[Humanist] 26.584 events: popular science; ambiguous technologies; sociology of communications

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 584.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Charles Ess <cmess at drury.edu>                             (84)
        Subject: Deadline extended: CEPE (Computer Ethics: Professional
                Enquiries), July 1-3, Lisbon, Portugal

  [2]   From:    Katy Price <k.price at QMUL.AC.UK>                           (25)
        Subject: Altered Consciousness, 1918 to 1980

  [3]   From:    Christian Fuchs <christian.fuchs at uti.at>                  (58)
        Subject: Conference Call: ESA 2013 - RN18: Communication, Crisis,
                Critique and Change

        Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:58:08 +0000
        From: Charles Ess <cmess at drury.edu>
        Subject: Deadline extended: CEPE (Computer Ethics: Professional Enquiries), July 1-3, Lisbon, Portugal

Call for Papers

CEPE 2013- Ambiguous Technologies: Philosophical Issues, Practical
Solutions, Human Nature

Autónoma University of Lisbon in 2013, in Lisbon (Portugal), July 1st-3rd.

(Note: the Society for Philosophy of Technology (SPT) will hold its 2013
conference - on the theme "Technology in the Age of Information" in
conjunction with and immediately following CEPE'13, i.e., July 4-6 in the
same venue:  http://www.spt2013.com/ .
Discounted fees are available to those attend both conferences.  Please see
the conference websites for additional details.)

CEPE'13 will feature a rich list of keynote speakers and topics (see lists
below) as well as a "speed mentoring" workshop for younger scholars.

Important dates:
Extended deadline for paper abstract submission: January 15th, 2013
Abstracts selection: February 15th, 2013
Full papers submission due: May 15th, 2013

Submission due: February 15th, 2013
Selection: May 15th, 2013

Keynote Speakers 
1. Marty Wolf, Bemidji State University, US (research interest: information
ethics and the philosophy of information and computation)
2. Rocci Luppicini, University of Ottawa, Canada (research interest:
technoethics and human enhancement)
3. Sylvester Arnab, Coventry University, UK (research interest: immersive
technologies for health and learning)
4. Ugo Pagallo, Turin University, Italy (research interest: roboethics and
5. Weizenbaum Award Winner (to be announced)

Suggested topics - under the conference focus on philosophical issues,
practical solutions, human nature are:
* Forthcoming technologies (including but not limited to biometrics,
memetics, pervasive computing, ubiquitous computing, artificial
intelligence, military, nanotechnology, robotics, speckled computing);
* Biomedical technology, health and enhancement (including but not limited
to artificial vision, body implants, neural interfaces, synaptic sensors);
* Technologies of self and consciousness (including but not limited to
augmentation, extended memory);
* ICT: Philosophy, religion and technical issues (including but not limited
to philosophy/history, justice, ethics- intellectual property,
responsibility-, religion, engineering- design and reflection);
* Technology, gender and culture (including but not limited to education,
e-entertainment, computer/video games, media, social networking, serious
* Environmental and sustainability technologies (including but not limited
to green ICT, ICT ecological footprint, sustainable technologies transfer);
* ICT vis-à-vis globalisation (including but not limited to ICT4D);
* ICT vis-à-vis intercultural dialogue (including but not limited to
positive/negative case-studies);
* International ethics, law and policy issues (including but not limited to
context awareness, cyber security, surveillance).
The Organising Committee welcomes interdisciplinary perspectives by
researchers and practitioners from computer science, computer ethics,
information ethics, information systems, philosophy, anthropology,
sociology, biomedical sciences, because a broad spectrum of
analysis is intended.

For more information on submission procedures, speed mentoring
opportunities, and publication plans, please see the conference website,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,
Gonçalo Costa 
Reginaldo de Almeida (Autónoma University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Elizabeth Buchanan (University of Wisconsin-Stout, USA)
Arlindo Alegre Donário (Autónoma University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Charles Ess (University of Oslo, Norway)
Michael Nagenborg (Tübingen University, Germany)
Ricardo Borges Santos (Autónoma University of Lisbon, Portugal)

Many thanks,

charles ess
Associate Professor in Media Studies
Department of Media and Communication
University of Oslo 
P.O. Box 1093 Blindern
Oslo Norway
Tel. +47 228 50404
email: charles.ess at media.uio.no

