Chinese Techno-Futures (CHEW Conference 2019)

Chinese Techno-Futures (CHEW Conference 2019)

Organised by China’s Health, Environment and Welfare (CHEW) Research Group (Contemporary China Studies, University of Oxford).

Submissions are now open for the sixth CHEW Conference at the University of Oxford.

Date

  • May 31 to June 1, 2019

Presentation

Technology is rapidly reshaping Chinese society, opening up previously unthinkable possibilities but also creating new and pressing challenges, including socio-economic disruptions, new types of social exclusion, and ethical/moral choices. These rapid changes are tied up in powerful imaginaries of the future, many promoted
by political elites and underpinned by an unquestioning faith in technological innovation as a vehicle for societal betterment and environmental sustainability. In our 2019 conference, we invite speakers to interpret and explore these ‘Chinese techno-futures’, with a focus on their implications for China’s environment as well as the health and welfare of its citizens. We also welcome proposals that address their impact outside of China, or that adopt a historical perspective and focus on past imaginaries of the future.

Speakers may wish to explore the health, environment, and welfare dimensions of technological transformations such as, for instance, e-commerce, robotization, big data and artificial intelligence, GIS and digital visualization, green tech in energy and transport, ‘smart’ cities and public administrations, new medical practices like online counselling and gene-editing, GM foods and farming, technologies for environmental monitoring and management, and techniques of social control like the social credit system. Possible questions include, but are not limited to:• How are environmental, health and welfare practices changing?

  • How are new technologies transforming the way in which political power is exercised?
  • How are different individuals, groups and communities affected?
  • What is the level of public participation in the definition of different ‘techno-futures’?
  • What are the impacts on different forms of inequality?

We aim to bring together speakers from across the social sciences and the humanities, with a range of empirical and theoretical concerns, and encourage creative responses that address these and related questions. Other formats beyond presentations (e.g. films and exhibits) are welcome.

We invite proposals, consisting of a title, three to five keywords and an abstract of no more than 300 words, to chew.conference@gmail.com
by February 7, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by February 21, 2019.

Funds are available to cover travel and accommodation expenses for a limited number of participants. We will prioritise those in the early stages of their career where possible. If you require support, please mention this in your application. We look forward to welcoming you all to Oxford in May!

Voir l’annonce sur le site de CHEW

Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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