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CfP "Fair Medicine and Artificial Intelligence" conference

                *** Call for Abstracts ***

International Conference (online)

Fair Medicine and Artificial Intelligence: Chances, Challenges, Consequences

3 – 5 March 2021

Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2020.

Organised by Dr. Renate Baumgartner (Center for Gender and Diversity Research
(ZGD), Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)

At least since 2012, and following technological advancements in IT, the
medical profession has become increasingly interested in artificial
intelligence (AI). An aging society, the need to balance rising costs in the
health sector with a certain stability in the average health of the population
while trying to keep health inequalities in check have all contributed to
investing AI with the hope to enable more successful medical care and better
health for all. Visions range from seeing AI as a universal remedy, able to
solve the key challenges of contemporary medicine, to the dystopia of a health
care system without human medical staff. Medical diagnosis, prognosis (e.g. in
personalised health care), and therapy recommendations are all possible
application fields of AI, to name but a few. Despite the high hopes for AI in
the field of medicine, only a few products have so far managed to meet the
standards necessary for broad marketability in terms of adequate available
data or validation. Even regardless of the velocity of developments, AI will
most likely play an important role in the health sector in the near future.
Healthcare disparities are posing a political threat and a major challenge to
the healthcare system. The use of AI in the service of fair healthcare makes
for a persuasive argument that not only justifies its employment, but seems to
make it more or less inevitable. AI could, for instance, reveal human bias in
the field, and make equal treatment available to all. On the other hand,
critical voices warn that AI might heighten existing inequalities, while
technical complexities would make them harder to detect. The question is thus
whether algorithm-based applications can influence systemic inequality in
positive ways.
The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to focus on concrete
applications in the medical and healthcare sector that are based on AI,
machine learning, and deep learning technologies.
Papers could address, but are not restricted to, the following questions:
-       What role do questions of health equity and fairness play in these
applications? What insights could gender- and diversity-sensitive research
-     The computer sciences provide statistical means for the advancement of a
mathematical fairness in the form of algorithmic fairness. What are the
consequences of these methods when analysed from a sociological, ethical, or
philosophical perspective?
-       In order to counter systemic inequality, the public health sector
usually introduces extensive measures. What could AI contribute here?
-    Health data are especially sensitive, even more so when stemming from
vulnerable groups. What can the social sciences and adjacent disciplines
contribute to debates around data protection and data security in the context
of AI and medicine? What perspectives could be put forward on the dilemma of,
on the one hand, ensuring participation in the technology, while, on the other
hand, protecting users’ privacy?
-       In what ways does AI contribute to a shift in power relations in the
field? Who are the winners, who are the losers? What new players have entered
the arena? Can we detect a growing tendency to economisation of the health
care sector?
-       How does AI change knowledge and the production of knowledge in the
medical field? What kind of knowledge loses or gains importance in the
process? What are the epistemic and real-life consequences?
-       What happens with data used by AI applications? Which categories are
being made relevant, and how? What changes in comparison to non-digital
technologies such as patient files on paper? Which categories (like gender,
race, etc.) are being reified, and which change in the process? What kinds of
new categories are being created?

We invite scholars from the social sciences and related disciplines like
philosophy, medical ethics, and public health research who engage with
questions of AI in medicine and the health sector to submit an abstract.

We welcome abstracts and papers in both English and German.
The call in both languages and any further information about the conference
can be found at

The conference will be held online. Both invited keynote speakers and
researchers who have been selected after the submission deadline will get the
chance to present their papers in the form of live online presentations.

Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words and a short bio to:

Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2020.

There is no registration fee for the conference.
Best regards,
Renate Baumgartner

Dr. Renate Baumgartner
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (Post-Doc)/Postdoctoral Fellow
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Zentrum für Gender- und Diversitätsforschung/Center for Gender and Diversity
Brunnenstr. 30
D-72074 Tübingen

Tel.: (+49) 7071 29 75674

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Engelmann und Lean Haug, Bielefeld: transcript, 2021 (Januar)

Ed. with Emiel Maliepaard. "Bisexuality in Europe: Sexual Citizenship,
Intimate Relationships, and Bi+Identities". Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2020 (open

R. Baumgartner. “Viele Lieben- Polyamorie als Identität und Praxis.” In
„Sexuelle und geschlechtliche Vielfalt- Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven aus
Wissenschaft und Praxis“ Hg. Stefan Timmermanns und Maika Böhm, Weinheim
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