::fibreculture:: EXTENDED DEADLINE: Transformations CFP, "Social Robots"

Grayson Cooke Grayson.Cooke at scu.edu.au
Mon Feb 15 05:39:28 CET 2016

Call for Papers: Issue 29


Special Issue: Social Robots: Human-machine Configurations

Human-machine relationships are being transformed by robots increasingly performing social roles such as teachers, carers and companions. This arrival of social robots is challenging understandings of human-machine relationships and generating diverse aesthetic, ethical and political debates.  Matters of interest include asymmetries in human-robot relationships, the co-constitution of humans and robots, the place of robot labour, the significance of machine embodiment, and accounts of human-robot communication, among other topics. Commonly, the ways in which social and cultural norms shape social robotics do not receive enough critical scrutiny.

This special issue of Transformations examines the ways in which human-machine relationships are configured in social robotics. It seeks contributions that recognise that contemporary robotics produces and circulates cultural values, and consider how social robots continue and diverge from other expressive and communicative practices. In so doing it tests the scope and limits of the category of social robotics.

We invite submissions in the areas of philosophy, critical, cultural and media studies, science and technology studies, and creative arts research. Possible topics include:

*        emotional relationships between humans and robots

·        ideas of the human circulated by robotics

·        connections between fictional and non-fictional robots

·        robotic cultures and cultures of robotics

·        social robots as mediation

·        agency in human-machine assemblages

·        the machine as Other

·        robotic artworks as social robots

·        the embedding of normativity in social robots

·        affective robotic labour

·        the representation of robots and robotics in cultural texts and artworks

Abstracts (500 words): Revised deadline 14 March with a view to submit by 20 June 2016.
Abstracts to be forwarded to: editor at transformationsjournal.org<applewebdata://7A836807-A09D-4718-8CB6-748480818869/editor@transformationsjournal.org> <mailto:editor at transformationsjournal.org>
For submission guidelines go to: http://www.transformationsjournal.org/journal/ <http://www.transformationsjournal.org/journal/>

Grayson Cooke
Associate Professor of Media
Course Coordinator Bachelor of Media
Director of Higher Degree Research Training
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Southern Cross University
P.O. Box 157
Lismore NSW 2480
Ph: +61 2 6620 3839
CRICOS Provider: 01241G

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