CFP: 2018 Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference

Nov 21, 2017 by Matthew J. Brown

Call for Proposals / Call for Abstracts

The 8th 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 17-20, 2018

Keynote Speaker

Conference Description

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the interplay between human, ethical, 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). Finally, we are ultimately interested in 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 worldview.

Potential topics for presentation include, but are not limited to:

  • Social Science and Social Justice
  • Values in Climate Science and Policy
  • The Role of Uncertainty and Contingency in Science and Values
  • Values, Machine Bias, and Computer Simulation
  • Embedded Ethics in Science, Engineering, and Medicine
  • The Value of Imagination and Creativity in Science and Engineering
  • Science and Moral Imagination

Any proposals that address the general relations of values to science, technology, and medicine are welcome. We seek proposals from any disciplinary or theoretical approach that addresses these themes and are especially interested in interdisciplinary work.

We invite submission of abstracts for traditional individual presentations (20 minutes), short-form presentations (such as open roundtables or lightning talks), panel proposals in a variety of formats including workshops and praxis-oriented sessions, and our dissertations-in-progress and books-in-progress feedback sessions. Individual presentations should submit a 250-300 word abstract. Panels should submit a 250-300 word abstract, and should attach a 1-2 page document with abstracts for individual presentations or description of panel format and the contributions of each presenter. Books- and dissertations-in-progress submissions should submit a 250-300 word abstract of the research, and attach a 1-2 page document with additional information such as state of completion, timeline, outline, etc.

Submission Deadline: January 17, 2018

Submit a Proposal

Multiple submissions will be considered, 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.

Two pre-conference workshops will take place prior to the Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference:

Conference attendees are encouraged to attend and participate in these workshops. Submissions to the workshops and the conference will be considered separately.

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 <[email protected]>.

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).


All conference locations will be wheelchair accessible. Further accessibility information is TBD, depending on available campus facilities. Feedback is welcome at <[email protected]>, or you may email the conference ombuds at <[TBD]>.