Call for Papers, Posters, Workshops, and Artworks: Robophilosophy 2018


We invite submissions for research contributions that offer discussions of aspects of social robotics written for interdisciplinary research discussion, from the point of view of one or more (but not limited to) the following disciplines: Philosophy (ontology, philosophy of mind and cognitive science, epistemology and knowledge representation, political philosophy, and philosophy of technology, also in culturally comparative perspective), Anthropology Psychology, Political Science, Law, Economy, Sociology, Cognitive Science, Communication Studies, Linguistics, Interaction Studies Robotics, Computer Science, Engineering Art.

Topical focus for papers, posters, workshops and artworks

  • Socio-political challenges of robotization, e.g., changes in political legimitation, expectable polarizations, etc.
  • Changes in power distributions, e.g., across the political, economic, and financial sector
  • Changes in public spaces due to social robotics, e.g., changes in social interaction patterns due to design and functionalities of robots
  • Socio-cultural and socio-political challenges due to massive job loss, e.g., increase of the precariat, new conceptions of work and social recognition
  • Changes in working conditions and employment formats, e.g, types of human-robot ensembles
  • Robots and ethics, e.g. with focus on new formats of “responsible robotics” as R&D paradigm, or new responsibility attributions when robots attain the status of “electronic persons responsible for making good any damage they may cause” (cf. Resolution 20170210IPR61808 of the European Parliament).
  • Re-education and new educations to cope with changes in the workplace, including educational technology
  • Methods of policy making, e.g., the role of the Humanities for research-based policy proposals, necessary changes in the self-conception and research methods of the Humanities
  • Children and robots, robots and the elderly, with focus on socio-cultural values
  • Intercultural philosophy of robotics
  • Conceptual tools for academia-policy dialogue and interdisciplinary research, e.g., analytical and hermeneutic categories from social ontology, epistemology, metaphysics, or ethics redefined for concrete application.

Submission of Abstracts for Research Papers

We invite extended abstracts with references (min. 1000 words, max. 2000 words, excluding references) for research papers on the themes listed above.

Deadline: October 31, 2017; please use formating templates and submission link given here.


Submission of Proposals for Workshops and Panels

We invite abstracts for workshops and panels (1000-3000 words, describing topic, format, and speakers). Workshops will take 2-hour to 4-hour slots, depending on the proposal and on availability of slots in the final program. Panels will take two-hour slots and, like the other submitted papers, should directly address the workshop theme. The format for workshops is free.

Deadline: September 15, 2017; please use formating templates and submission link given here.

Submission of Abstracts for Posters and Art Installations/Performances

We invite abstracts (1000 words) for posters and for art installations or performances.

Deadline: October 31, 2017; please use formating templates and submission link given here.