In 2012, audiences at the Coachella Music and Art Festival were in for a shock as Snoop Lion (formerly "Snoop Dog") performed with the late Tupac Shakur. Shakur, who had died of gunshot wounds in 1996, was a hologram projection, recreated from a previously recorded concert. Until the end of the duet, in which the holographic Shakur turns into light and mist, the stage technology created a moment in which Snoop Lion was not performing with a specter of Shakur, but rather, Shakur himself. This is one example of how stage technology can offer us the magical: a beloved performing artist returns one last time to share the stage with an old friend.
A Dying and Death Research Project
Friday 11th March – Sunday 13th March 2016
The Cultural Landscape of Teenagers
An international and multidisciplinary conference co-organized by Elisabeth Lamothe, Delphine Letort (University of Maine-Le Mans in France, 3L.AM), and Heather Braun (University of Akron, Ohio) with the support of the regional program EnJeu(x).
Université du Mans, June 23rd and 24th, 2016
[Please note that the dates have been changed)
VI Annual Languages Graduate Student Association Conference
University of Connecticut
The Bane of Their Existence: Making Interdisciplinary Humanities Matter
Call for Papers - VISUALIZING THE STREET
ASCA Cities Project - Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam
Keywords: visual culture, the street, digital media, street photography, visual practice, cell phone registration, architectural visualizations, the everyday
Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Professor Gillian Rose (The Open University)
Fairy Tales, Folk Lore and Legends
Call for Submissions 2016
Monday 14th March – Wednesday 16th March 2016
Empathy has for a long time been recognized to play a crucial role in ethics and moral psychology, even though its precise contribution is still under dispute. Especially in the 18th century philosophers of the Scottish Enlightenment attributed to 'sympathy' - understood as the capacity to 'put oneself in another's place' - a central role for the foundation of morality. Other theorists, though, have been more skeptical about the contribution of empathy to explaining fundamental moral ideas and norms, and there are similar debates about the relative importance of empathy with regard to the explanation of moral learning and the internalization of moral norms.
On the surface, notoriety, visuality and celebrity culture oversaturate the information age. But what insidious formations lurk beneath the glossy surface? Faceless monsters dwell behind black screens—paradoxically both numbing factories of the masses and liberating tools of the dispossessed. Does this anonymity transform us into voiceless dolls that preserve the misogynistic power structures or grant us power through simulated online versions of ourselves. While menacing conglomerates practice institutionalized discrimination and witless pariahs face the backlash, moralized hackers expose hidden weaknesses that often bring those responsible to light.