2019 Special Focus:

“The Social Impact of AI: Policies and New Governance Models for Social Change”

Fifteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society
CosmoCaixa Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
11–12 March 2019


Equally interested in the mechanics of social technologies and the social impact of technologies, the conference is guided by the ideals of an open society, where technology is used to address human needs and serve community interests. These concerns are grounded in the values of creativity, innovation, access, equity and personal and community autonomy. In this space, commercial and community interests at times complement each other; at other times they appear to be at odds. The conference will examine the nature of the new technologies, their connection with community, their use as tools for learning, and their place in a ‘knowledge society’. This event will bring together some of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners in this field. We feel that your involvement in the presentations and general discussions will add great value to this conference.

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics.

Renata Dezso is  2019 Emerging Scholar Awardee

Founded in 2005, the Technology, Knowledge & Society Research Network comes together around a common concern for, and a shared interest to explore a range of critically important themes in the various fields that address the complex and subtle relationships between technology, knowledge, and society.
Conference The annual conference is built upon three key features: Internationalism, Interdisciplinarity, and Inclusiveness. Conference delegates include leaders in the field, as well as emerging artists and scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer delegates multiple opportunities to engage, to discuss key issues in the field, and to build relationships with scholars from other cultures and disciplines.

Distractions aside, there was no real rhyme or reason to my workflow. The not-so-fun (but necessary) stuff kept getting neglected.

Co-Ability through the Coming Together of Solid Bodies : Arguments by Means of a New Synthesis of Objects and Bodies

Renata Dezso-Dinnyes, Assistant Lecturer, MOME Digital Craft Lab, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest

The purpose of this proposal is to discover convincing arguments by means of a new synthesis of objects and bodies, as well as to seek ways of presenting design culture as an integrative discipline that allows researchers to formulate new questions for the field. The proposal accommodates a design approach to understand the intercorporeality between disabled recipients and design technology, focusing on practice to theory links (with emphasis on understanding the complex social phenomenon of stigmatised identities). The design process data were further analysed by using an interpretive approach to prove a grounded theory. The research was conducted in a context characterised by the changing character of disability and the nature of solid bodies coming together. What happens when instead of the body normative organisation, the body could be considered as diversative and be fluidly multiplied? Can it create a new nomad energy exchange between entities? Also, can it create new productive and
innovative existence by not using normative functions, and by using normative “Body Schema” only? Does the launch of inorganic technology automatically mean the deconstruction of the subjective self? Our understanding of the actors involved will be deepened if normative power is not exercised. Thus, not only their personal experiences will be brought into the project, but also the social forces will provide a rich array of research opportunities. The aim is to understand the network between organic and inorganic bodies better, to achieve an improvement in the contemporary
complexities of human life.