CFP/CFA: Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference 2019

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Call for Papers
January 15, 2019
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Philosophy, Humanities, Public Policy, Health and Health Care

Call for Proposals / Call for Abstracts
The 9th Annual

Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference


The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, Texas, USA

May 23-25, 2019

Conference Description

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the interplay between human, ethical, social, cultural, and political values, on the one hand, and science, technology, engineering, and medical research and practice, on the other hand. We invite presentations that seek not only to understand how values and science have and do influence one another, but also how they must and should influence one another (as well as types of influence that should be avoided). From this background, presentations that explore the relationship between science and the public and the relationship between science and social justice are also welcome. Finally, this conference ultimately seeks to promoting ethically responsible and socially beneficial scientific research and technological innovation, and critical reflection about the influence of science, technology, and medicine on our values, culture, practices, and worldviews.

Proposals from any disciplinary or theoretical approach that addresses these themes are welcome, and interdisciplinary and socially engaged work is particularly of interest.

SRPoiSE Plenary Session: The 10th Anniversary of Science, Policy, and the Value-Free Ideal by Heather Douglas

A discussion of the impacts of the book over the last 10 years and what the next 10 years holds for discussions of values in science, broadly construed.

Confirmed Speakers:

This plenary session is sponsored by the Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE).

Submission Details

Any proposals that address the relations of values and science, technology, or medicine are welcome. Proposals might include, but are not limited to, topics such as the role of values in science, the role of science in policy and politics, public trust of science, public interest science and technology, ethics of research, design, or practice, ethics education for scientists and engineers, or the influence of science, technology, and medicine over culture, values, human experience, the environment, religion, art, etc.

We seek proposals from any disciplinary or theoretical approach that addresses these themes and are especially interested in interdisciplinary and socially engaged work. In past years we have had presenters from the fields of philosophy, history, literary and cultural studies, and social studies of science and technology; bioethics and environmental ethics; and ethics education, just to name a few.

We invite submission of abstracts for traditional individual presentations (20 minutes), short-form presentations (such as lightning talks or poster session), panel proposals in a variety of formats including workshops and praxis-oriented sessions, and our dissertations-in-progress and books-in-progress feedback sessions. Proposals for traditional presentations that are not accepted in the main program will be automatically considered for presentation in a lightning talk or poster session. Panel proposals should not be merely individual talks loosely grouped around a shared theme, but should have compelling reason to be considered as a whole; otherwise, they should be submitted separately.

Proposals for individual presentations should include a 250-300 word abstract. Panel proposals should include a 250-300 word abstract describing the panel as a whole, and should attach a 1-2 page document with abstracts for individual presentations or description of panel format and the contributions of each presenter. Submissions for books- and dissertations-in-progress sessions should include a 250-300 word abstract of the project and attach a 1-2 page document with additional information such as state of completion, timeline, outline, etc.

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2018

Submit your proposals at:

Multiple submissions will be considered within reason, but multiple appearances on the program will be limited. You will not be able to make multiple presentations of the same general kind, but you may be able to, e.g., present original research and in a more informal or praxis-focused session.

The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology works to foster diversity and inclusiveness in our programming, events, and outreach efforts. Proposal authors and panel organizers will be asked to submit an optional 50-100 word diversity statement with their submission. We will also publish a statement of Conference Aims, Values, and Norms and designate an ombuds for the conference, who can receive confidential reports of inappropriate behavior and work with the organizers to determine appropriate responses.

If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity rather than submitting a proposal, please email <>.

The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology is part of the School of Arts & Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. The Center’s mission is to understand, evaluate, and improve the ethical and cultural influences on and implications of science and technology. The VMST Conference is allied with the Consortium on Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE).

For those attending the SPT 2019 Biennial Meeting

The Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT) meeting will take place May 20-22 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. If you’re thinking about attending SPT or VMST, you should consider submitting to both, due to their close proximity in space and time.

College Station is about a 3 hour drive away from UT Dallas, or a 35 min nonstop flight of about $130. We are happy to help folks coordinate to travel from SPT to VMST, as the conference themes overlap considerably. More info on that to come.


All conference locations will be wheelchair accessible. Further accessibility information is TBD, depending on available campus facilities. More information will be available on the conference website once the venue has been selected. Feedback, queries, and requests are welcome at <>.

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