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Call for Proposals:
Celebrating Communities of Practice in Digital Humanities
Digital Frontiers 2016
In celebration of its Fifth Anniversary, Digital Frontiers invites members of the digital humanities community to submit proposals sharing their passions as they engage in digital endeavors. Proposals that discuss how digital researchers situate themselves within this community of practice will be especially welcomed.
We encourage contributions from anyone who creates or uses digital collections or tools for humanities work, including scholars, educators, genealogists, archivists, technologists, librarians, and students. We welcome submissions from local and regional historical and genealogical societies, and anyone working in the public humanities to help us serve the community of practice with which Digital Frontiers identifies.
Digital Frontiers 2016 is September 22-24, 2016 at Rice University in Houston, hosted by Rice University’s Fondren Library and the Humanities Research Center, with sponsorship from the Association for Computers and the Humanities.
For complete submission guidelines, view the Call for Proposals.
Deadline: April 15, 2016
Submit proposals online via our Open Conference Systems site.
Call for Contributions!
If you have news, events, CFPs, or other information you’d like to share with the Digital Frontiers Community, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 25th of each month.
Call for papers
“Learning to Labor in the Digital Economy”
AAA 2016, November 16-20, Minneapolis, MN
Organizer: Matthew Hale (Indiana University/Kennesaw State University)
Discussant: Mary L. Gray (Microsoft Research/Indiana University)
Deadline: April 1, 2016 to email@example.com
This panel critically examines the transformation of labor within the twenty-first century. The new millennium brought with it many advances in digital technology—exponential increases in computational power and connectivity, the emergence of a new digital infrastructure, the proliferation of mobile devices and the rise of social media, a rapid growth in digital commerce, cloud computing, and the formation of the so-called “sharing” or “access” economy. These seismic shifts in production, exchange, and consumption derived from and propelled a fundamental transformation of the nature of labor and the status, power, and agency of workers worldwide.
In a world of crowdsourcing, automated and algorithmically-derived data collection and marketing, neoliberal deregulation, and labor surplus, the worker has become disposable. They are no longer an asset, but rather represent an impediment to the maximization of surplus value. Just as Marx argued that the worker became but a cog in a machine under the forces of industrial capitalism, within emerging systems of always-on, hyperconnected, and on-demand interactive technologies, highly contingent forms of labor—a kind of always-on, on-demand labor (contract, temporary, and freelance employment and under-or-unpaid labor)—is fast becoming one of the dominant forms of employment within the global workforce.
This panel will draw on a range of theoretical perspectives and approaches in order to understand, critique, and address these emerging social configurations and the problems that workers face within the twenty-century.
We invite papers that address, but are not limited to, the following questions:
How has digital technology changed how, when, and where work gets done?
How have corporations used new technologies to shift from long-term or permanent employment to highly contingent positions that undermine workers’ rights?
How do workers imagine themselves—both as individuals and as collectives—within the digital economy? And how have or might they effectively mobilize to affect social change and combat injustice?
How does digital or “immaterial labor” differ from traditional material forms of work?
How have always-on communication technologies eroded the traditional division between leisure and labor?
How do individuals and communities employ new media to create opportunities for themselves and to develop new forms of labor?
What might anthropologists bring to and gain from studying the changing nature of work?
We welcome contributions from all sub-fields and encourage proposals from any geographic region or culture.
Please submit a 250 word abstract to: firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1, 2016. Please include the title of the paper, author’s name, affiliation, and email address.
Notice of acceptance will be sent out April 5, 2016.
