Philip Brey, Professor of Philosophy of Technology at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente and STI expert, was a keynote speaker at the International Workshop on Controversies and Polarization on Disruptive Technologies, a hybrid meeting held virtually and in Granada, Spain, October 5-6, 2020. His address dealt with “Disruptive Technologies: Social, Moral and Ontological Consequences.” The following is an abridged version of a subsequent interview.
Tag: Culture and Lifestyles
A team of experts from the University of Navarra, involving STI expert Charo Sádaba, will lead an observatory on digital media in Spain and Portugal to monitor the threats of disinformation.
A new documentary puts faces to research on America’s growing class gap in terms of the social capital that leads to people’s ability to live their own definition of a full and happy life, following and filming real people over the course of a year.
Moral Philosopher Ana Marta González has published in Persian a book of some of her collected works, inviting a new public to share her broad knowledge of Kantian philosophy.
“Our democracies are vulnerable and under threat; if we want to maintain and realize our ethical and political values, we need to take a close look at the political role of digital technologies – now, not in the future,” asserts philosopher of technology Mark Coeckelbergh.
"The response to COVID-19 has led to measures that restrict the freedom and, sometimes, the privacy of citizens"
Philosopher of technology Mark Coeckelbergh talked to STI about a letter he signed to the Spanish government supporting the appropriate use of expanded access to personal data during the country’s official state of alarm.
Anxiety in teens is on the rise and constitutes the leading mental health issue among American youth. Frequently-cited surveys show that the number of adolescents diagnosed with an anxiety disorder is growing, more and more high school seniors are reporting feeling overwhelmed, and the past-month prevalence of college students feeling “overwhelming anxiety” surpasses 40 percent.
Culture and business have become increasingly intertwined, and cultural institutions need to be aware of their place in the market. Karin M. Ekström, editor of the just released volume Museum Marketization – Cultural Institutions in the Neoliberal Era, summarizes the work for STI.
Professor Shelley Wilcox, in her chapter ”Who Pays for Gender De-institutionalization?” within the edited volume Gender Identities in a Globalized World, points out how some women step out of traditional gender roles and expectations precisely by locking less fortunate women into them.
Given increasing life expectancy and shifting social networks, proper care for the elderly is becoming ever more difficult to arrange. A network of Europe’s leading demographic research centers, Population Europe, has produced a policy brief addressing the need to secure such care, supporting both those in care and their caregivers.
Oxford professor of philosophy and ethics of information Luciano Floridi describes the new, hybrid existence where the barriers between online and offline have blurred to such a degree that there is no longer any difference: “Onlife,” he calls it.
The field of social robotics introduces robots able to interact socially with humans. Studying the resulting human-robot dynamics can provide humans with a new angle of self-observation.
Fashion is a multi-faceted phenomenon that must be considered from many angles to be understood.
The fourth of this year's MICS grand recipients weighs in on her research proposal. In this case, how to strengthen the foundations of romantic relationships by strengthening the friendship between the partners.
Clinical Psychologist Claudia López, from Mexico City, will use her STI Master’s in Social Science Research grant to study the digital consumption practices of adolescents and young adults, and the cultural and generational implications emerging from them.
MICS grant recipient María Barraza believes business models impact social development. She will research how corporate policies in her home country of Mexico hinder the professional development of women.
This academic year finds the third class of STI Master’s grant recipients beginning their studies. Jorge Luis Villacís Nieto, a student from Ecuador, provides an overview of his project to research how character development influences vocational identity.
This Master’s thesis uses the Relational Paradigm to explore the role music education can play in the development of relationships between individuals and collectives, and how these new relationships transform society.
The second of this years three Master's grant recipients shares her research topic.
Regina Guzmán Montiel, originally from Mexico City, came to Pamplona to study the Master’s in Social Science Research (MICS, in its Spanish acronym), supported by a grant issued by the Social Trends Institute. It is her first venture into the world of research, an experience she recounts below.
What are the criteria that define a “good society,” and how can we assure that technology plays a positive role in supporting the fundamental principles of the good so conceived?
Global Finance on Screen, the first collection of essays exclusively dedicated to a growing body of multi-format and multimedia audiovisual work designated as ‘the finance film’, has been released by Routledge.
Do Responsible Innovation (RI) approaches do enough to guide emerging technologies towards the good of all? Where might their conceptual and practical limits lie?
Robots are changing the way we live, work, and interact with one another. It’s important to consider the ethical implications of new technologies before they are implemented, if we want to insure that they work to the good of society.
