5th Global Conference: Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace and Science Fiction

Venue: Oxford

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Jul 11, 2010 End Date/Time: Jul 11, 2010
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5th Global Conference Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace and Science Fiction Sunday 11th July 2010 – Tuesday 13th July 2010 Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom Call for Papers This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project aims to explore what it is to be human and the nature of human community in cyberculture, cyberspace and science fiction. In particular, the project will explore the possibilities offered by these contexts for creative thinking about persons and the challenges posed to the nature and future of national, international, and global communities. Papers, short papers, and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes; * the relationship between cyberculture, cyberspace, science fiction * cyberculture, cyberpunk and the near future: utopias vs. dystopias * science fiction and cyberpunk as a medium for exploring the nature of persons * humans and cyborgs; the synergy of humans and technology; changing views of the body * human and post-human concepts in cyber arts and cinema * bodies in cyberculture; from apes to androids – electronic evolution; biotechnical advances and the impact of life, death, and social existence * artificial intelligence and biomedia: self-organization as a cultural logic * gender and cyberspace: new feminisms, new masculinities * electronic persons, community and identity; cyberspace, cybercommunities, virtual worlds * videogames and its impact on science fiction * digital culture and interactive storytelling * old messages, new medium: cyberspace and mass communication * nature, enhancing nature, and artificial intelligence; artificial life, life and information systems, networked living * human and post-human politics; cyborg citizenship and rights; influence of political technologies * cyberpolitics, cyberdemocracy, cyberterror; old conflicts