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Shift CTRL: New Perspectives on Computing and New Media

May 6, 2016 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Stanford Humanities Center



The emergence and proliferation of digital computing and its technological descendants played a critical role in transforming the social, political, cultural, and economic fabric of western Europe and the United States.

This is a well-known story.

By comparison, we know far less about how computing and new media shaped (and were shaped by) the historical and cultural experiences of Asia, Africa, the former Soviet Union, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Moreover, only very recently has scholarship on computing and new media begun to engage meaningfully with questions of gender, culture, language, ethnicity, and class.

Drawing upon a diversity of experiences and regions, Shift CTRL is a landmark conference at Stanford that will chart out critical new directions in the study of computing and new media.



*Schedule Subject to Change

9:00-9:30 | WELCOMEThomas S. Mullaney (Stanford University)Opening Remarks and Logistics9:30-11:00 | ECOLOGIESNathan Ensmenger (Indiana University)Dirty Bits: An Environmental History of ComputingJenna Burrell (UC Berkeley)What Do Electronic Waste Narratives Make Visible?11:00-11:15 | COFFEE BREAK11:15-1:00 | LANGUAGES & LOGICS

Ben Allen (Stanford University)Common Language: COBOL and the Legibility of Programming

Thomas S. Mullaney (Stanford University)The Alphabet, Open-Sourced: Chinese Computing in the Age of Input

Noah Wardrip-Fruin (UC Santa Cruz)Beyond Shooting and Eating: Passage, Dys4ia, and the Meanings of Collision2:15-3:45 | IDENTITIES

Marie Hicks (Illinois Institute of Technology)Not Science Fiction: The Making of a Feminized Machine Underclass at the Dawn of the Electronic Age in Britain, 1948-1965

Janet Abbate (Virginia Tech)Code Switch: Rethinking Computer Expertise as Empowerment3:45-4:00 | COFFEE BREAK4:00-5:45 | AUTHORITIES & TRUTHSEden Medina (Indiana University)“I Felt Absolutely Convinced That It Was Him”: Computers, Identification, and the Making of Truth in Chile  Honghong Tinn (Earlham College)Econometric Models and Computers: Manufacturing Economic-Planning Projects in TaiwanAndrea Stanton (University of Denver)Bid`a or Merely Tasweer? Emoticons and Religious Authority in Sunni Islam DAY TWO SCHEDULE | SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016*

*Schedule Subject to Change9:00-9:15 | WELCOME BACKThomas S. Mullaney (Stanford University)Recaps and Forecasts9:15-10:45 | POWER

Fred Turner (Stanford University)Millenarian Tinkering: The Puritan Roots of the Maker Movement

Nick Montfort (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)Shifting to Free Software10:45-11:00 | COFFEE BREAK11:00-12:45 | INFRASTRUCTURES & ECONOMIES

Paul N. Edwards (University of Michigan)On Infrastructure Time: Software, Speed, and Second-Order Systems in Africa

Benjamin Peters (University of Tulsa)The Soviet Internet: The All-State Automated System, 1959-1989

Kavita Philip (UC Irvine)Pirate Copying, Jugaad Economics: Postcolonial Technologies and Developmental Leapfrogging


Event Sponsor: 
Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University Libraries, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Humanities Center, Department of Communication, Program in Modern Thought and Literature, History Department, Stanford Global Studies Division
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