The inability to acknowledge a proven fact, as translated into an appeal to an authority to “unfortunately” disregard some person (me, in this case)

(Türkçesi)

4+ years ago, I had submitted the abstract “Gameplay is politics” (the first chapter of Dialectics of Game Design) to the 4th ICTs and Society meeting that was to take place in Uppsala, Sweden.

I did an e-mail submission before the announced “deadline“. According to the e-mail server logs of alternatifbilisim.org, the submission was technically successful.

However, for some unknown reason, my submission had not landed into the organizer’s (Marisol Sandoval) inbox (“junk”? “spam”? classification?)

As a result, she was unable to acknowledge my submission, eventhough I was able to prove by the server logs that it indeed took place.

This inability to acknowledge a proven fact led the organizer Marisol Sandoval to appeal to the authority of the “main organizer” Christian Fuchs.

She encrypted her appeal to him in the notion of a “slot” that was “unfortunately already filled.”

I had written the e-mail below to inform the organizing board members about the incident.

They did not respond.

The name of the meeting they organize, “ICTs and Society” means:

“Information and Communication Technologies and Society.”

Işık Barış Fidaner

PS: I had written another very short text at the time about the four kinds of discrimination mentioned in the e-mail (informal discrimination, physical discrimination, formal discrimination, electronic discrimination) that just makes their distinction and does not elaborate much about their specifics.

uppsala

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