[Humanist] 25.238 cfp: Asian perspective on social & ethical aspects of new tech

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Aug 23 05:34:06 CEST 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 238.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 12:58:16 +0700
        From: Soraj Hongladarom <hsoraj at chula.ac.th>
        Subject: Call for Papers - Special Issue of Nanoethics

*Call for Papers*

*Social and Ethical Aspects of New and Emerging Technologies from an Asian

Guest editor: Dr. Soraj Hongladarom, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.

The journal *NanoEthics: Ethics for Technologies that Converge at the
Nanoscale*, published by Springer in the Netherlands, is planning a special
issue for August 2012 on social and ethical aspects of new and emerging
technologies from an Asian perspective. These technologies include
nanotechnology, synthetic biology, neuroscience and information and
communication technology. The perspective could be religious, cultural or
related to problems unique to or especially important in, the Asian context.

Advances in nanotechnology naturally call for a sustained investigation on
how the technology is related to its socio-cultural and normative contexts.
Such investigation is inherently interdisciplinary and touches upon the
ethical, sociological, legal, and other issues. Public attitudes toward the
technology can have a tremendous impact on how the technology is carried
forward and even on the direction of technological research and development
itself. Furthermore, as Asia and other developing, non-Western regions are
also embracing the technology, a sustained look at the ethical, cultural and
social implications of nanotechnology in these regions would be very
interesting. In addition, the added cultural dimensions present a set of
challenges in itself, not least among which is how the ethical problems
incurred by nanotechnology are shaped up by the cultural contexts and what
kind of responses are there that arise from within the cultural roots and
traditions of Asia as well as other non-western regions.

Papers are being called for a special issue of *Nanoethics* that address the
issues outlined above. The following topics are suggested for the issue,
though the list is not exhaustive:


   Nanotechnology for development

   Religious perspectives on nanotechnology

   Human enhancement in Asian context

   Nanotechnology policy in Asia

   Nanotechnology policy in the developing world

   Privacy in Asian culture

   Issues in neuroethics through Asian perspectives

In fact, any contributions on any ethical and social aspects of these new
technologies relevant to Asia or other non-western economies are welcome.

All papers will be double-blind refereed.

Important dates:


   29 August 2011: Call for Papers issued

   15 October: Last day for notifying Guest Editor of intention to submit

   15 February 2012: Papers due

   March-April: Review process

   May-July: Revisions where necessary

   15 July 2012: Final revised papers due

   August 2012: Special issue published

Submission procedure:

Papers should be submitted online at

Instructions for authors can also be found here.

Guest editor details:

Dr. Soraj Hongladarom
Department of Philosophy
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel. +66 (0) 2218 4756; Fax +66 (0) 2218 4755
Director, Center for Ethics of Science and Technology
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

Email: hsoraj at chula.ac.th

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