International Institute for Asian Studies

December
31
2017

Call for papers

Embodying World's New Conditions and Values

The 11th International Conference of Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSOC) Network

Deadline: 31 December 2017

Conference dates: 25 - 26 July 2018 at Chiang Mai, Thailand

Weblink: http://www.embodyinghusoc2018.org/

The 21st century” is defined not only by the change in number but also by the state of which new technologies have increasingly been playing major roles in transforming many lives and societies. Today, video-calling has become a typical means of communication for many people. We can make an appointment, share a schedule, set up a meeting, and even work, from bedroom through the online social-network applications. Moreover, soon, it is expected that A.I. and automation, which are becoming smarter day after day, will be able to do more complicated tasks for us, like cooking. A car would be able to run without a driver. A house would be built easier by the “3D printer”. As these advanced technologies are being developed and commercialized more, the condition and value of our lives, as human beings, and our societies, too, change. What does it mean to be a human when technology can do many things for us now. How does our society operate and develop when human is not only the actor that causes change?

The new social conditions constituted by the new technologies do not only promise a more superior living quality, but they have also created new problems and concerns. Many developments have unfairly exploited the natural and human resources and have damaged both nature and labour. The high-tech war weapons, while can save many soldier’s lives, can be destructive to the homes of innocent civilians. Many have to migrate away from their birth place to find a safe shelter to live. These adverse consequences of the present century’s technological advancements need to also be addressed and seriously scrutinized, as much as the advantages they are providing us.

The 11th International Conference of Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSOC) Network concerns directly with the social and cultural dynamics created by the advanced technologies of the 21st century. Hosted by Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University, the conference aims to provide the space for the scholars working in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and other related disciplines to come and present their critical ideas, new perspectives, and practical solutions, about the new conditions and values of our world currently and powerfully driven by technologies. As the main theme has been put as “Embodying World’s New Conditions and Values,” the conference asks to what extent we, as human beings living in the age of the technology, can critically understand the state of our beings. What are the new socio-cultural problems that have emerged? How can the knowledge produced in the Humanities and Social Sciences challenge or develop further the Scientific worldviews, and offer useful solutions that would help us live with the technology-driven society more sustainably and peacefully? The conference has proposed the sub-themes of the conference for scholars from different disciplines and who work on various issues relating to the technological society of the 21th century to present their research and exchange dialogues with the ones who share similar interests.

Subthemes:
1. Science, technology, and society
2. Machine and the post-human conditions
3. Education and learning technology
4. Innovative, applied, and digital humanities
5. The new capitalistic society
6. Sensory, cognition, and aesthetics
7. Human (im)mobility and infrastructure
8. Physical and social threat and (in)security
9. The digital native/immigrant generations

Important dates:
Abstract submission 15 September – 31 December 2017
Registration 15 September 2017 – 15 May 2018
Announcement of accepted abstracts 15 January 2018
Full paper submission (optional for those who wish to have their papers appear in the online conference proceeding) 16 January – 30 April 2018
Conference dates 25-26 July 2018