Matt Kirschenbaum continues to bring the higher education into the 21st-century, with his recent article, Where Computer Science and Cultural Studies Collide. Matt contextualizes CCS as part of a broader move toward interdisciplinary critical work on computer science, something that no doubt will be a major theme of the Digital Humanities 2009 conference hosted at the University of Maryland.
See what he says about Critical Code Studies:
Critical Code Studies is the mantle of another group blog, founded by Jeremy Douglass and Mark Marino, whose mission is to promote the close reading of software within socio-historical contexts (http://criticalcodestudies.com/wordpress). Critical-code studies have also been the focus of sessions at the Modern Language Association and the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. In an essay in the electronic book review, Marino writes that critical-code studies holds that lines of code are not value-neutral and can be analyzed using the theoretical approaches applied to other semiotic systems and that it follows the work of critical legal studies, in that its practition-ers apply critical theory to a functional document (legal document or computer program) to explicate meaning in excess of the documents functionality, critiquing more than merely aesthetics and efficiency (http://www.electronicbookreview.com/thread/electropoetics/codology).