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

James Cortada jcortada at umn.edu
Thu May 14 15:47:53 PDT 2020

Let's keep Jeff and Amanda really busy for a while and write pieces that
link history to contemporary issues (historiographical too) as there is
much to be said and there are other channels picking up this kind of
material, such as HNN, linkedIn and others.  People want to hear from
historians right now and not just our colleagues.  This could be the
channel to demonstrate that this is Your (Our) Time.

Stay safe, write a lot.  :--))  Jim

On Thu, May 14, 2020 at 5:29 PM Alberts, Gerard <G.Alberts at uva.nl> wrote:

> 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.
> Cheers,
> Gerard
> 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), Amanda Wick (
> abwick at umn.edu), or the general email 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 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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James W. Cortada
Senior Research Fellow
Charles Babbage Institute
University of Minnesota
jcortada at umn.edu
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