[Air-L] Call for papers: Social Robots: Form, Content, Critique - International Journal of Social Robotics

Charles Ess charles.ess at gmail.com
Fri Nov 8 23:15:34 PST 2013

Dear AoIRists,

While social robots may not immediately fall into your purview or sense of
Internet studies, much less media studies, let me humbly suggest that in
many incarnations, they deserve to.  The easiest example is the telenoid - a
Casper-the-ghost looking social robot that mediates human communication in
both verbal and non-verbal fashion, by way of Internet-facilitated

And so, with the usual apologies for duplications and request for
cross-posting to suitable lists and potentially interested colleagues - on
behalf of my co-editors:

Call for Papers: Social Robots: Form, Content, Critique
special issue of The International Journal of Social Robotics
Co-editors: Michaela Pfadenhauer (Karlsruhe University / Karlsruhe Institute
of Technology), Satomi Sugiyama (Franklin College, Switzerland), Charles Ess
(University of Oslo).
We invite papers from scholars and researchers across the disciplines
(including philosophy, robot ethics, Artificial Intelligence, cognitive
science, media/sociology, information science, art history) that examine and
explore social robots through three distinct but inextricably interwoven
* Form/appearance (e.g., human/animal likeness in appearance; everyday media
forms and robotic functions; cultural attitudes toward robot forms, etc.)
* Content/AI/applications (e.g., implications of artificial intelligence in
everyday human experiences such as memories, relationships, and conceptions
of the self and self-understanding;  applications that shape human-robot
interactions; applications of mobile media and their implications in human¹s
robotic experiences, etc.)
* Critical issues that undergird the above, including; ethics, intimacy,
emotions, authenticity, etc.
Paper submission deadline: 1 January 2014
Notification to authors: 1 March 2014
Submission of authors' revised papers: 1 May 2014
Final acceptance: 1 June 2014
(accepted papers will be immediately published at the IJSR webpage with a
Digital Object Identifier for citation purposes)
Publication: August, 2014
The call is an outcome of the COST Strategic Workshop on Social Robotic and
Sustainability  that took place in Brussels, Belgium, on 10-13 June 2013.
The online submission system is available at: :
Authors are required to register on the website and to follow the Journal¹s
³Instructions for Authors² as provided there.
Many thanks in advance,
- charles
Professor in Media Studies
Department of Media and Communication
Director, Centre for Research on Media Innovations

My latest book, Digital Media Ethics, is now available from Polity:

University of Oslo 
P.O. Box 1093 Blindern
Oslo Norway
email: charles.ess at media.uio.no

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