Call For Papers for SPT 2023

Notice1: The results of the review have been emailed to the person who submitted paper/panel/poster presentation by December 23, 2022. If you have not received the results by e-mail for some reason (some email addresses were not found), please contact us as soon as possible.

Notice2: Submission form has been closed  (The deadline was January 15, 2023) .

Call for Papers for SPT 2023: Tokyo, Japan. June 7-10, 2023

Theme of the conference: Technology and mobility

From June 7-10, 2023, the Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies, or JSSTS will host the 23rd biennial international conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. The conference theme is "Technology and Mobility,"

Technologies always expand human mobility. Ships have made transcontinental travel possible, and cars have made everyday long-distance movement possible. We can also say that the development of the telephone and internet has made the world “smaller” and thereby changed our idea of mobility. And now, developments in technologies such as AI and self-driving cars are bringing a new situation. Technologies not only expand the range of our movement but also significantly change the way we move itself.

In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic forces us to consider the issue. The pandemic forced us to stop moving all over the world, and instead, we create a variety of activities by using ICT technologies. The situation calls into questions: What does it mean for people to move and meet in person, and how does technology connect people?

At this conference, we aim to reflect on the relationship between technologies and mobility, but papers reflecting on any aspect of technology are welcomed.

How to hold the conference

In principle, SPT2023 will be conducted in person. Online sessions will be set up only in a very limited way. We cannot accommodate individual circumstances, such as time difference issues, so please consider carefully your participation in online sessions.


Submissions that engage in some philosophical aspect of technology are welcomed, including those from disciplines other than philosophy (e.g., STS, history, anthropology, and sociology). Submissions from practitioners, including entrepreneurs, engineers, and engineering faculty, are also encouraged.

If you want to submit your proposal to "Paper," "Poster," and "Panel" categories, please do not send it directly as e-mail attachment or text in the message body, except in the case that the submission form is not available. We humbly request that you submit your work through the form shown below.

1. Track 

Those who wish to propose a special track of papers clustered around a theme, topic, approach, or scholar’s work may do so by contacting the conference organizers. Papers submitted to specialized tracks will be evaluated using the same process as other papers; those that are accepted will be included in the conference even if they are not selected for the track. Tracks are usually given one or two 1.5 hour slots on the schedule. Track proposals (of about 300 words) should be sent by email to the conference organizing committee ( by November 15, 2022. Please indicate the track chair(s) in the email.

Adopted Track Proposals for SPT 2023

You can see the abstract of each track, by clicking or tapping the titles with the link:

2. Paper, Poster, and Panel Submissions

Paper submissions should include a brief (100 words) abstract and an extended (250-500 words) abstract. Poster submissions require a brief (150 words plus references) abstract. Panel proposals should be submitted by the panel organizer and should include a brief abstract (250 words), and, for each panelist, title and extended (250-500 words) abstract. Please click or tap following "Submit for Paper / Poster / Panel Proposal" button and submit your proposal after filling out the all appropriate forms depend on your presentation type. 

Submission form

Cloesed! (The deadline was January 15, 2023)

If you have any trouble on submission through the form above, you can also submit your proposal as attachment of e-mail. When you do so, please use the prescribed format shown below and send e-mail to


The submission deadline is December 1, 2022. Notification of acceptance will be sent no later than February 1, 2023. Deadline for paper, poster, and panel submissions has been extended to January 15, 2023. Notice of acceptance/rejection will be done by no later than February 1, 2023 (same as before). However, for submissions received by December 20, notice of acceptance/rejection will be sent by December 31, 2022. After that, the earlier you send your submission to us, the sooner we will return the notice of acceptance/rejection as well. Please remember the following date:

Submissions should be in a .doc, .docx, .txt, or .odt (Open Office) format.  If the author wishes to be considered for inclusion in a track or tracks, the track name(s) must be listed in the submitted document after the abstracts.

Program Committee assumes, for example, these themes for each session associated with this event including, but not limited to: 

Especially for Japanese Speakers: Notice on Sessions in Japanese

[Last Update on December 6, 2022]

SPT 2023 organizing committee plans to hold some limited-scale of sessions in Japanese. For whom intend to make a presentation in these sessions, please submit your proposal with English title, in addition to Japanese title and 800-1000-character abstract by the submission form shown above. The submission deadline is December 1, 2022 extended to January 15, 2023. All submissions for those sessions will be reviewed by the scientific committee. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be sent no later than February 1, 2023 (same as before). However, for submissions received by December 20, notice of acceptance/rejection will be sent by December 31, 2022. After that, the earlier you send your submission to us, the sooner we will return the notice of acceptance/rejection as well. We are sorry that it may not always be possible to accept all the submissions due to the limited number of sessions

For your information and guidance, Japanese-English interpreters will be deployed for those sessions, so non-Japanese speakers are also welcome to attend. 

