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Humanist Archives: March 16, 2022, 7:41 a.m. Humanist 35.598 - pubs cfp: academic automation; designing & making social change

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 598.
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    [1]    From: Jeremy Hunsinger <>
           Subject: Fast Capitalism Special Issue Academic Automation, Machine Un/Learning and Artificial Non/Intelligences, (56)

    [2]    From: Susan Schreibman <>
           Subject: Materialities of Literature (93)

        Date: 2022-03-15 18:19:21+00:00
        From: Jeremy Hunsinger <>
        Subject: Fast Capitalism Special Issue Academic Automation, Machine Un/Learning and Artificial Non/Intelligences,

Deadline extended to March 30, please note that the OJS publisher
requires authors to be approved before they submit, so it is a
two-stage process, once you create an account please e-mail me, and
I'll get your account approved.  Thanks!

CFP Special issue of Fastcapitalism

Academic Automation, Machine Un/Learning and Artificial Non/Intelligences,

Over the last 70 years, computational and networked media have become
deeply integrated with higher education and have slowly adopted and
integrated various technologies. The newest generation of technologies
engaging higher education centers around what is popularly called
artificial intelligence, otherwise known as machine learning. Machine
learning creates models that self-design solutions that may include
interaction, prediction, and other simulatable aspects. In other
words, it is an attempt to automate certain processes. This special
issue invites papers that engage with technological automation,
machine un/learning, and artificial non/intelligence in the academic
context. It seeks critical papers that examine questions around
automatic grading, artificial teaching assistants, robotic
instructors, other educational technologies, and the transformation of
the student and professor roles concerning these technologies.

This call for papers also seeks papers that engage these technologies
in other academic roles, such as research or service. How are these
technologies mediating different academic functions? Who benefits from
these technologies? And who is privileged by them? How will these
technologies change undergraduate education or graduate education?
It asks authors to consider the roles of craft, artistry, and humanity
in those roles. Is there an argument to be made for automation in the
academy? Is there an argument to be made for AI/Machine learning in
the academy? What kind of relations do these establish? Following Ivan
Illich, should we rethink our relations to develop tools and systems
that treat us as human, perhaps even more human than our current
system? Following Virilio, what will be their accident?
Papers should be 3000-8000 words, following the Fastcapitalism author

Submit to:
Papers are due by March 30
Papers will undergo review with the intent to publish before September.

Please contact Special Issue Editor Jeremy Hunsinger
if you have questions

Jeremy Hunsinger
Associate Professor
Communication Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University

        Date: 2022-03-15 13:05:59+00:00
        From: Susan Schreibman <>
        Subject: Materialities of Literature

MATLIT: Materialities of Literature, volume 10.1 (2022)

“Designing and Making for Social Change in the Digital Arts, Humanities,
and Heritage: Theory & Practice”
Editors: Susan Schreibman (Maastricht University) and Claartje
Rasterhoff (Maastricht  University)

This issue of MATLIT seeks to examine the designing and making of
digital projects aiming for social change. Increasingly, digital
projects in the arts, humanities and heritage fields are being developed
to address or intervene in societal issues – ranging from redressing
social justice issues to revisiting dominant historical narratives, to
combating climate change. Such projects aim, for example, to create
awareness, open up dialogue, and challenge dominant discourse. For this
issue, we are interested in analysing how the objectives and goals of
such projects inform their design and making choices - and visa versa.

Digital projects include many complex design choices, from the design of
infrastructure, through the design of products, to the design of the
research and development processes. There is also the complexity in
making processes – including the involvement of many actors (including
non-human) with different objectives, different processes
(participation, co-creation etc.), and an increasing emphasis on
interpersonal relationships (eg: ethics of care). Such complexities
raise questions about the socio- material practices that constitute the
designing and making of digital projects in relation to their social
objectives. Such practices can for example include more or less
formalized approaches that centre on problem solving through empathy
(such as Design Thinking), on participatory processes (such as deep
democracy), bottom up maker projects (such as DIY practices), and
hands-on creative and conceptual exploration (such as Critical Making),
but possibly also more informal approaches that have been less well-

Many aspects regarding the making of digital projects in our fields have
been discussed in previous research (including choices of interface
design, developing community engagement projects, the ethics of open
source projects, and issues of privacy). The objective of this special
issue, however, is a wider reflection on the theoretical and conceptual
relationships between project goals and intentions on the one hand, and
the choices in designing and making on the other.  With this issue we
therefore invite scholars and practitioners to analyse and reflect on
developments in, and consequences of, social practices in designing and
making digital projects across the art, humanities and heritage fields.
Contributions can focus on a single digital project, but their analysis
should be relevant beyond the individual case and not serve as a
showcase for how the project was undertaken (e.g. – a ‘this is my
project’ paper).

This MATLIT issue takes an explicitly broad approach by inviting
contributions across the arts, humanities and heritage. Although
different institutional and individual goals and constraints govern the
development of digital projects, there are also marked similarities in
how digital projects are ‘practised’. By bringing these differing
perspectives together in one issue, we can develop a better
understanding of how digital projects come into being, and the design
goals involved, so as to understand how creative and conceptual
processes are aligned with goals and intended outcomes. We are
specifically interested in contributions that link concrete cases and
practices to reflections on methodologies and concepts including, but
not limited to design thinking, critical making, social curation,
participatory practices, ethics of care, values and valuation.

Our aim is to discuss the nexus between digital projects and social
practice across a range of sectors. Possible topics may include, but are
not limited to:

Development or design of digital resources towards public engagement;
Digital scholarship as shaping discourse related to societal problems;
Connections between arts/heritage institutions and academic digital
Discussions of design thinking and/or critical making in projects;
Storytelling approaches to heritage in digital projects;
Relationship between knowledge projection, learning, audience, media and
modalities in academe and cultural heritage;
Issues of societal impact in digital scholarship;
Collective learning and problem-based learning;
New forms of knowledge production, modes of learning and thinking.

DEADLINE: Article submissions will be due on June 15, 2022, with
notifications of acceptance/rejection by September 1, 2022. MATLIT
publishes articles in the following languages: Portuguese, English, and

Authors must register and upload their files through  the  journal
platform  here:  https://impactum-
For submission guidelines go to: https://impactum-

Further information can be obtained by contacting the issue editors,
Susan Schreibman and Claartje

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