Call: International Conference: “Human-Technology Relations: Postphenomenology and Philosophy of Technology”


International Conference
Human-Technology Relations: Postphenomenology and Philosophy of Technology
@ DesignLab of the University of Twente, The Netherlands
July 11 – 13th, 2018

Deadline for submission of abstracts: February 15, 2018

We are happy to invite you to a 3-day event around the topic of human-technology relations at the University of Twente. The conference intends to bring together scholars in philosophy of technology with the broader field of research in human-technology interaction. For this occasion, we are reaching out to philosophers, scholars, artists, designers, and engineers, in order to foster dialogue and creative collaborations around the interactions between humans, technologies, and society.

As has been emphasised by several authors (e.g. Ihde, Haraway, Feenberg, Vallor, Latour, Verbeek), we cannot uphold strict distinctions between humans and technologies. As human beings, we are always interwoven with technologies in our daily practices. At this conference it is our aim to reflect on the consequences of this idea in, for example, philosophy, ethics, science, sociology, design, art, politics, anthropology, engineering, etc.

The conference aims to:

  • Present philosophical work and interdisciplinary research in and on human-technology relations
  • Explore how philosophical, design, and art research can contribute to envisioning the potentials of future human-technology relations
  • Investigate how research in human-technology relations can inform policy making and political agendas, critically and constructively


  • Postphenomenology – General framework; strengths, limits, and venues for further research
  • Knowledge – How technologies help to shape human understandings of the world
  • Ethics – How technologies help to shape norms, values, and decisions
  • Metaphysics – How technologies influence metaphysical thought
  • Engineering & Design – Exploring human-media and human-technology interactions
  • Intimate technologies – How technologies reveal new intimacies and give rise to unprecedented vulnerabilities
  • Politics – How technologies shape power distribution; technological risks and social/ecological justice
  • Techno Environments – How technologies transform and become our milieus
  • Art – How technologies mediate imagination, and allow new possibilities of artistic expression
  • Posthumanism(s) – How technology and the human being merge
  • Techno-cultural pluralism – How our lifeworld is technologically transformed across various cultures
  • Responsible Design and Innovation – How technologies enable and challenge policy making and interdisciplinary research


We welcome abstract submissions for posters, papers, panels, and workshops;

  • Papers – abstracts: 250 words, and up to three keywords [20 minutes talk, 10 minutes for discussion].
  • Panel proposals – can consist of up to 4 abstracts (see above), should include a general description (200 words) and the CV of participants and organiser.
  • Posters – abstract 250 words, and up to three keywords. (Master students only, there will be a poster competition).
  • Workshops – description of 250 words, specific requirements.

Abstracts, along with a short CV, should be sent to


  • February 15, 2018: Deadline for submission of abstracts
  • March 1, 2018: Notification of acceptance
  • April 30, 2018: Announcement of conference schedule
  • Until 1st of May: Early-Birds registration


  • BA/MA Students: €15
  • Early-Birds (until 1st of may): €75
  • General: €100

Lunch & coffee included


  • Project Theorizing Technological Mediation, led by prof. dr. ir. Peter-Paul Verbeek, funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

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