SPT 2019: Society for Philosophy and Technology Biannual Conference 2019

Country: USA

City: College Station

Abstr. due: 01.12.2018

Dates: 20.05.19 — 22.05.19

Area Of Sciences: Philosophy;

Organizing comittee e-mail: zachary.storms@univie.ac.at

Organizers: Society for Philosophy and Technology; Texas A&M University


The 21st Conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology will be held May 20-22, 2019 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas (USA).

We invite papers, poster presentations, and panel proposals that investigate all areas of philosophy and technology, especially those that have to do with the conference theme, technology and power. To give but a few examples,

· technology can amplify, modify, and extend the power of human perception, capabilities, and acts, and it often results in new opportunities but also new challenges;

· technology is often involved in the exercise of power and so is implicated in shifts in political power among individuals, organizations, and states;

· technology and its rapid change are continually powering configurations and reconfiguration of social relations;

· technology affects the balance of economic, informational, and other kinds of power among individuals, corporations, and governments; and

· technology can reinforce, disguise, undermine, or reveal existing structural systems of power, especially those that tend to perpetuate inequalities and injustices.

Submissions that engage in some philosophical aspect of technology are welcomed, including those from disciplines other than philosophy (e.g., STS, history, anthropology, and sociology). Submissions from practitioners, including entrepreneurs, engineers, and engineering faculty, are also encouraged.

Those who wish to propose a special track of papers clustered around a theme, topic, approach, or scholar’s work may do so by contacting the conference organizers. Papers submitted to specialized tracks will be evaluated using the same process as other papers; those that are accepted will be included even if they are not selected for the track. Track proposals (of about 300 words) should be sent by email to conference organizers (info at spt2019.org) by November 1, 2018. Please indicate the track chair(s) in the email.

Paper submissions should include a brief (100 word) abstract and an extended (250-500 word) abstract. Poster submissions require a brief (150 word plus references) abstract. Panel proposals should include a brief abstract (250 words), and, for each panelist, title and extended (250-500 word) abstract; note that a panel organizer must be named.

The submission deadline is December 1, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent no later than February 1, 2019. Submissions can be made at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=.... They should be in a .doc, .docx, or .odt (Open Office) format. If the author wishes to be considered for inclusion in a track or tracks, the track name(s) must be listed in the submitted document after the abstracts.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Michael Bratman (Stanford), Mark Coeckelbergh (University of Vienna), Deborah Johnson (University of Virginia), and Colleen Murphy (University of Illinois).

SPT Early Career Award

The Society for Philosophy and Technology is proud to sponsor the 2019 SPT Early Career Award. The award, which includes a $500 (USD) prize, will be given to an early career scholar whose accepted paper for SPT 2019, in the judgment of the SPT Executive Board, best embodies exceptional and innovative scholarly work that promises to expand the scope of research in this field. Priority will thus be given to work that promotes growth and open horizons in philosophical research on technology, for example, by developing new ideas, topics, methodologies, arguments, conceptual frameworks, or disciplinary perspectives.

Conference Web-Site: https://easychair.org/cfp/spt2019