Track 7: TechnoPolitics

This track will focus on politics and technology. We invite contributions that relate (disruptive) technology and design to questions of democracy, deliberation, and security, as well as to issues in political economy like automated labor, alienation, and the meaning of work. Contributions focusing on legal and juridical aspects are also encouraged. Perspectives may include (but need not be limited to) political philosophy, critical theory (of technology); conflict studies, juridical theory, theories of justice, deliberative democracy, and design studies. 

Track 6: Methodological Issues, Questions & Practices

This track focuses on methodological issues in contemporary philosophy and ethics of technology. We invite contributions that reflect on which methods or methodologies currently hold sway and how their possibilities and limits are to be evaluated. For instance, while much traditional ethics focuses on the individual, it remains questionable whether this translates to other agents (e.g. social groups, institutions, socio-technical systems), which becomes pertinent when considering the embedded values and moral properties of technological products and systems.

Track 5: Geo-Technology & Bio-Technology

This track concerns the relation between technology and the (living) environment. On the one hand, we welcome contributions on climate ethics, environmental ethics, and energy transitions. Suggested topics include (but need not be limited to) geo-engineering, sustainable technologies, de-extinction, environmental justice, or the processes, embedded values, and temporalities of energy transitions. On the other hand, we invite contributions on the philosophy and ethics of biotechnology, for instance with regards to environmental philosophy (e.g.

Track 4: Disruptive Technology & Health

This track focuses on the relation between (disruptive) technology, health, and health-care. We welcome contributions that evaluate radical and disruptive technological innovations in the field of health care, e.g. regarding how novel possibilities of prediction, diagnosis, and treatment (re)shape how health is understood (e.g. in terms of therapy vs enhancement). We further welcome work on how deployment of digital health, increased reliance on big data and AI transform and co-shape health-care relations (e.g. physician-patient relationships) and practices. 

Track 3: Concepts & Values

This track focuses on conceptual issues in contemporary philosophy and ethics of technology. Besides contributions focusing on fundamental concepts, conceptualization as such, or conceptual issues within relevant sub-disciplines (e.g. related to concepts such as agency, accountability, or responsibility), we invite contributions that focus on conceptual development and change, for instance regarding the meaning of progress in technology, science, and morality and the way they intertwine.

Track 2: Bodies, Minds, & Subjects

This track will focus on the myriad relations between technology, embodiment, subjectivation, as well as issues related to cognition and philosophy of mind. It invites contributions concerning sexual technologies, datafication and embodiment, as well as cognition (e.g. embodied, distributed, 4E vs mechanistic explanations, and neurotechnologies). Besides philosophy of technology, perspectives may include (but need not be limited to) philosophical anthropology, posthumanism, disability studies, (post)structuralism, philosophy of mind, and phenomenology. 

Track 1: AI - Intelligent Artifice?

This track concerns AI. On the one hand, we invite contributions focusing on fundamental and conceptual issues in AI, for instance pertaining to ‘trustworthiness’, ‘explanation’, ‘human-centered’, ‘responsible’ or ‘behavior, manipulation, and autonomy’. On the other hand, we welcome contributions focusing on practices and prospects, for instance regarding ELSA, RRI, and VSD in the context of AI, or the philosophical and socio-political implications of generative AI in brain-computer interfacing (BCI) and mind-reading.