Workshop “Exploring the Early Digital”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raum AH 228
Raum AH 228
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Thursday, January 12, 2016
Lunch (location TBA) for participants who arrive in time
Opening Remarks, Erhard Schüttpelz
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
Panel discussion: "Structuring Narratives of the Early Digital", William Aspray, Martin Campbell-Kelly, Paul Ceruzzi
Public Lecture "'Much to Everyone’s Surprise': Military and Civil Uses of the Global Positioning System", Paul Ceruzzi
Dinner for invited participants. Location TBA
Friday, January 13, 2016
Initial discussion of book structure, objectives, and content
Public Lecture "Food and the Internet: The Dark Side", William Aspray
Discussion of draft by Ronald Kline, "Inventing an Analog Past and a Digital Future." (Kline will be present via Skype)
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"
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"
Dinner for invited participants
Saturday, January 14, 2016
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"
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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