Second Call for Papers

Histories of Computing in Asia

Draft papers are now being accepted for the next meeting of IFIP’s Working Group 9.7. Academic researchers, public historians, and industry professionals who are interested in the histories of computing in Asia will share their interdisciplinary insights in Phuket, Thailand from 7–9 September 2024 (concurrently with the Human Choice and Computers 16 conference).

This workshop will build on Working Group 9.7’s successful workshops that highlighted the international history of computing, resulting in Springer volumes on Nordic countries, Soviet and Russian computing, and eastern Europe. Even though the workshop language is English, many of our participants do not speak English as a first language; we are committed to international exchange, so we encourage all researchers to participate regardless of language ability. More information about the working group is available at

We will make an effort to accommodate participants who cannot join us in person, even though the facility does not have teleconferencing capabilities. As we get closer to the conference, we will coordinate presentation modes (such as Zoom) with all accepted participants. At this time, it is not necessary to decide if you will present in-person or remotely.


The theme of the workshop is histories of computing in Asia. We welcome first-hand narratives or chronicles of experiences as well as traditional academic formats. We welcome papers with a narrow focus on computing as well as papers that place computing into larger social, political, and policy contexts. Papers that utilize archival research or quantitative methods are welcomed. The program committee will consider any paper in line with the theme, but we are particularly interested in topics such as:

A. Internationalism. Frameworks for understanding multinational cooperation and innovation:

  • antecedents to business models like the sharing economy, e-payments, and online shopping that led to success for Alibaba, Tencent, Line, and others
  • computing on the silk road, and along the modern belt and road
  • computing in the Asian republics of the former USSR (such as Kazakhstan)
  • innovations by professionals in Asia, both within their home countries (such as Korea’s Cyworld) and overseas (as guest workers and immigrants)
  • electronic computing in the development of manufacturing: introduction, digestion, re-innovation
  • standards, protocols, and diplomacy that foster international cooperation, and the rivalries and blockades that hinder it

B. Science and Technology Studies. History and philosophy of technology, from east to west:

  • theories of globalization, especially as related to machine translation, global English(es), and language plurality
  • insights from feminist, masculinity, queer, and gender studies
  • theoretical and ideological responses to computing
  • case studies of equitable technological development
  • linguistic analysis in the history of computing, computing’s contributions to linguistics 

C. Pedagogy. Teaching the history of computing in or about Asia to:

  • engineering students
  • business, humanities, and social science students
  • high school students
  • employees or the general public 

D. Public History and Imagination. Remembering and presenting histories of computing:

  • preserving and presenting the history of computing inside and outside of Asia
  • images of Asian computing in literature, film, and television
  • computing in/with/for the arts and humanities

Submission and Review Process

We will accept papers for review from 1 February to 1 April 2024 using Springer’s EquinOCS service: All accepted papers are eligible for publication in the workshop proceedings, which will be published by Springer in its Advances in Information and Computing Technology (AICT) series. We will also seek to publish a 4-6 expanded papers in a special issue of a relevant academic journal.

Following WG 9.7’s typical practice, we request the submission of draft conference papers for consideration (2,500 to 5,000 words). Please review the paper guidelines before you finish your draft paper. Members of the program committee will review each paper anonymously, make comments to the author(s), and recommend whether the paper should be included as part of the workshop.

After acceptances are announced, author(s) have time to address the comments of the peer reviewers in a revised paper (and to prepare the document in the Springer template if they have not already). In order to generate genuine discussion during the workshop, draft papers will be circulated in advance of the workshop so that participants can read papers and prepare their comments in advance. This process will be essential given the hybrid nature of this workshop. 

After the workshop, authors will have the chance to incorporate feedback from the audience before preparing their final versions. All papers presented at the workshop will be considered for publication in the proceedings anthology of selected. Accepted papers must be revised according to the comments of the peer reviewers. The official language of the workshop and the printed proceedings is English.

Participants will pay for their own travel and accommodation. We will endeavor to keep the registration fee low. Enquires in advance of your submission may be addressed to the conference chair, Christopher Leslie, at <[email protected]>.

If you’d like a reminder email about the workshop, please use the form below.

Important Dates

1 February Draft papers start to be accepted for consideration by the Program Committee (please review our paper guidelines)
31 MayAcceptances along with comments from Program Committee sent to authors
15 AugustAuthors submit papers, revised based on reviewer comments and using the Springer template, for distribution to participants
7–9 SeptemberPresentations (onsite in Phuket or remotely)
15 OctoberRevised papers due for consideration for the proceedings volume


The International Federation of Information Technology (IFIP), established in 1960, promotes cooperation and research among national computing associations. IFIP sponsors fourteen technical committees (TCs) dedicated to information and communication technologies and sciences. Most are technical in nature. Technical Committee 9 (TC 9), however, consists of groups dedicated to research at the intersection of information and communication technology (ICT) and society. Under the auspices of TC 9, Working Group 9.7 focuses on the history of computing and seeks to support effective teaching, academic research, and public histories. For WG 9.7, the history of computing is an inclusive term that can include pre-digital (analog) computers and computation. More information and a list of our previous workshops is available at:

Program Committee

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