fPET 2018



Call for Papers – Extended Deadline, January 28, 2018. 

The 2018 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology (fPET) welcomes abstract submissions. The mission of fPET is to encourage reflection on engineering, engineers, and technology; and to build bridges between existing organizations of philosophers, engineers and scholars in related fields.

fPET2018 will be May 30 - June 1, 2018 at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the greater Washington, DC area, USA. 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER UPDATE: There will be four fPET 2018 keynote speakers, including:

  • William Wimsatt (University of Minnesota, author of Re-Engineering Philosophy)
  • Robyn Gatens (NASA HQ, Deputy Director of International Space Station Division)
  • Daniel Sarewitz (Arizona State University, coauthor: The Techno-Human Condition)
  • Malka Older (‘Engineering fiction’ guest of honor, author of the novel Infomocracy)

Abstracts (500 words max) are invited for submission in three tracks:

·         Track 1: Philosophy of engineering and technology,

·         Track 2: Ethics relating to engineering and technology, and

·         Track 3: Interdisciplinary reflections on engineering practice.

In the interdisciplinary Track 3, fPET 2018 welcomes submissions such as a) the implications of philosophy of engineering for policy in Washington, DC and elsewhere; b) maintenance in engineering, including ethical and epistemological issues; c) modularity in engineering systems and design; and d) how science fiction and art can inform our understanding of engineering.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the program committee listed in the full CFP below. Abstracts accepted for presentation will be published on the fPET website. Podium presentations will be 30 minutes, including Q&A. Following the conference, we expect to invite selected papers for publication in an edited volume.

Submit abstracts electronically at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fpet2018 by January 28, 2018. 500 word maximum abstract length excludes citations. Notification of acceptances will be sent by March 15, 2018.

To download the full CFP in PDF form, click here. The organizing, steering and program committees are listed there as well as on the fPET community portion of the site. 

On the morning of Wednesday May 30th, there will be a mini-workshop, "Re-Imagining the Future of Philosophy of Engineering," hosted by Diane Michelfelder and Neelke Doorn. 

Please see the rest of the site for more information, including how to 'Join the Conversation!'

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Image of a liquid hydrogen tank for use in deep space exploration (NASA).