[SIGCIS-Members] Interfaces: Essays and Reviews in Computing and Culture (CFP)

Alberts, Gerard G.Alberts at uva.nl
Thu May 14 15:28:56 PDT 2020

Dear Jeff and Amanda,

congratulations on this new initiative. I very much welcome the launch something new  and admire your courage. Indeed, the field of history of computing and IT studies is simmering, seething and boiling, as is shown by the recent harvest of exciting book publications in all directions. It is a timely gesture to offer a venue for good thoughts.



ps There used to be a journal on OR/MS called Interfaces, but your subtitle offers sufficient distinction.

Van: Members <members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org> namens Jeffrey Yost <yostx003 at umn.edu>
Verzonden: donderdag 14 mei 2020 23:23
Aan: sigcis
Onderwerp: [SIGCIS-Members] Interfaces: Essays and Reviews in Computing and Culture (CFP)

Dear Colleagues,

Want to announce a new journal and its call:


Interfaces: Essays and Reviews in Computing and Culture

General Call for Submissions
(Short Essays and Review Essays)

The Charles Babbage Institute for Computing, Information, and Culture (CBI) is launching a new eJournal.  It is entitled Interfaces: Essays and Reviews in Computing and Culture.  It will have a continuous publication model with publication date for each essay/article (no waiting in queue) and push email to subscribers (and volumes by calendar year). Interfaces will exclusively publish short essay articles (1,500 to 3,000 words) and review essays (books, film, physical/virtual exhibits, other media) on computer/software/internet studies.  Interfaces will be co-edited by CBI Director Jeffrey Yost and CBI Archivist Amanda Wick.  The editors are especially interested in content connecting the history of computing/IT studies with contemporary social, cultural, political, legal, economic, and environmental issues--e.g. essays on gender, race, class, users, human computer interaction, identity, labor, gaming, automation, capitalism, inequality, AI, algorithmic thinking, local or global environmental ecosystems, law/criminal justice, cryptocurrencies, security, leisure, and privacy.  It, however, is not limited to these (any computing history or historically  grounded or contextualized IT studies topics/themes are in scope).

The journal seeks to be an interface between disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences/medicine (including/especially CS, HCI, information science, and sciences of the artificial); as well as an interface between academic and broader audiences--our reasoning for keeping essays short, strongly encouraging use of images (CBI has thousands digitized and online, and more than 150,000 overall), being timely (quick response, relatively rapid submission to publication), and pushing for highly accessible writing. Types of computing history/IT studies essays could include (but definitely are not limited to):

 Essays connecting historical literature (your work and/or that of others) to contemporary societal issues
 Essays presenting a case history/study you developed that resonated with students
 Editorial-style essay that draws from history or makes fundamental historical connections
 Review essay on two or more books on a topic/theme
 Review essay on film, museum exhibit/virtual exhibit, gaming, art, music, or other media
 Essays on imaginative literature, science fiction
 Essays on historiography and/or archival theory
 Essays on social, cultural, or economic theory

CBI is a leading archives and research institute, and for decades has hosted web publications, including serials of our own (we are experienced in archiving and providing access to digital content over the very long term).

To submit to Interfaces: Send a Word file (1,500 words to 3,000 words) of your essay, which includes a bibliography/sources at the end (bib., image captions, and 75 word or shorter bio, do not count to word maximum). Authors should use in-text parenthetical cites (MLA) with no footnotes/endnotes/note text. Essays should be broadly accessible and seek to avoid, or greatly limit, disciplinary jargon (and if used, done sparingly and clearly defined). Authors retain copyright and only sign a license form allowing Interfaces to publish (and the journal is open/free access). Send to Jeffrey Yost (yostx003 at umn.edu<mailto:yostx003 at umn.edu>), Amanda Wick (abwick at umn.edu<mailto:abwick at umn.edu>), or the general email cbi at umn.edu<mailto:cbi at umn.edu>
Authors are strongly encouraged to touch base with Jeffrey or Amanda for feedback on an essay idea, but this is not required and if you prefer, you can just send a submission.


With it being continuous publication, and to kick it off, I wrote an essay (PDF is attached--journal will present in both a mobile optimized web version and PDF) entitled "Where Dinosaurs Roam and Programmers Play: Reflections on Infrastructure, Maintenance, and Inequality." PDF attached and Web version and PDF link at https://justcode.cbi.umn.edu/interfaces<https://eur04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fjustcode.cbi.umn.edu%2Finterfaces&data=02%7C01%7Cg.alberts%40uva.nl%7C3c7a40032ffa4e93b09f08d7f84d6561%7Ca0f1cacd618c4403b94576fb3d6874e5%7C1%7C0%7C637250883635452583&sdata=ClYKxBs2CfMwjX48m7gfJ5Gk15NJLy04kY%2Bo%2FHu0xu8%3D&reserved=0>

If you are not already, Amanda and I encourage signing on to CBI's email list. To be added to our email list which includes Interfaces notifications, simply email cbi at umn.edu<mailto:cbi at umn.edu> with "subscribe" in the subject line

We hope you will consider submitting a short essay to this new publication (articles are reviewed by editors), and/or encourage colleagues to do so. Please forward to potentially interested people. Please email us with any questions.

Best, Jeff

Jeffrey R. Yost, Ph.D.
Director, Charles Babbage Institute
Research Professor, Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

222  21st Avenue South
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455

612 624 5050 Phone
612 625 8054 Fax
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