Please
see the full call at *http://www.sigcis.org/workshop16*
<http://www.sigcis.org/workshop16> for further details about the workshop
and travel support information.




*Workshop Theme: Convergence and Divergence*

The terms “convergence” and “divergence” are opposite to one another, but
they can both be used, sometimes simultaneously, to study information and
computing technologies in their social, cultural, and political contexts.
For instance, an individual computer may serve as a site of convergence for
raw materials sourced around the world. At the same time, the journey of
each of those materials from their extraction sites to the manufacturers’
factories may itself be a story of divergence—that is, of how resources and
ideas scatter away from their point of origin.

Convergence and divergence also occur beyond the material cultures of
computing and information. The technical standards, social conventions, and
legal frameworks that shape how people can engage with information
technologies can vary wildly across the globe, or even from one local
context to the next. People working in different national or local contexts
may develop similar frameworks by following entirely different paths and,
conversely, ways of conceptualizing, using, and regulating computing and
information in a local setting may gain global appeal.

The theme for this year’s SIGCIS meeting is “Convergence and Divergence,”
broadly conceived. Possible lines of inquiry include:

   - Comparative or international studies of governance and regulation
   - Local and regional cultures of computing
   - Changes in computing technologies and market structures (such as
   digital convergence)
   - Global systems of resource extraction and equipment manufacturing
   - The movement of information technology within and across national
   - The convergence and/or divergence of disciplinary perspectives in the
   history of computing and information

As always, we welcome submissions even if they do not align with the
workshop theme. Our membership is international and interdisciplinary, and
our members examine the history of information technologies and their place
within society from a variety of scholarly perspectives including the
history of technology, business history, labor history, social history, the
history of science, science studies, communications, gender and sexuality
studies, computing, and museum studies.

   - Proposals for individual papers should be made at
   - Proposals for complete sessions can be made at
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