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Call for Workshop-Participation: Diffracting AI and Robotics: Decolonial and Feminist Perspectives (12.10.2019, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main)

In December 2018, the EU Commission published a draft report entitled Ethics guidelines for a trustworthy AI with the aim to address a technology that according to the commission will thoroughly „alter the fabric of society“ in the near future. While recent research more and more demonstrates that robots, algorithms, and AI often perpetuate gender and racial biases along with social power relations, the question arises how social power relations, bias, and interests built into ‚intelligent‘ machines and programmed into AI—both intentionally and unconsciously—could be identified and deprogrammed, in order to get to more just and inclusive futures.

The workshop „Diffracting AI and Robotics: Decolonial and Feminist Perspectives“ shall spark a dialog between early carrier scholars from different disciplines critically exploring questions of de/coloniality, social justice, response-ability, dis/ability, and techno-biopower, to name but a few, as well as potential challenges for decolonializing, feminist, queer, crip, and other critical scholars in engaging with ‚intelligent‘ machines, code, and algorithms.

In order to register for the workshop, please send a short statement of interest and a description of your research project or the questions you would like to discuss, if you are currently not working on a specific research project, (max. 500 words) to barla@soz-uni-frankfurt.de by 31 August 2019. Notifications will be sent out by the end of August.

The workshop is part of the symposium „Diffracting AI and Robotics“ taking place at Goethe University on 11 October 2019. The keynote address will be given by Mitali Thakor, Science in Society Program, Wesleyan University.

Here you find the CfP Diffracting AI and Robotics, Workshop, 12 Oct 2019.

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