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Special Issue In the Hands of Technology

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Dear colleagues,

Please find below an announcement for a call for papers for the Special
Issue "In the Hands of Technology: Care in the XXI Century" in the
Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
(Open Access Journal).

Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline (31 October 2020).
Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as
accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website.
Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are

More information:
Guest editors:
Miquel Domènech ( & Núria Vallès-Peris (

Best regards,
Special Issue "In the Hands of Technology: Care in the XXI Century"
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020

The incorporation of technological solutions to all kinds of problems is
something which is becoming more and more present in our daily life.
Teleassistance devices, diabetes monitoring systems, intelligent houses or
robotic pets are examples of present caring technologies that condition and
modulate our relations with the environment and with others. “In the Hands
of Technology: Care in the XXI Century” is an invitation to reflect on the
development of care technologies, with a special interest in identifying
the main challenges of the intensification of the implementation of
technology into care processes.

Faced with discourses that often see the incorporation of technology into
care processes as inevitable, we propose an in-depth discussion on how we
want to be cared for in the future. Not to deny a role to technology, but
to take it to the point where it can serve as a contribution to good care.
We would like to receive submissions covering all the possible aspects
concerning this debate: ethical, social, political, economic, and so on.

There are many issues we would like to address. For instance: What are the
ethics of care embedded in technological developments? Do caring artifacts
respond to the emotional and social needs of most vulnerable people? What
is the economic and political logic behind the development of care robots
and other similar technologies? How do the different groups involved in the
care activities participate in the conception and design of these devices?
This Special Issue departs from the present, but it is a reflection on the
future, on how we want to approach our life in common with the machines of
tomorrow. It is a reflection on how we want to grow, how we want to age,
the world we want to be born in, and the technologies we will find in it.

The list of topics may include (but are not limited to):

- The future of care
- Ethical issues
- The impact of technology in vulnerable groups
- The role of robots in care
- The design of technologies of care
- Imaginaries of care technologies
- Aging in a technological world
- Care technology assessment
- STS approach to care

Guest Editors: Dr. Miquel Domènech and Dr. Núria Vallès-Peris
More information on this issue can be found at:

Núria Vallès Peris
Barcelona Science and TEchnology Studies Group (STS-b)
Departament de Psicologia Social

Edifici B. Despatx B5-058
Campus de la UAB · 08193 Bellaterra
(Cerdanyola del Vallès) · Barcelona
+34 935814501
Recent paper: "Robots for care. The Ethics of Measured Action in the Face
of Uncertainity"

Special Issue IJERPH: "In the Hands of Technology: Care in the XXI Century

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