Call for Papers: Technology and Human Flourishing

Posted: 5 de May de 2012 by Fernando Furtado in Call for Papers, Event, News

Technology and Human Flourishing
2012 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture
Thursday, October 25-Saturday, October 27

***Call for Papers***

Technology changes us—and the world around us—in countless ways. It
eases our labor, cures diseases, provides abundant food and clean
water, enables communication and travel across the globe, and expands
our knowledge of the natural world and the cosmos. The stuff of
science fiction is now, in many cases, reality, and it can make our
lives longer, healthier, and more productive than ever.

But technological advance is not without complication, and even ardent
proponents of technology recognize that our present age of innovation
is fraught with concern for unintended consequences.

Technology that eases our labor, for example, can detach us from a
meaningful sense of work. What can cure disease also can encourage us
to view the human body as something to be engineered, modified, and
immortalized. Techniques that produce more food from less land can
have ruinous, long-term effects on the environment. Likewise, even as
technology makes possible instant communication with others around the
world, it often creates distance between ourselves and people near to
us; while it enables unprecedented mobility, it can undermine the
stability necessary for families and communities to thrive. And as
technology provides ever increasing knowledge, we quite reasonably
wonder whether such knowledge is being used to bring about a wiser,
more just world.

The 2012 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture invites reflection
about technology and how it contributes to and, at times, compromises
human flourishing. How should we understand and evaluate both the
promise and peril of the things we create? What implications arise for
our understanding of what it means to be human and live well? How
might theological considerations—in particular Christian convictions
about the things we make and how we use them—illuminate our
understanding of technology?

Confirmed speakers include:

• Patrick Deneen, the Markos and Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Chair in
Hellenic Studies, Georgetown University
• Ian H. Hutchinson, Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Peter Kilpatrick, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
and Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Notre Dame
• Nancey Murphy, Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological
• Rosalind Picard, Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and Director,
Affective Computing Research Group, Massachusetts Institute of
• R. R. Reno, editor-in-chief of First Things; Professor of
Theological Ethics, Creighton University

Possible topics include:

• Technology as co-creation with God
• Visions of the future: technology, utopia, and dystopia
• Technology and the aims of education
• Technology and consumerism
• Appropriate technology
• Transhumanism
• Technology in literature, film, and popular culture
• The church and faith in the information age
• Biotechnology and the body
• Electronic gaming and virtue
• Technology, e-waste, and environmental responsibility
• Critics of technological culture: Wendell Berry, Jacques Ellul,
Romano Guardini
• Friendship and social media
• Technology as hope for the third world

Proposals for individual papers, panel discussions, and responses to
current books are welcome. Abstracts of no more than 750 words should
be submitted by July 16, 2012 using the online form at
Call 254-710-4805 or send an e-mail to for more


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