Crafting Critical Methodologies in Computing: theories, practices and future directions
In the past decades there has been an explosion of “critical studies”, and computing is no exception. Working to bring insights from critical theories developed in the humanities and social sciences, the diverse scholarship that can be located under “critical computing” is engaged in the laborious and relevant project of translational work between disciplines, and generative avenues for knowledge developed in the “subtle” sciences to bear implication to how computational technologies are designed, produced and deployed.
Critical computing draws inspiration and methodological tools from fields as diverse as participatory design and design research, feminist theory and gender studies, STS, artistic research and post-/de-colonial theory, among others. In this panel we wish to investigate what are the methodological approaches that can be employed within, by and for computing, which would be capable of generating critical technical practices (Agre 1995), accurate and critical accounts of power dynamics and processes of marginalization, and craft space for alternative modes and methods of doing computing.
Specifically, we encourage contributions that address questions, including, but not limited to:
How can critical thought/theory inform methodology building (or reflecting upon) in computing? How can interactions between (feminist, postcolonial) STS and computing establish new methodological considerations?
How do we decolonize computing and its methodologies?
Where do we locate artistic research, arts practice and design in regards to questions of methodology in computing?
How can feminist and other critical epistemological knowledges generate knowledge about and in computing that from an STS perspective challenge well worn power dynamics?
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