what is shift ctrl?

What does the central theme of this conference mean? What is 'shifting control'?

At one level, shifting control refers to the emergent and disruptive new modes of epistemic, legal, and even theological authority that formed in connection with the global rise of computation and new media.

Shifting control also refers to the processes by which computing and new media were "translated" – not simply "transferred" – into social and cultural contexts often dissimilar from those of their inception. These processes of translation empowered radical reconceptualizations of the technologies themselves.

Finally, shifting control refers to an historiographic intervention where we move away from conventional Euro-American, institutional narratives of computing and new media, and towards ones that bring the wider human experience into focus.