Codes and Conduct

19-20 November 2007

Venue and times
IAS Meeting Room 2-3,
2pm 19 November ā€“ 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 program 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.

Speakers include

  • Chris Westrup, (Manchester Business School) ‘Seeking Safety: Code, Conduct and Spirituality’
  • Ingunn Moser (University of Oslo) ‘Monitoring vital signs or mediating loving care and connection: the social codes of new care technologies’
  • Lin Yuwei (Manchester University) ‘Embodying Hacker Culture in Women-friendly Free Software Groups’
  • Maggie Mort and Celia Roberts (Lancaster University) ‘Telecare: from conduct to codes to norms’
  • Martin Dodge (University of Manchester, UK) ‘Countryside Code’
  • Penny Harvey and Hannah Knox (Manchester University) ‘Compromising standards and the Politics of Development. Health, Safety and New Ways of Living on the Interoceanic Highway, Peru’
  • Wendy Chun (Brown University) ‘Demonic Media’
  • Norman Crump (Lancaster University) TBA
  • Peter Case (University of Western England) TBA
  • Lucas Introna (Lancaster University) TBA
  • Steve Brown (Leiceister University) TBA

Registration is free by e-mailing Anne-Marie Mumford

Adrian Mackenzie – CESAGen, Lancaster University
Theo Vurdubakis – Department of Organisation, Work and Technology, Lancaster University

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