CfP: Countercultures of Data

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,

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 Manager
The 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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