Call for Chapters: Machine Medical Ethics, Edited Collection, 2014
You are warmly invited to submit your research chapter for possible inclusion in an edited collection entitled Machine Medical Ethics. Target publication date: 2014.
The new field of Artificial Intelligence called Machine Ethics is concerned with ensuring that the behaviour of machines towards human users and other machines is ethical. This unique edited collection aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform for researchers in this field to present new research and developments in Machine Medical Ethics. Areas of interest for this edited collection include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
What is medical ethics?
What is machine medical ethics?
What are the consequences of creating or not creating ethical medical machines?
Can medical machines be autonomous?
Ought medical machines to operate autonomously, or under (complete or partial) human physician control?
Theories of Machine Medical Ethics
What theories of machine medical ethics are most theoretically plausible and most empirically supported?
Ought machine medical ethics be rule-based (top-down), case- based (bottom-up), or a hybrid view of both top-down and bottom-up?
Is an interdisciplinary approach suited to designing a machine medical ethical theory? (e.g., collaboration between philosophy, psychology, AI, computational neuroscience…)
Medical Machine Training
What does ethical training for medical machines consist in: ethical principles, ethical theories, or ethical skills? Is a hybrid approach best?
What training regimes currently tested and/or used are most successful?
Can ethically trained medical machines become unethical?
Can a medical machine learn empathy (caring) and skills relevant to the patient-physician relationship?
Can a medical machine learn to give an apology for a medical error?
Ought medical machines to be trained to detect and respond to patient embarrassment and/or issues of patient privacy? What social norms are relevant for training?
Ought medical machines to be trained to show sensitivity to gender, cultural and age-differences?
Ought machines to teach medicine and medical ethics to human medical students?
What role ought imitation or mimicry to play in the patient-machine-physician relationship?
What role ought empathy or caring to play in the patient-machine-physician relationship?
What skills are necessary to maintain a good patient-machine-physician relationship?
Ought medical machines be able to detect patient fakery and malingering?
Under what conditions ought medical machines to operate with a nurse?
In what circumstances should a machine physician consult with human or other machine physicians regarding patient assessment or diagnosis?
Medical Machine Physical Appearance
Is there a correlation between physical appearance and physician trustworthiness?
Ought medical machines to appear human or non-human?
Is a highly plastic human-like face essential to medical machines? Or, is a static face sufficient?
What specific morphological facial features ought medical machines to have?
Ought medical machines to be gendered or androgynous?
Ought medical machines to possess a human-like body with mobile limbs?
What vocal characteristics ought medical machines to have?
As a new field, the target audiences are expected to be from the scientists, researchers, and practitioners working in the field of machine ethics and medical ethics. The target audience will also include various stakeholders, like academics, research institutes, and individuals interested in this field, and the huge audience in the public sector comprising health service providers, government agencies, ministries, education institutions, social service providers and other types of government, commercial and not-for-profit agencies.
Please indicate your intention to submit your full paper by email to the editor who emails you with the title of the paper, authors, and abstract. The full manuscript, as PDF file, should be emailed to that same editor by the deadline indicated below. Authoring guidelines will be mailed to you after we receive your letter of intent.
Please feel free to contact the editors, Simon van Rysewyk or Dr. Matthijs Pontier, if you have any questions or concerns. Many thanks!
Intent to Submit: June 10, 2013
Full Version: October 20, 2013
Decision Date: November 10, 2013
Final Version: December 31, 2013
Simon van Rysewyk
School of Humanities
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 41
Dr. Matthijs Pontier
The Centre for Advanced Media Research (CAMeRA)
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1081 HV Amsterdam
Cognitive penetration refers to the influence of beliefs, expectations, moods, desires or background theories on the content of perceptual processes or conscious experiences. This phenomenon has been in the forefront of the philosophy of science, the philosophy of perception, and the foundations of cognitive science. Philosophers of science have warned that cognitive penetration might threaten the epistemic role of perception as an objective source of knowledge and have used it to explain radical paradigm shifts. Philosophers of perception have tried to characterize the various ways in which perceptual processes or conscious experiences can be altered by other mental states or activities. Cognitive scientists have exploited this phenomenon as a starting point to motivate claims on the architecture of the human mind, including modularity and plasticity.
