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<nettime-ann> Call for Papers for Philosophy and Technology's special issue on Financial Technologies

   Call for Papers for Philosophy and Technology's special issue on
   Financial Technologies
   Mark Coeckelbergh (University of Vienna)
   Quinn DuPont (University of Toronto)
   Wessel Reijers (Dublin City University)
   The aim of this special issue is to bring together scholarship in
   philosophy of technology and studies of finance. Over the past decades,
   the world of finance has been transformed by the introduction of novel
   technological artefacts, systems, and practices -- from ATMs and
   Internet banking to algorithmic trading, and most recently, the
   widening use of cryptocurrencies based on the blockchain protocol.
   While these transformations of financial systems and practices have
   been studied in anthropology and science and technology studies (STS),
   so far they have largely been neglected in philosophy of technology.
   This is regrettable, since finance is a domain that ought to be of
   great interest for philosophy of technology. Firstly, inquiries into
   the workings of financial technologies can provide new insights into
   the ways technologies mediate inter-human and human-machine relations,
   as for instance constituting economic exchange, marketplaces and
   alternative economic practices. Secondly, philosophy of technology can
   increase our understanding of the meaning and use of money as a
   fundamentally technological aspect of our social lives. The philosopher
   and sociologist Georg Simmel already elucidated this notion of money as
   a social technology, calling it the "purest form of the tool" and
   showing how it can create epistemological and moral distances between
   people, but more contemporary philosophical work is necessary to
   address these issues. Third, we can employ theories from philosophy of
   technology to investigate how recent crossovers of ICTs and finance
   move beyond conventional economical and legal boundaries. For example,
   blockchain technology was first created to support the cryptocurrency
   Bitcoin, but now moves beyond its exclusive use for money into areas of
   "smart" contracts and new modes of governance. Financial technologies
   greatly impact economic, social and political relations; therefore,
   they are a fruitful starting point for philosophical reflection.
   Our Call for Papers invites work that contributes to philosophy of
   technology by engaging with questions raised by financial technologies
   and, preferably, takes into account interdisciplinary work in this area
   (e.g., anthropology, finance, law, STS). We are specifically interested
   in papers that explore insights that can be gained from an intersection
   of philosophy of technology and philosophical works about money and
   finance, in philosophical reflections on monetary and financial culture
   and in critical philosophical assessments of emerging financial
   technologies like crypto currencies. We aim for papers that are both
   philosophically pertinent and rigorous, and relevant to societal
   concerns and empirical developments in the area of financial
   technologies. Therefore, we expect authors to be able to clearly
   describe the technological systems, artefacts and networks they write
   about and to show familiarity with the philosophical literature that is
   used to build the argument.
   The list of possible topics includes, but is not limited to:
   o How thinkers about money and finance can add to philosophy of
   o Ontology/epistemology of financial technologies
   o Phenomenological and postphenomenological approaches to money and
   emerging financial technologies
   o Financial technologies and modernity
   o Ethics and law of digital financial technologies
   o Intersectional approaches to financial technologies
   o Financial technologies in the developing world
   o Financial technologies as information technologies
   o Algorithmic and high-speed trading as a technological practice
   o Understanding blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies
   o The intersection of ICTs and finance in banking
   o Financial technologies in critical theory
   o Understanding financial code and software
   o Ethics of finance as engineering ethics
   o Performativity and semiotics of financial technologies
   May 1, 2016: Deadline for paper submissions
   June 15, 2016: Deadline reviews papers
   October 1, 2016: Deadline revised papers
   2017: Publication of the special issue
   To submit a paper for this special issue, authors should go to the
   journal's Editorial Manager http://www.editorialmanager.com/phte/
   The author (or a corresponding author for each submission in case of
   co- authored papers) must register into EM.
   The author must then select the special article type: "FINANCIAL
   TECHNOLOGIES" from the selection provided in the submission process.
   This is needed in order to assign the submissions to the Guest Editors.
   Submissions will then be assessed according to the following procedure:
   New Submission => Journal Editorial Office => Guest Editor(s) =>
   Reviewers => Reviewers' Recommendations => Guest Editor(s)'
   Recommendation => Editor-in-Chief's Final Decision => Author
   Notification of the Decision.
   The process will be reiterated in case of requests for revisions.
   For any further information please contact:
   Mark Coeckelbergh, mark.coeckelbergh@univie.ac.at
   Quinn DuPont, quinn.dupont@utoronto.ca
   Wessel Reijers, wreijers@adaptcentre.ie

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