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a Transdisciplinary approach to the Emerging CHallenges of NOvel technologies: Lifeworld and Imaginaries in Foresight and Ethics

Objective

The TECHNOLIFE project will approach the SiS 5.1.1.2 call by developing new ethical frameworks to address ethical concerns of Europeans in relation to three technological fields: ICTs, Geographical Imaging Systems and converging technologies to enhance the human body. It will supply valuable insights on how issues of ethical concern to groups, publics and citizens can be considered in EC policy in the three technological fields. We propose a novel approach to the research on ethical frameworks, using the concept of imagined communities as a way of getting to ethical concerns in ways that do not unduly suppress their complexity, heterogeneity and communicatively challenging character. The emphasis on information, communication and perception enhancing technologies is appropriate since these are strong promoters in the ongoing restructuring of social groups and imaginaries that go to make up the future Europe. They also transform the very meaning of human sociability, identity, communication and community in ways that pose great challenges to ethical theory and ethics for policy. Dominant imaginaries, ethical concerns and broad technological developments will be described deploying insights from a number of disciplines. These will be fed into an online database where they will be used for deliberation by a number of invited participants from concerned groups and publics. The results of the process will be analysed and interpreted to identify central imaginaries and their related arguments and viewpoints among the relevant groups. The qualitative data will then be used to: 1) develop new ethical frameworks fitted to the social and analytic level of imagined communities; 2) provide guidelines for the EC on policy in the three technological fields; 3) establish a web portal that can be used for further deliberation on the three fields, and 4) supply documentation on the overall process to be used for the development of ethical frameworks in other technological fields.

Field of science

  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/ethics
  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/ethics/ethical theories

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 256 223
Administrative Contact
Inger Gjesdahl (Ms.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 48 263
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Louis Lemkow (Prof.)
TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 43 512
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Margit Sutrop (Prof.)
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Newport Road 30-36
CF24 ODE Cardiff
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nick Bodycombe (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE DE VERSAILLES SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES.
France
EU contribution
€ 171 309
Address
Avenue De Paris 55
78035 Versailles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monique Cohen (Ms.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 65 309
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 78 870
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Forsyth (Mr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 94 217
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Barbara Marchetti (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 51 640
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)