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"A. MARTURANO" <[log in to unmask]>
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Ethics and Social Welfare

Special Issue on  Technology-driven unemployment: dilemmas for ethics and social welfare 
Guest editors:  Antonio Marturano (University of Rome, Tor Vergata, Italy)       Jana Vizmuller-Zocco (York University, Canada)
Theloss of jobs due to technological innovations is starting to reach crisisproportions as many scholars and popular press warn.  There are indeed many voices which decry theunemployment situation exasperated by the replacement of humans by machines,and apparently no job is likely to be immune. The World Technology Networkforecasts that “Accelerating technological unemployment will likely be one ofthe most challenging societal issues in the 21st Century”. Although the scholarlywork published on the topic focuses mainly on the technical, technological, andmarket side, assessments which consider the ethical and social welfareimplications of technological unemployment are still to be addressed in detail.

Topics to be explored from theoretical as well as practical perspectives include, but are not restricted to, the following:
* The role of governmental institutions in technological unemployment * Jobless future: is unconditional basic/universal income the answer?* Social, political, and economic approaches to welfare in a jobless future* New ethical dimensions of work originating from the technological unemployment crisis* Political and social inequality created by a jobless future* Strategic plans for skills, education, re-deployment for the technologically jobless* The political control of technological unemployment* Welfare, leadership and jobless future* Technological displacement vs technological innovation from the perspective of social welfare* Historical visions on the ethical impacts of workload reduction* Creating new values for a jobless future* Political values in welfare and technological disruption in the job market* Work as human value* Conflicting values in a jobless world (for ex., the refugees crisis in the EU)* Religious values and technological unemployment 
Brief for contributors: In line with the editorial aims of the journal, this call for papers focuses specifically on the relationship between ethics, welfare, and values implicated in the policies and political strategies on the one hand and technologically-driven unemployment on the other. The editors welcome academic papers which are interdisciplinary in character. Contributions may combine wider ethical and theoretical questions concerning technology-driven unemployment with practical considerations leading to social policies and professional practices (especially the existing and future policies of local/national governments and international institutions, such as EU, UN, WTO to cope with the problems of technological joblessness). The special issue, as with other issues of the journal, welcomes material in a variety of formats, including high quality peer-reviewed academic papers, reflections, debates and commentaries on policy and practice, book reviews and review articles. Academic papers should be between 4-7,000 words long, and practice papers should be between 750-2,500 words long. Please consult the style rules laid-out on the journal’s website: All academic papers will be double-blind peer- reviewed in the normal way.  Practice papers will be considered for publication by the editors.  
Procedure and timelines1) Completed first drafts of papers are due by the 23rd of July 2017 and must be submitted to Authors informed of reviewers feedback by 3rd December 20173) Second revised version of the manuscripts must be submitted by 4th February 20184) Final decision on manuscripts: 1st May 20185) Final (revised) versions must be submitted by the 18th of June 2018.6) Final confirmation of paper acceptance by the 30th September 2018.7) Papers published in the first issue of Volume 13, 2019. 

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