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Posted on October 28, 2022

Call for abstracts SPT 2023: deadline extended


From June 7-10, 2023, the Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies, or JSSTS will host the 23rd biennial international conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. The conference theme is “Technology and Mobility,”

Technologies always expand human mobility. Ships have made transcontinental travel possible, and cars have made everyday long-distance movement possible. We can also say that the development of the telephone and internet has made the world “smaller” and thereby changed our idea of mobility. And now, developments in technologies such as AI and self-driving cars are bringing a new situation. Technologies not only expand the range of our movement but also significantly change the way we move itself.

In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic forces us to consider the issue. The pandemic forced us to stop moving all over the world, and instead, we create a variety of activities by using ICT technologies. The situation calls into questions: What does it mean for people to move and meet in person, and how does technology connect people?

At this conference, we aim to reflect on the relationship between technologies and mobility, but papers reflecting on any aspect of technology are welcomed.



In principle, SPT2023 will be conducted in person. Online sessions will be set up only in a very limited way. We cannot accommodate individual circumstances, such as time difference issues, so please consider carefully your participation in online sessions.



Submissions that engage in some philosophical aspect of technology are welcomed, including those from disciplines other than philosophy (e.g., STS, history, anthropology, and sociology). Submissions from practitioners, including entrepreneurs, engineers, and engineering faculty, are also encouraged.

1. Track

Those who wish to propose a special track of papers clustered around a theme, topic, approach, or scholar’s work may do so by contacting the conference organizers. Papers submitted to specialized tracks will be evaluated using the same process as other papers; those that are accepted will be included in the conference even if they are not selected for the track. Track proposals (of about 300 words) should be sent by email to the conference organizing committee () by November 15, 2022. Please indicate the track chair(s) in the email.

Program Committee assumes, for example, these tracks associated with this event including, but not limited to:

  • Technology and the City

  • Consumption and mobile lifestyles

  • Smart City and Infrastructures

  • Epistemology and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, Metaverse, Robots

  • Technology, justice, and moral responsibility

  • Environment, Sustainability, and Risks

  • Technology, Gender, and Culture after Covid-19

  • Technological Innovations and the Good Life

  • Biomedical technology, health, and enhancement

  • Ethics, Politics of Designing

  • Development and globalization

  • Philosophy of Technology in East and West

FYI: Tracks in the Past SPT Biennial Conference

2. Paper, Poster, and Panel Submissions

Paper submissions should include a brief (100 words) abstract and an extended (250-500 words) abstract. Poster submissions require a brief (150 words plus references) abstract. Panel proposals should be submitted by the panel organizer and should include a brief abstract (250 words), and, for each panelist, title and extended (250-500 words) abstract. Please click or tap following “Submit for Paper / Poster / Panel Proposal” button and submit your proposal after filling out the all appropriate forms depend on your presentation type.

You can submit your abstract here.

The submission deadline is January 15, 2022. Notification of acceptance will be sent no later than February 1, 2023. They should be in a .doc, .docx, .txt, or .odt (Open Office) format. If the author wishes to be considered for inclusion in a track or tracks, the track name(s) must be listed in the submitted document after the abstracts.

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