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Cfp_Maintainers II: Labor, Technology, and Social Orders

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Call for Papers: Maintainers II: Labor, Technology, and Social Orders April 6-8, 2017

We invite submissions and proposals for a conference called “The Maintainers II: Labor, Technology, and Social Orders,” to be hosted at Stevens Institute of Technology on April 6-8, 2017.  This meeting will build upon the discussions and community formed in the wake of activities in 2016, including the first Maintainers Conference at Stevens in 2016, an article that appeared in Aeon, and blogs and discussions launched at http://themaintainers.org/blog/.

Recent scholarship on technology has too often fetishized material things and their thinginess, and excluded any consideration of the humans who make those things work. The purpose of Maintainers II is to write humans back into stories of technology, as a way to highlight social inequalities, racial and ethnic disparities, and the structural maldistribution of the fruits of technological progress. To do so, we build on a long tradition of the study of maintenance that spreads across disciplines, from historians such as Ruth Schwartz Cowan and David Edgerton to social scientists such as Lucy Suchman and Craig Henke.

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