[Humanist] 23.454 events: who am I? web services; workshops at DH2010

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 454.
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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 453.
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  [1]   From:    "Bradley, John" <john.bradley at kcl.ac.uk>                  (29)
        Subject: DH2010: expressions of interest in giving a workshop

  [2]   From:    Charles Ess <cmess at drury.edu>                             (78)
        Subject: Call for Papers

        Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 14:38:07 +0000
        From: "Bradley, John" <john.bradley at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: DH2010: expressions of interest in giving a workshop

Pre-conference workshops at DH2010
Expressions of Interest and Proposals

As in previous years, the days 3-6 July, before the DH2010 conference 
(7-11 July at King's College London) have been set aside for community-run 
workshops. One can reach a diverse and committed body of participants in 
the Digital Humanities at DH2010. Do you or your project have a workshop 
up your sleeve that would interest this Digital Humanities community?

Half- or one-day slots are available for workshops, which need to be 
self-organized and self-funding. KCL can provide space for the workshop 
at no or low cost, so it is likely that the costs per participant would be low.

We would like to receive proposals for such workshops.

In your full proposal (total 500-800 words), please include:

(1) a brief description of the workshop programme, the project or 
community out of which it arises, and the trainers who will run the 
workshop,and its proposed length;

(2) what is the demand for this workshop, and who do you expect the 
audience to be?  What minimum number of attendees would be needed 
for you to do the workshop?

(3) what funding is available or will you seek to help to support the 
costs of this workshop (for instance, travel for trainers, lunch or 
refreshments for participants, as applicable)?

A few groups have already expressed interest in running workshops, and 
we have been talking informally with them. If you have ideas that is 
not yet fully formed, we would be delighted to e-speak to you about them 
before you submit a proposal.

The closing date for full proposals will be 31 December 2009. Please send 
them via email to either of us.

         John Bradley (john.bradley at kcl.ac.uk) and Gabriel Bodard (gabriel.bodard at kcl.ac.uk).

        Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2009 07:36:01 +0100
        From: Charles Ess <cmess at drury.edu>
        Subject: Call for Papers
        In-Reply-To: <20091119115900.8DAC343964 at woodward.joyent.us>

Dear Humanists,
with the usual apologies for cross-posting and duplication, and request that
you forward this to potentially interested colleagues:

Workshop: Who Am I Online?
University of Aarhus, Kalovig Centre, Denmark
10-11 May 2010

Charles Ess (Drury/Aarhus)
Luciano Floridi (Hertfordshire/Oxford)

1st Call For Papers (Deadline: 31 March 2010)

As time and technology progress, how we interact with the world and each
other becomes increasingly complex and articulated. The quantity and
diversity of information in our environment, and the ease with which we can
access that information and integrate it into our daily lives, have
increased exponentially over the past decade. For many of us, the
environment with which we interact has changed to make possible entirely
new ways of working with information and being with others. Interest in
these topics has recently been amplified by the advent of the so-called
"Web 2.0", a (continuing) expansion of interactive venues such as social
networking, blogging and microblogging such as Twitter, and "pro/sumer"
activities in which consumers of media content such as music and videos are
simultaneously its producers.

Psychologists, sociologists and anthropologists - including those whose
research is gathered under the general domain of computer-mediated
communication (CMC) - have for some time been interested in the ways in
which such changes in our informational environment might affect us and our
self-conceptions. The relevance of new technologies to our lives has
attracted academic attention in large part because it appears to raise
questions about how new kinds of interactions with others and our
environment might alter, shape or otherwise affect our self-conceptions,
our thoughts and other aspects of our cognitive, emotional and moral lives.
And the project of ascertaining which properties of ourselves and our
activities make essential contributions to our moral and mental lives and
personhood is one in which philosophers are traditionally engaged. Yet
these topics have, thus far, been relatively neglected by philosophers.

This is especially strange when considered alongside the emphasis in recent
philosophy of mind on the essential contributions that the embedding
environment and our modes of interaction with it can make to our mental
lives. If it¹s possible that our informational environment and our
capacities for interaction with it can constitutively shape our mentality
and our moral conduct, we should consider whether radical changes in that
environment and its interactive affordances may have implications for the
character of our mental and moral lives, and perhaps for the sorts of
persons we are.

There is already significant evidence that such changes are upon us in both
what we used to call the Western and Eastern worlds - most obviously, as
apparent changes in self-conception are affiliated with dramatically
changing understandings and expectations of Œprivacy,¹ especially
informational or online privacy. So, what implications do new informational
environments and affordances have for philosophical and ethical views of
personal identity? And what light, if any, can existing philosophical work
on personal identity shine on the conceptual issues that arise when talking
and thinking about agents, environments and interactions that span or blur
the real/virtual and online/offline divides? The workshop will address
these issues.

We welcome proposals for papers dealing with the construction of personal
identities online. Please submit extended abstracts (between 1000 and 1500
words all included, preferably in MS Word format) for papers suitable for
40-minute presentations to Dave Ward (D.Ward2 at herts.ac.uk) by 31 March

Bursaries: a number of bursaries for graduate students presenting papers
will be available, on a competitive basis, to contribute to travel and
accommodation expenses.

Publication: successful submissions will be selected for publication.

Series: the workshop is part of a series of meetings organized as part of
the AHRC-funded project ³The Construction of Personal Identities Online².
More information about the project is available here:

- charles ess
Institut for Informations- og Medievidenskab
Helsingforsgade 14
8200 Århus N.
mail: <imvce at hum.au.dk>
tel: (+45) 8942 9250

Distinguished Research Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Drury University, Springfield, Missouri 65802 USA

Exemplary persons seek harmony, not sameness. -- Analects 13.23

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