1st International Conference on Medical Imaging and Philosophy: Challenges, Reflections and Actions

May 21-22, 2010, Villa Eberhardt, Ulm

Call for Abstracts

Imaging plays a prominent role in contemporary medical research and practice. This conference will focus on three related aspects of imaging the human body, demonstrating a range of cultural, historical and scientific concerns:

• Scientific representations

• Ontologies

• Ethics

It is the aim of the conference to reconstruct methods of diagnostic knowledge and their social, anthropological and technological origins and future implications. Among the topics to be discussed are:

• the production of knowledge using imaging techniques, and the commensurability of that knowledge across imaging modalities;

• experimental systems and the role of data and data collection for medical diagnosis and communication;

• the role of formal ontologies in representation and communication with medical images;

• norms of health and disease and the understanding of body (and mind) as they are shaped by imaging technologies;

• the interdependence of technology, medicine, economics and engineering.

This wide-ranging conference will include plenary lectures from eminent scholars in the field, panel seminars, author-meets-critics sessions, outreach activities, and social receptions. Individual papers are invited in all areas concerned with “Medical Imaging and Philosophy: Challenges, Reflections and Actions”, broadly construed.

Proposed submissions for papers should outline the interdisciplinary dimensions and perspectives of the above mentioned connections between scientific representations, ontologies and ethics. Submissions should include an abstract (max. 250 words) and full contact details of the presenting author. A submissions should be sent, preferably in MS Word or plain text format, to [email protected]

Abstract Deadline: February 1st

Scientific Committee: Heiner Fangerau (Ulm University), Rethy K Chhem (Ulm University), Irmgard Müller (Bochum), Santiago Sia (Milltown Institute, Dublin), Cesare Romagnoli (University of Western Ontario), James Overton (University of Western Ontario), Robert Lindenberg (Harvard Medical School, Boston), Shih-chang (Ming) Wang (University of Sydney)