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Humanist Archives: March 2, 2021, 8:45 a.m. Humanist 34.250 - pubs cfp: Technology and Language

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 250.
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        Date: 2021-03-01 06:50:32+00:00
        From: Alfred Nordmann <nordmann@PHIL.TU-DARMSTADT.DE>
        Subject: CfP Technology and Language

/Technology and Language/ is a new peer-reviewed, open-access,
professionally produced online journal. It invites interdisciplinary
explorations at the interface of technology and language. The launch
issue will appear in December 2020 with programmatic contributions from
philosophy of technology, linguistics, engineering, cultural and museum
studies, history of technology, art history, literature and theatre
studies: <>

This is a call for papers for the special themes of the 2021-issues.
Contributed papers in English or Russian on any topic within the scope
of the journal are also welcome.

/In the Beginning was the Word - The Word as a Technical Artefact
(Deadline: January 10th, 2021):/

The word is a technical object in a variety of ways, most famously
perhaps as the „redeeming word“ known from fairy-tales, transformative
spells, and magical thinking. Its current incarnation is the password or
encryption key which opens doors to secret places and new worlds.
Another prominent field of inquiry is naming as a technological activity
especially where this involves formal ontologies, but also in the design
process and the creation of new machine/user interfaces. And to be sure,
it is said that in the beginning was the word as an original act of
creation, and it is the final word that seals a deal from the position
of power. The second issue of T&L invites sustained analyses and playful
explorations of these and other aspects of the theme. (Editors: Daria
Bylieva and Alfred Nordmann)

/Forensic Examinations - Terms and Techniques (Deadline: March 21st,

The topic of the special issue is forensic science which, historically,
is deeply associated with linguistic technologies. Forensics involves
the reading and interpretation of traces, and many early success-stories
of forensic expertise concern the identification of forgeries. In
today‘s forensic science, procedures and protocols establish the terms
of technical practice. Accordingly, innovations in forensic science can
be linguistic innovations, calling for the observation and analysis of
trends in the development of the language and practice of forensic
science. (Guest editors: Dmitriy Mokhorov and Anna Mokhorova)

/Technology and the Media Environment of the Information Society
(Deadline: June 21st, 2021):/

Social networks and communication systems, new modes of reading and
writing, the hybridization of symbolic codes stand for the disruptive
effects of digital and cyber-technologies on practices of communication
and expression not only in the internet but also in traditional media.
We invite contributions to interdisciplinary investigations of human and
social prospects, the past and future of language, in this technological
condition. Possible topics include 1) nudging, disinformation, and
technologies for the manipulation of behavior and consciousness in
digital environments, 2) the digital language of intelligent
environments, 3) information technologies in social engine eering
environments and technocracies, 4) cognitive technology and
sociolinguistic practice. (Guest editor: Olga Shipunova)

/Technology as Language - Understanding Action in a Technical Condition
(Deadline: September 21st, 2021):/

The philosophy of technology and language meets theories of action.
Actions are understood in reference to reasons and causes which are
formed in a social setting. The hermeneutics of action takes on a
further dimension, however, when technical agency and technological
activity are brought into play. Of particular interest are the symbols
and tools of labor as knowledge is translated into action. Another focus
is on technology and semiosis or the technical generation of the signs
and sign systems that structure and constrain action – especially
interesting and problematic in the age of self-learning technical
systems. (Guest editor: Alexander Nesterow)

Queries, suggestions, and submissions can be addressed at any time to
<> or to Daria Bylieva <> and
Alfred Nordmann <>

Alfred Nordmann
* Professor am Institut für Philosophie, TU Darmstadt
Karolinenplatz 5, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany (mailing address)
Glockenbau im Schloss, S3|15 201 (physical address)
* Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, University of South Carolina, USA
* Book series

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