CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Social and Cultural Studies of Robots and AI

Social and Cultural Studies of Robots and AI is an interdisciplinary book series investigating the cultural, ethical, political and social implications surrounding emerging robotics and artificial intelligence technologies. Books in this series will address the most urgent questions about how the actual, predicted and imagined products of robotics and AI are exploring the very idea of what it means to be humanity. The series intends to achieve this aim in a deeply interdisciplinary way, concerning not only different fields of the humanities and social sciences but also the fields of engineering and computer science. The intention of this series is to open up the field to a much broader conversation as the impact of robotics/AI technologies affect all areas of the human social fabric and the planet.

Submissions are ideally between 60,000 and 90,000 words, although shorter submissions (25,000-50,000 words) will be considered for our Palgrave Pivot publication format. Authors interested in submitting a proposal should contact the series editors directly.

Editor Bios

Kathleen Richardson is Professor of Ethics and Culture of Robots and AI at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility. She is also founder of the Campaign Against Sex Robots. Her areas of study include social robots, therapeutic robots for children with autism and sex robots. Email:

Cathrine Hasse is a professor of Future technology, Culture and Learning at Aarhus University, department of Educational Anthropology. She is heading the research program Future Technology, Culture and Learning and her areas of study include robots, co-bots, posthumanism and cultural learning processes. Email:

Teresa Heffernan is Professor of English at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, NS, Canada. She is also director of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded project “Where Science Meets Fiction: Social Robots and the Ethical Imagination” ( Email:​​​​​​​