2nd Global Conference
Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace and Science Fiction
Friday 13th August - Sunday 15th August 2004
Prague, Czech Republic
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 and science fiction
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 politics; cyborg citizenship and rights; influence of political technologies
bodies in cyberculture; from apes to androids - electronic evolution; biotechnical advances and the impact of life, death, and social existence; the impact on individuality
gender and cyberspace: new feminisms, new masculinities
electronic persons, community and identity; cyberspace, cybercommunities, virtual worlds, and home worlds
nature, enhancing nature, and artificial intelligence; artificial life, life and information systems, networked living
Cyberpolitics, cyberdemocracy, cyberterror; old conflicts, new spaces: elections, protest and war in cyberspace; nationality and nationalism in cyberculture; the state and cyberspace: repression vs. resistance
cybercultures: the transnational and the local
boundaries, frontiers and taboos in cyberculture
cyberculture and orientalism
religion and spirituality in cyberculture, science fiction and cyberpunk
old messages, new medium: cyberspace and mass communication
cyberculture, cyberpunk and the near future: utopias vs. dystopias
technology vs. the natural? cyberculture and the green movement
Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 7th May 2004. If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should be submitted by Monday 19th July 2004.
All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published as an ISBN eBook. Selected papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be published in a hard copy themed volume. One themed volume from the previous is in press.
300 word abstracts should be submitted to both the Organising Joint Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, PDF or RTF formats.
Joint Organising Chairs
The conference aims to bring together people from different areas, disciplines, professions and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.
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