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4TU.Ethics Bi-annual Conference 2021 – Call for Abstracts

October 14 - October 15

4TU.Ethics Bi-annual Conference 2021 – Call for Abstracts

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 15th May 2021


Novel technologies enable us to manipulate and shape phenomena that have long been taken to be given and natural. At the same time, our control of nature is limited, as the covid-19 pandemic and climate change show. Moreover, technologies themselves are also increasingly exerting influence on us  – artificial intelligence, robotics, health surveillance. The boundaries between technological artefacts and living entities are becoming less and less clear, and this is raising ethical and political debate at all societal levels, from local to global. We welcome contributions that will engage with the conceptual, ethical, and political issues associated with the way in which humanity can manipulate living systems and nature and how technologies are changing us as well.  We especially encourage global and intercultural contributions to this conference.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers include:

Bernice Bovenkerk, Associate Professor in the Social Sciences Group, subdepartment of Communication, Philosophy and Technology of Wageningen University


Alberto Giubilini, Senior Research Fellow on the Oxford Martin Programme on Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford.


Setup of the Conference in Covid19 times

At the start of 2021 it is unclear what the possibilities are for a conference in October. We are looking forward to meeting our colleagues in person but realise that many will be reluctant or unable to travel to Wageningen. Therefore, we opt for a combination of in-person and online activities. On 14th October we will hosta safe in-person meeting in Ede/Wageningen, The Netherlands, with possibilities for remote online participation. We hope to make it a real social event onsite – of course, taking all Covid-19 measures seriously. On 15th October all sessions will be online only. We will see to it that also online participation will be stimulating, engaging and fun.

If meetings are still not allowed, the whole conference will be online.

Call for Abstracts

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 15th May 2021

Decision about abstracts: 15th June 2021

Submission: https://ethicsandtechnology.eu/4tu-ethics-bac-2021/

You can submit an abstract for a complete symposium, a discussion paper, or a poster presentation. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed; abstracts for papers might receive a decision that they are accepted for the poster session.

Symposia: a symposium is a 75 minutes session around one theme, with 5 short presentations and a general discussion. An abstract for a symposium contains (a) title, (b) names and affiliations of 5 contributors, (b) description in 350 words including a brief explanation of the setup of interaction with the audience.  Note that there is room for not more than 8 symposia at the conference. All contributors must register for the conference.

Panel discussions. A panel discussion is a 75 minutes session in which two separate discussion papers are discussed in depth. The papers to be discussed will be available to the audience to read in advance, and the authors are committed to submit this paper (4000 words maximum) by 15th September at the latest. The author does not present their paper, and instead has ample opportunity to respond to a critique of a designated commentator.

Poster presentations. Posters will be publicly available online during the conference. Authors will be given timeslots in which they give a short online presentation (5 minutes) next to their poster after which the audience can ask questions.

Looking very much forward to receiving your contributions,

Marcel Verweij, Conference Chair.




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