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(re)watch the sessions and keynotes of phtr2020

From 4 to 7 November 2020 researchers, professors, designers, artists and other experts gave an in-depth presentation or workshop about their field of study within Philosophy of Human-Technology Relations. The videos and related abstracts are now available to read, (re)watch and enjoy. You can watch the video of the keynote speakers below this page as well. If you have any questions or if you would like to contact one of the presenters, please send an email to phtr-event@utwente.nl

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Keynote sessions

Robert Rosenberger

Associate Professor of Philosophy in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology

In the field of philosophy of mind, “the hard problem” refers to the task of understanding the nature of conscious. The problem of consciousness remains vexing and stubborn, yet also a central and guiding one for that field. Is there a comparably central conceptual sticking point for the fields of philosophy of technology and Science & Technology Studies? Robert thinks so.

About Robert Rosenberger
Christopher Preston

Professor of philosophy at the University of Montana in Missoula.

More than the Anthropocene, the world is embarking on a Synthetic Age. This age could be one with new kinds of human-nature relations centered on the increased capacity to control. Yet there are elements of this synthetic age that push back in the other direction. Wildness and rewilding very much remain as characteristics of this age. We ask what might be learned from taking these characteristics seriously.

Caroline Hummels

Professor Design and Theory at the dept. of Industrial Design at TU Eindhoven

Our recent quest aims at developing a design-philosophy correspondence, in which philosophy informs design practice and design practice is used to philosophise, in order to tackle societal challenges through transforming practices. I’ll sketch the insights our journey brought us leading towards and coming from our current design-philosophy correspondence endeavour.

Ashley Shew

Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech

This talk highlights issues of maintenance, social stigma, and narratives that shape authentic cyborg relationships with technologies. The topic Human-Technology Relations calls for a richer philosophy of cyborg-technology relation, that centers the experiences of disabled people in hostile infrastructure and often-incorrect sociotechnical expectations.