Call: Gendering Robots: Ongoing (Re)Configurations of Gender in Robotics – IJSR special issue

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GENDERING ROBOTS: ONGOING (RE)CONFIGURATIONS OF GENDER IN ROBOTICS
Special issue of
International Journal of Social Robotics (IJSR)
https://www.springer.com/journal/12369/updates/19292566

Submission deadline: January 31st, 2022

Dear colleagues,

After the success of the GenR 2021 workshop at RO-MAN 2021 last week, I am pleased to announce that the homonym Special Issue “GENDERING ROBOTS: Ongoing (Re)configurations of Gender in Robotics” is now open for submissions on the International Journal of Social Robotics (IJSR)! The Special Issue opened on August 12th and will stay open until January 31st, 2022. All submitted papers will be reviewed as soon as they are received and the accepted papers will be published online first until the complete Special Issue is published. Please note that we welcome submissions from all disciplines addressing the topic of gender in robots and are open to submissions from Ethics, Social Sciences, Psychology, and Humanities, as well as more technical and traditional Social Robotics and HRI papers.

You can find more information on the Special Issue below and on our [Workshop] website.

Please feel free to reach out for questions and details to our email addresses (see below).

Kindest regards,

Giulia Perugia

SPECIAL ISSUE GENDERING ROBOTS: ONGOING (RE)CONFIGURATIONS OF GENDER IN ROBOTICS
International Journal of Social Robotics (IJSR) – Impact Factor 5.126 (2020)
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The field of HRI is increasingly employing humanoid robots and anthropomorphic designs to aid social interactions between humans and robots. However, designing robots with human-like characteristics can have far-reaching implications. For instance, integrating identity markers such as gender into robotic systems can involuntarily transfer implicit biases into the human-robot interaction (HRI) and perpetuate harmful structural patterns and societal stereotypes. This Special Issue aims to deepen the social, ethical, and psychological understanding of the attribution of gender to robots, addressing how the design and use of gendered robots might impact HRI and affect society at large. We welcome original papers investigating the attribution of gender to social robots, the influence of robot’s gender on the perception of and interaction with robots (e.g., acceptance, trust), the design of gendered robots, and its ethical and societal implications. Through this special issue, we would like to inspire discussions about the mindful use of robots in society and promote the possibility of using robots to challenge harmful social practices (e.g., gender stereotypes, gender inequality). Our ultimate goal is to bridge the communication gap we observed between the different disciplines addressing the topic of gender in robotics and the lack of spaces to converse with and learn from one another.

The Special Issue is based on the GenR workshop “GENDERING ROBOTS: Ongoing (Re)configurations of Gender in Robotics” which took place on August 12th, 2021 at the 30th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2021). The Special issue opened on August 12th, 2021 and will stay open until January 31st, 2022. All submitted papers will be reviewed as soon as they are received. Accepted papers are published Online First until the complete Special Issue is published.

TOPICS OF INTEREST include, but are not limited to

  • Gendering practices in Social Robotics
  • Experimental studies on gendered robots
  • Feminist robotics
  • Robot’s gender design
  • Norm-critical design
  • Queer design in HRI
  • Sex Robots
  • Ethics of Gendered Robots
  • Normative deviance in relation to robot gender
  • Societal implications and applications of gendered robots
  • Performative arts encompassing a reflection on gender in robotics
  • Non-binary perspectives on robot gender

INSTRUCTIONS TO SUBMIT YOUR PAPER TO THE SPECIAL ISSUE:

When submitting your paper to the International Journal of Social Robotics via the Editorial Manager, you will be asked if your paper belongs to a special issue, please select YES as an answer. At this point, a pull down menu will appear and you will be able to select the title of the special issue, select “GENDERING ROBOTS (GenR): Ongoing (Re)configurations of Gender in Robotics”. Besides selecting the Special Issue upon submission, you should also specify in your cover letter that you wish to submit your manuscript to the special issue “GENDERING ROBOTS (GenR): Ongoing (Re)configurations of Gender in Robotics”.

Please, feel free to contact us should you need further information about the special issue.

The Guest Editors:

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