Philosophy of The City Summer Colloquium 2018


1st Philosophy of the City Summer Colloquium
Technology & the City
June 11-13, 2018, University of Twente


About The Summer Colloquium

In addition to our annual conference, the Philosophy of the City Research Group hosts one Summer Colloquium per year. The first Colloquium will be held at the University of Twente (NL).

The aim of the Summer Colloquia is to bring together scholars within a specific domain of Philosophy of the City. The first Colloquium will explore the intersection and interplay between Philosophy of the City and Philosophy of Technology.

While the city and its parts are designed, built, maintained, governed, and destroyed with the means of technology, surprisingly little work has been undertaken on the interplay of technologies and the City or the more broadly metaphysical question of ‘Technology and the City.’ Some prominent philosophers of the past, like Lewis Mumford, had a striking dystopian view on the impact of Technology on the City. By contrast, the contemporary vision of the “smart city” sets forth the promise to address important societal challenges (e.g., climate adaptation and fighting global warming) with the help of sensors, big data analytics, and ‘city dashboards.’ Our Philosophy of the City Summer Colloquium aims to develop a more nuanced and holistic perspective on the role of technology in city life.


Confirmed keynote speakers

Ekim Tan ( Play the City, Amsterdam)

Philip Brey (University of Twente)

Peter-Paul Verbeek (University of Twente)



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Venue and Accomodations

The Symposium will take place at the Conference Hotel Drienerburght ( A limited number of rooms have been reserved for the participants and can be booked directly through the hotel’s website. Please use the promotion code POTC2018. Rooms need to be booked before May 15, 2018.

The University of Twente ( is located in the east of the Netherlands between the cities of Enschede and Hengelo. The most convenient international airport is Schiphol (close to Amsterdam). There is a direct train from Schiphol to Enschede Central Station every hour. The trip takes about two hours.



Conference fee

Master students: 30 EUR
PhD candidates: 80 EUR
Regular conference fee: 130 EUR

The conference fee includes lunch and catering. Opportunities for joint dinners will be provided, but dinner will not be included in the conference fee.

The number of participants is limited. Registration will close on May 15, 2018.

Executive Committee

Shane Epting (President), Ronald Sundstrom (Vice-President), Michael Nagenborg (Secretary), and Jules Simon (Treasurer)


Programme Committee

Sanna Lehtinen, Hans Voordijk, & the Executive Committee



Dr. Michael Nagenborg, [email protected]


Call as Download

You can download the Call as PDF here.