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International Conference

Human-Technology Relations: Postphenomenology and Philosophy of Technology

@ DesignLab of the University of Twente, The Netherlands

July 11 - 13th,  2018

We are happy to invite you to a 3-day event around the topic of human-technology relations at the University of Twente. The conference intends to bring together scholars in philosophy of technology with the broader field of research in human-technology interaction. For this occasion, we are reaching out to philosophers, scholars, artists, designers, and engineers, in order to foster dialogue and creative collaborations around the interactions between humans, technologies, and society. 

As has been emphasised by several authors (e.g. Ihde, Haraway, Feenberg, Vallor, Latour, Verbeek), we cannot uphold strict distinctions between humans and technologies. As human beings, we are always interwoven with technologies in our daily practices. At this conference it is our aim to reflect on the consequences of this idea in, for example, philosophy, ethics, science, sociology, design, art, politics, anthropology, engineering, etc.

The conference aims to:

  • Present philosophical work and interdisciplinary research in and on human-technology relations
  • Explore how philosophical, design, and art research can contribute to envisioning the potentials of future human-technology relations
  • Investigate how research in human-technology relations can inform policy making and political agendas, critically and constructively

Panels and Workshops (suggestions)

  • Postphenomenology - General framework; strengths, limits, and venues for further research 
  • Knowledge - How technologies help to shape human understandings of the world 
  • Ethics - How technologies help to shape norms, values, and decisions
  • Metaphysics - How technologies influence metaphysical thought
  • Engineering & Design - Exploring human-media and human-technology interactions
  • Intimate technologies - How technologies reveal new intimacies and give rise to unprecedented vulnerabilities
  • Politics - How technologies shape power distribution; technological risks and social/ecological justice
  • Techno Environments - How technologies transform and become our milieus 
  • Art - How technologies mediate imagination, and allow new possibilities of artistic expression
  • Posthumanism(s) - How technology and the human being merge
  • Techno-cultural pluralism - How our lifeworld is technologically transformed across various cultures
  • Responsible Design and Innovation - How technologies enable and challenge policy making and interdisciplinary research
  • ...

Important dates

  • March 1, 2018: Extended deadline for submission of abstracts
  • March 8, 2018: Notification of acceptance (for abstracts send in after Feb. 15th)
  • April 30, 2018: Announcement of conference schedule
  • Until 1st of May: Early-Birds registration

Registration Fees

  • BA/MA Students: €15
  • Early-Birds (until 1st of May): €75
  • General: €100
  • Lunch and refreshments are included in the fee.
  • Conference Dinner: €60

Organisation and Funding

  • Project Theorizing Technological Mediation, led by prof. dr. ir. Peter-Paul Verbeek, funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

Further questions and contact: phtr2018@gmail.com