Critical Code Studies

Critical Code Studies, Reading Groups

Call for Participation:
Anti-Racist Critical Code Studies Reading Group

CFP: Anti-Racist Critical Code Studies Reading Group
Dates: Winter 2021, 3 weeks
Apply by Jan 4.

Join us for an online exploration of code through an anti-racist perspective. Drawing on critical code studies and critical race studies, as well as other perspectives provided by the interdisciplinary backgrounds of our reading group members, we will be examining racism and descrimination in code. Specifically, we will be examining the computer source code used in predictive policing.

This online discussion group will open with a live video session, then occur over several weeks as a Discord forum discussion, culminating in a closing live video session.

Goals of the group include connecting researchers across institutions and career stages with potential shared interest in anti-racist critical code studies, algorithmic bias, and other forms of encoded discrimination.

This group builds on the model of UCLA CEILS Anti-Racism Discussion Group and UCSB Transcriptions Anti-Racism Reading Group.

To apply, send an email of interest to markcmarino @ and ciston @

Coordinated by: Sarah Ciston, Zach Mann, Jeremy Douglass, Mark Marino

Sponsored by The HaCCS Lab (USC), Creative Code Collective (USC), The Digital Arts and Humanities Commons (UCSB), The Digital Humanities Initiative at SDSU, and Feminist.AI.