Director, Center for Research on Media Innovations (CeRMI)

Lifetime member, Association of Internet Researchers

        Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:27:03 +0000
        From: Katy Price <k.price at QMUL.AC.UK>
        Subject: Altered Consciousness, 1918 to 1980

Call for expressions of interest
Please respond to k.price at qmul.ac.uk

A call for papers will be circulated in 2013

'Popular Science, Altered Consiousness and Twentieth-Century Culture'

Date: November 2013 (one-day conference to be held on a Saturday)

Venue: Queen Mary, University of London

Supported by the Centre for the History of the Emotions and the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London

This conference will bring together scholars working on altered
consciousness in relation to popular science, medicine and literature
during the period 1918-1980. The interdisciplinary meeting will
initialise a network for future exchange and collaboration between
historians of mind science and literary critics.

Many literary and popular authors during the mid twentieth-century
represented altered states of consciousness in their writing,
responding to and participating in research relating to such topics as
ESP, clairvoyance, telepathy, mind-altering drugs, psychic therapies,
spiritualisms, conversion, revivals, somnambulism, precognition,
distraction, group mind, multiple personality, hypnotism, lucid
dreaming, Vedanta, hysteria and automatism.

What was the continuing legacy of nineteenth-century approaches to mind
and spirit? How did work at the fringes of psychiatry and psychology
intersect with mind sciences that consolidated their authority during
the mid-twentieth century? What are the key interactions between
British, European, North American and non-Western sources?

Please send queries and expressions of interest to k.price at qmul.ac.uk

        Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 23:46:02 +0000
        From: Christian Fuchs <christian.fuchs at uti.at>
        Subject: Conference Call: ESA 2013 - RN18: Communication, Crisis, Critique and Change

European Sociological Association 2013 Conference: Crisis, Critique and 
August 28-31, 2013. Torino, Italy
Full CfP http://www.esa11thconference.eu/media/1/download

Call for Abstracts by Research Network 18 - Sociology of Communications 
and Media Research: Communication, Crisis, Critique and Change
Coordinator: Christian Fuchs <christian.fuchs at ut.at>
Communication, Crisis, Critique and Change

Abstracts should not exceed 1750 characters (including spaces, 
approximately 250 words). Each paper session will have the duration of 
1.5 hours. Normally sessions will include 4 papers.
For submission, please use the form that shows up when clicking on the 
links next to the session titles on 
Abstracts can only be submitted online no later than 1st of February 
2013 to the submission platform hosted on the conference website. 
Abstracts sent by email cannot be accepted.

ESA RN18 focuses in its conference stream on the discussion of how 
crisis, critque and societal changes shape the study of media, 
communication & society today. The overall questions we want to address are:
* Which crises (including the fnancial and economic crisis of 
capitalism, global wars and conflicts, ecological crisis, the crisis of 
democracy, legitimation crisis, etc) are we experiencing today and how 
do they influence media and communication in contemporary society?
* What are the major changes of society, the media, and communication 
that we are experiencing today?
* What forms of political critique (political movements) and academic 
critique (critical studies, critical media sociology, critical theory, 
etc) are emerging today and are needed for interpreting and changing 
media, communication and society?

ESA RN18 is calling for both general submissions on “Communicaton, 
Crisis, Critique and Change” that address these questions as wellas more 
specific submissions that address a number of specific session topics. 
For detailed session descriptions, please see 

01RN18. Capitalism, Communication, Crisis & Critique Today
This session focuses on how to critically study the connection of 
capitalism and communication in times of crisis.

02RN18. Communication, Crisis and Change in Europe
This session focuses on media and communicaton in Europe in times of 
crisis and change. We are especially interested in presentations that 
cover Europe as a whole and go beyond single-country studies

03RN18. Knowledge Labour in the Media and Communication Industries in 
Times of Crisis

04RN18. Critical Social Theory and the Media: Studying Media, 
Communication and Society Critically

05RN18. Sociology of Communications and Media Research (open)

06JS18. RN18 Joint session with RN06 Critical Political Economy
Critical Political Economy of the Media and Communication in Times of 
Capitalist Crisis and Change
(Chairs: Ian Bruff & Christian Fuchs)

18JS29. RN18 Joint session with RN29 Social Theory
Social Theory and Media Sociology Today
(Chairs: George Pleios and Csaba Szalo)

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