The twin cities of Byran/College Station (pop. 203,000) is located in a pastoral area of Texas. Texas A&M University, a Tier 1 research university and a member of the Association of American of Universities (AAU), has a student enrollment of about 62,000 students.   

Lodging

The official conference hotel is the newly opened Texas A&M Hotel. The discounted conference rate is $139 per room and night. To get  this rate, please book here. The Texas A&M Hotel is located on campus a short walk (2-3 min)  from the conference venue.

There are several cheaper lodging options available. The following hotels (which have a more basic standard compared to the Texas A&M Hotel) are located within a 15-20 min walk from the conference venue. Rates start at $51 per night:

The conference location is wheelchair accessible. Child care will be provided.

Flights

Texas A&M owns and operates its own airport, Easterwood (CLL). The airport is located on campus, about one mile from the conference site. American Airlines operates five return flights per day to Dallas (DFW); United Airlines operates three flights per day to Houston (IAH).

 

The nearest international airport is George Bush International Airport in Houston (IAH), which is about 80 miles away. Ground Shuttle offers pre-booked rides to and from the airport for $35. Attendees can fly non-stop to IAH from Amsterdam (KLM, United), Paris (Air France), Frankfurt (Lufthansa, United), London (BA, United), Tokyo (ANA), Beijing (Air China), Istanbul (Turkish), Auckland (Air NZ), Taipei (EVA Air) and nearly every major city in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and South America. Most low-cost airlines fly to Houston Hobby (HOU), a smaller airport that is also accessible from College Station with Ground Shuttle. The international airport in Austin, Texas (AUS) is about one hundred miles from Texas A&M University. It is directly connected with London, Frankfurt, Toronto, several Mexican airports, and most major American airports.

Visit Texas

If you have not been to Texas before you may wish to visit one of the following tourist areas before or after the conference: Houston, Austin, Dallas, San AntonioGalveston, and Fort Worth. All are within three hours by car from College Station.

Other Events in May 2019

The 9th Annual Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference will take place May 23-25 at UT Dallas. Dallas is a 3 hour drive away from Texas A&M, or 35 minutes by air (about $130).

Computer Ethics—Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE) 2019: 28–30 May, 2019, Norfolk, Virginia, USA

CEPE is organized by INSEIT (the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology).  The conference theme  in 2019 will be Risk and Cybersecurity.

 

SPT 2019

May 20-22

Texas A&M University
Dpt. of Philosophy, YMCA Bldg.
The Society for Philosophy and Technology

Local Organizing Committee: Martin Peterson (Chair), Deb Banerjee, Jonathan Coopersmith, Glen Miller, Gregory Pappas, Linda Radzik

Technology and Power

Three Days of Powerful Talks
20 -22 May 2019
09:00 am
 

SPT 2019:

Technology and Power

Three Days of Powerful Talks
20 -22 May 2019
09:00 am

We invite papers, poster presentations, and panel proposals that investigate all areas of philosophy and technology, especially those that have to do with the conference theme, technology and power.  To give but a few examples,  

  • technology can amplify, modify, and extend the power of human perception, capabilities, and acts, and it often results in new opportunities but also new challenges;  

  • technology is often involved in the exercise of power and so is implicated in shifts in political power among individuals, organizations, and states;  

  • technology and its rapid change are continually powering configurations and reconfiguration of social relations; 

  • technology affects the balance of economic, informational, and other kinds of power among individuals, corporations, and governments; and 

  • technology can reinforce, disguise, undermine, or reveal existing structural systems of power, especially those that tend to perpetuate inequalities and injustices.

 Email  address to the local organizing committee: info@spt2019.org

Martin Peterson (Chair, Philosophy)

Deb Banerjee (Mechanical Engineering)

Jonathan Coopersmith (History)

Glen Miller (Philosophy)

Gregory Pappas (Philosophy)

Linda Radzik (Philosophy)

 

Call for Papers

Submit your abstract here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=spt2019 

[We received about 220 submissions from scholars based at more than 100 universities in 35 countries. All authors have been notified of the outcome of the review process.]

The 21st Conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology will be held May 20-22, 2019 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas (USA). 

 

We invite papers, poster presentations, and panel proposals that investigate all areas of philosophy and technology, especially those that have to do with the conference theme, technology and power.  To give but a few examples,  

  • technology can amplify, modify, and extend the power of human perception, capabilities, and acts, and it often results in new opportunities but also new challenges;  

  • technology is often involved in the exercise of power and so is implicated in shifts in political power among individuals, organizations, and states;  

  • technology and its rapid change are continually powering configurations and reconfiguration of social relations; 

  • technology affects the balance of economic, informational, and other kinds of power among individuals, corporations, and governments; and 

  • technology can reinforce, disguise, undermine, or reveal existing structural systems of power, especially those that tend to perpetuate inequalities and injustices. 

 

Regular Papers

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. 

Special Tracks

A special track is an invitation to the scholarly community to submit papers or panels clustered around a theme, topic, approach, or scholar’s work. Those who wish to propose a special track may do so by contacting the conference organizers. A track typically has about six to twelve papers (or paper equivalents). Papers submitted to specialized tracks will be evaluated using the same process as other papers; those that are accepted will be included even if they are not selected for the track.   

