Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Papers may be submitted in French or English.
Global and local networks have become increasingly important since the COVID-19 pandemic started, with more aspects of our lives happening online than ever before. In response to our growing reliance on online networks for social and professional connectedness, this year’s History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Society Conference will investigate networks in the history, philosophy, and interdisciplinary study of science, technology, and medicine. The term “network,” however defined, implies the interaction of interconnected individuals. Whether they be construed as social media, news outlets, community organizations, political movements, or professional associations, networks serve as a medium for exchange. They are what keep us informed and connected to the world around us. Throughout history, networks have played a key role in social, scientific, and technological change. From laboratories to think tanks, science has been an overwhelmingly social enterprise. Networks have also provided scientists with the conceptual apparatus to create new knowledge. New technologies like the Internet and social media connect us like never before, yet they also present ethical dilemmas that philosophers have only begun to disentangle.
The conference will be held virtually from June 11-13, 2021.