The Science in Public Research Network will hold its 11th Annual Conference on the theme of 'Science, Technology and Humanity' on 10th - 12th July 2017 at the University of Sheffield.
Science and technology are essential ingredients of our humanity. The emergence of fruitful and diverse scholarly perspectives on the history, practice, communication, governance and impacts of scientific knowledge reflects this fact. Yet rapid scientific and technological change has also unsettled the idea of what it means to be human; for example, through new frontiers in physical and cognitive enhancement, shift to knowledge economies, and potential threats to employment from mass automation. These changes take place in a context of broader challenges to expertise and evidence, dramatically illustrated by the EU referendum and the election of Donald Trump. Taking these matters seriously calls for a renewed focus on compassion, benevolence and civilization. This year at Science in Public, we ask:
How do science and technology affect what it means to be human?
We invite proposals for panels, debates, performances, films and other forms of dialogue or practice from a wide range of disciplines – including STS, history of science, science communication, sociology, law, disability studies, geography, urban studies, development studies – that reflect on this question.
Submit proposals by January 31st 2017 at bit.ly/sip17panels. More information on this opportunity can be found here.