CFP: Jewish Law Association: Impact of Technology, Science and Knowledge on Jewish Law and Ethics (abstracts by Jan 15, 2016)

Call for Papers
The 19th International Conference of the Jewish Law Association
Impact of Technology, Science and Knowledge on Jewish Law and Ethics
Tel Aviv University, Israel 11-13 July, 2016

Though the interaction between Jewish law, technology, and science is not novel, in recent centuries this interaction has intensified. Jewish law has been challenged, developed, and transformed under the sway of new developments in the fields of bio- and nano-technology and computer science and new research in the fields of digital and communication studies, the social sciences (e.g. psychology, sociology) and the humanities (e.g. philology, archeology). These developments pose new challenges for regulating behavior and for law in general. (For example, the growth of knowledge raises questions regarding the current nature of knowledge and authority, and transforms the nature of the legal corpus and of rabbinic authority.)

The conference committee invites scholars from all disciplines to submit proposals. We also invite proposals from practitioners (including rabbis, doctors, scientists and technology experts). We will give preference to proposals that deal with innovative technologies and to proposals that apply novel theoretical perspectives, and comparative perspectives (both to state law and to other religions). Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

 Post-humanism: Jewish law on bionic body parts, synthetic biology, technologically mediated sensations (cameras, loud speakers, virtual reality), and futuristic science.

 Identity: the effect of biology and virtual reality.

 Science education: the effects of evolutionism, archeology, Biblical studies, etc.

 Autonomy: free will vs. determinism in light of neuroscience and artificial intelligence.

 Social media and virtual/new communities, novel forms of communication and texts.

 Information Technologies: the effect of information retrieval systems etc.

Questions and fields can be combined. For example, one may ask whether causality in Jewish Law (grama and grami in religious law, torts and criminal law) has changed due to conceptual changes in physics, technological developments and/or new research in the social sciences.

The committee will consider full-panel proposals for thematic sessions. Please summarize the session’s rationale, the proposals of the participants, and information about the organizer.

Off-topic proposals will be considered too and their presentation will be integrated in the conference program.

Proposals, including a short CV, should be up to one page.
Send to JLAconference2016@gmail.com, by January 15st, 2016.

Decisions by Feb. 15th, 2016.

The organizing committee: Arye Edrei & Shai Wozner (TAU), Shai Lavi (Safra Center, TAU), Tehilla Beeri-Alon (Sha’arei Mishpat Academic Center), Amos Israel (Bar Ilan, JLA)

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