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New Tech, New Ethics?: Panel and Workshop

Updated: Oct 18, 2019

The world is always in flux. And for better or worse if feels as if technology has become increasingly central to thinking about this- particularly in the domains of national and international security. On Wednesday 23rd October there will be two events taking place in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath. Over the day, we will consider the challenges raised not only by technologies for existing institutions- but also the significance of the rise of the figure of 'emerging technology' more generally.

Emerging Technology, Security and Ethics: A Brown-Bag Panel Event

At this public event, there will be reflection on some of the key philosophical and ethical questions associated with contemporary emergent fields of science and technology. This will lead to the discussion of the deeper organizational and cultural dimensions which shape the politics which surround emergent fields- with a particular emphasis on the politics of control, international order, and militarization.

The panel will include contributions from:

  • Dr. Nicholas G. Evans , who is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and who works at the interface of national security and emerging technologies.

  • Dr. John R. Emery , who is a Tobis Research Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality at the University of California, Irvine, and works on the ethics of war and peace and technological innovation in international relations.

  • Tom Hobson , who is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies- and who works on military investment and socio-technical imaginaries.

This event takes place on campus in room 3W 4.7 between 12.15- 13.05- there is no booking required, so do arrive early to avoid disappointment (But do get in touch if you need a seat reserving).

Researching Technology, Innovation, and Security: A workshop

In this informal workshop, we will discuss the practical and philosophical challenges associated with the study of emergent technology as an area of security concern and military investment. This workshop will place particular emphasis on the rich, contested and ambiguous character of innovation and technology and it's relations with the social world. In this workshop, researchers will be asked to share specific conceptual and methodological challenges they are currently addressing- which will form the basis of group discussion. A key question will relate to the possibility and character of 'critical' engagement in this area.

This acadmic workshop event takes place on campus between 14.30 and 17.00 and requires sign-up. To sign up for the workshop contact Dr. Brett Edwards (

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This event has been supported by the POLIS

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