Conference on the Relations of Humans, Machines and
16th - 19th October 2019 | Braunschweig, Germany
In numerous fields of science, work, and everyday life, humans and machines have been increasingly entangled, developing an ever-growing toolbox of interactions; and this is happening on a local, regional and global level. These entanglements and interactions are changing the structures and practices of our working lives, and they are modifying the way in which science and technology are organized. Furthermore, the new practices, entanglements, possibilities and restrictions effect far-reaching changes in the lives and identities of human beings, affecting - to name just a few aspects sex, gender, sexual identity, age, skin color, migration, or cultural background . These factors are both modified and modifiers in the ongoing new entanglements between humans and machines.
These questions have been tackled both in their complexity and in single case studies by PhD program "Gendered Configurations of Humans and Machines. Interdisciplinary Analyses of Technology" (in short: KoMMa.G); a joined program of Technische Universität Braunschweig, Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences and Braunschweig University of Art, sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Culture, Lower Saxony.
After almost three years of individual and collaborative, interdisciplinary research, we now want to bring our own perspectives and (preliminary) results into resonance with related research on an international level, which is why we are organizing this conference. The conference aims at bringing together international researchers working on subjects in the fields of engineering, technology, humanities, and the social and natural sciences, who are interested in reflecting on interdisciplinarity/multidisciplinarity, on science and technology studies, as well as gender, feminist, queer, intersectional, and postcolonial studies.
The conference is divided into five panels considering the different yet connected dimensions of the conference topic. The first panel aims at reflecting on the meaning of interdisciplinarity itself, while the following sessions focus on the relations of human, machine and gender from diverse disciplinary perspectives and in different areas of research:
Interdisciplinary analyses as change and challenge
Robots Humans and Machines in Everyday Life
Gender, Technology and Digitalization.
Galit Wellner: "I-Algorithm-Dataset: Mapping the solutions to gender bias in AI"
Cecile Crutzen: "The win-win-Competition of Humans and Non-Humans"
Mitali Thakor: "Objects, Inhumans and Robotics: Queer STS Future"
In order to make all the necessary arrangements for the conference, we ask all participants to register for the conference. Those who have answered to the "Call for Papers" and whose abstracts have been accepted, should still register here. The deadline for the Call for Papers has expired, but you can register here for participation until 25th September 2019.
The conference will take place at the Aula of "Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Braunschweig" (short: HBK). Address: Johannes-Selenka-Platz 1, 38118 Braunschweig. Map of location
If you arrive at Braunschweig Hauptbahnhof (Main Station), you can reach the place of the conference using bus lines 419, 429 or 461 leaving the bus at the stop "Johannes-Selenka-Platz".
If you are already in the city center "Rathaus", you can use bus line 443 (direction: Weststadt) leaving the bus at the stop "Johannes-Selenka-Platz".
For detailed information on concrete schedules of the busses, please check: here.
Arriving by car
The campus is situated on the Western ring road of the city, directly on the A 391 which you can reach from the motorways A 2 (coming from Hannover or Berlin) and A39 (coming from Frankfurt or Kassel). Take the exit no. 6 (Weststadt-Broitzem) and at the traffic light continue towards the city centre. Turn left at the next set of traffic lights into Pippelweg (signed for "Kunsthochschule"). After the next crossroads you will find the main building of the HBK on your right. Parking spaces are available. (description taken from the homepage of the HBK)
Some rooms have been pre-booked for participants. To secure the accommodation of your choice, we recommend that you submit your registration with hotel booking as early as possible. All hotel reservations will be subject to availability, since there is only a limited amount of pre-booked rooms. Please book through contact with the hotels named (either by e-mail or telephone).
Magni Boutique Hotel (pre-booked until 15th August 2019)
Pre-booked: Single room 50 € per night, double room 70 € per night (extra: breakfast 5€)