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WORKSHOP 2: Codes and Conduct

19-20 November 2007

Venue and times

Meeting Room 2-3 Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster
2pm  19 November – 4pm  20 November 2007


This workshop is the second in the series of events for New Sciences of Protection? Designing Safe Living, a year-long research programme at Lancaster University, 2007-8. Why have a workshop on 'codes and conduct'?

Code systems and codes of conduct pervade many registers of 'safe living.'  Code is understood here both in terms of software and in terms of cultural, moral, ethical and religious codes of conduct. In the context of 'service' economies or 'economies of qualities', and in the production of knowledge, information, biotechnological and media cultures, code takes on particular salience. So many situations today become manageable or tractable by virtue of their codeability.  Code comprises one of the basic  infrastructures of 'safe living.'

The workshop will focus on how code configures life or living as something to be protected in disparate domains. Work presented at the workshop will focus on a variety of different code-like conducts, including remote management of aged care, demonic media, hospitality management, airport passenger management, highways, hacker cultures and agriculture. Issues to be investigated here include how people respond to the constraints of software-driven control, how increasing sophistication of code structures generates effects of uncertainty or insecurity, and how the different zones and  systems infected by code can be rendered visible and negotiable.


Registration is free by emailing Anne-Marie Mumford


Adrian Mackenzie - CESAGen, Lancaster University

Theo Vurdubakis - Department of Organisation, Work and Technology, Lancaster University


Monday 19 November 2007

Time Event

Registration & chat

Introduction - Theo Vurdubakis and Adrian Mackenzie

Wendy Chun - Brown University: 'Demonic Media'

Afternoon tea
15.30-17.30 Norman Crump - LUMS, Lancaster University: 'Mediating care: reading, interpreting and diagnosing code, the 'new' skills of 'caring'?'

Ingunn Moser and Jeanette Pols - University of Oslo/University of Amsterdam: 'Monitoring vital signs or mediating loving care and connection: the social codes of new care technologies'


Tuesday 20 November 2007

Time Event
09.15 - 10.45

Yuwei Lin - Manchester University: 'Embodying Hacker Culture in Women-friendly Free Software Groups'

Martin Dodge - University of Manchester: 'Countryside Code'

Morning tea
11.00 - 13.00

Penny Harvey and Hannah Knox - University of Manchester: 'Compromising standards and the Politics of Development. Health, Safety and New Ways of Living on the Interoceanic Highway, Peru'

Damian O’Doherty - University of Manchester Business School: 'Airport Emergency: Scrambling the Codes of Conduct'

Chris Westrup - University of Manchester Business School: 'Seeking Safety: Code, Conduct and Spirituality'


Lucas Introna - LUMS, Lancaster University: 'Securing conduct through codes: some reflections on sociomaterial agency'

Steve Brown - Leicester University: TBA

Concluding remarks





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