CFP: [International] 4th Global Conference: Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberpunk and Science Fiction

full name / name of organization: 
Dr Rob Fisher

4th Global Conference
Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace and Science Fiction

Monday 6th July - Wednesday 8th July 2009
Mansfield College, Oxford

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, science fiction
    * cyberculture, cyberpunk and the near future: utopias vs. dystopias
    * science fiction and cyberpunk as a medium for exploring the nature of
    * humans and cyborgs; the synergy of humans and technology; changing
views of the body
    * human and post-human concepts in cyber arts and cinema
    * 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
    * digital culture and interactive storytelling
    * old messages, new medium: cyberspace and mass communication
    * nature, enhancing nature, and artificial intelligence; artificial
life, life and information systems, networked living
    * human and post-human politics; cyborg citizenship and rights;
influence of political technologies
    * cyberpolitics, cyberdemocracy, cyberterror; old conflicts, new
spaces: elections, protest and war in cyberspace; nationality and
nationalism in cyberculture; the state and cyberspace: repression vs.
    * cybercultures: the transnational and the local
    * boundaries, frontiers and taboos in cyberculture
    * religion and spirituality in cyberculture, science fiction and cyberpunk
    * 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 6th February 2009. If your paper is accepted for
presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should be submitted
by Friday 5th June 2009.

300 word abstracts should be submitted to both Organising Chairs; abstracts
may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract

We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you
do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not
receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to
look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Joint Organising Chairs
Dr Daniel Riha
Charles University
Czech Republic

Dr Rob Fisher
Priory House, Wroslyn Road
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR

The conference is part of the ‘At the Interface’ series of research
projects run by ID.Net. It aims to bring together people from different
areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which
are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at
the conference will be published in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be
invited to go forward for development into 20-25 page chapters for
publication in a themed dialogic ISBN hard copy volume.

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