Sunday, July 25, 2010

Society for Philosophy and Technology

SPT 2011: Technology and Security
17th International Conference of the Society for Philosophy and
Technology, May 26-29, 2011

University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA

Deadline for abstracts: November 1, 2010

SPT 2011 welcomes high quality papers and panel proposals in all areas of philosophy of technology. Given the focus of this year’s conference, papers and panels dealing with technology and security are especially welcomed. We encourage submissions from an interdisciplinary spectrum, including but not limited to philosophers, engineers, natural scientists, historians, social scientists, and those involved in public or private policymaking. SPT 2011 tracks:

1. Security technology 1: Information, surveillance, and cyber security
2. Security technology 2: Environmental and agricultural security
3. Security technology 3: Terrorism, warfare, and emerging military technologies
4. Development and globalization
5. Technology, justice, and the good life
6. Sustainable technologies, energy, and built environments
7. Philosophy of engineering and design
8. Ethics and Technology
9. Philosophy/history of technology
10. Technology, gender, and culture
11. Biomedical technology, health, and enhancement
12. Religion and technology
13. Media and communication technology
14. Emerging and converging science and technology
15. Technologies of self and consciousness: drugs, exercise, meditation
16. Reflective engineering

Papers will be accepted on the basis of a submitted abstract, which will be refereed. An abstract must be between 500 and 750 words in length (references excluded) and submitted via email ( as embedded plain text or an attachment in RTF, WORD, or PDF format. It should also contain the name and number of the track to which the abstract is submitted. If an abstract does not seem to fit with any track, simply note that with the submission. All submissions are welcome, and authors should not feel constrained by the tracks. Abstracts must be submitted no later than November 1, 2010. Authors will be informed of the decision of the referees by January 1, 2011.

Paper presentations will be 30 minutes, divided into 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

Panel Proposals. We will also accept proposals for panel discussions, to be submitted to by November 1, 2010. Panel proposals must be between 500 and 1,000 words in length, include a statement of the general topic, and an overview of the specific questions or issues to be addressed. In addition, the proposal should include a list of the panelists involved, their expertise in this area, and whether they have indicated that they are willing to participate.

Keynote speakers: TBD

Plenary sessions: TBD

SPT presidential address: Philip Brey, University of Twente, title TBD

The SPT conference series is recognized as the premier international event in philosophy of technology, with delegates from all over the world. Conferences are held every two years, alternating between Europe and the United States. SPT 2011 is the 17th conference in the series.

Co-Directors: Adam Briggle and David Kaplan, University of North Texas

Keep checking the conference website at for further updates and information about the conference.

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