Summer School: Social Studies of Algorithms

Call for Applicants: Summer School of the International Algorithm Studies Network

Date: 4-8 July, 2016
Place: Stockholm, Sweden

Deadline: Friday, 18 March 2016. Participants will be notified no later than March 31. Reading lists and more information will be sent out in the beginning of June.


CFP: Computing the Corporeal

Special issue of Computational Culture, a Journal of Software Studies on “computing the corporeal“:

“Whilst the idea that immediate data may demand a “bodying forth” (Thrift 2008), a traffic of bodiliness from biological to technological contexts, it is necessary to de-homogenise the ‘body’ category. Perhaps what is needed is an understanding of “corporeality” that assume multidimensional and relativistic realities of bodies instead, opening up nuanced discourses based on specific body-related ontologies (corpuscles, builds, anatomies, skeletons, muscle systems) all making up a non-singular sense of the bodily real. As such, this collection poses the problem of criteria. Our question is this: how and to what effect does the research community adopt arbitrary criteria in order to compute the body and bodily movement? Can we define narratives emerging from this body-computing arbitration to provoke a critique?”

Further reading on algorithms & algorithmic culture

Critical Algorithm Studies: a Reading List

Tarleton Gillespie, Algorithm [draft] [#digitalkeywords] (2014)

—. “#trendingistrending: When Algorithms Become Culture,” forthcoming in Algorithmic Cultures: Essays on Meaning, Performance and New Technologies, eds. Robert Seyfert and Jonathan Roberge (Routledge 2016)

Rob Kitchin, “Thinking critically about and researching algorithms” (2014)