[spsp-members] Call for Contributions: Mimesis and Composition - Anthropological Perspectives on Technology and Art

Alfred Nordmann nordmann at phil.tu-darmstadt.de
Wed Jan 12 23:16:44 UTC 2022

The fifth issue of Technology and Language has now appeared, and with it 
a new call for contributions that appeals especially to philosophical 
anthropology, cultural studies, and the philosophy of technology. 
Individual papers and the whole issue are freely available:


Guest-edited by Alexander Nesterov and Anna Denima, "Technology as 
Language – Understanding Action in a Technical Condition" discusses how 
technology provides hermeneutic access and affords understanding for 
example of biocitizenship through genetic technology and language. 
Discussions include the grammar of behavior, Günther Anders' conception 
of promethean shame, and our understanding of language for human and 
machine neural networks. (Among the contributed papers, one concerns 
Derrida and the politics of usernames, another discusses the languages 
of mechanical engineering.)

New Call for Contributions:

Mimesis and Composition - Anthropological Perspectives on Technology and 
Art (Deadline September 12, 2022): The making of a humanly built world 
involves many ways of weaving and drawing things together, of joining 
and splitting, molding and fitting. These invite perspectives from 
archaeology, cultural  and cognitive anthropology, history and 
philosophy of technology, art theory, media studies, and STS.  Mimesis 
and composition are two, perhaps complementary principles of artful 
production in technology and the arts. Mimesis seeks patterns for 
imitation and repetition, creating affective routines somewhat as 
rituals or games do. Composition refers to a grammar of things. In 
painting and poetry, music and photography, in mechanical and software 
engineering composition appears inventive and “natural” at once as one 
finds the right way of putting things together. This complementarity can 
be discerned in processes or making and building but also in patterns of 
use and the linguistic production of representations. And when it is 
said that we became human by virtue of technology, what are the 
pertinent modes of production, what kinds of thinking and social 
practice is implicated in mimetic and compositional tinkering, making 
and building, speaking, signing and writing? (Guest editors: Natascha 
Adamowsky and Fabio Grigenti)

Beyond this special topic, /Technology and Language/ invites 
interdisciplinary explorations at the interface of technology and 
language - contributed papers in English or Russian are welcome at any 
time. Other open calls:

Robot Constructions (expressions of interest until January 31, 2022): 
The word "robot" is a Czech invention. As the word traveled to English 
speaking areas and from there to other languages and cultures, did the 
robot on this journey become something else? For robots and AI, more 
generally, we want to explore how they are imagined, defined, described, 
comprehended, constructed or even misunderstoodbefore and after they 
become a technological reality – how they are constituted in language, 
how cosmopolitan or intercultural they are. We are hoping for 
contributions from linguistics, philosophy, cultural and gender studies, 
history of technology, STS, and literature. (Guest editor: CHENG Lin)

Instructions (Deadline April 4, 2022): Do technical processes unfold as 
instructed in that they execute a program or in that their parts perform 
prescribed motions? But what is a program anyhow, be it a computer 
program or the program of a musical concert or a wedding - or is the 
notion of ‚instruction‘ too narrow here? Can the blueprint for a device 
be compared to the notation of a choreography? Inversely, do 
technologies instruct the behavior of users in that they establish a 
script which users need to follow? - And what is instruction in the 
first place: Does the case, for example, of language instruction follow 
a technical paradigm as well? (Guest editors: Jens Geisse and Marcel 

Technologies in a Multilingual World (Deadline July 5, 2022): 
Technological creativity has been described as active adaptation to the 
world. What if this world is a multilingual world - an environment in 
which we are surrounded by a multiplicity of languages and codes, more 
than anyone can produce or understand but which have to be navigated 
nonetheless? Aside from all the „natural languages“ such as the many 
variants of spoken, written, or signed English and all the pidgins and 
local dialects, these include the language of the ticketing-machine as 
well as the language of powerpoint, the language of traffic signs as 
well as technologically enhanced communication means known as 
augmentative and alternative communication. (Editors: Larissa Aronin, 
Daria Bylieva, and Alfred Nordmann)

Queries, suggestions, and submissions can be addressed to 
soctech at spbstu.ru or to Daria Bylieva (bylieva_ds at spbstu.ru)and Alfred 
Nordmann (nordmann at phil.tu-darmstadt.de).

Alfred Nordmann
* Professor am Institut für Philosophie, TU Darmstadt
Karolinenplatz 5, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany (mailing address)
Glockenbau im Schloss S3|15 201 (physical address)
* Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, University of South Carolina, USA
* Guest Professor Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
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