Call for Papers: CLOSED

Technologies of Frankenstein
March 7-9, 2018
Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Co-hosted by IEEE History Center and
Stevens Institute of Technology, College of Arts and Letters

Call for Papers

THE CALL FOR PAPERS IS NOW CLOSED

Frankenstein continues to inspire discourse in scholarly, popular, and creative culture about the Monstrous, the Outsider, the Other, and scientific ethics. This conference will examine such connections in our thinking about humanism and techno-science from the novel’s publication to the present. We construe broadly the intersecting themes of humanism, technology, and science and we welcome proposals from all fields of study for presentations that add a twenty-first century perspective to Frankenstein. Topic areas and questions may include but are not limited to:

Topic areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Branding “Frankenstein” (Food, Comics, Gaming, Music, Theater, Film)
  • Computational and Naval Technology (Mapping, Navigation, The Idea of the Journey)
  • Digital Humanities and GeoHumanities (Applications, Pedagogy, Library/Information Technology)
  • Engineering Technologies: Past/Present/Future (Chemical, Electrical, Biomedical)
  • Future Technologies and Labor Concerns

Questions:

  • How might industrialized nations develop low-cost solutions to provide maternal and pediatric care in regions with limited medical facilities?
  • How are our ideas of the “Monstrous” or “Other” changing since the publication of Frankenstein?
  • Is the pharmaceutical industry using human consumers as experiments for profit?
  • What ethical and legal issues will emerge in the age of advanced or “aware” artificial intelligence?
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • What is the responsibility of government in world-wide health care?
  • Who is responsible for the outcomes of techno-science?
  • Who should have access to advanced human enhancement technologies and why?

Submit abstracts of 300 words and brief cv by 15 October 2017 to Michael Geselowitz (mgeselowitz@ieee.org) and Robin Hammerman (rhammerm@stevens.edu).
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