CFP PROPOSED AAA 2016 Panel: “There’s an App for That”: The Anthropological Study of Religious and Religion-Themed Mobile Apps
CALL FOR PAPERS
PROPOSED AAA 2016 Panel:
“There’s an App for That”: The Anthropological Study of Religious and Religion-Themed Mobile Apps
Abstracts Deadline: April 3rd, 2016
Send to Jacqueline Fewkes (email@example.com)
Conference: 115th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting ‘Evidence, Accident, Discovery’ 16-20 Nov. 2016, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Organizer: Jacqueline H. Fewkes (Florida Atlantic University)
As smartphone use becomes increasingly widespread globally, the development of mobile apps has a potentially significant impact on contemporary religion. Mobile apps can reach large audiences; one of the most popular religious apps available, the Biblical app “YouVersion”, has an estimated 200 million users worldwide. From Roman Catholic confession apps to Jewish Kaddish assistance apps and Muslim halal food apps, religion-themed mobile apps may create complex sites for potential new forms of religious expression, worship, discussion, and practices. The purpose of this panel is to explore from an anthropological perspective the impact of mobile apps that focus on religious practice, communities, and religious issues, and/or those that may be used for religious purposes whether or not they were originally developed for that purpose.
Anthropological studies of religious mobile apps may focus on a range of potential issues, such as ethnographic accounts of app use, or emic critiques of digital modes of religious authority. The studies may emphasize the cultural significance of widespread use, or explore the ways in which a focus on the globalizing influences of mobile app technologies minimizes attention to the significance of local contexts of production, pre-existing knowledge networks, and non-digital relationships of power. Such studies can be situated in a broad historical context, thus placing what may seem to be “revolutionary” technologies into cultural narratives that span centuries to include literacy, printing, and other long-established human innovations and technologies (Hofheinz 2011). To focus on the digital and to reify it as some new form of culture, is, as Miriam Aouragh pointed out, often done so in ways to project Orientalist notions of modernity, civilization, and progress on the Other, ignoring human agency. Thus our analysis must be critical and recognize the complex ways in which in-app and on-ground (as opposed to online or virtual) contexts interact (Aouragh 2012). Whether this comes in the form of conceptualizing the in-app and on-ground as “collocations” or critical reconceptualizations of the human, methods and insights from the growing subfield of digital anthropology may be useful to apply to the study of religious mobile apps (Whitehead and Wesch 2012; Boellstorff and Nardi 2012; Boellstorff 2015).
Technology has been credited with almost super-powers in terms of its ability to effect change and shape human experiences, frequently without, as John Rahagi has pointed out, “a clear understanding of the context of what is actually transpiring” (Rahagi 2012:154). Thus while the large numbers of religious app users such as those mentioned earlier may be impressive, there is also a need to examine in more detail how those numbers may shape religious participation along lines such as gender, class, and national origins.
A detailed anthropological understanding is therefore necessary to examine the actual impact of mobile apps on religion and religious beliefs, behaviors, and ideals, and the range of issues associated with this topic.
Potential panel papers may consider issues such as:
· How do particular mobile apps create new ways for religious communities and believers to communicate, share information, solicit support, or disseminate viewpoints?
· What is the source of religious authority in a religious app, and how does this authority intersect with other forms of authority within the community of users?
· How do the economics and technology of mobile apps shape religious ideas and practices through variables such as programming and corporate policies?
· What are the best anthropological methods for studying digital technology such as mobile apps? How might methodological perspectives from various sub-disciplines be applied to the study of this topic?
· What on-ground practices, power relations, and other non-digital contexts shape the development of the digital world constructed through religion-themed mobile apps?
· Do religious mobile apps create new networks of religious knowledge sharing or forms of community?
· How do religious mobile apps contribute to globalization or localization processes? How are they challenged by the same?
· How do religious mobile apps interact with the physical bodies of religious believers; thus potentially contributing to digital anthropological discussions of the “virtual human” and/or “post-human”?
· How does the use of religious apps transform users’ relationships with technology and their digital environment?
This is not a definitive list of possible directions, and all those with ethnographic evidence or anthropologically informed theoretical interests related to the broad topic of mobile apps and religion are encouraged to propose a paper.
If interested please send a 250 word abstract with a title and five keywords to Jacqueline Fewkes (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 3rd, 2016. Presenters accepted for inclusion in the panel will be informed by April 6th, 2016 and will need to register for the AAA 2016 conference by April 15th.