Philosophy of Technology and Technological Mediation

Symposium: november 17th

Established- and beginning academics reflect on how the idea of technological mediation relates to other theoretical- and practical approaches in the philosophy of technology. There will be panel sessions on: 

  • Defense and Military Technologies 
  • Theoretical Philosophy of Technology 
  • Technology, the Environment and Technological Environments 
  • Virtual Technologies 
  • Technology and Design 
  • Technology and the Body 
  • Technological Systems.

Date & time


  • Everyone interested in this topic is cordially invited to watch and discuss the papers presented!
  • Registration fees: None, but registration is strongly encouraged (no lunch included)
  • Please register by sending an email to


09:45 – 10:00             Coffee

10:00 – 10:15             Opening

10:15  – 11:15            Parallel Session 1 + 2

Parallel Session 1: Defense and Military Technologies (Location: CONNECT)  

  • Chair: Nolen Gertz
  • 10:15                      Maarten van Veen – Validating the Virtual: Case Study of a Military Training Stimulator (Netherlands Defense Academy)
  • 10:45                      Tom Fischer – Silent, Invisible, Closed: A Naked Eye on De/Offensive Designs (Nottingham Trent University)

Parallel Session 2: Theoretical Philosophy of Technology (I) (Location: INFORM)  

  • Chair: Bas de Boer
  • 10:15                      Ori Freiman & Boaz Miller – When a Man Falls on Google Street View: Interpreting Quasi-Testimony from Instruments as a Material Hermeneutic Practice (Bar-Ilan University)
  • 10:45                      Thomas Vleeshouwers – Mediation Theory and the Political Perspective (University of Antwerp)

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30 Parallel Sessions 3 + 4

Parallel Session 3: The World in Technology (Location: CONNECT) 

  • Chair: Yvonne Droge Wendel
  • 11:30                         Jelle van Dijk – The Embodied Design Framework (University of Twente)
  • 12:00                         Margoth González Woge – Technological Environmentality – Bringing Back the ‘World’ into the Human-Technology Relations (University of Twente)

Parallel Session 4: Virtual Technologies (Location: INFORM)  

  • Chair: Jonne Hoek
  • 11:30                      Slava Kozlov – Gameplay as Technology: (Serious) Games and Axiological Transformation (Summ()n Future Research)
  • 12:00                      Johnny Hartz Søraker – Intravirtual vs. Extravirtual Technology Relations and their (In)Applicability to Virtual Worlds (University of Twente)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:30 Parallel Sessions 5/6

Parallel Session 5: Theoretical Philosophy of Technology (II) (Location: CONNECT) 

  • Chair: Mauricio Villaseñor Terán
  • 13:30                      Gunter Bombaerts – A Salty Soup Needs Salty Ingredients (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • 14:00                      Emanuele Clarizio – The Contribution of French Biological Philosophical Technology to the Debate on Technological Mediation (Université Paris-Est Créteil)
  • 14:30                      Scott Midson – Self-Help for Cyborgs: Relationality, Hybridity, and Risk in Technocultural Lifeworlds (University of Manchester)
  • 15:00                      Joost van Driessche – What Philosophers of Science and Technology Might Learn from Novelists

Parallel Session 6: Technology and Design (Location: INFORM)

  • Chair: Dr. Brandt van der Gaast
  • 13:30                        Stella Boess – Design Things and Relations to Empower Citizens in Participatory Design Processes (Delft University of Technology)
  • 14:00                        Sam Edens – Tangible Interactions: Material Aesthetics in Interaction Design (Free University of Amsterdam)
  • 14:30                        Louise Beltzung Horvath, Julia Grillmayr & Tanja Traxler – Radical Visions of the Future’s Smart Environments (University of Vienna/Technical University Vienna)

15:30 – 15:45 COFFEE BREAK

15:45 – 17:15 PARALLEL SESSIONS 7/8

Parallel Session 7: Technology and the Body (Location: Connect) 

  • Chair: Olya Kudina
  • 15:45                      Gili Yaron – Recovering a ‘Disfigured’ Face: Cosmesis in the Everyday Use of Facial Prostheses (Maastricht University)
  • 16:15                      Ellen Algera - Fertile bodies, sites of struggle: a call for a techno-phenomenology of fertility management practices (University of Amsterdam)
  • 16:45                      Jose Carlos Cañizares – Mediated Touch: Some Theoretical Remarks on Philosophy of Technology (University of Twente)

Parallel Session 8: Technological Systems (Location: INFORM) 

  • Chair: Peter-Paul Verbeek
  • 15:45                      Hans Radder – Technological Systems and Genuine Public Interests (Free University of Amsterdam)
  • 16:15                      Susann Wagenknecht – The Morality of Stop & Go – Rule Enactment in Traffic Signaling (Universität Siegen)

17:15 – 17:30 Closing +

17:30 – 19:00 Drinks @ the EXHBIT/LOUNGE

The ‘borrel’ is held in view of the Theorizing Technological Mediation symposium and is graciously sponsored by the NWO and the department of Philosophy of the University of Twente.

We expect the speakers and chairs of the panel sessions of this day, as well as several key-notes of the preceding and following day to be present.  Twente’s Philosophy of Science Technology and Society (PSTS) students and department members are cordially invited to join!

Afterwards you are welcome to join us for dinner at the Faculty Club from 19.00 onwards. Presenters and attendants of the workshop can sign up during the morning.

This symposium is part of the NWO funded VICI-program: Theorizing Technological Mediation, led by Prof. Dr. Ir. Peter Paul Verbeek.