Shift CTRL

A Conference at the Stanford Humanities Center on New Perspectives on Computing and New Media. Held May 6-7, 2016. Organized by Professor Tom Mullaney (@tsmullaney) and Ben Allen.


  1. The emergence and proliferation of digital computing and its technological descendants played a critical role in transforming the social, political, cultural, and economic fabric of western Europe and the United States.

    This is a well-known story.

    By comparison, we know far less about how computing and new media shaped (and were shaped by) the historical and cultural experiences of Asia, Africa, the former Soviet Union, Latin America, and the Middle East.

    Moreover, only very recently has scholarship on computing and new media begun to engage meaningfully with questions of gender, culture, language, ethnicity, and class.

    Drawing upon a diversity of experiences and regions, Shift CTRL is a landmark conference at Stanford that will chart out critical new directions in the study of computing and new media.