Edited Collection on the Ethical Legal and Social Implications of Emerging Technologies

deadline for submissions: 
December 12, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
ELSIET research group Deakin University
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Edited Collection on the Ethical Legal and Social Implications of Emerging Technologies


Emerging technologies in robotics, genomic and reproductive medicine, and urban design are changing the ways humans relate to one another, our communities, future persons, and our environment. Ethics is fundamentally relational, and societies are structured through negotiating the multiplicity of relationships, shared customs, and laws that are intended to promote wellbeing. As such, shifts in those fundamental relationships arising from the introduction of new technologies, or novel application of existing technologies, have enormous ethical, legal and social implications.


The Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Emerging Technology (ELSIET) research group, supported by Deakin University’s Science and Society Network (SSN), is focused on extending the boundaries of science, technology and design in socially responsible ways by considering the ethico-legal implications of emerging technologies and urban design while they are still in development. This includes recognising the interdependence of scientific and technological development with social and economic change.


The ELSIET group is calling for papers for an edited collection that will explore some of the pressing issues arising in three fields of emerging technological development. The collection will particularly focus on potential uses for social robotics and artificial intelligence systems in healthcare, changes to our relationships and obligations arising from new developments in assisted reproduction and genetic testing, and the impact of spatial design on interpersonal and community interactions. As such it considers how emerging technologies are changing our lives across internal, external and virtual spaces.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


-       Ethico-legal concerns regarding third party use of genetic screening test results

-       The impact of new reproductive and imaging technologies for maternal-fetal conflict

-       Ethical, legal and social implications of CRISPR-Cas9

-       Spatial justice issues and the use of “hostile architecture”

-       Social and behavioural control using new urban design

-       Risks and benefits of using social robots to care for the elderly

-       Risks and benefits of using social robots for children with neurodevelopmental delays and disorders


Papers should be 4,000-6,000 words, double-spaced with size 12 Times New Roman font, and use the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition (endnotes for citations). In addition, the following information should be supplied:


-       Author titles, names, affiliations and positions

-       A brief biography (no more than 5 sentences)

-       An up-to-date C.V.

-       An abstract for the chapter (no more than 125 words)

-       5-6 keywords for the paper

-       Permissions for any images used

-       Copies of ethics approvals for any research protocols (if applicable)


A small number of reflective pieces will also be considered for inclusion in the collection. These should be no more than 1,500 words and should be written in the same style as the other papers. Special care should be taken to avoid breaching confidentiality for industry partners and health professionals.


The ELSIET group are running a series of workshops for collaborators to meet up and work on their papers. Attendance is highly recommended. For details please email the contact below.


Submissions are due December 12, 2018 and should be emailed to the editor Evie Kendal at elsiet@deakin.edu.au