Upcoming Events

Care and Machines: an interdisciplinary conference on caring relationships with technologies
20/10/2017 to 21/10/2017 - University of Machester

We live with machines. This has become obvious in contexts as diverse as medicine, education, military, leisure, food, and industry, where we form a range of complex relationships with technologies. By bringing researchers and practitioners from these contexts together, this conference invites reflection on practices of care that are developed and challenged between humans and machines, as well as other ‘nonhuman’ groups.

Machines with ever-advanced capabilities are now being developed and deployed to provide companionship and treatment for elderly people, as well as young children with autism and other conditions; they are being sent out to battlefields and hostile terrains to locate mines, patrol borders, and provide defence; and they have been outperforming humans in mass-scale industrial operations for many years now, replacing human labour in a number of processes. The increasing agency of machines, as well as efforts to increase their autonomy, may challenge the assumption that machines are inert tools, as they participate in increasingly complex relationships with humans.

The conference will feature keynote presentations from Prof Noel Sharkey (University of Sheffield; Robot Wars); Prof Jeanette Pols (University of Amsterdam); Dr Kate Devlin (Goldsmiths University, London); Dr Stuart Murray (University of Leeds); and Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe (University of Twente). These discussions will explore care in contexts ranging from healthcare and mobile technologies, to prosthetics and dis/ability, to machines as companions, and sexual tools and partners. Researchers are invited to propose papers on these themes and other aspects of care to be presented at the conference.

If you are interested in proposing a 20 minute paper, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, together with a short author bio (of approximately 100 words), to scott.midson@manchester.ac.uk. The closing date for proposals is 1st June 2017, and authors will be notified of decisions by 1st July. Registration for the conference (for presenters and delegates) will open in June.

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Past Events

South East DTC and SeNSS Annual Conference 2017
13/07/2017 - CASS Business School, City University of London

This event will bring together doctoral students and academics across the range of social sciences for talks and competition. This event is primarily intended to showcase the excellence of our students (via our competitions), to hear talks on issues relevant across the disciplines and to give an opportunity for disciplinary and interdisciplinary networking.

The theme of the 2017 conference is Shifting Sands: society and policy at a time of change. The conference will explore how social science can explain recent political shifts and their potential impact on public policy and society at large.

The programme of events will include:

•Keynote academic talks
•Pecha Kutcha Competition (with a prize for the student with the top voted presentation)
•Poster competition (also with a prize, for the poster voted highest by conference attendees)
•Interdisciplinary student-led sessions
•Drinks reception sponsored by Sage Publishing

Registration: We encourage you to book early as places are limited. The event is free to attend and catering will be provided assistance with travel costs. You should contact your local institution to find out about financial assistance with travel costs.

If you have any questions or need any further information, please email studentships@southeastdtc.ac.uk.

Further information can be found on the South East DTC website:


Summer Institute in Qualitative Research: Putting Theory to Work
10/07/2017 to 14/07/2017 - The Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University

Learn about the latest in theory and methodology, in dialogue with leading international theorists. For qualitative researchers looking for stimulating engagements with theory, from doctoral students to more experienced researchers, in education, social sciences, health and caring professions, arts and humanities.

The closing date for registration is 26th June.

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