[SIGCIS-Members] [CfA EASST/4S Prague] Other Indigenous “Knowledge Engineering” Systems: Designing and operating knowledge technologies at scale in emerging worlds

Theodora Dryer tjdryer at gmail.com
Fri Feb 28 09:17:31 PST 2020

Dear Yoehan,

This abstract looks great! I just wanted to acknowledge you on your citational work too, I appreciate how thoughtful you are about the questions and fields you are engaged in. :) 

All best,

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 28, 2020, at 5:56 AM, Yoehan Oh <yoehan.oh at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 6, 2020 at 3:46 PM Yoehan Oh <yoehan.oh at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear list members, 
>> Apologies for cross-posting.
>> Please take into consideration submitting your abstract to the open panel session at the EASST/4S conference in Prague, August 2020, "Other Indigenous “Knowledge Engineering” Systems: Designing and operating knowledge technologies at scale in emerging worlds." The upcoming EASST/4S conference 2020, the joint conference of the annual European Science and Technology Studies (STS) conference and the worldwide major annual STS conference, will be held in Prague, August 18-21, 2020 (official website: https://www.easst4s2020prague.org/). If you have any question, feel free to contact me (ohy at rpi.edu). If you might, hopefully, find this interesting to others in your networks, please share it with them.
>> Key dates and the CfA are as the following:  
>> 29 February 2020: Deadline for abstract submission: 
>> 15 April 2020: Notification of acceptance of all abstracts
>> Other Indigenous “Knowledge Engineering” Systems: Designing and operating knowledge technologies at scale in emerging worlds (Open panel 131)
>> Some scholars in digital humanities and critical internet and digital technologies studies have asked for bringing critical concerns about race, gender, postcoloniality, and other inequal power structures to their field (Nakamura 2013; Noble et al. 2016; McPherson 2013; Posner  2016; Risam 2018; Benjamin 2019). One way to address those concerns is illuminating technically-inventive subjectivities, by appreciating and thus empowering them through conceptualizations they deserve. STSers have conceptualized them and their artifacts as “Black vernacular technological creativity,” “techno-vernacular creativity,” (Fouché 2006; Gaskins 2019), “innovation from below” (Williams 2018), “ethnocomputing,” (Petrillo 1994; Tedre et-al. 2006; Eglash 1999), “postcolonial computing,” (Irani et-al. 2010; cf. Burrell 2012), and “black software” (McIlwain 2019); historians of computing have studied information architectures, hardware, and software in the Middle East, Latin America, East Asia, Midwestern U.S., and (post-)communist contexts (Bowker 1994; Medina 2011; Tinn 2018; Rankin 2018; Švelch 2018; Biagioli et-al. 2019). To further these conceptualizations, this panel  will focus on less resourceful worlds’ captures of knowledge technologies, predominated by a few resourceful countries’ R&D communities like U.S., Canada, some Western Europe countries, China, and Japan: Knowledge discovery by data, Data engineering, Semantic technologies, and Search engines, etc (Collins 1987; Forsythe 1993). Questions to be addressed are: How indigenous, aboriginal, vernacular, decolonial, de-ColdWar, or less capitalistically/settler-colonially exploitative the knowledge engineering practices at scales by technical actors in the underrecognized/emerging worlds can be? Which speculative, experimental, or empirical cases can we dig into as the Indigenous “Knowledge engineering” Systems (Watson-Verran et al. 1995; Brereton et-al. 2015; Chamunorwa et-al. 2018)?
>> KEYWORDS: knowledge engineering, knowledge technologies, technological agency, indigenous knowledge systems, emerging worlds
>> THREE CATEGOREIS: Big Data; Information, Computing and Media Technology; Postcolonial/Decolonial STS
>> CONVENORS: Yoehan Oh, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
>> Wish you a happy new year. 
>> Best, 
>> Yoehan 
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>> Yoehan Oh
>> Ph.D. Student
>> Department of Science and Technology Studies
>> Rensselaer Polytechnic institute
>> 110 8th Street
>> Troy, NY 12180  USA
>> e-mail: ohy at rpi.edu ; yoehan.oh at gmail.com
>> phone: (518) 368-1257 
>> pronoun: he/him
> -- 
> Yoehan Oh
> Ph.D. Student
> Department of Science and Technology Studies
> Rensselaer Polytechnic institute
> 110 8th Street
> Troy, NY 12180  USA
> e-mail: ohy at rpi.edu ; yoehan.oh at gmail.com
> phone: (518) 368-1257 
> pronoun: he/him
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