Third Call for Papers

Histories of Computing in Asia

South China University of Technology
Guangzhou • December 2020

Draft papers are now being reviewed for the next meeting of IFIP’s Working Group 9.7, which we hope will be held from 4 to 8 December 2020. Hosted by the South China University of Technology (SCUT) in Guangzhou, China, 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 ongoing coronavirus pandemic has created many uncertainties. Because our workshop is not scheduled until the end of the year, we have decided to proceed with the review of papers now, and we will confer with the authors of accepted papers about their ability to travel in the fall. We hope it will be possible to hold the conference in person, but we recognize that for some participants, this may be impossible or uncomfortable. We will discuss alternative arrangements, such as allowing remote presentations or postponing the workshop, in September with the authors of the slate of accepted papers.

Please review the paper guidelines before you upload your draft paper.


The theme of the workshop is 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

Review Process

Academic and amateur historians, computing and informatics professionals, archivists, and museum curators are welcome to submit papers to be considered for this workshop. Following our typical practice, we will ask for full papers for anonymous peer review by a program committee. 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 preparing their final versions. These will be considered for inclusion in the volume of edited, selected papers, which will be published by Springer-Nature in the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology series. The official language of the workshop and the printed proceedings is English.

Important Dates

  • 1 May to 1 June 2020: Draft papers accepted for consideration by the Program Committee. Please review the paper guidelines
  • 1 September 2020: Comments from Program Committee, decisions, and invitations sent to authors
  • 4 November 2020: Collection of papers, revised based on reviewer comments and using Springer template, for distribution to workshop participants
  • 4 December 2020: Participants arrive in Guangzhou, China
  • 13 January 2021: Revised papers due for consideration in proceedings volume, which will be published by Springer

Enquires in advance of your submission may be addressed to the conference chair, Christopher Leslie, at <>.


The International Federation of Information Technology (IFIP), established in 1960, consists of fourteen technical committees (TCs) dedicated to information and communication technologies and sciences. Most are technical in nature. Technical Committee 9 (TC 9), however, is dedicated to the intersection of information communication technology (ICT) and society. Working Group 9.7 focuses on the history of computing and seeks to support effective teaching, academic research, and public histories. History of computing is a broad term that can include such topics as pre-digital (analog) computers. For more information and a list of our previous workshops, see


SCUT ( is a comprehensive research university with a specialization in engineering. Located in China’s third-largest city, the university is easily accessible by Baiyun International Airport as well as high-speed rail. As a major transportation hub, Guangzhou is less than two hours away by train from Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Macau. It is also less than three hours away by airplane from many cities in the region, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hanoi, Bangkok, Taipei, Manila.

Guangzhou is capital of Guangdong province, which is famous for the many emigrants who brought Chinese culture to the rest of the world, and visitors can enjoy learning about 2,500 years of history here. Guangdong province is also the tech capital of China, where many internet and new media companies (such as Tencent) are located. In this way, Guangzhou offers visitors a glimpse into China’s future as well as its past. 

Program Committee

Workshop papers will be evaluated by peer reviewers from this committee, which draws upon experts in the field as well as emerging scholars.

Barbara AinsworthMonash Museum of Computing History, Australia
David BurgerPast Chair IEEE History Committee, Australia
Paul CeruzziSmithsonian Institution, United States
Hyungsub ChoiSeoul National University of Science and Technology, Korea
Kilnam ChonKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea 
Giovanni A. CignoniHackerando la Macchina Ridotta, Italy
Giovanni Antonio CossuEidolon, Italy
Michal DoleželUniversity of Economics, Czech Republic
Helena DurnováMasaryk University, Czech Republic
Fabio GadducciUniversity of Pisa, Italy
Colin GarveyStanford University, United States
Lisa GitelmanNew York University, United States
Gerard GogginNanyang Technological University, Singapore
Shigeki GotoWaseda University, Japan
David Alan GrierGeorge Washington University, United States
Masami HagiyaUniversity of Tokyo, Japan
Daryl H. HeptingUniversity of Regina, Canada
John ImpagliazzoHofstra University, United States 
Jee-In KimKonkuk University, Republic of Korea
Chigusa KitaKyoto University, Japan
Vladimir KitovPlekhanov Russian University of Economics, Russia
Kwangsuk LeeSeoul National University of Science & Technology, Korea
Sijian Lv Hunan University of Technology and Business, China
Elisabetta Mori Middlesex University, United Kingdom and Université de Lille, France
Yuko Murayama Tsuda College, Japan
Irina NikivinczeGeorgia Institute of Technology, United States
Yoehan OhRensselaer Polytechnic Institute, United States
Takushi OtaniKibi International University, Japan
Petri PajuUniversity of Turku, Finland
Benjamin PetersUniversity of Tulsa, United States
Martin Schmitt Leibniz-Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Germany 
Judy SheardMonash University, Australia
Youjung ShinMassachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
Si Hongwei Tsinghua University, China
Miroslaw SikoraInstitute of National Remembrance, Poland
Janine Sakiko SlakerMichigan State University, United States
Marina SmolevitskayaPolytechnic Museum, Moscow, Russia
Hallam StevensNanyang Technological University, Singapore 
Ramesh SubramanianQuinnipiac University, United States
Mai SugimotoKansai University, Japan
Jaroslav ŠvelchCharles University, Czech Republic
Mate SzaboUniversité de Lorraine, France
Ksenia TatarchenkoSingapore Management University, Singapore
Arthur Tatnall Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
Janet TolandVictoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Sunyong YangUniversity of Arizona, United States
Yao DazhiChinese Academy of Sciences, China
Haiqing YuRoyal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia