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"Olav W. Bertelsen" <[log in to unmask]>
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Olav W. Bertelsen
Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:30:12 +0000
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First announcement and call for papers
The Fifth decennial Aarhus Conference
Aarhus Denmark, 17-21 August 2015


The fifth decennial Aarhus conference, Critical Alternatives, calls for
contributions and debates focusing on, proposing, presenting, discussing
and building alternatives related to information technologies from a
quality of life perspective.

We see critical alternatives in alignment with utopian principles—that
is, the hope that things might not only be different but also radically
better. At the same time, radically better alternatives don’t emerge out
of nowhere: they emerged from contested analyses of the mundane present
and demand both commitment and labor to work towards them. Critical
alternatives matter and make people reflect.

We thus seek theoretical, conceptual, practical and/or methodological
contributions that address the conference theme, in the contexts of
societal processes and change, cultural expression, civic engagement,
work, collaboration, as well as in more intimate spheres.

The decennial Aarhus conferences have traditionally been instrumental
for setting new agendas for critically engaged thinking about
information technology. The conference is fundamentally
interdisciplinary and emphasizes thinking that is firmly anchored in
action, intervention, and scholarly critical practice.

In 2005, the title of the decennial Aarhus conference was Critical
Computing – between sense and sensibility.

The disciplinary outreach in 2015 may include: gender, queer, marginal
theories; artistic and critical practices; makerism; political activism
and movements; new economic theories; approaches to democracy; planning
at large and smart cities; Design practice; learning, teaching…

Deadline for full papers 10 February, 2015

Conference co-chairs: Olav W. Bertelsen and Kim Halskov.
Program co-chairs: Shaowen Bardzell and Ole Iversen.

More Information will be available at:<>.

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