Call: Social Robots: Form, Content, Critique – Special issue of International Journal of Social Robotics

Call for Papers:
Social Robots: Form, Content, Critique
Special issue of The International Journal of Social Robotics

Michaela Pfadenhauer (Karlsruhe University / Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Satomi Sugiyama (Franklin College, Switzerland)
Charles Ess (University of Oslo)

We invite papers from scholars and researchers across the disciplines (including philosophy, robot ethics, Artificial Intelligence, cognitive science, media/sociology, information science, art history) that examine and explore social robots through three distinct but inextricably interwoven frameworks:

  • Form/appearance (e.g., human/animal likeness in appearance; everyday media forms and robotic functions; cultural attitudes toward robot forms, etc.)
  • Content/AI/applications (e.g., implications of artificial intelligence in everyday human experiences such as memories, relationships, and conceptions of the self and self-understanding; applications that shape human-robot interactions; applications of mobile media and their implications in human’s robotic experiences, etc.)
  • Critical issues that undergird the above, including; ethics, intimacy, emotions, authenticity, etc.

Paper submission deadline:  1 January 2014
Notification to authors:  1 March 2014
Submission of authors’ revised papers:  1 May 2014
Final acceptance:  1 June 2014 (accepted papers will be immediately published at the IJSR webpage with a Digital Object Identifier for citation purposes)
Publication: August, 2014

The call is an outcome of the COST Strategic Workshop on Social Robotic and Sustainability that took place in Brussels, Belgium, on 10-13 June 2013.

The online submission system is available at:

Authors are required to register on the website and to follow the Journal’s “Instructions for Authors” as provided there.


Charles Ess
Professor in Media Studies
Department of Media and Communication
Director, Centre for Research on Media Innovations
University of Oslo
Oslo Norway


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