Emerging Technologies & Well-Being

November 15, 2023 - November 16, 2023
Department of Philosophy and Political Science, TU Dortmund

Emil-Figge-Straße 50
Dortmund 44227


TU Eindhoven
Dortmund University

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The workshop on "Emerging Technologie and Wellbeing " explores the relationship between technology and well-being. Among the topics discussed at the workshop are Confucian philosophies in today's context, East Asian views on well-being, the impact of daily digital habits, and understanding the line between social media use and addiction. Additionally, the workshop will look at the significance of technology not just in relation to well-being but also to meaning in life, and it will shed light on how academic ideas can align with real-world issues in the digital well-being sector. While our primary focus is on digital well-being, we are keen to explore how all new technologies influence well-being.

Speakers will include:

Asia Biega (Max Plank Institute for Security & Privacy)

Gunter Bombaerts (TU Eindhoven)

Iliana Grosse-Buening (Independent Scholar/ Quiet Social Club)

Julia Brailovskaia (University of Bochum)

Lyanne Uhlhorn (TU Eindhoven)

Markus Rüther (Research Center Jülich/University of Bonn)

Pak-Hang Wong (Independent Scholar)

Sebastian Weydner-Volkmann (University of Bochum)

Yiheng Ding (University of Glasgow)


DAY 1: WEDNESDAY 15th November


Peter Königs (TU Dortmund) & Matthew Dennis (TU Eindhoven)

13:30 OPENING SESSION #1 (45 minutes)

Pak-Hang Wong (Independent Scholar). Title: "Confucian Self-Cultivation: How Habits & Aesthetics Matter to Well-Being and Technology."

14:15 BREAK (15 mins)

14:30 INITIAL DISCUSSION SESSION #2 (45 minutes)

Lyanne Uhlhorn (TU Eindhoven). Title: "Key Concepts in Digital/Well-Being."

Yiheng Ding (University of Glasgow). Title: "East Asian Conceptions of Well-Being."

15:15    BREAK (15 mins)

15:30    SESSION #3 (45 minutes)

Julia Brailovskaia (University of Bochum). Title: "From Social Media Use to Social Media Addiction."

16:15    BREAK (15 mins)

16:30    SESSION #4 (30 minutes)

Asia Biega (Max Plank Institute for Security & Privacy). Title: tbc.

17:00    BREAK (15 mins)

17:15     SESSION #5 (30 minutes)

Iliana Grosse-Buening (Independent Scholar/ Quiet Social Club). Title: "Integrating Academic Insights with the Digital/Well-Being Industry."

17:45     SESSION #6 (45 minutes)

Markus Rüther (Research Center Jülich/University of Bonn). Title: "The Limits of Digital Well-Being: Reflections From the Meaning in Life Literature."

18:30    REFLECTIONS ON DAY ONE (20 minutes)

Peter Königs (TU Dortmund) & Matthew Dennis (TU Eindhoven)


DAY 2: THURSDAY 16th November

09:00    SESSION #7 (45 minutes)

Gunter Bombaerts (TU Eindhoven). Title: tbc.

09:45    BREAK (15 mins) 

10:00    SESSION #8 (45 minutes)

Sebastian Weydner-Volkmann (University of Bochum). Title: "Self-Tracking in the Light of John Dewey’s Concept of Reflective Habitualization."

10:45    CLOSING SESSION #9 (15 minutes)

Peter Königs (TU Dortmund) & Matthew Dennis (TU Eindhoven)

11:00    FINISH


on 15th November 2023: Room 2.410, Emil-Figge-Str. 50, 44227 Dortmund

on 16th November 2023: Room 0.442, Emil-Figge-Str. 50, 44227 Dortmund

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November 10, 2023, 8:00pm CET

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