Call for Proposals / Call for Abstracts
The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, Texas, USA
May 18-21, 2017
Including sessions presented jointly with the Comics and Popular Arts Conference
- Alice Dreger, PhD, historian and author of Galileo’s Middle Finger
- Ari Larissa Heinrich, PhD, UC San Diego – Department of Literature
This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the interplay between human, ethical, cultural, and political values, on the one hand, and science, technology, engineering, and medical research and practice, on the other hand. We invite presentations that seek not only to understand how values and science can and do influence one another, but also how they should interact (as well as interactions and influences that should be avoided). Finally, we are ultimately interested in promoting ethically responsible and socially beneficial scientific research and technological innovation, the social conditions for the pursuit and appreciation of science and technology, and critical reflection about the influence of science, technology, and medicine on our values, culture, practices, and worldview.
This year includes collaboration with the Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC) to jointly present a special set of target themes for the conference:
- Representations of Science in Pop Culture
- Imagining the Future of Science and Society through Science Fiction
- Politics and Ethics of Media Representations of Science
We are also especially interested in presentations of the following target themes:
- Science, Values, and Politics
- Science, Technology, and Social Justice
- Socially-Driven and Public-Interest Science
- Values in Climate Science and Policy
- Authority of Science in Democratic Societies
- Science and Moral Imagination
- Interdisciplinary Connections
- Values in Interdisciplinary Research
- Interdisciplinarity in the Study of Values in Science
- Connecting Philosophy of Science & Philosophy of Technology
- Connecting Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine / Philosophy of Biology.
- “Values in Science” in History & Sociology of Science
Any proposals that address the general relations of values to science, technology, and medicine, but do not fit neatly into these target themes, are also welcome. We seek proposals from any disciplinary or theoretical approach that addresses these themes and are especially interested in interdisciplinary work.
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2017
Submit your proposals at: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/VMST2017/
We invite submission of abstracts for:
- Traditional individual presentations (20 minutes),
- Short-form presentations (such as open roundtables or lightning talks),
- Panel proposals in a variety of formats including workshops and praxis-oriented sessions, and
- Dissertations-in-progress and books-in-progress feedback sessions.
All formats should submit a 250-300 word abstract. Panels should additionally attach a 1-2 page document with abstracts for individual presentations or description of panel format and the contributions of each presenter. Books- and dissertations-in-progress submissions should attach a 1-2 page document with additional information such as state of completion, timeline, outline, etc.
Multiple submissions will be considered, but multiple appearances on the program will be limited. You will not be able to make multiple presentations of the same general kind, but you may be able to, e.g., present original research and in a more informal or praxis-focused session.
The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology works to foster diversity and inclusiveness in our programming, events, and outreach efforts. Proposal authors and panel organizers will be asked to submit an optional 50-100 word diversity statement with their submission, to help us gauge diversity in our later rounds of proposal review. We will also publish a statement of Conference Aims, Values, and Norms and designate ombuds for the conference, who can monitor and receive confidential reports of inappropriate behavior and work with the organizers to determine appropriate responses.
If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity rather than submitting a proposal, please email email@example.com.
The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology is part of the School of Arts & Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. The Center’s mission is to understand, evaluate, and improve the ethical and cultural influences on and implications of science and technology.
- Matthew J. Brown, Organizer, UT Dallas (philosophy of science)
- Magdalena Grohman, Co-Organizer, UT Dallas (psychology of creativity, education)
- Olivia Banner, UT Dallas (critical disability studies, humanities and health studies, media studies)
- Stephen Crowley, Boise State University (philosophy of science, interdiscplinarity)
- Heather Douglas, University of Waterloo (philosophy of science, environmental studies)
- Johnathan Flowers, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, CPAC (philosophy of race, pop culture studies, feminist phenomenology)
- Chad Gonnerman, University of Southern Indiana (philosophy of psychology, interdiscplinarity)
- Frederick Grinnell, UT Southwestern (cell biology, philosophy of science, bioethics)
- Kristen Intemann, Montana State University (philosophy of science, feminist philosophy)
- Ashley Kennedy, Florida Atlantic University (philosophy of medicine, bioethics)
- Ian James Kidd, University of Nottingham (philosophy of science, social and virtue epistemology, science and religion)
- Nicolae Morar, University of Oregon, (bioethics, environmental studies, philosophy of biology)
- Stephanie Noell, Mountain View College, CPAC (environmental studies, pop culture studies, library sciences)
- Manuela Fernández Pinto, Universidad de los Andes (philosophy of medicine, feminist philosophy, social epistemology)
- Sabrina Starnaman, UT Dallas (literary studies, women’s studies, literature of science)
- Elizabeth Suhay, American University (political science, science communication)
- Ian Werkheiser, UT Rio Grande Valley (environmental studies, engineering ethics, social epistemology)
- Sarah Wieten, CHESS, Durham University (philosophy of science, philosophy of medicine, bioethics)
- Damien Patrick Williams, Kennesaw State University, CPAC (philosophy of technology, pop culture studies)
All conference locations will be wheelchair accessible. Further accessibility information is TBD, depending on available campus facilities and funding. Feedback is welcome at <firstname.lastname@example.org>, or you may anonymously email concerns to the conference ombuds at <email@example.com>.