Technology Symposium, June 2006

Welcome to the website of the 2006 Technology Symposium, a special two day symposium on the theme of 'Technology and Citizenship', to be held at McGill University in Montréal, Canada, on Friday 9 June to Saturday 10 June 2006. The full International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society is a four day event run at the turn of the calendar year. This symposium is to be held at roughly the mid way point between the annual conferences. The inaugural Technology Conference was held at the University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco, in February 2005, and the Second International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society in Hyderabad, India, from 12-15 December 2005.

This symposium will address the complex relations between Technology and Citizenship. Technology is deeply implicated in the organisation and distribution of social, political and economic power. Technological artefacts, systems and practices arise from particular historical situations, and they condition subsequent social, political and economic identities, practices and relationships. In short, technology — industrial technology, transportation technology, information and communication technology, bio and genetic technology, nanotechnology, etc. — is a matter in which citizenship is at stake. This symposium is dedicated to exploring the various ways in which technology and citizenship bear upon each other historically, and in the present context.

Participants are also welcome to submit a presentation proposal either for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, a jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session.

Parallel sessions are loosely grouped into streams reflecting different perspectives or disciplines. Each stream also has its own talking circle, a forum for focused discussion of issues. For those unable to attend the conference in person, virtual participation is also available.

Presenters may choose to submit written papers before or after the conference for possible publication in the The Technology Collection, a fully refereed academic journal. All conference participants receive an online subscription to the journal for one year after the conference.

If you would like to know more about this symposium, bookmark the Technology Symposium site and return for further information — the site is regularly updated. You might also wish to subscribe to the conference newsletter.

For all inquiries, please contact the conference secretariat.



The International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society

The Technology Conference is held annually in different locations around the world. The first was at the University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco (18-20 February 2005) the second is to be held at the Fortune Katriya Hotel, Hyderabad, India (12-15 December 2005).

The Technology Symposium is a participants' symposium, including numerous parallel sessions. The symposium organising committee is inviting proposals to present 30 minute papers, or 60 minute workshops or 90 minute colloquium sessions. These can be:

  • Academic or research papers, or
  • Presentations describing educational initiatives.

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society

Presenters have the option to submit papers for refereeing and publication to the Technology Journal, before the conference and up until one month after the conference. Papers submitted for publication will be fully refereed. The publication decision is based on the referees' reports.

For those unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are available. This provides participants access to the electronic version of the journal, and also the option to submit papers to the Technology Journal.

For more information please visit the Submission Guidelines page.

Who Should Attend

  • Academics in the fields of informatics, computer science, history and philosophy of science, sociology of knowledge, sociology of technology, education, management and the humanities.
  • Research students.
  • Technology developers.
  • Trainers and Industry consultants.

Conference Organisers

  • Common Ground