[SIGCIS-Members] first CfA HaPoC-6 2021, 27-29 Oct, Zurich, Switzerland

lidemol liesbeth.de-mol at univ-lille.fr
Mon Feb 1 23:54:29 PST 2021

Dear all,

I am happy to send you the first call for abstracts of HAPOC-6 which is 
currently planned as a hybrid event in Zürich, 27-29 October 2021.

We will also have some grants for young scholars and scholars who do not 
have any institutional support -- details on that will be published later,

with best wishes,

*HaPoC 2021: Call for Abstracts*

6th International Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing

27-29 October 2021

ETH Turing Centre, Zurich, Switzerland

Website: https://hapoc2021.sciencesconf.org

Email: hapoc2021 at sciencesconf.org

While computing appears as a technological and scientific field in 
constant progression, our conception and knowledge of computers are also 
subject to change over time. In particular, digital machines of the 20th 
century were inspired by the biological individual, replacing with a 
solipsistic mental view the cultural and social aspects attached to the 
image of machines in the 19th century. However, the growing cultural 
import of computing practices has become ever more pressing in our days 
in all dimensions of social life. Not only have cultural phenomena 
increasingly become the object of computational analysis, but 
computational practices have also proved inseparable from the cultural 
environment in which they evolve.

Therefore, it is urgent to critically address the entanglement of 
computing practices with the main cultural challenges our epoch is 
facing. The global and collective nature of such problems (e.g. climate 
change, global pandemics, systemic inequalities, resurgence of 
totalitarianism, to name a few) requires a comprehensive perspective on 
computing, where social and cultural aspects occupy a central position. 
For these reasons, thinking about machines asks today for an 
interdisciplinary approach, where art is as necessary as engineering, 
anthropological insights as important as psychological models, and the 
critical perspectives of history and philosophy as decisive as the 
axioms and theorems of theoretical computer science.

For more than a decade, the “History and Philosophy of Computing” 
Conference (HaPoC, www.hapoc.org) has contributed to building such an 
interdisciplinary community and environment. We aim to bring together 
historians, philosophers, computer scientists, social scientists, 
designers, manufacturers, practitioners, artists, logicians, 
mathematicians, each with their own experience and expertise, to take 
part in the collective construction of a comprehensive image of computing.

*Main Topics*

For HaPoC 2021, we welcome contributions from researchers from different 
disciplinary horizons who intend to participate in the debate on the 
impact of computers on culture, science, and society from the 
perspective of their area of expertise, and who are open to engage in 
interdisciplinary discussions across multiple fields. Topics include but 
are not limited to:

- Historical and philosophical perspectives on computing knowledge, 
objects and practices
- Social, cultural and pedagogical aspects of computing
- Computing and the human sciences
- Epistemological dimensions of computing
- Impact of computing technologies
- Computing and the arts

The Program Committee is available at the conference website

*How to submit*

We cordially invite researchers working in a field relevant to the main 
topics of the Conference to submit a short abstract of 180-200 words and 
an extended abstract of at most 1000 words (references included) through 
EasyChair at:


Accepted papers will be presented in 30-minute slots, including 
discussion. Abstracts must be written in English. Please note that the 
format of uploaded files must be in .pdf. Submissions without an 
extended abstract will not be considered.

*Important Dates*

Submission deadline: April 15, 2021
Notification of acceptance/rejection: June 15, 2021
Conference dates: October 27-29, 2021

*Confirmed keynote speakers:*

Barbara Liskov (MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab)
Juliette Kennedy (University of Helsinki)
Thomas Haigh (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)


A selection of revised contributions to the Conference will be published 
in a Special Issue of Minds and Machines (Springer), under the title 
“Computing Cultures”. The call is already available at:


*Format and Fee*

Due to the current pandemic situation, HaPoC-6 will take place in a 
hybrid format, with attendance and contributions both on-site and online.

The registration fee for contributors (both online and on-site) will be 
announced soon. Following previous HaPoC editions, a usual low fee is 
expected. Online contributions are expected to be in real time, although 
pre-recorded talks will be accepted on request.

Attendance (both online and on-site) will be free of charge.

*Travel Grants*

The Turing Centre Zurich and the HaPoC Council will propose a limited 
amount of travel grants to participants with accepted papers who are not 
beneficiaries of institutional support. More information will be soon 
made available on the conference webpage and through the HaPoC website 


Juan Luis Gastaldi (ETH Zurich, Turing Centre Zurich)
Luc Pellissier (Université de Paris-Est Créteil)

Organized by:
Turing Centre Zurich (ETH)

In collaboration with:
Collegium Helveticum (ETH-UZH-ZHdK)
Chair of History and Philosophy of Mathematical Sciences (ETH Zurich, 

Under the auspices of
DHST/DLMPST Commission for the History and Philosophy of Computing (HaPoC)

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