CfP: “Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Algorithms, Internet of Things, Social Media, Automation, Robotics and Cybernetics: Historical and STS Perspectives from Mediterranean/ Southern/Southeastern Europe”

International Digital Workshop, June 29th 2021 (10 am – 6pm, CET) as part of the ‘Tensions of Europe Digital Workshop Festival’, 28 June-2 July 2021.

The workshop aims to advance scholarly research and discussion on the appropriation, localization, adaptation, adjustment, maintenance, repair, use and reconfiguration in use of computing and related technologies in the context of Mediterranean, Southern and Southeastern Europe. We are interested in contributions that rely on historical and STS perspectives in order to address issues of relevance to the discourses and materialities of computing technology and science. Especially welcomed are: papers that address critically the rhetoric of universalism surrounding computing and related technologies; papers on the co-shaping of technology and society, from angles that take into account issues of relevance to work, leisure, gender, race, ethnicity, disability and borders/migration; and papers on the public history of computing and related technologies, which are in conversation with fields like Cultural and Media Studies, Cultural Heritage, Museum Studies, Digital History, Science Communication, Digital Heritage and Digital Humanities.

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“Old media persistence” is back ! An ECREA post-conference on the relevance and persistence of traditional media

The 2020 ECREA preconference co-organized by three ECREA Thematic Sections – Communication History, Radio & Sound, Television Studies, had to be postponed last year, due to the COVID crisis. Our call for contributions is back and it has become a remote post-conference at the forthcoming ECREA Conference on September 10, 2021.

The Call for Contributions is available here. Please send your 500 word abstract and a short bio of 100 words to

Deadline for submissions is 31 May 2021.


Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904, artist.
The zoopraxiscope – a couple waltzing (No. 35., title from item.)

c1893 (14699Y U.S. Copyright Office). Copyright by Eadweard Muybridge (expired)

Panel : Historicizing Media and Communication Concepts of the Digital Age

Friday 2 July 2021 (1.30 pm – 4.00 pm)

Several of the most known and discussed concepts of the digital age predated the digitalization itselfand have been previously used in the “analogue times”. Other concepts were coined for the digitalsociety but have transformed and are continuously transforming over time. This panel selects some of these concepts, which are directly related to the core topics of ToE (e.g. infrastructures, networks, history of technology and innovation, technology and societal challenges, etc.) and invite the audience to a time travel through their history, heritage and reinvestment in media and communication studies. By shedding light on media and technologies, agency and politics, multi-stakeholders and practices in a longue duréeperspective, this allows to complexify the narratives of the digital age and to investigate the continuities, paths, failures, disruptions as well as tensions in the history of media and technology.

Chaired by Anne-Katrin Weber (Unil, Lausanne, Switzerland), the panel will be introduced by Nelson Ribeiro (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal) who will present the project at stake (a work in progress and a collective book whose idea was born within the ECREA Communication History Section), its approach and theoretical framework. Six concepts which are of interest for the ToE community, as they strongly rely on some challenges and topics that ToE identified as key, will then be analyzed (in 15 minutes each): Networks by Massimo Rospocher and Gabriele Balbi; Global Governance by Francesca Musiani and Valérie Schafer; Telepresence by Jérome Bourdon; Amateurism by Susan Aasman, Tim van der Heijden and Tom Slootweg; Data(fication) by Erik Koenen and Christian Schwarzenegger; Artificial Intelligence by Simone Natale, Paolo Bory and Dominique Trudel. By connecting these notions with the history of urbanism, infrastructures, geopolitics, telecommunications and media, governance institutions, and many other historical fields or topics, these presentations aim to stimulate a final discussion with the audience on the multiple roots of the digital age and notably its European roots, the tensions as well as media and societal transitions at stake.

This workshop is part of the Tensions of Europe Digital Festival. See programme. Registrations will open mid-may. 

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CfP : Data as a new resource ?

Data as a new resource? Similarities and differences of data vs. material resources

Tensions of Europe Digital Workshop Festival

30 June 2021, Online meeting via WEBEX, 10h-18h CET 

We welcome proposals for participation in the workshop Data as a new resource? Similarities and differences of data vs. material resources, which will take place online via a Webex meeting on June 30th, 2021 between 10h-18h CET.

The workshop is part of the Tensions of Europe Digital Workshop Festival. Tensions of Europe is an international scholarly network and hub for international research, education and outreach initiatives on Technology in European history.

This exploratory workshop is dedicated to scholars interested in technological developments related to digital technologies and resource developments. It aims at bringing together scholars with interests in digital data and material resources development and at creating a broad dialogue on data as a resource. More specifically, we intent to discuss three topics : (1) historical parallels of digital data with the development of other key material resources, (2) data as a commodity and its infrastructure, and (3) sustainability issues and (big) data. 

Call for papers and more information :

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