Gaining momentum

Posted on | March 8, 2013 | No Comments

A month later, I am slowly getting my head around the new job, and the wonders of Southern California (also downtown Hillsboro, OR, where my Intel lab buddies are located). On top of the adjustment to the corporate world, the amount of life admin involved in the move has been relentless, so I won’t dwell on that here. But I will try to blog a bit more now that I feel slightly less stressed on a daily basis!

One of the first orders of business for me is getting organised for conferences sooner and later. Shortly I will be visiting NYC and NJ to speak at the ILPC conference at Rutgers. I am also excited to be going to Paris next month for my first ever CHI. And then there’s 4S in nearby San Diego in October. One of the PhD students affiliated with the ISTC-Social, Luke Stark, is right now looking for panel participants, so I’ve put the CFP below. Get in touch if you want to come join us! Proposals are due in a week or so.

Call for Papers

Affect, Emotion, and Digital Media
Open panel at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) October 9-12 2013, San Diego

Panel Discussant: Melissa Gregg, Intel Center for Social Computing, University of California-Irvine

Panel Organizer: Luke Stark, New York University

Feeling has long been of interest to science. Following on 19th-century efforts to quantify and subdue human feeling with the techniques and technologies of scientific observation and evaluation, disciplines as diverse as physiology, behavioral and cognitive psychology, and information science have sought to integrate human affect into the realm of the calculable and predictable. Over the last twenty-five years, makers and theorists of digital information technologies and media alike have begun to integrate affect and emotion into their programs of study. Drawing in large part from the fields of knowledge outlined above, computer scientists and technology designers concerned with problems of machine learning and human-computer interaction are increasingly using the language of affect and emotion to describe their work, integrating affective and emotional elements into the user experience of digital media, and engaging with broader socio-economic trends seeking to monetize feeling itself.

This panel seeks to explore the “digitization” of affect and emotion both historically and contemporaneously. In what ways are feelings quantified, categorized, classified and integrated into algorithmic processes? How have broader social, economic and cultural trends, such as the rise of social media or the concept of affective labor, been impacted by the integration of emotional factors into consumer digital technology?

The panel welcomes papers from a wide range of disciplines; possible themes and topics include, but are not limited to:
-In what ways are existing regimes of scientific knowledge about emotion being integrated into the conceptualization and building of digital information and communication technologies, and to what ends?
-What is the relationship between emotions and algorithms? Can feeling be proceduralized?
-How are the practices of digital subjectivity and the “quantified self” tied to affect and emotion?
-Where, when, and why do affects and emotions manifest themselves in and through our daily use of digital media?

Abstracts should be approximately 250 words. Please submit your abstract electronically via the conference website:; also, please send a copy of the abstract to [email protected]

The deadline for abstract submissions is March 17, 2013.

For further information contact Luke Stark – [email protected]


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