We invite submissions on any aspect of this phenomenon. Possible questions include: How is the influence of various mental states on perceptual processes or experiences to be characterized in psychological terms? Are there principled differences between the cognitive penetration of conscious experiences and that of subpersonal perceptual processes? What is the impact (if any) of cognitive penetration on the individuation of mental states? What kinds of cognitive penetration are there? Does cognitive penetration lend support to relativism? How does cognitive penetration relate to the confirmation of scientific theories by experience? Does cognitive penetration undermine (or support) some models of perceptual justification? Does the use of instruments to observe phenomena presuppose any form of cognitive penetration? What sorts of evidence can support or disconfirm claims about cognitive penetration? Could it shed new light on Kuhnian incommensurability?
Please send your submissions in pdf format to Philipp Blum (né Keller), firstname.lastname@example.org, by the 1st of November 2012. The author of the winning entry will receive £1500. All papers submitted will be considered submissions to the journal and should not be published or under review elsewhere.
Call for Papers
Special Issue of Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
Guest Editor: István Aranyosi (Bilkent University)
The oral cavity is an anatomical unit most relevant to contemporary approaches in the philosophy and psychology of perception which consider the senses as integrated perceptual systems, and perception as an active phenomenon dependent on such systems (e.g. James Gibson’s influential work in ecological psychology). The mouth is a fine-tuned multi-modal “machine”, capable of participating in and modulating a countless number of types of multimodal experiences, involving interdependent sensations of taste, smell, tactile feel, sound, heat. Sensory properties like flavor, mouthfeel, texture, palatability, are known to be multisensory and highly integrated. The mouth is also fine-tuned to discriminating extremely small solid particles present in various types of orally processed volumes, which makes it the perfect tactile sensor. It is also hypersensitive to the presence of solid particles caught between the teeth, which explains the existence of the oldest specifically hominid and ubiquitous habit of tooth picking, and which lead some physical anthropologists to speculate about language emergence in hominid populations, based on the fact that both this out of proportion sensation and the sensations required for phonation are dependent on the same neural pathways.
There is an emerging interest in interdisciplinary research on the oral cavity, involving food science and sensory psychology, e.g. texture studies, food rheology (flow properties of food under the conditions of forces applied to it in the mouth), food tribology (wear, friction, and salivatory lubrication properties involved in oral food processing), sensory evaluation of food, cognitive penetration of food and drink experiences, phonation and speech perception etc..
This special issue of Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences seeks to promote the potential input from philosophy into these and related topics, as well as the potential influence of empirical results established in the above mentioned scientific fields on current philosophical and interdisciplinary debates on oral perception and perception in general. Some suggested topics include:
- Flavour perception and objective qualities
- Primary and secondary qualities of food
- Taste-smell interactions, retronasal olfaction
- Visual penetration of flavour experience
- Aural aspect of food texture perception, bone conduction and food sounds
- Ecological psychology and orally accessible affordances
- Early developmental oral experience and haptic perception
- Nutritional, hedonic, and cultural value of food
- Oral food processing (chewing, tongue action, salivatory lubrication, and deglutition) and the sensorimotor theory of perception
- Teeth, speech, and speech perception
- Dental anthropology and the evolution of mind and language
- Disgust and palatability
- Novel culinary experiences: progressive, deconstructive and molecular haute cuisine.
There will be a small number of invited contributions, thus leaving a generous space for submitted papers. Confirmed invited authors:
Barry C. Smith (Philosophy, Birkbeck College, London)
Charles Spence (Experimental Psychology, Oxford University)
Fiona Macpherson (Philosophy, University of Glasgow)
Word limit: 8000 words
Deadline for submissions: the 1st of July, 2013
Publication is expected during 2014
Peer review: all submissions will be subject to a double blind peer-review process. Please prepare your submission for blind reviewing.
Submissions should be made directly to the journal’s online submission website (http://www.editorialmanager.com/phen) indicating: special issue “Oral Phenomenology”.
For further details, please check the website of Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences:
For any further questions regarding the special issue please contact István Aranyosi (email@example.com)
June 22-25, 2012
Second announcement, call for submissions and call for participation.
