DAC 2009: Track in Software / Platform Studies

The Software Studies Initiative is soliciting submissions to the "Software / Platform Studies" theme track of Digital Arts and Culture 2009. Please submit proposals no later than the May 1st deadline. Final papers will be due Oct 1 and the conference will be held December 2009 at UC Irvine, California. Here is the theme call:

Software/ Platform Studies

Software is the engine that drives cyberculture, new media, and digital art - a layer of control and communication that permeates contemporary culture. Platforms are the hardware and software relationships that enable and constrain software expressions. To investigate the logics of visualization, simulation, and representation in contemporary digital arts and culture is to engage in Software Studies and Platform Studies. The DAC09 Software and Platform Studies Theme invites submissions that explore digital art and culture through source codes, platform architectures, or similar engagements. Papers and panels exploring the emerging paradigms of critical code studies and the interpretation of algorithms are particularly encouraged.

Theme Leaders:

Jeremy Douglass, PhD. Researcher in Software Studies at UCSD.
Noah Wardrip-Fruin,Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, University of California, Santa Cruz.

DAC is a biannual -- 2005 was Copenhagen, Denmark -- 2007 was Perth, Australia -- and this December 2009 it will be held in Irvine, California, with the conference title "After Media: embodiment and context." Cross-submission to Software / Platform Studies and another theme track of the conference is allowed, including:
  • A Space-Time of Ubiquity and Embeddedness
  • After mobile media
  • Cognition and creativity
  • Embodiment and performativity
  • Environment/ sustainability/ climate change
  • Interdisciplinary pedagogy
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Software/ platform studies

For more details on all themes see the full DAC09 call for papers.