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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
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
Tuesday 20 November 2007
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