CFP: Histories of Computing in Asia

December 4-8, 2020, Guangzhou, China

The next meeting of IFIP’s Working Group 9.7 will be hosted by the South China University of Technology (SCUT) in Guangzhou, China, from 4 to 8 December 2020. Our proposed workshop will bring together international and Chinese academic researchers, public historians, and industry professionals who are interested in the history of computing.


The theme of conference will be histories of computing in Asia, with a particular emphasis on contextualizing China’s success in computing. The program committee will consider any paper in line with this theme, but we are particularly interested in topics such as:

  1. China, Asia, and Beyond. The rapid rise of Chinese computing:
    1. electronic computing and the three phases of Chinese manufacturing: introduction, digestion, re-innovation
    2. computing innovations by Chinese professionals, both within the PRC and by overseas Chinese in other countries
    3. antecedents to business models like the sharing economy, e-payments, and online shopping that led to success for Alibaba, Tencent, and others
    4. computing in the Asian republics of the former USSR (such as Kazakhstan)
  2. Internationalism. Frameworks that foster multinational cooperation and innovation:
    1. computing on the silk road, and along the modern belt and road
    2. standards, protocols, and diplomacy
    3. machine translation, global English, and language plurality
  3. Science and Technology Studies. History and philosophy of technology, from east to west:
    1. theoretical and ideological responses to computing
    2. case studies of equitable technological development
    3. insights from feminist, masculinity, and gender studies
    4. linguistic analysis in the history of computing, computing’s contributions to linguistics
  4. Pedagogy. Teaching the history of computing in or about Asia to:
    1. engineering students
    2. business, humanities, and social science students
    3. high school students
    4. employees or the general public
  5. Public History and Imagination. Remembering and presenting histories of computing:
    1. images of computing in literature, film, and television
    2. computing in/with/for the arts and humanities
    3. preserving and presenting the history of computing inside and outside of Asia


Academic and amateur historians, computing and informatics professionals, archivists, and museum curators are welcome to submit papers for this workshop. Following our typical practice, we will ask for full papers for anonymous peer review by a program committee. If you would like preliminary feedback on the suitability of your project, you may submit an extended abstract before 22 March 2020. Draft papers are due 1 May 2020.

Accepted papers must be revised according to the comments of the peer reviewers. In order to provide for a lively discussion at the workshop, we will distribute draft papers to participants in advance. After the workshop, authors will have the chance to incorporate feedback from the audience before submitting their final papers for consideration of the edited volume of selected papers for the proceedings volume. The official language of the workshop and the printed proceedings is English.

Enquires in advance of your submission may be addressed to the chair of the working group, Christopher Leslie, at

For more information about the working group, how to get comments on an extended abstract, or how to submit your draft paper, please visit our website.

Call for papers

Deadline: May 1, 2020

Posted: January 24, 2020