Devin Kennedy, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Wisconsin, Madison. "'Centralizing Control over Decentralized Operations': Industrial Production and Computer Communications the United States, 1951-1964." 

Jess Dillard-Wright, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst & Rae Walker, Associate Professor and PhD in Nursing Program Director, College of Nursing, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst. "Automating Nursing? Care, Capitalism, and Technochauvinism."

Jason Ludwig, ​PhD candidate, Science and Technology Studies, Cornell. "Upgrade and Obsolescence: Race, Automation, and the Intermingled Revolutions of the Postwar United States."

Mona Sloane, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Responsible AI, Tandon School of Engineering, New York Univ. "Automation and Recruiting: Understanding the Intersection of Algorithmic Systems and Professional Discretion."


Elizabeth Calhoun, PhD Candidate, Geography at UMN, "Mapping the Future: The Political Resignification of ‘Environments’ in Predictive Risk Terrain Modeling."

Stacy E. Wood, Director of Research, UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry.  "Evidence, Expertise and Automation in Forensic Reconstruction."

Caitlin Burke, PhD student, Department of Communication, Stanford Univ., "Dark Patterns and the Question of Negligence."


Maaz Gardezi, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Fernanda R. Rosa, Assistant Professor, Department of Science, Technology, and Society, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Ryan Stock, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences & Edward Prutzer, Post doc, Department of Sociology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg. "Toward Design Justice in Precision Agriculture: Platforms, biases, and affordances."

Megan Wiessner, PhD Candidate, Media, Culture, and Communication New York Univ. "Placing Automation: Scenes from Cognitive and Industrial Automation in the Contemporary Pacific Northwest."

Helen A. Hayes, Ph.D. Candidate, Communication Studies, McGill Univ. "Earth-System Interactions and the Automation of Climate Forecasting."

Yandong Li, PhD Candidate, Cinema and Media Studies, Univ.  of Washington. "A Cultural History of Acoustic Control."


Jongmin Lee, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, Univ.  of Science and Technology (UST), Korea. "Gate-keeping by AI Government and Corporate Demonstration System."

Snigdha Kumar, Instructor, Department of Sociology, UMN. "In the Name of Financial Inclusion: Institutions, Infrastructure, and Ideologies Driving India’s Platformization of Finance."

Christos Karampatsos, Post doc, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, National and Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens & Polyxeni Malisova, PhD Candidate, Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science, National and Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens (NKUA). "Machinery of ethnic cleansing: Population censuses and punched card machines in Greece (1920-1928)."



Opening Keynote (9-10am) 

Bo An, Grad student, Combined PhD Candidate in East Asian Languages and Literatures & Film and Media Studies, Yale Univ. "Implementing Theories of Control: Computer-Aided Design and Decision-making Software in the People’s Republic of China."

Eliza Pertigkiozoglou, Ph.D. Candidate, Architecture, McGill Univ. "Programmed Collaboration: Software for Building Design in the UK, 1969-1979."

Yoehan Oh, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. "Automating instrumentation in microservices: How Google’s OpenCensus becomes prominent and why Naver’s PinPoint loses traction."


David E. Dunning, Post doc, Univ.  of Oxford. "Autocoding at Work: Designing Language, Specifying Labor."

Michele H. Jackson, Professor, Michigan State Univ. College of Communication, Arts and Sciences. "Visions of Automated Group Members and Teammates."

LaRisa Anderson, PhD Student, Hussman School of Journalism and Media, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "Religion, Relation, and Society: A Textual Analysis of an Open Coding Platform."

Hyo Jung Kim, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York Univ. "Experimenting Digitalization of a Society: A Prehistory of Platformization Infrastructure in Remote Areas in Vietnam by Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group Circa 2007."


Closing Keynote (1:15-2:15pm)

Dan Bouk, Associate Professor of History Chair, Department of History Colgate University. "Should the Data Decide?: How Histories of Automation in the US Census Speak to Challenges Today."