Interdisciplinary Conference on the Relations of Humans, Machines and Gender

16th – 19th October 2019 | Braunschweig, Germany

There is growing interaction of humans and machines in numerous fields of science, work, and everyday life – a phenomenon which is not restricted to specific countries but can be observed globally. This interaction changes the way our working life is structured and how science and technology are organized. And what about the human individual? What role does, for example, sex, gender, sexual identity, age, skin color, migration, or cultural background play?

This interdisciplinary conference is organized by the 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.

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 four 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 perspectives.


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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

Public Transportation

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)

For further information, you can also check: https://www.hbk-bs.de/en/hochschule/standorte/.


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© André Klinger


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© André Klinger

What to send:

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring people together and encourage creative knowledge exchange. Thus, the conference welcomes a variety of formats such as (but not limited to) oral and poster presentations, workshops, performances, question & answer sessions, roundtables, as well as handing in whole panels.

Please submit abstracts of up to 500 words until the 28th of February 2019 to:                      submission@kommag2019.de

We are also available for any questions concerning the application process and possible formats.

Here, you can find a printable version of this website.

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