SFB 1187 ›Medien der Kooperation‹ an der Universität Siegen
Workshop „Exploring the Early Digital“
Donnerstag, 12. - Samstag, 14. Januar 2017 Organisiert dem Teilprojekt A01
Following the successful June 2016 workshop “Beyond ENIAC: Early Digital Platforms & Practices” we are holding a followup event to lay the groundwork for a book with the provisional title Exploring the Early Digital. The book, intended as a reader suitable for classroom use and as an introduction to research in the field, will be a mixture of accessible new work by leading scholars and reprints/excerpts from existing works. Most of the workshop will therefore be spent reviewing and discussing drafts/position papers circulated in advance by invited contributors to the book. There will also be two public lectures by scholars visiting from the United States, a panel discussion featuring the authors of the most influential overview histories of computing, and sessions spent planning out the content and structure of the book. The workshop is open to all interested participants. To gain access to the precirculated documents, email thomas.haigh@gmail.com.

Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
Raum AH 228
Herrengarten 3
57072 Siegen

Programm

Thursday, January 12, 2016

12:00-14:00
Lunch (location TBA) for participants who arrive in time
14:00-14:15
Opening Remarks, Erhard Schüttpelz
14:15-15:30
Discussion of draft introduction by Thomas Haigh, "Exploring the Early Digital" which raises questions to be explored in the book and articulates the "early digital" concept
15:30-16:00
Coffee break
16:00-17:30
Panel discussion: "Structuring Narratives of the Early Digital", William Aspray, Martin Campbell-Kelly, Paul Ceruzzi
17:30-18:00
Coffee break
18:00-19:30
Public Lecture "'Much to Everyone’s Surprise': Military and Civil Uses of the Global Positioning System", Paul Ceruzzi
19:45
Dinner for invited participants. Location TBA

Friday, January 13, 2016

09:00-09:45
Initial discussion of book structure, objectives, and content
10:00-11:15
Public Lecture "Food and the Internet: The Dark Side", William Aspray
11:15-11:30
Coffee break
11:30-12:30
Discussion of draft by Ronald Kline, "Inventing an Analog Past and a Digital Future." (Kline will be present via Skype)
12:30-14:00
Lunch
14:00-16:00
Discussion of drafts by Mark Priestley and Thomas Haigh, "Media of Programming" & Liesbeth de Mol, "The White Man's Burden of Finite Combinatory Processes: Material and Notational Practices"
16:00-16:30
Coffee break
16:30-19:10
Discussion by drafts by Doron Swade, "Digital-analog Themes in Pre-electronic Computational Machines: Betting, Gaming, and Mechanical computation," & Gerard Alberts (title TBA) & Paul Ceruzzi, "Calvin Mooers, Zatocoding, and Early Research on Information Retrieval"
19:30
Dinner for invited participants

Saturday, January 14, 2016

09:00-11:45
Discussion of drafts by Ksenia Tatarchenko (title TBA) & Maarten Bullynck (title TBA) & William Aspray and Christopher Loughnane, "The Business, Labor, and Political Context of Early Digital Computing in the United States: 1945 to 1960"
11:45-12:15
Coffee break
12:15-13:30
Wrap up discussion of book project. Includes: nomination and selection of works to seek to reprint; identification of candidate publisher; process for internal review of completed draft chapters; setting deadlines for steps in the editorial process


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