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Special Issue In the Hands of Technology

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<br>Dear colleagues,
<br>Please find below an announcement for a call for papers for the Special
<br>Issue *"In the Hands of Technology: Care in the XXI Century" *in the
<br>Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health *(Open Access Journal).
<br>Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline (*31 October 2020*).
<br>Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as
<br>accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website.
<br>Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are
<br>More information:
<br>Guest editors:
<br>Miquel Domènech ( & Núria Vallès-Peris (
<br>Best regards,
<br>*Special Issue "In the Hands of Technology: Care in the XXI Century"*
<br>*International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health*
<br>*Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020*
<br>The incorporation of technological solutions to all kinds of problems is
<br>something which is becoming more and more present in our daily life.
<br>Teleassistance devices, diabetes monitoring systems, intelligent houses or
<br>robotic pets are examples of present caring technologies that condition and
<br>modulate our relations with the environment and with others. “In the Hands
<br>of Technology: Care in the XXI Century” is an invitation to reflect on the
<br>development of care technologies, with a special interest in identifying
<br>the main challenges of the intensification of the implementation of
<br>technology into care processes.
<br>Faced with discourses that often see the incorporation of technology into
<br>care processes as inevitable, we propose an in-depth discussion on how we
<br>want to be cared for in the future. Not to deny a role to technology, but
<br>to take it to the point where it can serve as a contribution to good care.
<br>We would like to receive submissions covering all the possible aspects
<br>concerning this debate: ethical, social, political, economic, and so on.
<br>There are many issues we would like to address. For instance: What are the
<br>ethics of care embedded in technological developments? Do caring artifacts
<br>respond to the emotional and social needs of most vulnerable people? What
<br>is the economic and political logic behind the development of care robots
<br>and other similar technologies? How do the different groups involved in the
<br>care activities participate in the conception and design of these devices?
<br>This Special Issue departs from the present, but it is a reflection on the
<br>future, on how we want to approach our life in common with the machines of
<br>tomorrow. It is a reflection on how we want to grow, how we want to age,
<br>the world we want to be born in, and the technologies we will find in it.
<br>The list of topics may include (but are not limited to):
<br>   - The future of care
<br>   - Ethical issues
<br>   - The impact of technology in vulnerable groups
<br>   - The role of robots in care
<br>   - The design of technologies of care
<br>   - Imaginaries of care technologies
<br>   - Aging in a technological world
<br>   - Care technology assessment
<br>   - STS approach to care
<br>Guest Editors: Dr. Miquel Domènech and Dr. Núria Vallès-Peri*s*
<br>More information on this issue can be found at:
<br>Núria Vallès Peris
<br>*Barcelona Science and TEchnology Studies Group (STS-b)*
<br>Departament de Psicologia Social
<br>Edifici B. Despatx B5-058
<br>Campus de la UAB · 08193 Bellaterra
<br>(Cerdanyola del Vallès) · Barcelona
<br>+34 935814501 
<br>*Recent paper: "Robots for care. The Ethics of Measured Action in the Face
<br>of Uncertainity"
<br>*Special Issue IJERPH: "In the Hands of Technology: Care in the XXI Century
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