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Ethical Pluralism and Intercultural Information Ethics in Asian Contexts

Call for Publications

Theme: Ethical Pluralism and Intercultural Information Ethics in Asian Contexts
Publication: Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia (JCEA)
Date: Vol 20, No 1 (Summer 2021)
Deadline: 1.9.2020

The early 1990s and the Internet’s rise as an engine of globalization
forced a central task upon emerging Intercultural Information Ethics
(IIE): how to conceptualize and implement a global information and
computing ethics conjoining (quasi-) universal ethical norms and
principles with a robust defense of local, culturally variable
identities and practices? Discourses pitting a homogenous imposition
of Western values and norms against resistance to such homogenization
for defending local cultural identities, but at the cost of potential
fragmentation and isolation, first forced these issues. Increasing
recognition of “computer-mediated colonization” –  as Western-centric
cultural norms and communicative preferences, embedded in ICT design,
were imposed upon “target” cultures – made these concerns still more

In response, ethical pluralisms (EPs), as conceptualizing connections
(such as shared norms) preserving irreducible local differences, were
developed and successfully implemented in both Western and
non-Western contexts. But Western-based EPs remain open to critique.
In Asia, EP is integral to conceptions of resonance and harmony in
Daoist, Confucian, Buddhist, and Islamic traditions. Furthermore,
Chinese and Indian technological innovation hubs have also emerged,
grounding further exploration of Asian-rooted conceptions of EP,
resonance, and harmony, which remain central to an IIE opposing
colonizing adaptation of Western values and norms in Non-western
cultures. These are especially critical vis-à-vis the ongoing
encroachment of advanced ICTs, e.g. AI, Big Data, the IoT,
“surveillance capitalism” and the Chinese Social Credit System, as
increasingly defining our cultural lives.

Our primary questions: what sorts of EP and similar notions of
resonance or harmony might help resolve these central problems in the
contemporary developments of (East) Asia? And: do earlier IIE
traditions and evaluation of “radical” technologies fruitfully
respond to even “more radical” emerging ICT challenges evoked by
contemporary, far more powerful ICTs?

This special issue of the JCEA invites papers that deal with
theoretical and practical dimensions of EP, notions of harmony and
resonance in contemporary Asian contexts, and/or traditional/recent
resonances of ICT-related challenges.

We are particularly interested in but not limited to:

- Critical evaluations and possible expansions of contemporary EP, 
 especially as oriented towards / grounded in (East) Asian contexts

- Concrete examples of EP in praxis – whether successful or not in 
 sustaining shared norms and irreducible local differences in (East) 
 Asian contexts
- Theoretical and practical explorations of (East) Asian relatives of 
 Western-centric pluralisms from Confucian, Buddhist, and other
 local traditions – e.g., of resonance, harmony, etc. – that might
 offer advantages over EP on both theoretical and practical grounds.

Please submit your 500-word abstract (maximum) in English to by September 1, 2020 (subject line should
include “JCEA Special Issue”).


Abstract Submission: 
September 1, 2020

Abstract Notification: 
October 1, 2020

Article Submission: 
December 31, 2020

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection:
March 15, 2021

Final submission of revised papers:
June 1, 2021

Invited editor:
Charles M. Ess, University of Oslo

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