[SIGCIS-Members] deadline extended: International Communities of Invention and Innovation (New York, May 2016; deadline 8 January 2016)

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On 01/18/2016 07:04 PM, Christopher Leslie wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
>
> We have extended the deadline for the spring IFIP history conference
> until Feb. 12. Please let me know if you have any questions about the
> two types of paper.
>
> Chris Leslie
>
>
>     International Communities of Invention and Innovation
>     IFIP Working Group 9.7 Conference
>     NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY
>     25-29 May 2016
>
>     Analog and digital computers were developed by individuals aware of
>     an international scientific community. Likewise, although sometimes
>     thought of as solely national projects, the first computer networks
>     were built in an age of growing interconnectivity among nations.
>     This meeting of IFIP Working Group 9.7 in New York City gathers
>     historians and other professionals to reflect on histories that
>     foreground the international community. Participants with an
>     interest in this historical context for computers and computer
>     networks may present academic papers or join in roundtable discussions.
>
>     In accordance with this theme, we hope to blur the dichotomy between
>     core and periphery and complicate simplistic notions of linear
>     technological progress. Far from a deterministic view that computers
>     and computer networks were developed in isolation and according to
>     their own technical imperatives, we will show the history of
>     pre-existing relationships and communities that led to the triumphs
>     (and dead ends) in the history of computing. This broad perspective
>     will help us to tell a more accurate story of important developments
>     like the Internet, to be sure, but also it will provide us with a
>     better understanding of how to sponsor future invention and innovation.
>
>     At the conference, we seek to foster a conversation about
>     internationalism in the history of computers and computer networks
>     along four broad themes:
>
>     1. Invention:
>           • communities where analog computers were developed
>           • communication about and competition for early devices
>           • innovations brought in from the supposed periphery
>           • failed, forgotten, or thwarted efforts to develop
>              networks or industries
>
>     2. Policy:
>           • trade and treaties supporting computers and networks
>           • organizations like IFIP with a mission to promote
>              collaboration
>           • long trajectories of digital divides
>           • case studies revealing ethical considerations
>           • cross-national comparisons of gender or ethnic diversity
>              in industry and education
>
>     3. Infrastructure:
>           • communication and data networks before the Internet
>           • development and diffusion of TCP/IP
>           • connectivity efforts before NSFNET, NSFNET, and beyond
>           • resistance to and success of the WorldWideWeb
>
>     4. Social History:
>           • differences and similarities in international impacts
>              on general society
>           • antecedents (Wells's World Brain) and visions (Human-Nets's
>              WorldNet)
>           • individuals who championed connections between nations
>           • historiography of internationalism in computing
>           • representations of international computing communities
>              in film or literature
>
>     It is hoped that the conference will be of interest to a broad range
>     of people who study computing and computer networks, including
>     academic scholars and graduate students, but also those who have a
>     professional or technical interest in computing. Accordingly, there
>     are two ways to participate:
>
>     1. Academic Papers
>
>     For consideration, please submit your draft paper via the conference
>     website (http://wp.nyu.edu/ifip_wg97/). Enquires are welcome in
>     advance of your submission (wg9.7conference at nyu.edu
>     <mailto:wg9.7conference at nyu.edu>). Draft papers will be circulated
>     before the conference in order to encourage a meaningful discussion.
>     At the conference, each selected participant will be allotted time
>     to present an overview of his or her paper. It is our intention to
>     publish selected conference papers in an anthology by Springer, and
>     hopefully the conference feedback will be useful as presenters
>     complete their final drafts.
>
>     2. Roundtable Discussions
>
>     In order to welcome technical professionals and others who may not
>     desire to prepare a full paper, the conference will also feature
>     roundtables of 10–15 minute, relatively informal presentations
>     related to the conference theme. These presentations could focus on
>     key figures, historical anecdotes, or observations on particular
>     projects. We hope that these roundtables will spark lively
>     conversation and, perhaps, generate research partnerships between
>     historians and technical professionals. For consideration, send a
>     250-word summary of the topic and your interest in it via the
>     conference website (http://wp.nyu.edu/ifip_wg97/). Enquires are
>     welcome in advance of your submission (wg9.7conference at nyu.edu
>     <mailto:wg9.7conference at nyu.edu>).
>
>     The conference will be held at New York University's Polytechnic
>     School of Engineering in MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, New York 11201.
>     About 20 minutes away by subway from NYU's Greenwich Village
>     location, MetroTech Center is located in the heart of Downtown
>     Brooklyn and within walking distance of the Brooklyn Bridge as well
>     as the iconic neighborhoods of DUMBO, Fort Greene, and Brooklyn
>     Heights. In order to help make the conference more affordable, we
>     will offer accommodations in the school's dormitory, adjacent to the
>     conference venue, at a competitive price for those who do not wish
>     to stay in a nearby hotel.
>     Further details will be made available at http://wp.nyu.edu/ifip_wg97/
>
>     About IFIP WG 9.7: IFIP, the International Federation for
>     Information Processing, was founded in 1960. It is a nongovernmental
>     organization dedicated to information and communication technologies
>     and sciences. It sponsors fourteen committees primarily of a
>     technical nature. Technical Committee 9, however, is dedicated to
>     ICT and Society. The organizer of this conference is TC9’s Working
>     Group 7, which focuses on the history of computing.
>
>     Important Dates
>        • Deadline for consideration: January 8, 2016 ... extended to
>     February 12
>        • Early deadline for payment of registration fee: March 1
>        • Revised papers and abstracts due: April 1
>        • Last day to reserve a room in the dormitory: April 10
>        • Papers and abstracts made available to participants: May 1
>        • Revised papers due for consideration in proceedings: July 1
>
>
>     --
>     Christopher S. Leslie, Ph.D.
>     Co-Director of Science and Technology Studies Program
>     Faculty Fellow in Residence for Othmer Hall and Clark Street
>     Vice Chair, IFIP Working Group 9.7 - History of Computing
>
>     NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
>     5 MetroTech Center, LC 131
>     Brooklyn, NY 11201
>     (646) 997-3130 <tel:%28646%29%20997-3130>
>
>
>
>
> --
> Christopher S. Leslie, Ph.D.
> Co-Director and Lecturer, Science and Technology Studies
> Faculty Fellow in Residence for Othmer Hall and Clark Street
> Vice Chair, IFIP History of Computing Working Group 9.7
>
> NYU Tandon School of Engineering
> 5 MetroTech Center, LC 131
> Brooklyn, NY 11201
> (646) 997-3130
>
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>
>
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