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Subject:

CfP SPT 2017: The Grammar of Things

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Alfred Nordmann <[log in to unmask]>

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Alfred Nordmann <[log in to unmask]>

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Call for Papers
SPT 2017: The Grammar of Things

20th conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology
June 14-17, 2017 – Darmstadt, Germany


When we talk and think about technology, we are talking about ars and 
techne, artefacts and socio-technical systems – and always about putting 
things together, co-ordinating people and things. Seeking to understand, 
interpret, and knowingly inhabit the human-built world, we explore what 
works together, how to construct, engineer, compose, grow, plan, 
assemble, or design in appropriate, fitting, sustainable, and sociable ways.

These are questions of grammar: How do things work together in the motor 
of a car, in a public square, in a soap opera, in the painting of a 
historic scene, in a deliberative process? What are the principles of 
composition in a musical score or a computer program? How closely are 
things related in an ‘Internet of Things’? What sustains the operation 
of a concrete machine? Who acts when a law is enforced, a plan realized, 
a code compiled, a script executed? How do users become designers, how 
do scientists become engineers, how do artefacts become moral agents?

Such examinations of the grammar of things implicate epistemology, 
social imaginaries, and design ethics. They provoke analysis from the 
various traditions in philosophy of technology and seek to draw on 
contributions from history of technology, cultural studies, design 
theory, anthropology, art history, cognitive psychology, computer 
science, engineering education, and other fields.

Plenary Speakers
•    Pamela Andanda (Law, University of Witwatersrand)
•    Christian Bök (Poet, Charles Darwin University)
•    Sybille Krämer (Philosophy, Freie Universität Berlin)
•    Dagmar Schäfer (History of Science and China, Max-Planck-Institut 
für Wissenschaftsgeschichte Berlin)
•    Astrid Schwarz (Philosophy, ETH Zurich)
•    George Stiny (Design and Computation, Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology)
•    Shannon Vallor (Philosophy, Santa Clara University)

Due Date for Abstracts/Session Proposals: December 5, 2016 (see 
conference website for submission instructions). Notifications of 
acceptance expected by March 1, 2017.

In order to apply for a Graduate Student Paper Award (includes travel 
stipend) or the SPT Early Career Award (sponsored by Philosophy and 
Technology), please consult the conference website: 
www.philosophie.tu-darmstadt.de/spt2017

Conference Organizers:
Sabine Ammon [log in to unmask]
Alfred Nordmann [log in to unmask]

-- 
Alfred Nordmann
* Professor am Institut für Philosophie, TU Darmstadt
Dolivostr. 15, 64293 Darmstadt, Germany (mailing address)
Landwehrstraße 54, S4|24 103 (physical address)
* Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, University of South Carolina, USA
* Book series www.routledge.com/series/TECHNO
* IANUS www.ianus.tu-darmstadt.de
* www.lehre-interdisziplinaer.tu-darmstadt.de/nag
* join us for SPT 2017 www.philosophie.tu-darmstadt.de/spt2017
Homepage www.philosophie.tu-darmstadt.de/nordmann
--

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