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QuickWire: Southern Cal Starts Center on Computer Programming’s Social History

A new center announced this week at the University of Southern California aims to examine the art and culture of computer coding by blending approaches from literary studies and computer science. The center will be called the Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab, or HACCS. Mark C. Marino, an associate professor in the university’s writing program, leads the effort, which follows on a conference he organized last year. The center’s first projects include two planned books, one analyzing a work of electronic fiction and another exploring a single line of computer code. “I want to foster these discussions between computer science and humanities researchers, and this is something that just isn’t happening enough yet,” said Mr. Marino in an interview.

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