- Ten Turing Award winners, a Templeton Award winner and Garry Kasparov as invited speakers
- GBP 20,000 worth best paper award program, including GBP 5,000 best paper award
- Two panels and two public lectures
- Turing Fellowship award ceremony
- Computer chess programme
- Competition of programs proving theorems
- and many more …
For more details please check http://www.turing100.manchester.ac.uk/
Note that the registration is now open.
Confirmed invited speakers:
- Fred Brooks (University of North Carolina)
- Rodney Brooks (MIT)
- Vint Cerf (Google)
- Ed Clarke (Carnegie Mellon University)
- Jack Copeland (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
- George Francis Rayner Ellis (University of Cape Town)
- David Ferrucci (IBM)
- Tony Hoare (Microsoft Research)
- Garry Kasparov (Kasparov Chess Foundation)
- Samuel Klein (Wikipedia)
- Don Knuth (Stanford University)
- Yuri Matiyasevich (Institute of Mathematics, St. Petersburg)
- Hans Meinhardt (Max-Planck Institute for Developmental Biology)
- Roger Penrose (University of Oxford)
- Adi Shamir (Weizmann Institute of Science)
- Michael Rabin (Harvard University)
- Leslie Valiant (Harvard University)
- Manuela M. Veloso (Carnegie Mellon University)
- Andrew Yao (Tsinghua University)
Confirmed panel speakers:
- Ron Brachman (Yahoo Labs)
- Steve Furber (The University of Manchester)
- Carole Goble (The University of Manchester)
- Pat Hayes (Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola)
- Bertrand Meyer (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
- Moshe Vardi (Rice University)
The Turing Centenary Conference will include invited talks and a poster session. Submissions are sought in several areas of computer science, mathematics and biology.
Submissions of two kinds are welcome:
- Regular papers
- Research reports
All submitted papers must be in the PDF format and between 3 and 15 pages long. All submissions will be evaluated by the programme committee. Submission is through the EasyChair system, https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=turing100.
Regular papers must include original work not submitted before or during the Turing-100 reviewing period to any other event with published proceedings or a journal. All submitted regular papers will be considered eligible for the best paper awards.
Research reports can contain work in progress and/or be based on previously submitted work. They will not be eligible for the best paper awards.
Submissions are welcome in all areas of computer science, mathematics
and biology listed below:
- computation theory
- logic in computation
- artificial intelligence
- social aspects of computation
- models of computation
- program analysis
- mathematics of evolution and emergence
- knowledge processing
- natural language processing
- machine learning
- cognitive science
- mathematical biology
The submission deadline is April 16. All submissions will be evaluated by the programme committee. Authors will be notified by acceptance or rejection on or before May 1st. At least one author of every accepted paper must register for the conference, attend it and present the paper at the poster session. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and available at the conference. The instructions on preparing final versions for the proceedings will appear on the Turing-100 Web site.
A subset of accepted regular papers will be selected by the programme committee for the second round of reviewing. The authors of the selected papers will be invited to submit revised versions of their papers by May 16. The programme committee will make decisions on best paper awards by June 14. All papers receiving the award will be published in a book dedicated to the conference and published after the conference. This book will also contain some papers by invited and panel speakers.
In the case of doubts about the relevance of your paper to the conference and for all other queries please contact programme chair Andrei Voronkov at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See http://www.turing100.manchester.ac.uk/index.php/submission for more details.
Best Paper Awards:
A subset of poster session submissions will be selected as candidates for best paper awards:
- The best paper award of GBP 5,000
- The best young researcher best paper award of GBP 3,000
- The second best paper award of GBP 2,500
- The second best young researcher best paper award of GBP 1,500
- Sixteen (16) awards of GBP 500 each
See http://www.turing100.manchester.ac.uk/index.php/submission/bestpaper for more details.
The number of participants is limited. Register early to avoid disappointment! To register, access https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=turing100 and click on “Registration”.
All fees are in Pound Sterling.
early (on or before May 3):
- Student £280
- Regular £380
late (May 4 or later):
- Student £330
- Regular £450
To qualify for a student registration you must be a full-time student on June 23, 2012.
