Third Call for Papers

Histories of Computing in Asia

Postponed due to Covid-19

The next meeting of IFIP’s Working Group 9.7, will bring together academic researchers, public historians, and industry professionals who are interested in the history of computing. 

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has created many uncertainties. 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, with the authors of the slate of accepted papers.

Please review the paper guidelines before you finish draft paper.


The theme of the workshop is histories of computing in Asia. The program committee will consider any paper in line with this theme, but we are particularly interested in topics such as:

  1. Internationalism. Frameworks that foster multinational cooperation and innovation:
    1. electronic computing and the three phases of manufacturing: introduction, digestion, re-innovation
    2. computing innovations by professionals in Asia, both within their countries and by overseas
    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)
    5. computing on the silk road, and along the modern belt and road
    6. standards, protocols, and diplomacy 
    7. machine translation, global English, and language plurality
  2. 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 
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.

    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

    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