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 Call for Papers / POM Berlin 2021 / Politics of the Machines – Rogue Research

Call for Papers / POM Berlin 2021 / Politics of the Machines – Rogue Research

Within the Politics of the Machines conference series – following Copenhagen (2018) and Beirut (2019), the third POM conference will take place in Berlin on 13-18 of September 2021, hosted by the chair for Open Science at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Einstein Center Digital Future. The conference series was co-founded by Morten Søndergaard, and this year RELATE member Dehlia Hannah is on the organizing committee, and Elizabeth Jochum is chairing a track on “Decolonising the Machine.”

Last modified: 01.02.2021

POM BERLIN 2021 

 

Conference: 13-18 September 2021

Submission deadline for abstracts: 1. March 2021 

Further information and track descriptions: berlin.pomconference.org

 

 

POLITICS OF THE MACHINES – ROGUE RESEARCH 

 

In a state of ontological crisis, all boundaries between human and machine, nature and culture, and the organic and inorganic have been severely blurred. These are times of curious contrivances, novel natures, inescapable automation, and posthuman performances – where human and nonhuman find themselves being entwined, meshed and muddled into new unwitting entanglements. But from biased machine-learning to surveillance capitalism and digital colonisation – what power-structures are implicitly and covertly being embedded into these technologies?

 

In a demand for more transparency, multiple movements are making a turn toward democratising knowledge and technology. They are exploring the potentials of open data, software, hardware and wetware to battle concealed hierarchies and partisan paradigms – eliciting a practice of counter-coding in a proliferating politics of machines.

 

Within the Politics of the Machines conference series – following Copenhagen (2018) and Beirut (2019), the third POM conference will take place in Berlin on 13-18 of September 2021, hosted by the chair for Open Science at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Einstein Center Digital Future.

 

The goal of this edition of POM is to debate and devise concepts and practices that seek to critically question and unravel novel modes of science – what roles do academia, researchers, scientists, artists and designers have to take on in times of crisis, how must we re/position ourselves? What chances or challenges might the democratisation of technology and knowledge elicit, and what potential do practices such as critical making, community science, trans/feminist hacking or citizen forensics hold to bend the hierarchies of power – how can we work with active matter and technical turmoil to re/act?

 

‘POM Berlin – Rogue Research’ aims to probe new methodological approaches from art, design and civic activism within the framework of academia in order to surface an inter- and transdisciplinary terrain that attempts to exceed the boundaries of theory and practice, academia and activism, and science and civil society.

 

We aim to carry out this conference as a hybrid online/offline event, should the circumstances of the current pandemic permit – based in Berlin, the conference aims to have globally distributed conference satellites providing spaces of social encounter. However, notwithstanding the possibilities of the format, the contributions will form the foundations for planned publication.

 

 

TRACKS 

 

Track 1 / Decolonizing the Machine

Track Chairs: Christina Shoux Casey (Aalborg University, DK), Grisha Coleman (Arizona State University, US), Marco Donnarumma (Academy for Theatre and Digitality, DE), Elizabeth Jochum (Aalborg University, DK)

 

Track 2 / Spaces – Encounters, Subjectivities + Environments

Track Chairs: Ingrid Cogne (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, AT), María Antonia González Valerio (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, MX)

 

Track 3 / (Micro)biocontrol and Ethics of Care

Track Chairs: Mariana Perez Bobadilla (DeTao Masters Academy, CN), Clio Flego (University of Genoa, IT), Marta de Menezes (Cultivamos Cultura, PT), Joel Ong (York University, CA)

 

Track 4 / Digging Earth

Track Chairs: Catherine Bernard (State University of New York, US), Matt Garcia (Dominican University of California / Desert ArtLAB, US)

 

Track 5 / Open Science/Critical Spaces

Track Chairs: Gameli Adzaho (Global Lab Network, GH), Stephen Kovats (r0g Agency, DE), Thomas Mboa (Mboalab, CM), Khadidiatou Sall (SeeSD, SN)

 

Track 6 / Interferences of the Multitude

Track Chairs: Patrícia J. Reis (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, AT), Taguhi Torosyan (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, AT), Stefanie Wuschitz (TU Berlin, DE)

 

 

SUBMISSIONS

 

Applicants are invited to submit a 500-word abstract under one of the six conference tracks by March 1, 2021. Following acceptance of the abstract, authors are requested to submit their full paper (max. 4000 words including references) by 15. July, 2021 (submission guidelines under berlin.pomconference.org).

 

All submissions will undergo double blind peer-review and accepted papers will be presented in the conference programme and published in the open access conference proceedings. All participation in POM Berlin will be free of charge, however, please keep in mind that we cannot provide financial support.

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

 

01.03.2021 Submissions of Abstracts

01.05.2021 Notifications of Acceptance

01.07.2021 Full Paper Submission

01.09.2021 Final Paper Submission

 

 

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE 

 

Michelle Christensen (Technische Universität Berlin / Berlin University of the Arts)

Florian Conradi (Technische Universität Berlin / Berlin University of the Arts)

Laura Beloff (Aalto University)

Morten Søndergaard (Aalborg University)

Hassan Choubassi (The International University of Beirut)

Joe Elias (The International University of Beirut)

Dehlia Hannah (Aalborg University / Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin)