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CFP: Computer Culture (SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference, February 13-16, 2013)
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Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association: Computer Culture Area
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
February 13-16, 2013
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Conference hotel: Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
330 Tijeras Ave NW
Phone: +1 505 842 1234
Computer Culture: Call for Papers
We are accepting papers and forming panels for the area of Computer Culture, as one of the many areas within the 34th annual conference of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (SW/TX PCA/ACA).
Computer is broadly defined as any computational device, whether smartphone or abacus, and any form of information technology, including the origins of concepts of interactive text which may predate computational devices as traditionally conceived.
Culture is rooted in the concept of cultural meaning. We ask not just operational questions such as, "How do people communicate using computers?" but questions of meaning such as, "What does it mean when people communicate using computers instead of using pre-computer approaches to communication?"
"Computer Culture" can be understood in a variety of ways:
Example questions associated with Computer Culture would include, but not be limited to:
* What implications are there because of the powerfulness of (computer/information) technology ___ and are these implications beneficial, detrimental, inevitable, or avoidable?
* What are the cultural origins of computers, computer/information technologies, and practices (such as ____ ) associated with them? What is the descriptive and prescriptive outlook for the conditions of those cultural forces associated with those cultural origins?
* How do cultural forces (such as changes from one generation to the next, trends in education or society, or other cultural phenomena) impact (and are impacted by) computer/information technologies/market-forces, and what do these impacts (in either direction or both) mean?
Paper topics might include (but are not limited to) those that address:
While we will consider any relevant paper, we have a preference for those that involve transferable methodological approaches. This is an interdisciplinary conference, and other conference attendees would benefit from being able to adapt your research methods to their future research.
Scholars, teachers, professionals, artists, and others interested in computer culture are encouraged to participate.
Graduate students are also particularly welcome with award opportunities for best graduate papers. More information about awards can be found at
If you wish to form your own panel, we would be glad to facilitate your needs.
Please pass along this call to friends and colleagues.
For early consideration, submit 100-200 word abstracts and proposals for panels by 16 November 2012 to the conference electronic submission system which can be found at: