CFP—Computing in/from the South


Computer expertise involves technical competence, infrastructures, interdependent economies, and distinctive political projects. Yet, most often, computing is examined from Silicon Valley outwards. We seek contributions for this peer-reviewed themed section of Catalyst to foreground how a feminist perspective on technoscience can reverse this polarity by asking, what does computing expertise look like from the South? This issue will highlight the contribution that critical feminist approaches can make to the study of computing outside familiar Silicon Valley narratives by foregrounding the entanglements between bodies and materials that at once produce and obscure alternative narratives of computing, politics and expertise. 

We welcome articles that investigate computing from the standpoint of the South — that is, from a standpoint that begins with conditions of life outside the presumed model of computing in Silicon Valley and other hegemonic Euro-American centers of IT development— to bring into the purview of sociotechnical analyses computing problems of innovation and extraction, expertise and labor, development and precarity across race, ethnicity, gender, ability, cultural capital, and class.

Submission Deadline (extended): Saturday, June 30, 2018 (abstracts only)

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CFP—Chemical Entanglements: Gender and Exposure


Catalyst and the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) invite contributions from scholars, artists, activists, and community members for a special issue which will feature cross-disciplinary dialogue on chemical exposure and gender.

This publication is an outgrowth of CSW’s larger Chemical Entanglements research initiative. In the context of increased reports of environmental illnesses like Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and rising rates of hypospadias, ADHD, autism, cancer, endocrine disruption, and other conditions linked to environmental exposure, CSW’s Chemical Entanglements initiative aims to create space for cross-disciplinary feminist research on how the impacts of everyday chemical exposures are complex, compounded, and gendered.

Submission Deadline: Monday, December 17, 2018 (full paper)

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