The registration fees include
- Attendance of sessions
- Conference reception
- Conference dinner
- Coffee breaks and lunches
- Poster session proceedings
There will be a travel support programme for students and attendees from countries where getting funding for travel is hardly possible.
For more details about registration check http://www.turing100.manchester.ac.uk/index.php/registration
- April 16: Poster session submission deadline
- May 1: Poster session notification and selection of
- candidates for awards
- May 15: Final versions of poster session papers
- May 16: Submission of full versions of papers selected for awards
- June 14: Best paper award decisions
- June 22-25: Conference
- July 15: Final versions of papers selected for awards
- Rodney Brooks (MIT)
- Roger Penrose (Oxford)
- Matthias Baaz (Vienna University of Technology)
- Andrei Voronkov (The University of Manchester)
Turing Fellowships Chair:
- Barry Cooper (University of Leeds)
Theorem Proving Competition Chair:
- Geoff Sutcliffe (University of Miami)
- Andrei Voronkov (The University of Manchester)
Guest editors: Kourken Michaelian and John Sutton
Call for Papers
Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2012
According to the extended mind hypothesis in philosophy of cognitive science and the related distributed cognition hypothesis in cognitive anthropology, remembering does not always occur entirely inside the brain, but can also be distributed across heterogeneous systems combining neural, bodily, social, and technological resources. Much of the critical debate on these ideas in philosophy has so far remained at some distance from relevant empirical studies. But claims about extended mind and distributed cognition, if they are to deserve wider acceptance, must both make sense of and, in turn, inform work in the cognitive and social sciences. Is the notion of extended or distributed remembering consistent with the findings of empirical memory research? Can such a view of memory usefully inform empirical work, suggesting further areas of productive enquiry or helping to make sense of existing findings?
This special issue will bring together supporters and critics of extended and distributed cognition, to consider memory as a test case for evaluating and further developing these hypotheses. Submitted papers should thus address both memory and distributed cognition/ extended mind: ideally, papers should aim simultaneously to make contributions to relevant debates in both philosophy and psychology or other relevant empirical fields. While primarily theoretical papers are welcome, they should make direct contact with empirical findings. Similarly, while empirically-oriented papers might draw on evidence from a range of areas, including the cognitive psychology of transactive memory and collaborative recall, cognitive anthropology and cognitive ethnography, science studies and the philosophy of science, the history of memory practices, and the cognitive archaeology of material culture, they should seek to advance the theoretical debate over extended mind and distributed cognition, rather than simply presenting findings from these fields.
Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
Relations between biological memory and external memory
How do forms of representation and storage in neural and external memory differ, and why do such differences matter? Can theories of distributed cognition deal with the existence of multiple memory systems? For example, does the expert deployment of exograms in certain external symbol systems affect working memory? How might the development and operation of distributed memory systems affect neural memory processes? Is evidence for neuroplasticity relevant for assessing claims about distributed remembering? Given plausible links between memory and self, what might distributed memory systems imply about identity and agency? What happens when distributed memory systems fail or break down?
How do distributed memory systems work?
What is socially distributed remembering, and does it offer any support to revived ideas about group cognition, or to a naturalized understanding of collective memory? Can theories of extended or distributed cognition encompass socially distributed remembering in addition to artifacts and other forms of memory scaffolding? What are the implications of experimental studies of collaborative recall and transactive memory for theories of distributed cognition? How do such theories deal with memory practices and rituals, and with the roles of the non-symbolic material environment?
Distributed memory and embodied cognition
How central in theories of extended or distributed memory should be the study of skill acquisition and of expertise in the deployment of external resources? What accounts of embodied skills, procedural memory, and smooth or absorbed coping are required to support such theories? How do distributed memory systems work in specific contexts of embodied interaction, from conversation to music, dance, performance, and sport?
The issue will include invited articles authored by:
Robert Rupert, University of Colorado (Boulder)
Deborah Tollefsen, University of Memphis, and Rick Dale, University of California (Merced)
Mike Wheeler, University of Stirling
Submission deadline: July 15, 2012
Target publication date: December 15, 2012
How to submit
Prospective authors should register at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/ropp to obtain a login and select Distributed cognition and memory research as an article type. Manuscripts should be approximately 6,000 words. Submissions should follow the author guidelines available on the journal’s website.
