[JoPP-Public] Fw: CFP + Practitioner Commentaries JoPP #12: Shared Machine Shop Institutionalization

Kat Braybrooke kat.braybrooke at gmail.com
Thu Feb 9 13:26:09 CET 2017

Hello all,

Put together a small Piratepad of like-minded and friendly lists we're
hoping to send the Issue 12 CfP to here: http://piratepad.net/FUey53Zcox

Please feel free to go through, add lists and add your name when you post
to them. Am also happy to share the contents of this list to
http://peerproduction.net/about/advice/ if it's of use to the Peer
Production journal.

As for myself, I'll send to ecrea, PhD Design, Open Design + Hardware,
Eurograd and Media-Anthro today. Would really appreciate help from the more
experienced in this group regarding lists like Hackademia (maxigas???),
Air-L, etc.

Thank you in advance for your help with this!

- Kat

On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 9:04 AM, Mathieu ONeil <mathieu.oneil at anu.edu.au>

> Hi all
> See CFP  for new issue below
> Please send on also but document here
> Thanks
> Mathieu
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> ============================================
> ///////////////////// Call for Papers + Practitioner Commentaries
> Journal of Peer Production #12: Shared Machine Shop Institutionalization
> URL: http://bit.ly/SharedMachineInst
> Editors: Kat Braybrooke, Adrian Smith
> Contact: sharedmachines at peerproduction.net
> Two years ago, a special issue of the Journal of Peer Production on shared
> machine shops described them as the "occupied factories of peer production
> theory". The authors of that issue compiled an empirically informed
> analysis of member-owned spaces like hacklabs, hackerspaces and makerspaces
> -- spaces that first appeared to be signalling the power of an emerging
> democratic revolution in community-based design and manufacturing, but
> which on closer look also revealed the many contradictions of peer
> production movements themselves.
> This special issue builds on these efforts by taking a deeper look into
> the complex contradictions and possibilities of making, hacking,
> fabrication and commons-based practices -- practices that are themselves
> increasingly characterised by institutional interventions. The dilemmas of
> institutionalisation (regarding both the formalization of practices and the
> fact that many practice-based spaces are now being embedded within larger
> organizations like museums, municipalities and businesses) provide us with
> an opportunity to critically examine networks, spaces and futures that may
> be assembling in this new phase.
> We invite papers that provide theoretically-informed empirical research
> aimed at advancing our understanding of dilemmas and contradictions in
> institutionalisation of shared machine shops. Contributions are
> particularly encouraged that examine what has changed regarding the
> practices, user experiences and regional networks that surround these sites
> of institutionalisation -- not only in the last few years, but also across
> shared community histories around the world, drawing upon stories of
> similar digital spaces, like art-based media labs, that have preceded
> today’s shared machine shops. Contradictions between the so-called agencies
> and revolutions introduced by digital design and fabrication tools within
> these sites will be explored along with the structures of control and power
> that surround them. What do these continued contradictions and struggles
> tell us about the promised futures of peer production?
> Because this issue looks not only at theory but also at practice, we also
> invite practitioner commentaries and/or photo series from key makers and
> thinkers working in the field, reflecting on what happens when communities
> of peer-based making and production attract increased attention from
> mainstreamed entities, including schools, galleries, tech companies, local
> authorities, and agencies promoting entrepreneurship. Such attention brings
> with it ambivalent and complicated opportunities linked to outside agendas.
> These institutional encounters additionally bring to the surface multiple
> political dilemmas regarding digital fabrication itself. After all, these
> are technologies whose computer numerically-controlled histories include
> the displacement of skilled workers and the undermining of historic
> manufacturing communities. Are practices in maker communities today
> actually transforming development processes, or are they simply refreshing
> new inputs for business as usual? Educational institutions seek ways of
> building public understanding about technosciences and job opportunities.
> Local governments get excited about entrepreneurial possibilities.
> Corporations see easy design prototypes offered up by the free labour of
> skilled fans. How are economies of labour redefined? How transformational,
> precisely, are these new peer productions?
> This being said, it would be much too easy (and, we argue, lazy) to simply
> critique and dismiss. Instead, this special issue aspires to constructively
> scrutinize practices through critical, hands-on analyses of both discourses
> and practices. What remains of the original transformational aims of a
> digitally empowered peer production-based revolution when some of the core
> practices are embraced by the very powers that the revolutionary theory set
> itself up originally to confront? What new antitheses and innovative
> reactions are arising today from recent disappointments? What kinds of
> challenges, transformations and opportunities does institutionalization
> engender for a new generation’s coming of age? Most importantly, whose
> revolution will it now be? The papers and commentaries of this issue will
> aim to move beyond condemnation and/or adulation into deliberately complex
> and multifaceted understandings of transformation, collaboration and
> revolution.
> Contributions will address this new phase of contradictions and
> possibilities through three organisational themes which view shared machine
> shop innovations and experiences through their tensions, contradictions and
> possibilities. First, we will explore whether reconfigurations of new
> locations and sites change conceptions and understandings of making and
> fabrication within them, a phenomenon we refer to as “new spaces in new
> places”. Second, we will ask what new practices are being introduced by
> (and in reaction to) increased institutional advances. And thirdly, we will
> examine what happens when shared machine shops are situated within new
> urban and regional matrices and processes which bring their own
> expectations about how machine shops should perform.
> Together, papers and contributions will be organized around these thematic
> areas:
> Theme One: New kinds of spaces in new kinds of places
> Theme Two: New kinds of practices and experiences in new places and spaces.
> Theme Three: New kinds of places in (outer) spaces, from urban to regional.
> /////// Important dates and deadlines /////////
> 5 Feb 2017: Open call goes out.
> 30 March 2017: Paper abstracts + proposals for alternative pieces due.
> 30 April 2017: Confirmed paper authors and practitioners notified.
> 30 July 2017: Full papers + alternative pieces due.
> 30 October 2017: Peer review process ends, papers returned.
> 30 December 2017: Revised papers due.
> 28 February 2018: Final acceptance / rejection of papers.
> 1st March 2018 - 1st April 2018: Group intros, texts + alternative pieces
> finalized.
> April 2018: JoPP Issue #12 published!
> /////// Submission guidelines ///////
> Extended paper abstracts of up to 750 words + alternative practitioner
> pieces are due to the editors at sharedmachines at peerproduction.net by ///
> 30 March, 2018 ///. Peer reviewed papers should be no more than 8,000
> words. At this time we also welcome experimental, alternative contributions
> from practitioners + makers, in the form of 500 word commentaries or photo
> series that provide reflections from the field on transformations, changes
> and impacts with regards to shared machine shops today. The format of these
> thought pieces will be discussed on a case by case basis. All peer reviewed
> papers will be reviewed according to Journal of Peer Production guidelines.
> See http://peerproduction.net/peer-review/process for details. Full
> papers for peer review and alternative pieces will be due by 30 July, 2017.
> ***** This special issue has been initiated thanks to the ideas and
> collaborations of the talented thinkers and makers who participated in the
> 4S/EASST 2016 panel “Digital fabrications amongst hackers, makers and
> manufacturers: whose ‘industrial revolution’?” this summer in Barcelona.
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