[Air-l] graduate course and workshop announcement

Charles Ess cmess at drury.edu
Thu Apr 14 04:01:24 PDT 2005

Dear AoIR-ists

Please pass this on to graduate students and/or faculty who may be
interested in and able to participate in the course and/or workshop.
Apologies for duplicate postings - and any comments and suggestions from
this group especially welcome!
-- charles ess

Interdisciplinary Graduate Course
Bridging Cultures: Computer Ethics, Culture, and ICT

Place: NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Time: May 23rd – 27th 2005

Lecturer: Charles Ess, distinguished research professor, Interdisciplinary
Studies at Drury University, USA and professor II at NTNU (Globalization and
Program for Applied Ethics).

Course overview
The graduate course "Bridging cultures" takes up many of the central ethical
challenges that arise in conjunction with information and communication
technologies. The title "Bridging cultures" is intended to signify problems
regarding the relation between cultural diversity and global information
technologies, as well as the bridging of humanistic and scientific

The course will primarily focus on three interrelated aspects:
1. Developing a basic "ethical toolkit" that will provide participants with
a range of terms and approaches to ethical analysis and decision-making with
regard to common issues in computer and information sciences. This includes
notions of professional responsibilities of programmers, HCI designers, etc.
2. Disclosing how cultural values and communicative preferences are embedded
in the design and implementation of Computer-mediated Communication
technologies. Here we will explore a basic set of conceptual tools for
analysing various dimensions of cultural values and communicative
preferences, in order to develop guidelines for "best practices" in design
and implementation of Information and Communication Technologies.
3. Examining how the cultures of the humanities and the sciences, including
computer and information sciences, as academic disciplines may be bridged,
thereby bringing ethics together with computer and information science. Our
hope here is to build bridges between these disciplines that will foster
further interdisciplinary collaboration.

Deadline for registration is May 6th, 2005.

Go to the Programme for Applied Ethics' website
<http://www.anvendtetikk.ntnu.no/pres/bridgingcultures.php>  for more
detailed information, including schedule, reading list and electronic

We would also like to inform you that in addition to the graduate course, a
workshop on related topics will be held at NTNU on june 6th-7th (and
possibly 8th), 2005. Confirmed speakers are Charles Ess, Luciano Floridi,
Deborah Wheeler, May Thorseth, Bernd Carsten Stahl, Johnny Søraker, Dag
Elgesem and Knut Rolland.

Charles Ess

Distinguished Research Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Drury University
900 N. Benton Ave.              Voice: 417-873-7230
Springfield, MO  65802  USA       FAX: 417-873-7435

Home page:  http://www.drury.edu/ess/ess.html
Co-chair, CATaC: http://www.it.murdoch.edu.au/catac/

Exemplary persons seek harmony, not sameness. -- Analects 13.23

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