[hackerspaces] [Fwd: <CPOV> CFP: Expanding the frontiers of hacking]

Koen Martens gmc at sonologic.nl
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Subject: 	CFP: Expanding the frontiers of hacking
Date: 	Tue, 14 Jun 2011 10:30:38 +0200
From: 	Mathieu ONeil <mathieu.oneil at anu.edu.au>
To: 	cpov <cpov at listcultures.org>

(apologies for cross-posts)

Expanding the frontiers of hacking
Bio-punks, open hardware, and hackerspaces
A special issue of Critical Studies in Peer Production
Edited by: Johan Soderberg and Alessandro Delfanti

Call: 500-word abstract
Both theoretical and empirical contributions accepted

During the past two decades, hacking has chiefly been associated with
software development. This is now changing as new walks of life are
being explored with a hacker mindset, thus bringing back to memory the
origin of hacking in hardware development. Now as then, the hacker is
characterised by an active approach to technology, undaunted by
hierarchies and established knowledge, and finally a commitment to
sharing information freely. In this special issue of Critical Studies
in Peer Production, we will investigate how these ideas and practices
are spreading. Two cases which have caught much attention in recent
years are open hardware development and garage biology. The creation
of hacker/maker-spaces in many cities around the world has provided an
infrastructure facilitating this development. We are looking for both
empirical and theoretical contributions which critically engage with
this new phenomenon. Every kind of activity which relates to hacking
is potentially of interest. Some theoretical questions which might be
discussed in the light of this development include, but are not
restricted to, the politics of hacking, the role of lay expertise, how
the line between the community and markets is negotiated, how
development projects are managed, and the legal implications of these
practices. We welcome contributions from all the social sciences,
including science & technology studies, design and art-practices,
anthropology, legal studies, etc.

Interested authors should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words
by July 10, 2011. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by July
31. All papers will be subject to peer review before being published.

Abstracts should be sent to delfanti at sissa.it.

Critical Studies in Peer Production (CSPP) is a new open access,
online journal that focuses on the implications of peer production for
social change. http://cspp.oekonux.org/

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