[spectre] Call for Papers / POM Berlin 2021 / Politics of the Machines – Rogue Research

Marco Donnarumma lists at marcodonnarumma.com
Thu Feb 4 17:09:00 CET 2021

[sorry for any x-post]

Dear all,
I'm happy to share with you the call for paper for Politics Of The Machines
conference 2021.
I'm particularly excited to join Elizabeth Jochum, Grisha Coleman,
Christina Schoux Casey and Boris Abramovic in chairing the conference track
"Decolonizing the Machine".

All details below,
Hope to see some of you there, either physically or online,

best wishes,


From: "Christensen, Michelle" <michelle.christensen at tu-berlin.de>
Date: Wednesday, 27 January 2021 at 19.45


Conference: 13-18 September 2021
Submission deadline for abstracts: 1. March 2021
Further information and track descriptions:

In a state of ontological crisis, all boundaries between human and machine,
nature and culture, and the organic and inorganic have been severely
blurred. These are times of curious contrivances, novel natures,
inescapable automation, and posthuman performances – where human and
nonhuman find themselves being entwined, meshed and muddled into new
unwitting entanglements. But from biased machine-learning to surveillance
capitalism and digital colonisation – what power-structures are implicitly
and covertly being embedded into these technologies?

In a demand for more transparency, multiple movements are making a turn
toward democratising knowledge and technology. They are exploring the
potentials of open data, software, hardware and wetware to battle concealed
hierarchies and partisan paradigms – eliciting a practice of counter-coding
in a proliferating politics of machines.

Within the Politics of the Machines conference series – following
Copenhagen (2018) and Beirut (2019), the third POM conference will take
place in Berlin on 13-18 of September 2021, hosted by the chair for Open
Science at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Einstein Center
Digital Future.

The goal of this edition of POM is to debate and devise concepts and
practices that seek to critically question and unravel novel modes of
science – what roles do academia, researchers, scientists, artists and
designers have to take on in times of crisis, how must we re/position
ourselves? What chances or challenges might the democratisation of
technology and knowledge elicit, and what potential do practices such as
critical making, community science, trans/feminist hacking or citizen
forensics hold to bend the hierarchies of power – how can we work with
active matter and technical turmoil to re/act?

‘POM Berlin – Rogue Research’ aims to probe new methodological approaches
from art, design and civic activism within the framework of academia in
order to surface an inter- and transdisciplinary terrain that attempts to
exceed the boundaries of theory and practice, academia and activism, and
science and civil society.

We aim to carry out this conference as a hybrid online/offline event,
should the circumstances of the current pandemic permit – based in Berlin,
the conference aims to have globally distributed conference satellites
providing spaces of social encounter. However, notwithstanding the
possibilities of the format, the contributions will form the foundations
for planned publication.

***Track 1 / Decolonizing the Machine
Track Chairs: Christina Shoux Casey (Aalborg University, DK), Grisha
Coleman (Arizona State University, US), Marco Donnarumma (Academy for
Theatre and Digitality, DE), Elizabeth Jochum (Aalborg University, DK)

***Track 2 / Spaces – Encounters, Subjectivities + Environments
Track Chairs: Ingrid Cogne (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, AT), María Antonia
González Valerio (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, MX)

***Track 3 / (Micro)biocontrol and Ethics of Care
Track Chairs: Mariana Perez Bobadilla (DeTao Masters Academy, CN), Clio
Flego (University of Genoa, IT), Marta de Menezes (Cultivamos Cultura, PT),
Joel Ong (York University, CA)

***Track 4 / Digging Earth
Track Chairs: Catherine Bernard (State University of New York, US), Matt
Garcia (Dominican University of California / Desert ArtLAB, US)

***Track 5 / Open Science/Critical Spaces
Track Chairs: Gameli Adzaho (Global Lab Network, GH), Stephen Kovats (r0g
Agency, DE), Thomas Mboa (Mboalab, CM), Khadidiatou Sall (SeeSD, SN)

***Track 6 / Interferences of the Multitude
Track Chairs: Patrícia J. Reis (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, AT), Taguhi
Torosyan (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, AT), Stefanie Wuschitz (TU Berlin,

Applicants are invited to submit a 500-word abstract under one of the six
conference tracks by March 1, 2021. Following acceptance of the abstract,
authors are requested to submit their full paper (max. 4000 words including
references) by 15. July, 2021 (submission guidelines under

All submissions will undergo double blind peer-review and accepted papers
will be presented in the conference programme and published in the open
access conference proceedings. All participation in POM Berlin will be free
of charge, however, please keep in mind that we cannot provide financial

01.03.2021 Submissions of Abstracts
01.05.2021 Notifications of Acceptance
01.07.2021 Full Paper Submission
01.09.2021 Final Paper Submission


Michelle Christensen (Technische Universität Berlin / Berlin University of
the Arts)
Florian Conradi (Technische Universität Berlin / Berlin University of the
Laura Beloff (Aalto University)
Morten Søndergaard (Aalborg University)
Hassan Choubassi (The International University of Beirut)
Joe Elias (The International University of Beirut)
Dehlia Hannah (Aalborg University / Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Michelle Christensen

Visiting Professor
Open Science / Critical Culture
Technische Universität Berlin
Einstein Center Digital Future

Research Group Lead
Critical Maker Culture
Berlin University of the Arts
Weizenbaum Institute
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