Spring 2018 - Organic Machines/Engineered Humans: (Re)Defining Humanity

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Humanities Education and Research Association
contact email: 

Deadline fast approaching. 

From E.T.A Hoffmann's Tales of Hoffmann and Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? to Isaac Asimov's I, Robot, Vernor Vinge's Rainbows End and Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan authors have been exploring the human/machine interface since before the computer age. Today we stand on the threshold to the lab as the government contemplates microchipping all U.S. military personnel and office workers are already implanting themselves for convenience ala M.T. Anderson's Feed.

A 2014 study conducted by Cisco Systems found approximately one-quarter of the white-collar professionals surveyed "would leap at the chance to get a surgical brain implant that allowed them to instantly link their thoughts to the Internet". We are already experimenting with gene therapy, cybernetics via cochlear implants and many other technical organic enhancements, autonomous self-replicating robots, nanotechnology, mind uploading, and artificial intelligence.

This edition of Interdisciplinary Humanities will consider topics focused on the arrival of the bio-engineered human/machine interface and what it means for the humanities. Should STEM be geared towards STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) in order to incorporate rhetoric and critical thinking into the scientific method to encourage the study of consequences, instead of just outcomes.

Disciplines of study include art, philosophy and religion, literature, music and dance, play, visual arts, architecture, performing mediums, as well as ethnic and women's studies as we redefine identity and the diversity of our species through the dynamic interplay between humanity and the acceleration of technology.

The Humanities Education and Research Association, Interdisciplinary Humanities’ parent organization, requires that authors become members of HERA if their essays are accepted for publication. Information on membership may be found at http://www.h-e-r-a.org/hera_join.htm.

Looking forward to submissions for this groundbreaking across discipline edition of Interdisciplinary Humanities.

Contact dore.ripley@gmail.com for more information.