About the journal
The Review of Philosophy and Psychology (ISSN: 1878-5158; eISSN: 1878-5166) is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by Springer and focusing on philosophical and foundational issues in cognitive science. The aim of the journal is to provide a forum for discussion on topics of mutual interest to philosophers and psychologists and to foster interdisciplinary research at the crossroads of philosophy and the sciences of the mind, including the neural, behavioural and social sciences. The journal publishes theoretical works grounded in empirical research as well as empirical articles on issues of philosophical relevance. It includes thematic issues featuring invited contributions from leading authors together with articles answering a call for paper.
2nd Call for Papers
Thematic issue of Philosophia Scientiae 17/2 (June 2013)
Guest editors: Gabriel Vacariu & Mihai Vacariu
Submission deadline: May 1, 2012
Notification Date: October 1, 2012
One of the most important problems in philosophy, the mind-body (or mind-brain) problem is still up in the air. Paradoxically, since Descartes nobody has proposed a viable alternative solution to this problem. The general topic of this issue is the mind-body problem, with a focus on relatively recent debates from the field of cognitive neuroscience related to this problem. Thus, more specific topics could be the mind-brain identity, the binding problem, the brain imaging related to localization and the self.
Questions of interest: Is a particular mental state identical with some specific neural patterns of activation? During the evolution of species, the brain evolved in a strong relationship with the body. Could we eliminate the body from the equation “the mind = the brain”? Are we able to talk about the unity of consciousness in the terms of neuroscience or consciousness and the self are just pseudo-notions? What are the relationships between notions from psychology and neuroscience?
Manuscripts should be submitted in English or French, and prepared for anonymous peer review. Abstracts in French and English (200-300 words) should be included.
Email-address to send the paper: email@example.com
Format of the article, see the Guide for Authors: http://poincare.univ-nancy2.fr/PhilosophiaScientiae/Guide+for+authors/
General submissions within this range are welcome.
Philosophia Scientiae is a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
It publishes research relating to epistemology, history and philosophy of science, especially in the field of mathematics, physics, and logic, without excluding any other scientific field. It is published by Kimé Editions (Paris).
For any further information (for instance, submission guidelines, back issues, abstracts), please refer to the website of the Journal: http://poincare.univ-nancy2.fr/PhilosophiaScientiae/Accueil/.
The Editorial Board (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We invite submissions for a special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology on consciousness attribution in moral cognition.
Guest authors include:
- Kurt Gray (Maryland)
- Edouard Machery (Pittsburgh)
- Justin Sytsma (East Tennessee State)
- Anthony I. Jack (Case Western Reserve)
- Philip Robbins (Missouri)
Submissions are due March 31, 2011. The full CFP, including relevant dates and submission details, is available at: http://www.adamwaytz.com/ConsMoralAttr_CFP_RPP.pdf
Origins of Mind is a forthcoming volume in the Springer Book Series in Biosemiotics.
Abstracts (of approximately 150 words) are solicited by September 15, 2011; formal invitations to contribute to the book will be sent by October 1. The final book manuscript will be sent to Springer in June 2012.
All enquiries and abstracts should be sent to Liz Stillwagon (email@example.com).
Origins of Mind will address a question that is fundamental to both science and philosophy: how and why did organic mindedness come to exist in the natural world? Researchers in the life and mind sciences will be invited to contribute papers that present or critique either comprehensive theories on the origins of organic mindedness, or accounts of the origins of specific cognitive capacities, e.g., mental representation, meaning-making, language and other forms of symbolic communication, moral behavior, creativity, etc.
If you already submitted an abstract for the book proposal, you do not need to submit anything at this time. The book’s table of contents will be decided, and formal notification of inclusion in the book will be emailed, by October 1.
Special Issue of the Journal of Cognitive Science on David Chalmers’s “A Computational Foundation for the Study of Cognition.”