 

Panels 

Panels are three or four person presentations and discussions around a more limited topic than tracks. They fit into one 90 - 120 minute slot on the program. Papers submitted to panels will be evaluated using the same process as other papers; those that are accepted will be included even if they are not selected for the track. Panel proposals should include a brief abstract (250 words), and, for each panelist, title and extended (250-500 word) abstract; note that a panel organizer must be named.  

How to submit

Notification of acceptance will be sent no later than February 1, 2019.

 

Submissions can be made at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=spt2019. They should be in a .doc, .docx, 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.

There is no need to contact the conference organizers prior to submitting a paper for a track or a panel; however, please make sure to mention at the top of the page that the paper is for the track/panel “[Name of Track/Panel]”

Paper submissions should include a brief (100 word) abstract and an extended (250-500 word) abstract.  Poster submissions require a brief (150 word plus references) abstract.  

  

SPT Early Career Award 

 

The Society for Philosophy and Technology is proud to sponsor the 2019 SPT Early Career Award. The award, which includes a $500 (USD) prize, will be given to an early career scholar whose accepted paper for SPT 2019, in the judgment of the SPT Executive Board, best embodies exceptional and innovative scholarly work that promises to expand the scope of research in this field. Priority will thus be given to work that promotes growth and open horizons in philosophical research on technology, for example, by developing new ideas, topics, methodologies, arguments, conceptual frameworks, or disciplinary perspectives.  

 

Early career scholars (less than 10 years since the Ph.D., with exceptions for parental leave) whose abstracts are accepted by the SPT 2019 program committee in January/February 2019 may submit full papers to the SPT Board at zachary.storms@univie.ac.at by April 1, 2019 for award consideration; the winner will be notified by April 15 and listed on the conference program. Additional funds for travel to SPT 2019 may be offered. The award will be formally presented to the winner at the closing SPT session on May 22. 

 

SPT Graduate Student Paper Awards 

 

The Society for Philosophy and Technology will sponsor graduate student paper awards given to outstanding submissions by graduate students for SPT 2019. These awards include a $500 USD travel stipend. Graduate students (including the equivalent of Ph.D. candidates, doctoral students, or research master students) who wish to be considered for an award must submit a complete draft (max. 3000 words) of the paper to be considered to an independent SPT award committee at the email address below by January 1, 2019, following the separate submission of the abstract by December 1. The full paper should be stripped of identifying information but include a cover sheet with the paper title, 150-200 word abstract, the author’s name, contact info and current graduate program details (e.g., date of enrollment, degree being pursued, department, and institution).  

 

Submitted papers will be blind reviewed by the SPT award committee. Only authors whose abstracts are accepted by the program committee for the conference program will be eligible to receive a graduate student paper award, and those selected must register and present the paper at the conference to receive the award and stipend. Co-authored submissions are ineligible for graduate student paper awards unless all authors are graduate students and are listed as such, with the required program information, on the paper cover sheet. 

  

To apply for a graduate paper award, please submit a full paper (max 3000 words) and cover sheet to zachary.storms@univie.ac.at by January 1, 2019.   

 

Keynote Speakers

(in order of appearance)
Deborah G. Johnson (University of Virginia)
"Challenging the Promises and Perils Framework for Emerging Technologies"
Michael Bratman (Stanford University)
  "Plans and the Organization of Human Action"
Colleen Murphy (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
"Technology and Transitional Justice"
Andrew Feenberg (Simon Fraser University),  SPT2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Lecture: "Technoscience: Nature Enters History"
Mark Coeckelbergh (University of Vienna, President of SPT)
"The Tech Philosopher’s Tools: Media, Metaphor, and Performance"

Program

The conference program can be downloaded here. [UPDATED May 17, 2019]

 Special tracks at SPT 2019:
  1. "Technological Pragmatism" (Chair: Gregory Pappas)

  2. "Luck as a Challenge for Responsible Governance of Science and Technology" (Chairs: Martin Sand and Samantha Copeland) 

  3. "Developing Meeting Points between Environmental Ethics and Philosophy of Technology" (Chairs: Per Sandin and Vincent Blok)

  4. "Powerful Humans and More Powerful Technologies", (Chair: Laura Drake)

  5. "Philosophy, Technology, and Education" (Chairs: Jacob Pleasants, Joanne Olson, Michael Clough)

  6. "Multicultural Philosophies of Technology" (Chairs: Pak-Hang Wong, Tom Wang, Qin Zhu)

  7. "Value Change and Technology" (Chairs: Steffen Steinert and Ibo van de Poel)

Panels 

Panels are three or four person presentations and discussions around a more limited topic than tracks. They fit into one 90 - 120 minute slot on the program. Papers submitted to panels will be evaluated using the same process as other papers; those that are accepted will be included even if they are not selected for the track. Panel proposals should include a brief abstract (250 words), and, for each panelist, title and extended (250-500 word) abstract; note that a panel organizer must be named.  

Special Tracks vs. Panels

A special track is an invitation to the scholarly community to submit papers or panels clustered around a theme, topic, approach, or scholar’s work. Papers submitted to special tracks have been evaluated using the same process as other papers; those that have been accepted will be included even if they are not selected for the track. 

REGISTER

The following rates are valid until April 15. Late registration is $50 extra.

The fee includes access to the conference, a printed program, three light lunches and one dinner, as well as coffee and tea.