CFP: Critical Code Studies Working Group

The posting below is from the fembot – gender, media & technology collaboration email list.
CCSWG began in 2010 with a call to scholars to gather to discuss what was then only a provocative article on electronic book review.  Following a model of online discussion forums, similar to HASTAC’s, CCSWG offered a space to explore the potential of this emerging field.
The immediate impetus was an independent study HASTAC Scholar Max Feinstein was pursuing with me on the topic.  We built the WG to find “classmates” for him.  What we found was over 100 scholars of all levels and a wide range of disciplines eager to dive into the discussion.  At times contentious but more often open and curious, the discussions proved the catalyst for the subsequent explosion in the field.
Built around weekly sessions, the working group responded to discussion topics while at the same time posting discussion threads that featured snippets of code that members invited the group to discuss.
The working group is a walled garden to allow the free exploration of this topic.  However, individual threads often go on to become the source for presentations, papers, courses, and even book projects. The weekly discussions are earmarked for publication in electronic book review.
Even if you are completely new to this area (as in this is the first time you’ve heard of it), I invite you to participate!
Below is the full call. Please contact me with any questions.
Mark Marino
Dir. of HaCCS Lab
HASTAC Steering Committee Member
Critical Code Studies Working Group 2014
Feb 23-March 23, 2014
Announcing the 3rd biannual Critical Code Studies Working Group , Feb 23-March 23, online. CCSWG is the major online think tank for Critical Code Studies, a hub of dialogue and collaborative inquiry that generates major thrust in the reading of code.  The threads from the first were published in electronic book review, as will the threads from the subsequent CCSWGs.  Past discussions have led to books (10 PRINT), essays, and conference panels. Join us for explorations for the intersections of computer source code and the humanities.
Major Topics:
Nick Montfort: Exploratory Programming
Arielle Schlesinger with Jacqueline Wernimont & Ben Wiedermann: Feminist Code
Adeline Koh, Amit Ray, Roopika Risam: Postcolonial Critical Code Studies
Coordinated by Jeremy Douglass and Mark C. Marino
HASTAC Scholars, members, and friends are especially welcome at CCSWG, as it has always been such an ardent supporter of this emerging field.  Note Arielle Schelsinger’s discussion of Feminist Code continues a conversation that began on HASTAC.  Critical Code Studies itself was also the subject of a previous thread.
To apply to join the working group, please send an application to ccswg14 at gmail by Feb 12th including:
• Name:
• Institutional Affiliation:
• Past work or study related to Critical Code Studies
• (Recommended) Proposed Code Critique thread or related discussion
• Brief Bio
A “code critique” is a segment of code (or entire program) you wish to offer for discussion by the working group.  You can see examples of code critiques in these HASTAC threads.
Notice of acceptance will be given by Feb 15. Send applications to ccswg14 at g- mail dot com.
CCSWG is sponsored by the Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS) Lab at the University of Southern California.  Twitter: @haccs
Special thanks to HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance Collaboratory) for its support in fostering discussions of Critical Code Studies.


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