CFP: Women, Gender and Information and Communication Technologies – Paris 15.-16.5. 2014

Subject: CFP: Women, Gender and Information and Communication Technologies – Paris 05/14

Institute for Communication Sciences & LabEx EHNE (Writing a New History of Europe), CNRS/Sorbonne Paris 1.
15.05.2014-16.05.2014, Paris, ISCC, Paris
Deadline: 01.03.2014

Although pioneering studies have contributed in the last few years to highlighting numerous aspects of the gendered construction of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), via analyses concerning women telephone operators, female radio listeners, or even the ENIAC Girls, the place of women and of gender in the history of information and communication technologies remains to be reflected upon and written, whether it is the role and the representation of the two sexes regarding research, conception, utilisation or consumption.

It is hoped that these two days will compare European perspectives on the historical relations that women have maintained with information and communication technologies, since the telegraph. The study days invite transnational and interdisciplinary analyses across the long term, drawing as much upon the history of computer science and ICT as upon the history of work, organisations, consumption, education, media, and gender studies.

In touching upon imaginations, values, figures, models and practices that cut across the history of the telegraph, the telephone, the radio, the TV, the internet and digital devices, we hope to explore in particular the manner in which the history of information and communication technologies can enrich gender studies, and conversely the way in which the latter can shed light on studies related to ITC.  The aim is to do so via numerous angles of approach (not exclusive of other approaches):
–    Female actors of ICT: individual and collective historical figures, inventors, programmers, researchers, professional users, consumers etc.
–    The gendered representations of the public actors of ICT and their evolution (discourses, advertising, teaching and education, imagination etc).
–    The stakeholders implicated at the heart of ICT, affected by the problematic of gender (European associations, national or transnational collectives etc).
–    ITCs as producers of new spaces for the expression of gender.
–    The specificity or not of European research in the gendered approach of ITCs in relation to the work carried out in North America.

Papers should be twenty minutes in length and can be delivered in French or English.  The organising committee would be particularly interested in proposals integrating a diachronic dimension and those explicitly touching upon a European dimension. Proposals of post-graduate students or early-career researchers are welcome.

Proposals should be sent to
They should be one page long, contain a bibliography and if possible a proposed plan.  Authors can include a summary of their publications/research and a brief biography in their initial e-mail.

– Deadline for submission of proposals: March 1st 2014
– Notification of acceptance: March 15th 2014
– International Symposium: May 15th and 16th 2014
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