Workshop ‘Exploring Values Across Methods and Disciplines’

Start date: October 31, 2019
End date: November 1, 2019
Location: Delft University of Technology
Project workshop | What Are Values?

Event summary

The workshop covered a broad range of disciplines and methods that converge on the topic of empirically exploring values. There were 30 attendees and 11 speakers, who were present during the two days of the workshop. The speakers covered such disciplines as philosophy, industrial design, sociology, environmental studies, psychology, anthropology, policy studies and engineering.

Workshop Description

Technological advancement, along with the many benefits, simultaneously changes societal canvas, from individual to legal and institutional levels. Digital technologies defy barriers of space and time to connect people like never before, but simultaneously raise issues of divide, surveillance, information management, and, ironically, loneliness. Production rates worldwide are reaching historical highs with the help of new agricultural and engineering technologies, but in parallel climate change and energy transition become the overwhelming global problems and increasing automation invites to reconsider the nature and value of work. Technological challenges are complex and require interdisciplinary collaboration. In this workshop, we invite to consider the question of values that underlies all technological challenges.

To understand better what is at stake with the intertwinement of values and technologies, we wish to explore the empirical methods used in different disciplines that study the social and moral dimensions of values. The speakers will present how they study values empirically in the fields of philosophy, policy analysis, environmental psychology, sociology, design anthropology and others. Thus, the workshop aims to bring together a wide range of scientific domains to explore the question of values across methods and disciplines.

Practical Info

Attendance in the workshop is free of charge and limited to 30 participants. If you are interested, please fill in the hyperlinked online registration form with a short statement of motivation before October 1, 2019. The list of speakers, exact location and agenda of the workshop will be circulated closer to the date of the event.