Three of the eight young researchers embarking this fall on the Master’s in Social Science Research at UNAV have received a grant from the Social Trends Institute. And one of last year’s grant recipients has won an academic prize for her work.
Two years into the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG-Fund director, Paloma Durán, assesses progress and what can be learned from early programs to insure future success. To achieve the 2030 Agenda, she says, we have to find new ways to collaborate.
Parental education contributes to family well-being. Family policies should help parents to fulfill their role in the development of children by teaching parenting to both adolescents and adults.
In his article “Reductionist Medicine and its Cultural Authority,” Joseph E. Davis describes how society developed from a holistic approach to health to first a reductionist and now even a medicalized one.
While much of the news on social media is produced by non-professional (citizen) journalists, we still need professional journalism to make sense of it. Peter Dahlgren considers how the two can learn from each other.
For decades, markets saw religion, especially Islam, as something that required little or no attention. The turn of the Millennium proved this thinking wrong.
What do Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and John Sturges’ Magnificent Seven have to with globalization? Pablo Quiñonero Pertusa has an answer.
Television series are all the rage – mass phenomena that fuel discussions and study. Their influence on society is on the rise and their portrayal of reality can even influence that very reality.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications already outperform humans in many tasks. Expert Luciano Floridi reflects on the possible consequences.
The past, present and future of journalism and its new challenges, objectivity, digital technology, transparency, social media, who’s who... The new book by C.W. Anderson, Michael Schudson and Leonard Downie, "The News Media," addresses all this.
Families should be the essential guarantors of children’s rights, supported but not supplanted by the State. Maria Jose Benítez studies how violence in El Salvador has changed family structure and how public policy can better support family units.
There is a new brand of Muslim religious orthodoxy on the rise in places like Turkey, which seeks to engage modernity through the sincere religious belief of individuals. Neslihan Cevik uses the term "Muslimism" to set it apart from other trends.
The United Nations approved in 2005 the doctrine Responsibility to Protect, with the aim of protecting civilians in the case of conflicts that put their lives at risk. Why isn't it being applied in Syria?
"The financial industry is a global franchise, and governance has limited leverage to impose global transformations"
Global finance is a world unto itself, with its own rules, practices, norms, expectations, pressures, risks and rewards. Can it be regulated from the outside or modified from within to heal its many disfunctionalities, which effect everyone?
Nine students from Spain, Puerto Rico and El Salvador have been admitted to this new program. Four of them received Social Trends Institute grants, which promote research on fashion, globalization, family policies, or care professions.
Philosopher Ana Marta González, recently appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, expands in this interview on her latest book: "La articulación ética de la vida social."
SDG-Fund director, Paloma Durán, reflects on the role the private sector can play in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, explaining some of the work the Fund is already doing to integrate businesses in the new era of sustainable development.
Associate Professor Christine Mahoney of the University of Virginia has just published a new book 'Failure and Hope: Fighting for the Rights of the Forcibly Displaced'. She participated in STI’s “Globalization and the Common Good” Experts Meeting.
Work-family balance is important not only to individuals, but also to society. The World Family Map 2015 focused on the issue at a personal level. In this paper, IFFD director Ignacio Socias lays out policy recommendations to the United Nations
Ethicist and professor of law and medicine Margaret Somerville expands on her latest book "Bird on an Ethics Wire: Battles about Values in the Culture Wars" for STI, with whom she collaborated in 'Construction of New Realities in Medicine.'
La Vanguardia interviewed Brian D. Earp following his participation as an expert in STI's "Technology and the Good Society". At the meeting Earp discussed love drugs and why scientists should study their effects on romantic relationships.
Candidates will be committed to writing their master’s thesis on studies of fashion, the cultural impact of globalization, family policies, or care professions.
We are pleased to share this article by STI Expert Paloma Durán, Director of the United Nations Sustainable Development Fund, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2016.
Omar Rosas (University of Navarra) summarizes the goals and preliminary conclusions of the experts meeting "Technology and Good Society", held in Barcelona on February 4-6, 2016.
Professor Floridi gave this interview to Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia following STI's "Technology and the Good Society" experts meeting, which he led as academic director.
Marta Elvira (IESE) expands on the conclusions of her paper "National Culture and Financial Systems: When the Political Context Matters," published by Academy of Management.
We discussed with STI Expert Prof. Luis Echarte some of the conclusions of his last paper, which analyzes freedom, the mind-brain problem and the differences between human beings and machines.
