Technological Dystopia

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW), the PhD Council on the OZSW invites you to a brief workshop on ”Philosophical Reflections of Technological Dystopia” on May 17th 2017, 13:00-17:00 at De Villa in Nijmegen.




De Villa, Nijmegen


Type of activity


Primary target group

PhD students

If places available, also open to

ReMa students

About the topic

During the event, Prof. Dr. Peter-Paul Verbeek (University of Twente) will provide philosophical reflections on what it means to live with technologies; and Dr. Vincent Blok (Wageningen Univesity) will critically review the popular science fiction book “The Circle” by Dave Eggers in the light of philosophy of innovation. In between the lectures, the participants will be invited to join in a brief workshop to answer the question on what kind of techno utopia/dystopia they would (not) wish to live in.

Aim / objective

13.00 – 13.30 – Registration and walk in
13.30 – 13.40 – Opening introduction
13.40 – 14.30 – Peter-Paul Verbeek: ask him for the title by May 10th
14.30 – 14.45 – Break
14.45 – 15.30 – An activity (TBA)
15.30 – 16.15 – Vincent Blok: ask title by May 10th
16.15 – 16.25 – Closing off. Movie explanations and directions
16.25 – 17.00 – Walking to De Lux (art house)
17.00 – 19.00 – Optional viewing of “The Circle” at De Lux



Key note speakers

Prof. Dr. Peter-Paul Verbeek (University of Twente)
Dr. Vincent Blok (Wageningen Univesity)


Participation in the event is free of charge! During the event, refreshing beverages will be provided. After the event, there will be an optional viewing of the movie “The Cirlce” at the local art house LUX. This will be at the participants’ own expense (9,50 EUR regular/7 EUR student), subject to discount if more than 20 people register.

How to apply / register

Free limited places register by April, 26 here.



PhD Council OZSW

Contact info

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