The Graduate Students of Virginia Tech's Center for Science and
Technology Studies are hosting a workshop-"Technologies/Moralities: The Ethical Grammar of Technological Systems"- 28-29 March 2003. The workshop's theme revolves around the intersections (or dual tracks) of morality and technology, and what people can do about them. Thus, we have a two-fold premise: one, that addressing contemporary articulations of the morality-technology conjunction is necessary, and two, that our own science studies work must theorize and inform the subject in a meaningful (publicly inclusive) way.
Science studies discourse opens up a field of questions that needs to be addressed by and for a wide audience. For this workshop, we encourage papers that focus on technologies with emerging (or already emergent)social prevalence, such as:
so-called alternative technologies
and which deal with these and related questions:
how do technological systems contain ethical agendas?
how do they alter and obscure them?
in what ways can we articulate how today's technical choices become tomorrow's ethical imperatives?
what voice do/ should publics have in these discourses?
In addition to local participants, Professor Andrew Feenberg (Philosophy of Technology, UCSD) and Professor Brian Martin (Sociology of Science, University of Wollongong) will be participating in, and commenting on, the discussion-intensive sessions. Please consult our webpage for more details.
c/o Benjamin Cohen
131 Lane Hall (0227)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
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