Joseph E. Davis (Construction of New Realities in Medicine) discusses some of the conclusions from our latest publication "To Fix or To Heal," of which he is co-editor.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Journalism Professor Daniel Kreiss (Crisis of Journalism) investigates a new breed of election worker – knowledgeable in digital strategies. His new study considers how campaigns are affected.
Texas A&M sociologist Stjepan Mestrovic has coined the term “The Postemotional Bully” in his new book of the same title. He considers current examples of how abusive and barbaric behavior is rationalized and tolerated by society.
Dr. Nielsen is Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (Oxford University). We discussed some of the findings of the "2015 Reuters Institute Digital News Report" with him.
George Washington University professor of International Affairs & Political Science Michael Barnett (Understanding Modern Humanitarianism) gave this talk on “Paternalism Beyond Borders” at the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) last April 7th, 2015.
Michael Kimmel (Gender Identities in a Globalized World) will address gender equality at the 2015 Ted Women event in Monterrey, CA on May 29. He will discuss why men resist gender equality and why they shouldn’t. He shared his ideas with STI…
Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, Dr. Pugh has recently published "The Tumbleweed Society" (Oxford University Press, 2015). She participated in STI's "Being Human in a Consumer Society" Experts Meeting.
Editor Alejandro Néstor García Martínez shares his thoughts on the book 'Being Human in a Consumer Society' (Ashgate 2015), result of the 2011 STI Experts Meeting of the same name.
Dr. Griffiths is Professor of Gambling Studies at the International Gaming Research Unit of Nottingham Trent University. He participated in STI's "Communication Technologies and Lifestyles" Experts Meeting, held in Barcelona in May, 2013.
A professor of Biomedical Humanities at the University of Navarra, Luis Echarte has recently authored “Hábitos emocionales en torno a la salud y la belleza” (Emotional habits surrounding health and beauty), published by EUNSA.
Fruit of the 2011 STI Experts Meeting of the same name, this book analyzes the structural and cultural transformations that can be identified in a consumer society.
Professor Karin M. Ekström of the University of Borås, Sweden recently edited the book Waste Management and Sustainable Consumption; Reflections on Consumer Waste (Routledge).
McGill University Professor Margaret Somerville (Construction of New Realities in Medicine) reflects on the controversy between patients’ right of access to abortion and doctors’ freedom of conscience.
Iain Wilkinson: "Humanitarianism is an issue that calls into question the terms under which we assign value to human life"
January 08-10, STI will hold the Experts Meeting "Understanding Modern Humanitarianism: Conditions, Consequences and Critical Concerns," in which Iain Wilkinson is the Academic Leader.
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered) participates with this article on NiemanLab's Predictions for Journalism 2015. He is director of research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford.
Understanding Modern Humanitarianism: Conditions, Consequences and Critical Concerns will be held in Barcelona from January 8-10, 2015 under STI’s Culture and Lifestyles Branch, with the academic leadership of Kent sociologist Iain Wilkinson.
“Reimagining a Global Ethic” by Michael Ignatieff, was recently published in the journal Ethics and International Affairs. Ignatieff opened STI’s “Globalization and the Common Good” meeting with the similarly themed lecture “Imagining a Global Ethic"
Glasgow Political Theory Professor Christopher J. Berry reflects on the growth of Asian burgeoning consumerism. He participated in the STI experts meeting Fashion, Image and Identity in 2004. He has been spending time in Asia lately.
Interview on occasion of an STI experts meeting that took place in Barcelona last May 3 to 6. Yale media sociologist Jeffrey C. Alexander reflects on journalism today. This is an English translation of an interview in La Vanguardia.
Some 20 journalists and sociologists have gathered in Barcelona to debate 'the crisis of journalism reconsidered: cultural power.' Academic Leader Jeffrey Alexander of Yale University offers a window into the discussion.
The main insights of the STI experts meeting on Care Professions are to be published by Palgrave in May. Editors Ana Marta González and Craig Iffland advance the arguments.
Fashion and Identity in a Cultural Key
Spanish-speakers can read a very complete review of Eva Illouz's book Why Love Hurts. STI board member and academic leader Ana Marta González wrote the summary for Aceprensa.
Michael Ignatieff lectured on "Imagining a Global Ethic" on April 19 at UVA, to kick off STI's "Globalization and the Common Good" Experts Meeting.
Leading scholars of fashion theory explored the importance of emotion to understanding modern fashion at the STI-sponsored Fashion and Emotions Graduate Seminar on May 19-20.