[H-verkko] CFP: International Communities of Invention and Innovation

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International Communities of Invention and Innovation

Call for Papers: International Communities of Invention and Innovation


IFIP Working Group 9.7 Conference


NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY 

25-29 May 2016

Analog and digital computers were developed by individuals aware of an
international scientific community. Likewise, although sometimes thought of as
solely national projects, the first computer networks were built in an age of
growing interconnectivity among nations. This meeting of IFIP Working Group
9.7 in New York City gathers historians and other professionals to reflect on
histories that foreground the international community. Participants with an
interest in this historical context for computers and computer networks may
present academic papers or join in roundtable discussions.

In accordance with this theme, we hope to blur the dichotomy between core and
periphery and complicate simplistic notions of linear technological progress.
Far from a deterministic view that computers and computer networks were
developed in isolation and according to their own technical imperatives, we will
show the history of pre-existing relationships and communities that led to the
triumphs (and dead ends) in the history of computing. This broad perspective
will help us to tell a more accurate story of important developments like the
Internet, to be sure, but also it will provide us with a better understanding of
how to sponsor future invention and innovation.

At the conference, we seek to foster a conversation about internationalism in
the history of computers and computer networks along four broad themes:

1. Invention: 

communities where analog computers were developed

communication about and competition for early devices

innovations brought in from the supposed periphery

failed, forgotten, or thwarted efforts to develop networks or industries

2. Policy: 

trade and treaties supporting computers and networks

organizations like IFIP with a mission to promote collaboration

long trajectories of digital divides

case studies revealing ethical considerations

cross-national comparisons of gender or ethnic diversity in industry and

3. Infrastructure: 

communication and data networks before the Internet

development and diffusion of TCP/IP

connectivity efforts before NSFNET, NSFNET, and beyond

resistance to and success of the WorldWideWeb

4. Social History: 

differences and similarities in international impacts on general society

antecedents (Wells's World Brain) and visions (Human-Nets's WorldNet) 

individuals who championed connections between nations

historiography of internationalism in computing 

representations of international computing communities in film or literature

It is hoped that the conference will be of interest to a broad range of people
who study computing and computer networks, including academic scholars and
graduate students, but also those who have a professional or technical interest
in computing. Accordingly, there are two ways to participate:

1. Academic Papers

For consideration, please submit your draft paper before January 8 via the
conference website (http://wp.nyu.edu/ifip_wg97/). Enquires are welcome in
advance of your submission (wg9.7conference at nyu.edu). Draft papers will be
circulated before the conference in order to encourage a meaningful discussion.
At the conference, each selected participant will be allotted time to present an
overview of his or her paper. It is our intention to publish selected conference
papers in an anthology by Springer, and hopefully the conference feedback will
be useful as presenters complete their final drafts.

(For other forms of contribution, please visit the conference website.)

About IFIP WG 9.7: IFIP, the International Federation for Information
Processing, was founded in 1960. It is a nongovernmental organization dedicated
to information and communication technologies and sciences. It sponsors fourteen
committees primarily of a technical nature. Technical Committee 9, however, is
dedicated to ICT and Society. The organizer of this conference is TC9’s
Working Group 7, which focuses on the history of computing.

Important Dates

Deadline for consideration: January 8, 2016

Acceptances announced: February 5

Early deadline for payment of registration fee: March 1

Revised papers and abstracts due: April 1

Last day to reserve a room in the dormitory: April 10

Papers and abstracts made available to participants: May 1

Revised papers due for consideration in proceedings: July 1


Ilmoituksen lähetti: Petri Paju <petpaju at utu.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 15.1.2016
Lisätietoja WWW-osoitteesta: http://wp.nyu.edu/ifip_wg97/