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Ann Light <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 26 May 2015 13:59:15 +0100
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Dear All,

Having clashed with the submission dates for CSCW, we are extending our
workshop deadline till 2nd June. So I thought I'd mention that we have a
great group shaping up and can still take a couple more people...


*Making “World Machines”: Discourse, Design and Global Technologies for
> Greater-than-self Issues - workshop in Aarhus, 17th August 2015*
> Call for Participation
> Workshop website:
> Tired of seeing sharing and caring monetized into apps and services? Tired
> of the limited visions for participation in much citizen science? Tired of
> feeling that technology can only worsen the problem, not offer
> creative solutions to resource management as well as citizen involvement
> for the benefit of the collective? Then come and experiment for the day at
> a workshop on ‘*Making “World Machines”: Discourse, Design and Global
> Technologies for Greater-than-self Issues’* at the Aarhus *Critical
> Alternatives* conference, August 2015.
> This one-day workshop introduces the concept of *world machines*—a new
> archetype for socio-technical systems, drawing together new computational
> powers with a social agenda of cross-world collaboration in resistance to
> dominant market rhetoric. Specifically, we consider opportunities to
> connect, sense and infer and apply these to crowd-sourcing public
> engagement with shared world issues.
> *World machines* give people access to the means to sample, test and
> report on their circumstances and what they find (or can sense with tools),
> as well as to locate each other, analyze the meanings of the data and link
> up for action upon what is found. They offer potential to scale and map the
> local and global, with shared tools and outcomes. They rely on a range of
> motivations for use, but no intrusive incentives, such as many sharing
> economy initiatives use (eg Airbnb, Uber or Taskrabbit, which monetize
> help-giving) and they may also specifically embed a rhetoric of shared or
> greater-than-self issues.
> We will use the idea of *world* *machines* to take a critical approach
> and examine ‘what is wrong with current social reality, identify the actors
> to change it, and provide both clear norms for criticism and achievable
> practical goals for social transformation’ (as Horkheimer defined Critical
> Theory) in the context of developing and deploying networked technology.
> The day will combine theoretical aspects of *world machines*, such as
> considering what a political entity of this kind might seek to do, and
> practical exercises that focus on design and use, followed by a review of
> learning from our work, with a view to exploring viability and examining
> what a related research agenda might involve.
> Relevant workshop topics
> We would like to hear from those who are already constructing and
> maintaining *world machines* as well as those interested in their
> potential. Any empirical or discursive contribution, dealing with social,
> environmental, economic, cultural, spiritual, managerial or political
> aspects, will be relevant. People with backgrounds in HCI and Design may be
> joined by artists, technologists, political scientists and cultural
> theorists. Organisers’ interests include the work of Richard Buckminster
> Fuller, Brian Holmes, Jane Bennett, Félix Guattari and Maria Puig de la
> Bellacasa among others, and we would welcome further perspectives and
> reference points. In particular, we will be looking at ecological
> approaches in the broadest sense of design for linking up systems and
> inspiring awareness of our relations in the world.
> What to do now?
> Prospective participants should submit a position paper of up to 3 pages
> (using the SigCHI format here:
> which focuses on theoretical or practical aspects (or both) and
> demonstrates a willingness to engage with both political discussion and
> hands-on making. Please send your papers to [[log in to unmask]].
> Important dates
>    - Position papers due: June 2nd
>    - Results made known: June 8th
>    - Camera ready papers for website: July 1st
>    - Workshop: August 17th 2015, Aarhus
> Organisers
> *Ann Light, University of Sussex*
> *Jeffrey Bardzell, Indiana University*
> *Shaowen Bardzell, Indiana University*
> *Geoff Cox, Aarhus University*
> *Jonas Fritsch, IT University Copenhagen*
> *Lone Koefoed Hansen, Aarhus University*
> Please contact us at [[log in to unmask]] if you have any questions
> about the workshop and/or to send your submissions.

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