[SIGCIS-Members] CfP 4S/ESOCITE 2022 Open Panel: Technologies of Scalable Power: Big Data, Big Tech, ‘Cloud’ services, and scalable technoepistemics in global computing
yoehan.oh at gmail.com
Fri Apr 8 09:40:20 PDT 2022
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Our panel for 4S/ESOCITE 2022 (Cholula, México; 7-10 December 2022),
entitled "Technologies of Scalable Power: Big Data, Big Tech, ‘Cloud’
services, and scalable technoepistemics in global computing," is open for
submissions, which is due on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Please find the
Please also feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. I look
forward to receiving your abstracts!
The 4S (Society for Social Studies of Science) / ESOCITE (Asociación
Latinoamericana de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnología) 2nd
- *Title: *Reunion, recuperation, reconfiguration: Knowledges and
technosciences for living together
- *Date*: 7-10 December 2022
- *Location*: Cholula, México
- *Conference meeting website*: https://www.4sonline.org/meeting/
- *Key dates*: https://www.4sonline.org/meeting/key-dates/
*OPEN PANEL INFORMATION*
- *Call for Abstract *(as below):
127. *Technologies of Scalable Power**: *
*Big Data, Big Tech, ‘Cloud’ services, and scalable technoepistemics in
This open panel invites global scholars interested in critical studies of
scalability technologies, computing and network architectures, and their
epistemic assumptions and infrastructures, which collectively render
various computing media scalable. Empirical examples include, but are not
- Cloud computing’s scalable/on-demand architectures
- Big data analysis tools (e.g. Hadoop; Stevens 2016)
- Distributed and parallel computing systems (e.g. MapReduce, GPU)
- microservices (vs. monolithic), Observability, DevOps, AIOps
- Open source cloud infrastructure (e.g. OpenStack, Apache CloudStack)
Our shared consciousness is threefold. First, thematically/politically,
this open panel collectively aims at elaborating on the recent macroscale
theses interested in global extractive data practices by a few Big
platforms, such as “Data colonialism” (Couldry & Mejias 2021) and “platform
capitalism” (Srnicek 2017; Birch & Cochrane 2021) by focusing on the
specificity and technicality of certain computing and media practices in
their micro/mesoscale that have provided such global platforms with various
kinds of means of scalable growth and expansion in computational, material,
operational, and logistic terms. We also interrogate how those practices
have reinforced Silicon Valley’s privilege of leading global
techno-episteme. We hope our work to contribute to the discussions as to
how decolonial and deimperial digital cultures could be conceived of (Asif
2019; Ochigame 2020).
Second, epistemologically, this panel means to contribute to works in
critical and hermeneutic understandings of computing architectures,
programming languages, and its accompanying logistical assumptions and
epistemic infrastructures (Malazita 2022) such as Ubiquitous Computing
(Dourish & Mainwaring 2012), UNIX’s modular principles with pipeline
communications (McPherson 2012), and the success of a Brazil computer
scientists-invented programming language in Silicon Valley but not in its
homecountry (Takhteyev 2015).
Third, methodologically and theoretically, this panel deepens our
meta-reflections by ethically and responsibly relying upon existing
conceptual works about scalability from ethnography (Fortun 2009; Tsing
2012), Computer supported cooperative work (Ribes 2014), critical geography
(Frickel & Kinchy 2015), and innovation policy studies (Pfotenhauer et al.
2021) among others.
- Asif, Manan Ahmed. 2019. “Technologies of Power – From Area Studies to
Data Sciences.” *Spheres: Journal for Digital Cultures*, no. #5 Spectres
of AI (November).
- Birch, Kean, and D. T. Cochrane. 2021. “Big Tech: Four Emerging Forms
of Digital Rentiership.” *Science as Culture*, May, 1–15.
- Couldry, Nick, and Ulises Ali Mejias. 2021. “The Decolonial Turn in
Data and Technology Research: What Is at Stake and Where Is It
Communication & Society*, November, 1–17.
- Dourish, Paul, and Scott D. Mainwaring. 2012. “Ubicomp’s Colonial
Impulse.” In *Proceedings of the 2012 ACM Conference on Ubiquitous
Computing – UbiComp ’12*, 133–42. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: ACM Press.
- Fortun, Kim. 2009. “Scaling and Visualizing Multi-Sited Ethnography,”
in M.-A. Falzon (ed.), *Multi-sited Ethnography: Theory, Praxis and
Locality in Contemporary Social Research*, Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 73–85.
- Frickel, Scott, and Abby Kinchy. 2015. “Lost in space: Geographies of
ignorance in science and technology studies.” In *Routledge
international handbook of ignorance studies*, pp. 174-182. Routledge.
- Malazita, James W. 2022. “Epistemic Infrastructures, the Instrumental
Turn, and the Digital Humanities” *People, Practice, Power: Digital
Humanities outside the Center*, Eds. Anne McGrail, Angel David Nieves,
Siobhan Senier, University of Minnesota Press.
- McPherson, Tara. 2012. “US Operating Systems at Mid-Century: The
Intertwining of Race and UNIX.” In *Race after the Internet*, edited by
Lisa Nakamura and Peter Chow-White, 21–37. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon; New
York: Routledge. http://site.ebrary.com/id/10535025.
- Ochigame, Rodrigo. 2020. “Informatics of the oppressed.” *LOGIC *11:
- Pfotenhauer, Sebastian, Brice Laurent, Kyriaki Papageorgiou, and and
Jack Stilgoe. 2021. “The politics of scaling.” *Social Studies of
- Ribes, David. 2014. “Ethnography of scaling, or, how to fit a national
research infrastructure in the room.” In *Proceedings of the 17th ACM
conference on Computer supported cooperative work & social computing*,
pp. 158-170. https://doi.org/10.1145/2531602.2531624
- Srnicek, Nick. 2017. *Platform Capitalism*. John Wiley & Sons.
- Stevens, Hallam. 2016. “Hadooping the Genome: The Impact of Big Data
Tools on Biology.” *BioSocieties* 11 (3): 352–71.
- Takhteyev, Yuri. 2012. *Coding places: Software practice in a South
American city*. MIT Press.
- Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt (2012) “On nonscalability: The living world is
not amenable to precision-nested scales.” *Common Knowledge* 18(3):
*Contact*: yoehan.oh at gmail.com
*Keywords*: scalability, cloud computing, critical data studies, software
studies, information infrastructure studies
*Submission website*: https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ssss/ssss22/
Department of Science and Technology Studies
The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Rensselaer Polytechnic institute
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e-mail: ohy at rpi.edu ; yoehan.oh at gmail.com
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