Call for Abstracts: Technik und Dezentralisierung

26. November 2018

Auf der STS Conference Graz 2019 organisiere ich eine Session zum Thema »Technology and the promise of decentralization« und freue mich auf Einreichungen, die entsprechende Erwartungen kontextualisierend in den Blick nehmen oder dahingehende empirische Fallstudien vorstellen:

From the very beginning, the social appropriation of the Internet has been accompanied by the promise of technology-driven decentralization […] Although none of these expectations, in all of their radicality, has yet to empirically redeem itself, their underlying premise for the future has proven to be astonishingly stable. […]

Against this backdrop, this session (a) traces the origins of the notion of decentralizing socio-economic forms of coordination through technological means and (b) discusses past and present ideas and attempts of decentralized and distributed economic systems. Submissions may include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Socio-historical reconstructions from the early do-it-yourself (DIY) scene of the 1960s, the computer counterculture of the 1970s and 1980s to the debates on cyberspace and Web 2.0 in the 1990s and 2000s;
  • Empirical observations on present day concepts of decentralized economic structures (e.g., “Maker Economy”, “Collaborative Commons”) and presumably decentralizing technologies (e.g. Blockchain);
  • Reflections on the basic patterns of arguments and communicative functions of technology-based promises of decentralization.

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