Call for Papers: »Interdisciplinary Conference on the Relations of Humans, Machines and Gender« (16-19.10.2019, Braunschweig)

The conference aims at bringing together international researchers working on subjects in the fields of engineering, technology, humanities, and the social and natural sciences, who are interested in reflecting on interdisciplinarity/multidisciplinarity, on science and technology studies, as well as gender, feminist, queer, intersectional, and postcolonial studies. It is organized by the PhD program “Gendered Configurations of Humans and Machines. Interdisciplinary Analyses of Technology” (in short: KoMMa.G; a joined program of Technische Universität Braunschweig, Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences and Braunschweig University of Art).

Please submit abstracts of up to 500 words until the 28th of February 2019 to:

There is growing interaction of humans and machines in numerous fields of science, work, and everyday life – a phenomenon which is not restricted to specific countries but can be observed globally. This interaction changes the way our working life is structured and how science and technology are organized. And what about the human individual? What role does, for example, sex, gender, sexual identity, age, skin color, migration, or cultural background play?

The conference is divided into four panels considering the different yet connected dimensions of the conference topic. The first panel aims at reflecting on the meaning of interdisciplinarity itself, while the following sessions focus on the relations of human, machine, and gender from diverse perspectives.

  •  Interdisciplinary Analyses as Chance and Challenge
  •  Humans and Machines in Everyday Life
  •  Gender and Diversity in Work and Technologies
  •  Questioning STS – A Postcolonial and Intersectional Perspective

What to send:

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring people together and encourage creative knowledge exchange. Thus, the conference welcomes a variety of formats such as (but not limited to) oral and poster presentations, workshops, performances, question & answer sessions, roundtables, as well as handing in whole panels. We are also available for any questions concerning the application process and possible formats.

The full call can also be found here.