Philosophy [in:of:for:and] Digital Knowledge Infrastructures 2023

September 28, 2023

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University of Melbourne
Université Catholique de Louvain


Technische Universität Darmstadt
Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz

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When it comes to the digitalisation of higher education and academic research, one can observe impressive developments in almost all disciplines in the humanities. In fact, digital humanities has become an overarching umbrella term for a wide variety of projects using digital knowledge infrastructures, regardless of whether it is used to store and structure vast amounts of data or to provide novel user interfaces for accessing research information.

Regarding philosophy, however, there appears to be a striking underrepresentation in the digital humanities sector so far. While there is some research done about philosophical aspects of digitalisation and even about methodological advantages of digital technology for philosophy, it is still rare in comparison with similar research in other disciplines.

This workshop therefore aimed to explore new philosophical views on digital knowledge infrastructures, particularly on the philosophical implications of the use of digital technology in research and education, and on how philosophy itself can make good use of it.

We are looking for contributions concerning digital knowledge infrastructure, broadly construed. These can cover perspectives from epistemology, aesthetics, ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of science, or any other field of philosophical interest.

Submissions can cover but are not limited to:

- Ethical opportunities of increased use of digital technologies in research and education (and risks too, of course);
- The position of philosophy in the field of digital humanities, regarding its similarities with and differences to other disciplines;
- Relevant changes in accessibility of information by increased reliance on digital knowledge infrastructures;
- The degree to which digital knowledge infrastructures might support ideas of ‘citizen science’, thereby increasing social and political equality;
- Questions regarding property rights and common access to research and educational information;
- Risks and opportunities of an increased interdisciplinarity fostered by digital technologies;
- The general impact of digital technology on philosophical research.

You are also invited to have a look at last year's talks at to get an idea of the range of possible topics.

If you would like to present a paper, please send your abstract (in English, between 300 and 500 words) to [email protected].

Deadline for handing in abstracts is 15 July 2023. We will make a decision on which of the papers will be presented at the workshop until 31 July 2023 latest.

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