Call: The Cyborg Days – University of Zurich workshop

Call for Abstracts

The Cyborg Days Workshop
November 26 – 28
University of Zurich, Switzerland

Submission deadline: October 22, 2018

The Institute for Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University of Zurich (UZH) and the Health Ethics and Policy Lab at ETH Zurich are pleased to announce a call for abstracts for The Cyborg Days!

The Cyborg Days is a three-day workshop that will take place from Monday November 26 to Wednesday November 28, 2018 at the University of Zurich. For detailed information, please visit our website:

This transdisciplinary workshop aims at exploring topical issues at the interface between humans and machines. It will feature contributions from the fields of philosophy,

anthropology, sociology, gender studies, computer science, medicine, and neuroscience, among others, to help understand what it means to be human in the digital age.

Contributions are expected to address the following topics:

  • The human as a critical actor in the human-technology dynamics. Contributions may illustrate the specific characteristics of the human species in her interaction and use of technology.
  • The machine as a critical actor in the human-machine dynamics. Contributions may illustrate the specific characteristics of intelligent machines in their interaction with human agents.
  • The interaction between humans and intelligent machines in the digital era. Contributions may illustrate the specific characteristics of the human-machine interaction.

All abstracts will be peer reviewed. Acceptance will be based on content, available space, and overall program balance. Authors will be invited to give a brief oral presentation about their research, and interact with the audience at a short Q&A session. Partial travel support may be provided to participants in pressing need. This will be evaluated on a case by case basis upon request.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: All abstracts must be received as PDF files through the designated email account at: by October 22, 2018. If necessary, please indicate in the email any charts, images, or text formatting essential for the review process.

All submissions must include:

  • A clear and concise abstract of no more than 500 words in English that satisfies all of the below requirements for scientific rigor
  • A title (formatted in Title Case, not UPPERCASE)
  • A list of all authors using each author’s full name
  • Institution affiliations for each author
  • References (up to five) using APA format
  • Disclosure of any conflicts of interest

The workshop is funded by the Graduate Campus (GRC) and the Digital Society Initiative (DSI) of the University of Zurich, and co-funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS).

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