Society for the Anthropology of Work


Special Issue of the Anthropology of Work Review

Anthropology of Work Review
Call for Papers: Special Issue in Honor of David Hakken
Guest editors: Jeffrey Bardzell and Shaowen Bardzell, Indiana University Bloomington

The Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing and the Society for the Anthropology of Work are planning a special issue of the Anthropology of Work Review to honor David Hakken, a key figure in anthropological studies of computing and cyberspace who died in May 2016. Hakken’s research, once described as a “computer system that is running several programs simultaneously,” was exceptional in spanning disciplinary boundaries.1

We invite submissions of papers of around 3,000 words (not including reference material) addressing themes that were central to David Hakken’s research. Contributions could include reflections on Hakken’s legacy, or descriptions of research focused on the intersection of technologies, particularly computing or informatics technologies, and work. Preference will be given to papers that demonstrate specific connections to Hakken’s work.

Possible topics include:

  • The production and use of knowledge in workplaces;
  • Transformations of production activities brought about by technology;
  • The effects of computing technologies on ideas about work or social class, and
  • Emerging online cultures.

Deadline and Submission Instructions

The deadline for submission of papers is May 26, 2017. Questions about the special issue may be directed to the guest editors Jeffrey Bardzell ([email protected]) and Shaowen Bardzell ([email protected]) or to Anthropology of Work Review editor Nina Brown ([email protected]).

Authors should follow the instructions for document preparation and submission described at
Papers selected for inclusion will be published in the June 2018 open access issue of the Anthropology of Work Review.

1 Susan Parman, “Review of [email protected]?: An Ethnographer Looks to the Future,” American Anthropologist 102 (3): 661.