Subsidies and Services

Travel Expenses Subsidy for Students from Outside of Japan

*When you fill out the submission form, you can find a question item; "Intention to Apply for Traveling Expenses Subsidy for Student." If you choose "I am a student and wish to take advantage of the subsidy," please send a photocopy of your student ID card by email to after completing the submission (see the submission form).

*The subsidy will be provided in Japanese yen cash or travel vouchers at the venue of the conference. Three-fourths of this subsidy will be provided by the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB).

*Applications for student subsidies will close on March 31, 2023, 24:00 (Japan Standard Time). If you would like to receive the subsidy, please send us a copy of your student ID card by the deadline.

Childcare Services

The small-scale childcare services will be available during the SPT 2023 biennial conference. If you plan to use those services, please let us know:

The charge for that service is now arranged with an outsourced company. We are sorry to say to bear one-fourth of the expenses. The remaining three-fourths will be subsidized by Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau, or TCVB.

*Applications for childcare services will close on May 7, 2023, 24:00 (Japan Standard Time). 

Childcare fee: 7 June 3000 yen, 8 June 5000 yen, 9 June 5000 yen, 10 June 3000 yen (after subtracting subsidies)

Insurance fee (required for childcare use): 1000 yen/day

Fees may be reduced depending on the number of users.

Reduction will be also considered for students and participants from developing countries.


The Society for Philosophy and Technology is proud to sponsor two awards; "SPT Early Career Award" and "SPT Graduate Student Paper Awards".

[2023.06.02.] We would like to announce the award winners for the early career scholar and the graduate student. We all extend our heartfelt congratulations to Award Winners!

Award Winner of SPT Early Career Award
Björn Lundgren, Samuela Marchiori, and Mark Vanzura, "Autonomous Vehicles and the Empirics of Crashing." (Session 1 502 Autonomous Technology (2)--8 June, session 3, 10:50-12:20)

Award Winner of SPT Graduate Student Paper Awards
Rasleen Kour, Charkha: "Focal thing, Appropriate technology and Wheel of Self-reliance" (Session 2 503 Theoretical Perspective (3)--9 June, session 5, 9:00-10:30).

SPT Early Career Award

This award, which includes a $500 (USD) prize, will be given to an early career scholar whose accepted paper for SPT 2023, in the judgment of the SPT Executive Board, best embodies exceptional and innovative scholarly work that promises to expand the scope of research in this field. Priority will thus be given to work that promotes growth and open horizons in philosophical research on technology, for example, by developing new ideas, topics, methodologies, arguments, conceptual frameworks, or disciplinary perspectives.

Early career scholars (less than 10 years since the Ph.D., with exceptions for parental leave) whose abstracts are accepted by the SPT 2023 program committee may submit full papers to the SPT Board by April 1, 2023 for award consideration; the winner will be notified by April 17 and listed on the conference program. Those selected must register and present the paper at the conference to receive the award and stipend. Additional funds for travel to SPT 2023 may be offered. The award will be formally presented to the winner at the award SPT session.  Papers from those wishing to be considered for this award should be sent to Glen Miller glenmiller(at)

SPT Graduate Student Paper Awards

The Society for Philosophy and Technology will sponsor graduate student paper awards given to outstanding submissions by graduate students for SPT 2023. These awards include a $500 USD travel stipend. Graduate students (including the equivalent of Ph.D. candidates, doctoral students, or research master students) who wish to be considered for an award must submit a complete draft (max. 3000 words) of the paper to be considered to an independent SPT award committee by January 2, 2023, following the separate submission of the abstract by December 1, 2022. The full paper should be stripped of identifying information but include a cover sheet with the paper title, 150-200 word abstract, the author’s name, e-mail address and current graduate program details (e.g., date of enrollment, degree being pursued, department, and institution).

Submitted papers will be blind reviewed by the SPT award committee. Only authors whose abstracts are accepted by the program committee for the conference program will be eligible to receive a graduate student paper award, and those selected must register and present the paper at the conference to receive the award and stipend. Co-authored submissions are ineligible for graduate student paper awards unless all authors are graduate students and are listed as such, with the required program information, on the paper cover sheet.

To apply for a graduate paper award, please send a full paper (max 3000 words) and cover sheet as attachment of e-mail to Glen Miller glenmiller(at) by January 2, 2023. Awardees will be notified by mid-February.