This conference, the launch event for the Social Studies of Information group in the Siegen University iSchool, brings together a distinguished group of international scholars to examine different aspects of computing and its history through the lens of work. We humans spend most of our waking lives working. Work includes cultural, intellectual, managerial, and emotional labor as well as physical toil. Despite this, most work by humanities and media scholars implicitly treats the study of work as marginal or uninteresting. Even the study of “digital practices” rarely engages with the specifics of the workplace, despite the importance of distributed micro-practices like clickworking. Information technology underpins the transformation of work today, as it has it in the past.
We welcome interdisciplinary contributions that address computing as work practice, both on a local, situated, infrastructural level. Speakers will be exploring many kinds of work, from the work of computerized literary production to the work of scientific research. We believe that close attention to the social processes of work has the cross-cutting potential to integrate a variety of historical, social and ethnographic research approaches, from labor history to the scientific ethnography to the study of media practices as cooperative accomplishments, into a revealing whole.
- Matthew Jones, James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization, Columbia University.
- Matthew Kirschenbaum, Professor of English, University of Maryland.
- Fred Turner, Professor of Communication, Stanford University.
- Kjeld Schmidt, Professor of Work, Technology & Organization, Copenhagen Business
Participation is free. Please register in advance with Anja Höse: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supported by the Siegen University iSchool, the Collaborative Research Centre “Media of Cooperation”, Siegen and the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research North Rhine- Westphalia.
Below you will find videos of most of the panels and discussion from the program.
Opening Remarks: Computing is Work
Data Mining is Work: Scaling Algorithms, Overcoming Friction, Redefining Knowledge
Work will be 3D: Imaginary Workplaces and Volumetric Displays
Archiving is Work, Archaeology Even More
Women at Work: Decoding Femininity in Computing in India
Documentation is Work: Flowcharts as Temporal Boundary Objects
Diskussion mit Roli Varma & Nathan Ensmenger
CSCW as Theory and Practice
Round table on CSCW
Coordination is Work: The Problem of Computerizing Coordinative Practices
Muddling through is Work: A Plea for Workflow Oriented Computing
Stopping Fake News is Work: The Work Processes of Peer-to-Peer Counter
Institutions and Markets
Copycatting is Work: The Diverse Labours of the Shenzhen Electronics Markets
Networking is Work: How Computing Institutions Matter even When Networks Fail
Diskussion Hallam Stevens & Benjamin Peters
Fun and Games
Leisure is Work: The Making of the Soviet Computing Collectives
Art and Literature
Bohemia is Work: Reimagining Digital Labor inside Facebook
(Even) Literature is Work! Word Processing and Literary Labor
Campus Am Herrengarten
Am Herrengarten 3
July 6, Thursday (Artur-Woll-Haus)
July 7, Friday (Artur-Woll-Haus and Museum für Gegenwartskunst) -- Please consult the program available for download for details on the venues!
July 8, Saturday (Artur-Woll-Haus)
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