CFP –  Machine Communication

communication +1 invites submissions for its upcoming issue, Machine Communication.

Edited by David Gunkel and Zachary McDowell

With this special issue we hope to explore the boundaries of communication beyond the human subject and the restrictions of humanism by considering that which is radically other – the machine. We seek articles that interrogate the opportunities and challenges that emerge around, within, and from interactions and engagements with machines of all types and varieties. By examining the full range of human-machine interactions, machine-machine interactions, or other hitherto unanticipated configurations, we hope to assemble a collection of ground-breaking essays that push the boundaries of our discipline and probe the new social configurations of the 21st century.
Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Algorithmic Culture – Influence of machines on human or other non-machine culture
  • Automation – Drones, Robots, or other automated systems that exist in the world and take part in a variety of tasks
  • Artificial Intelligence – Either the possibilities of AGI (artificial general intelligence) or more specific smart systems
  • Big Data, Deep Learning, Neural Networks and other recent innovations in computer science
  • The Internet of Things
  • Cybernetics, Bioinformatics, Knowledge Representation, or various applications of Software Theory.

Please submit short proposals of no more than 500 words by December 13th, 2015 to

Upon invitation, full text submissions will be due April 5th, 2016, with expected publication in September, 2016.

About the Journal

The aim of communication +1 is to promote new approaches to and open new horizons in the study of communication from an interdisciplinary perspective. We are particularly committed to promoting research that seeks to constitute new areas of inquiry and to explore new frontiers of theoretical activities linking the study of communication to both established and emerging research programs in the humanities, social sciences, and arts. Other than the commitment to rigorous scholarship, communication +1 sets no specific agenda. Its primary objective is to create is a space for thoughtful experiments and for communicating these experiments.

communication +1 is an open access journal supported by University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries and the Department of Communication

Editor in Chief: Briankle G. Chang, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Managing Editor: Zachary J. McDowell, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Advisory Board

  • Kuan-Hsing Chen, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  • Bernard Geoghegan, Humboldt-Universität, Germany
  • Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • David Gunkel, Northern Illinois University
  • Catherine Malabou, Kingston University, United Kingdom
  • Jussi Parikka, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • John Durham Peters, University of Iowa
  • Johnathan Sterne, McGill University
  • Ted Striphas, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Greg Wise, Arizona State University

For more information or to participate in the project, please email

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