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Humanist Archives: April 7, 2021, 7:34 a.m. Humanist 34.317 - events: AI good for the planet? entanglement of computing & culture cfp

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 317.
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    [1]    From: Francesco Borghesi <>
           Subject: Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group: Benedetta Brevini on "Is AI Good for the Planet?" next Thursday (15 April) (18)

    [2]    From: lidemol <>
           Subject: HaPoC-6: second call (142)

        Date: 2021-04-07 06:21:15+00:00
        From: Francesco Borghesi <>
        Subject: Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group: Benedetta Brevini on "Is AI Good for the Planet?" next Thursday (15 April)

The University of Sydney - Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group

Dear All,

please note that one of our Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group’s
members, Benedetta Brevini of the Department of Media and Communication,
will soon give a talk related to her upcoming book on Artificial

The talk – like the book, which is about to be published by Polity –  is
titled “Is AI Good for the Planet?” and will be delivered online on
Thursday, the 15^th of April as of 5pm. Further details, including how
to register for the event, can be found here:

All the best,

Francesco Borghesi

        Date: 2021-04-06 11:05:16+00:00
        From: lidemol <>
        Subject: HaPoC-6: second call

HaPoC 2021: Call for Abstracts
6th International Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing
27-29 October 2021
ETH Turing Centre, Zurich, Switzerland


While computing appears as a technological and scientific field in
constant progression, our conception and knowledge of computers are also
subject to change over time. In particular, digital machines of the 20th
century were inspired by the biological individual, replacing with a
solipsistic mental view the cultural and social aspects attached to the
image of machines in the 19th century. However, the growing cultural
import of computing practices has become ever more pressing in our days
in all dimensions of social life. Not only have cultural phenomena
increasingly become the object of computational analysis, but
computational practices have also proved inseparable from the cultural
environment in which they evolve.

Therefore, it is urgent to critically address the entanglement of
computing practices with the main cultural challenges our epoch is
facing. The global and collective nature of such problems (e.g. climate
change, global pandemics, systemic inequalities, resurgence of
totalitarianism, to name a few) requires a comprehensive perspective on
computing, where social and cultural aspects occupy a central position.
For these reasons, thinking about machines asks today for an
interdisciplinary approach, where art is as necessary as engineering,
anthropological insights as important as psychological models, and the
critical perspectives of history and philosophy as decisive as the
axioms and theorems of theoretical computer science.

For more than a decade, the “History and Philosophy of Computing”
Conference (HaPoC, has contributed to building such an
interdisciplinary community and environment. We aim to bring together
historians, philosophers, computer scientists, social scientists,
designers, manufacturers, practitioners, artists, logicians,
mathematicians, each with their own experience and expertise, to take
part in the collective construction of a comprehensive image of computing.

Main Topics

For HaPoC 2021, we welcome contributions from researchers from different
disciplinary horizons who intend to participate in the debate on the
impact of computers on culture, science, and society from the
perspective of their area of expertise, and who are open to engage in
interdisciplinary discussions across multiple fields. Topics include but
are not limited to:

- Historical and philosophical perspectives on computing knowledge,
objects and practices
- Social, cultural and pedagogical aspects of computing
- Computing and the human sciences
- Epistemological dimensions of computing
- Impact of computing technologies
- Computing and the arts

The Program Committee is available at the conference website

Important Dates

Submission deadline: April 15, 2021
Notification of acceptance/rejection: June 15, 2021
Conference dates: October 27-29, 2021

How to submit

We cordially invite researchers working in a field relevant to the main
topics of the Conference to submit a short abstract of 180-200 words and
an extended abstract of at most 1000 words (references included) through
EasyChair at:

Accepted papers will be presented in 30-minute slots, including
discussion. Abstracts must be written in English. Please note that the
format of uploaded files must be in .pdf. Submissions without an
extended abstract will not be considered.

Confirmed keynote speakers (NEW!):

Barbara Liskov (MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab)
Juliette Kennedy (University of Helsinki)
Thomas Haigh (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Mireille Hildebrandt (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)


A selection of revised contributions to the Conference will be published
in a Special Issue of Minds and Machines (Springer), under the title
“Computing Cultures”. The call is already available at:

Format and Fee (NEW!)

Due to the current pandemic situation, HaPoC-6 will take place in a
hybrid format, with attendance and contributions both on-site and online.

We are happy to announce that the registration for this edition of HaPoC
will exceptionally be free of charge, both for contributors and
attendants. The HaPoC organization will also cover 2 lunches and a
conference dinner for contributors.

Online contributions are expected to be in real time, although
pre-recorded talks will be accepted upon request.

Travel Grants

The Turing Centre Zurich and the HaPoC Council will propose a limited
amount of travel grants to participants with accepted papers who are not
beneficiaries of institutional support. More information will be soon
available on the conference webpage and through the HaPoC website


Juan Luis Gastaldi (ETH Zurich, Turing Centre Zurich)
Luc Pellissier (Université de Paris-Est Créteil)

Organized by:
Turing Centre Zurich (ETH)

In collaboration with:
Collegium Helveticum (ETH-UZH-ZHdK)
Chair of History and Philosophy of Mathematical Sciences (ETH Zurich,

Under the auspices of
DHST/DLMPST Commission for the History and Philosophy of Computing (HaPoC)

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