Countercultures of Data

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 12:00am

Call for Papers for *Philosophy and Technology*’s special issue on Countercultures of Data


Guest Editor: Anna Lauren Hoffmann, School of Information – University of California, Berkeley


About the Issue

25 years ago, Sandra Harding—in her influential book *Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? Thinking from Women’s Lives*—detailed and extended critical debates surrounding knowledge production and practices in science and technology. Collectively, these “countercultures of science” confronted the “problematics, agendas, ethics, and consequences” of scientific and technological production head on. Today, these same perspectives offer insight into the realm of data science, as philosophers, scholars, and practitioners alike grapple with ethical questions in a world where discourse, design, and governance increasingly revolve around “big” data and quantifiable knowledge.

This special issue will bring together rigorous conceptual and theoretical perspectives on what might best be called—following Harding—emerging “countercultures of data.” In particular, this issue will further critical and philosophical thinking about the theories, methods, institutions, and technological arrangements that underwrite or support data science in various industries and forms. Combined, contributions to the special issue will put forward a more realistic assessment of possible futures for a data driven world.

We invite submissions related (but not limited) to:

  • Race and Data Science
  • Theories of Property, Labor, and Data
  • Political Economies of Data
  • Data and Imperialism
  • Feminist Perspectives on Data Science
  • Data, Bodies, and Disability
  • Data, Infrastructure, and the Environment
  • Data, Philosophy, and the Law
  • Communities and Data
  • Data and Queer Subjects
  • Data and/as Human Subjects in Research
  • Data Science and Epistemic Justice

Timetable for Submissions

October 24, 2016: Deadline for paper submissions

December 21, 2016: Deadline reviews papers

February 6, 2017: Deadline revised papers

2017: Publication of the special issue


Submission Details

To submit a paper for this special issue, authors should go to the journal’s Editorial ManagerThe author (or a corresponding author for each submission in case of co-authored papers) must register into EM.

The author must then select the special article type: “COUNTERCULTURES OF DATA” from the selection provided in the submission process. This is needed in order to assign the submissions to the Guest Editor.

Submissions will then be assessed according to the following procedure:

New Submission => Journal Editorial Office => Guest Editor(s) => Reviewers => Reviewers’ Recommendations => Guest Editor(s)’ Recommendation => Editor-in-Chief’s Final Decision => Author Notification of the Decision. (The process will be reiterated in case of requests for revisions.)


About the Journal

The journal addresses the expanding scope and unprecedented impact of technologies, in order to improve the critical understanding of the conceptual nature and practical consequences, and hence provide the conceptual foundations for their fruitful and sustainable developments. The journal welcomes high-quality submissions, regardless of the tradition, school of thought or disciplinary background from which they derive. The journal's Editor-in-Chief is Luciano Floridi (Oxford).



For any further information please contact: Anna Lauren Hoffmann.


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