02 – 04 NOVEMBER 2017
Extended Deadline: SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

Young Building / Pell Center
Young Building / Pell Center

We are happy to announce the call for papers for the 39th annual Humanities and Technology Association Conference. The main track for this year’s conference will be a continuation of last year’s theme: Morality and Creativity in a Technological Age. Though the pursuit of the good and the beautiful is in some ways timeless, the impact which technology has come to have on contemporary society forces us to confront new moral challenges while presenting us with the opportunity to create works of art that alternately augment and contrast with the world of our machines. The traditional fields of ethics and aesthetics are thus cast in a new light, one which this meeting will continue to explore.

Along these lines, papers are welcome that examine any number of ethical and/or aesthetic topics. Possible topics include the ethical coding of technologies; the ethics of gene technology and human engineering; the use of GMOs, questions of food security, and food sovereignty, along with questions of social and political philosophy, such as how technology influences our sense of being human, how it enhances or threatens economic well-being, or how drones and other technologies influence war, and whether they even threaten the very possibility of still engaging in a just war.

Running alongside these ethical challenges is the potentially redemptive power of art. How might art humanize the oftentimes dehumanizing world of modern technology? What role might it play in a world of machines and devices? How can the pursuit of the beautiful today inspire or otherwise clarify the pursuit of the good?

In addition to encouraging the publication of articles from the conference in the Humanities and Technology Review, talks on the main topic may also be solicited for inclusion in an edited volume on Morality and Creativity in a Technological Age. However, to allow for as broad of a range of scholars as possible at the conference, papers and panel suggestions are also accepted that examine other vital issue areas at the juncture of technology and society, such as politics and social life, representations of technology, artificial intelligence, technology and education, environmental ethics and military history. The Humanities and Technology Association is an interdisciplinary scholarly society that explores the impact of technology on human life from a broad range of perspectives. We welcome papers that investigate the cultural interaction of the humanities, science, engineering, and technology.


Special Call for Undergraduate Research
This year, the HTA also invites paper and panel proposals on relevant topics from undergraduate students. To encourage student research on issues at the intersection of the humanities and technology, the conference will feature a session dedicated to outstanding undergraduate scholarship. In addition to submitting a 500 word abstract, we ask that students indicate their undergraduate status and the name of a faculty sponsor who has overseen and approved their research. Panels of two or three students are especially encouraged.


Submission Information
Please submit an abstract (approximately 500 words) by 15 September 2017 to the conference website at HTA Call for Papers. You will be asked to include basic biographical information such as your affiliated institution, your position at this institution, and your contact information. Graduate student submissions are welcome. Undergraduates are asked to list their faculty sponsor (as indicated above).  Panel proposals of two or three presenters are also welcome.  When submitting your abstract, panelists are asked to indicate the theme of their panel and their fellow panelist(s).  Two person sessions will run 60 minutes and three person sessions will run 90 minutes.  Presenters should therefore aim for 20 minutes presentations that allow time for discussion afterwards.


Registration Fees:

Full-Time Faculty$100
Graduate Students / Adjunct Faculty$60


If you have questions, please contact:

Craig Condella, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Salve Regina University
100 Ochre Point Ave.
Newport, RI 02840
Tel. 401-341-3126

Darrell Arnold, Ph.D.
President, HTA
Department of History, Philosophy, and Global Studies
St. Thomas University
16401 NW 37th Ave.
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Tel. 786-501-0840