Software Studies

How do we see, think, consume, and make software? How does software—from algorithmic procedures and machine learning models to free and open-source software programs—shape our everyday lives, cultures, societies, and identities? How can we critically and creatively analyze something that seems so ubiquitous and general yet is also so specific and technical? How do artists, designers, coders, scholars, hackers, and activists create new spaces to engage computational culture, enriching our understanding of software as a cultural form? In this cross-disciplinary series, we present authors and books that answer these questions by focusing on software as a site of societal and technical power.We are especially interested in contributions that move beyond broad statements about software and integrate a wide range of disciplines—from mathematics to critical race theory, from software art to queer theory—to understand the social and cultural implications of software. We seek work that addresses the plurality of practice—from participatory design to critical art—and that draws on knowledge from media, visual, game, cultural, and literary studies; history; decolonial theory; new materialism; artistic and critical design practices; and electronic literature and narrative. Ultimately, we seek to explore the vast possibilities, histories, relations, and harms that software encompasses.

Series editor: Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Winnie Soon, and Jichen Zhu

Live Coding

Alan F. Blackwell, Emma Cocker, Geoff Cox, Alex McLean, Thor Magnusson

Nov 22, 2022

How Pac-Man Eats

Noah Wardrip-Fruin

Dec 15, 2020

Critical Code Studies

Mark C. Marino

Mar 03, 2020

The Software Arts

Warren Sack

Apr 09, 2019

Coding Literacy

Annette Vee

Jul 28, 2017

The Stack

Benjamin H. Bratton

Feb 19, 2016

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Nick Montfort, Patsy Baudoin, John Bell, Ian Bogost, Jeremy Douglass, Mark C. Marino, Michael Mateas, Casey Reas, Mark Sample, Noah Vawter

Aug 29, 2014

The Imaginary App

Paul D. Miller, Svitlana Matviyenko

Aug 29, 2014


Rob Kitchin, Martin Dodge

Jan 10, 2014

Programmed Visions

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Jan 11, 2013

Speaking Code

Geoff Cox, Alex McLean, Franco "Bifo" Berardi

Nov 09, 2012

Expressive Processing

Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Michael Crumpton

Feb 10, 2012