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Call for papers: "In the Hands of Technology: Care in the XXI Century"

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 International 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 invited.

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 o6en 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 Ms. Núria Vallès-Peris
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