We are so pleased to announce that on March 22-25, 2021 we will host a New Materialist Informatics conference here in Kassel! We enlisted our robotic companion Spiny to make the full announcement, which you can check out in the video below [tip: we recommend turning on the subtitles in the video].
The conference is organised following the already established series of conferences on new materialism, which started as part of the COST Action network New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter’, which head of our research group Claude Draude is part of. Our group (mainly Claude, Goda and Loren) have been working for a while on the question of materiality of computing, particularly within the CF+ project on revisiting computing through cyberfeminism and new materialism. The concerns we investigated included: what are the underlying conceptual notions in computer science and how do they (re)produce power dynamics? How are computer science theories gendered? How can insights from feminist new materialist and cyberfeminist perspectives help re-contextualize the methodologies and theories that are commonplace in computing? We therefore are very excited to organise an occasion to bring forth cutting edge research on intersections between new materialism and informatics to be explored in a broader conference setting.
We will post more information and call for papers soon on www.uni-kassel.de/go/NMI2021.