David Chalmers’s 1993 paper, “A Computational Foundation for the Study of Cognition,” contains his most systematic discussion of computation as a foundation for cognitive science. The paper has been posted online http://consc.net/papers/computation.html, discussed, and cited during all these years. The paper will finally be published in a special issue of the Journal of Cognitive Science edited by the Journal’s philosophy editor, Gualtiero Piccinini.
This particular special issue will be made available online for free, to insure wide publicity and universal access.
Chalmers’s paper will be published together with other selected discussions of Chalmers’s paper and related topics, and a response by Chalmers. All contributions will be peer reviewed.
If you’d like to contribute, please submit your paper of no more than 5,000 words to Gualtiero Piccinini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline is August 15, 2011.
The Journal of Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary, international, peer reviewed journal, published by the Institute for Cognitive Science at Seoul National University. Philosophy papers on any topic pertaining to cognitive science are always welcome. Also welcome are proposals for special issues on philosophical topics of interest to cognitive scientists. Information for authors may be found on the journal’s website: http://j-cs.org/index/index.php.
Special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology
Guest editors: Adrian J. T. Smith & Frédérique de Vignemont
Deadline for submissions: 15th of August, 2011
Cognition is embodied. The body is represented. Is there genuinely a convergence of ideas here? Does the claim that representations of the body support cognitive processes amount to the claim that the latter are embodied? What are the important open questions emerging from sensorimotor and embodied accounts of cognition? What are the advances that have been made? This issue will explore the landscape beyond the ideological differences in which embodied and sensorimotor approaches to cognitive science first emerged. It aims to discern avenues of concrete progress with contributions from fields including comparative, developmental, and perceptual psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and philosophy. Contributions will serve to clarify the concept of embodiment, its productive value and contemporary worth in the study of mind, and its relation to the emerging focus on body representation in contemporary cognitive neuroscience. The focus will be upon general agreement and the prospects of achieving it. To this end we invite contributions specifically anchored in discussion of one of the particular issues highlighted below. Each contribution ought to be made with a view to encompassing more than one disciplinary domain. We are not looking for revised manifestos, but for genuinely novel contributions to an advancement of the field.
How embodied is a mind that represents its body?
Despite its radical anti-representational roots, embodied cognitive science is often presented as entirely compatible with a representational theory of mind. But does positing representations of the body complement or challenge an understanding of the mind as embodied rather than merely embrained?
Higher cognition & sensorimotor loops: Is there a difference that makes a difference?
The coordination of sensory and motor functions is a capacity shared between the most basic and the most advanced cognitive systems. Is the claim that human cognition is unique in genuine conflict with its putative sensorimotor origins?
To what extent are cognitive capacities learnt through action?
A variety of factors have been hypothesised as playing a role in the acquisition of cognitive capacities, such as innate core modules, linguistic bootstrapping, and sensorimotor engagement. Does sensorimotor learning have a special role in bootstrapping higher cognitive capacities? What is the balance between these factors? Does their contribution vary from one domain to another (e.g. from spatial cognition to mathematics)?
The issue will include invited articles authored by:
- Salvatore Aglioti (University of Rome), Matteo Candidi (University of Rome), & Patrick Haggard (University College London)
- Ned Block (New York University) & J. Kevin O’Regan (Paris Descartes University)
- Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis) & Daniel Povinelli (University of Louisiana Lafayette)
- Alvin Goldman (Rutgers)
Order of authorship is alphabetical.
Submission deadline: 15th of August, 2011
Target publication date: 15th of March, 2012
How to submit
Prospective authors should register at: www.editorialmanager.com/ropp to obtain a login and select The Body Represented/Embodied Representation as an article type. Manuscripts should be approximately 8,000 words. Submissions should follow the author guidelines available on the journal’s website.
About the journal
The Review of Philosophy and Psychology (ISSN: 1878-5158; eISSN: 1878-5166) is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by Springer and focusing on philosophical and foundational issues in cognitive science. The aim of the journal is to provide a forum for discussion on topics of mutual interest to philosophers and psychologists and to foster interdisciplinary research at the crossroads of philosophy and the sciences of the mind, including the neural, behavioural and social sciences.
The journal publishes theoretical works grounded in empirical research as well as empirical articles on issues of philosophical relevance. It includes thematic issues featuring invited contributions from leading authors together with articles answering a call for paper.