CFP: The politics of data in Latin America: Towards a terrestrial Internet


The politics of data in Latin America: Towards a terrestrial Internet
Marcela Suárez (FU Berlin), Jenny Guerra González (UNAM)

Please send your abstract to by October 15, 2020. Submitted abstracts should not exceed 250 words excluding references.

Data extractivism, algorithmic governance, and corporate control of Internet business are part of the regime of digital capitalism. Digital technologies are producing a social space that is far from immaterial, neutral and abstract. As Latour (2010) points out, the greater the digitality, the greater the materiality. In this issue we argue that the Internet is terrestrial because the effects of its corporate and governmental control materialize in specific spaces; for example: the maritime space where underground cables pass; the aerial space of the signals from satellites and antennas, as well as those spaces rich in the raw materials and natural and human resources necessary to sustain the Internet. These spaces are not dissociated from diverse forms of human and non-human forms of life that cohabit it and embody the effects of disputes over data.

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Estado, ciencia y universidad, en clave histórico-sociológica: Dossier Abierto 2021

Deadline: October 1, 2020

Convocatoria de artículos para investigadores, docentes, estudiantes de posgrado, becarios/as y comunidad académica en general.
Revista del Investigaciones Socio-Económicas FACSO | UNSJ

La universidad pública, se caracteriza por tener una estructura de poder muy diferente a la de otras organizaciones, tales como las empresas o las entidades estatales. Nada más alejado de la realidad de esta institución que la concepción de una organización vertical con un poder unidireccional ejercido desde algún lugar privilegiado. Es propio del ámbito universitario, el ejercicio de una considerable autonomía por parte de los individuos, grupos y unidades académicas. […]

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CFP: Special Issue for Tapuya “Ends in Other Terms: Uncommoning Extinction”

Deadline extension for abstracts. New date: May 15, 2020

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Special Issue for Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society – Call for Papers

Ends in Other Terms: Uncommoning Extinction

Editors: Manuel Tironi, P. Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile) / Marcelo González Gálvez, P .Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile) / Marisol de la Cadena, UC Davis (USA)


Extinction is around the corner. And not any extinction, but that of the human. ‘We’, as biological inhabitants of the Earth, face the real and concrete possibility of disappearance. Indeed, after decades of anthropogenic aggression to soils, airs, rocks, and waters, after having exhausted resources and exploited ecosystems, after having pushed and stressed all planetary boundaries, finitude is not anymore a scatological horizon for our species, but a present-future ready to be actualized—and to be acted upon. New imperatives arise. There’s no time for contemplation nor speculation. Our house is on fire. We are summoned to intervene and change, and fast. Now, always now, before it’s too late (Colebrook 2016).

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Deadline: March 21, 2020

Call for contributions

Decades of historical and sociological research have taught us some simple lessons: academic knowledge is a human artifact, it results from social and collective practices, and it is always produced in a specific place and at a particular time. Understanding and explaining the circulation of academic knowledge therefore has to pay careful attention to communication processes, in the broad sense of the term.

Although the study of the circulation of scholars, books, theories and concepts is not new, in the 1990s social scientists became interested in studying the circulation of data, practices, images, technologies, discourses and values, to the extent that the word ‘circulation’ has become a catchword for all kinds of transfers. How and why does knowledge circulate? How can we objectify the fact that knowledge circulates? How does the legitimacy of knowledge change when it circulates? Who has and who does not have access to it, and how does access shape circulation? These are major questions that guide our understanding of the cultural and political nature of science, social sciences and technology. It is this understanding that has been useful for cutting across regional and disciplinary boundaries. However, circulation is undertheorized in almost all disciplines, although empirical efforts have been made to describe and explain specific cases of circulation and, less frequently, some comparisons have been attempted. A systematic approach to the many theoretical, methodological and disciplinary ways of understanding circulation is still missing. This handbook aims to fill the gap. It will
explicitly focus on academic knowledge, its historicity and also on the ways in which it relates to other spaces, actors and types of knowledge.

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