Call for papers: Philosophy of Technology and Technological Mediation

Symposium ‘Philosophy of Technology and Technological Mediation’ 17-11-2016, Department of Philosophy: University of Twente

After the ‘empirical turn’ in Philosophy of Technology, it has repeatedly been stressed that rather than thinking about Technology in general, our focus should be on the workings of concrete, individual technologies. One of the movements at the forefront of this empirical turn is postphenomenology. The core idea of this theory is that technologies mediate our relation with the world in several ways, and the introduction of new technologies thus allows for the discovery of new realities. But how adequate is this idea? How does it relate to other approaches in philosophy of technology? And how does this philosophical idea relate to more practical approaches working, for instance, on sustainability and responsible innovation? We invite established- and beginning academics to reflect on how this idea of technological mediation relates to other theoretical- and practical approaches in the philosophy of technology. 

General Information:

  • We invite scholars from all fields with an interest in philosophy of technology to send in abstracts for a 30-45 minute talk including 15 minutes for discussion.
  • The abstracts should be max. 200 words and should contain max. 5 keywords.
  • Abstracts should be sent in before October 17th and the decision will be communicated around October 24th.          
  • Abstracts can be sent to

Program: TBA

  • Date and time: November 17, 10:00 – 17:00
  • Location: DesignLab, Campus University of Twente
  • E-mail:

Everyone interested in this topic is cordially invited!

Registration fees: None, but registration is strongly encouraged (no lunch included)

Please register by sending an email to
This symposium is part of the NWO funded VICI-program: Theorizing Technological Mediation, led by Prof. Dr. Ir. Peter Paul Verbeek.