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When
June 1st, 2021 2:00 PM through  4:00 PM
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London
United Kingdom
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The development and use of postdigital humans is occurring rapidly, but often in unexpected ways and spaces. Posthumanist theory is used to question the foundational role of ‘humanity’. This has overlaps with Actor Network Theory where the arguments center on the idea that actors may be both human and non-human, thus for example supermarket products and digital devices are seen as actors that have influence, but it is not clear how all this relates to the understandings of postdigital humans.

Digital media are currently being used to expand the possibilities of what postdigital humans might be; not ultimately about digitizing biology but perhaps more akin to Peters’ notion of bio-informational capitalism since the focus is on collating and creating post mortal artefacts in ways that reflect knowledge capitalisms. Postdigital human creation might also include whole Brain Emulation whereby brain scan data is translated into a software based on the neurons and other key parts of the brain, and the Singularity, the view that there will be a time in the future technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible. These ideas suggest that 2050-2100 might be the time period in which the development of really complex postdigital human capable of being called virtual sapiens will occur.

This event will showcase a diverse collection of contributions from an edited volume entitled Postdigital Humans: Transitions, Transformations and Transcendence (Savin-Baden 2021) part of the Postdigital Science and Education book series. Authors of book chapters will present current research and practices at a time when education is changing rapidly with digital, technological advances. In particular, they will outline the major challenges faced by today’s employers, developers, teachers, researchers, priests and philosophers. Broad areas will include:

• Conceptions of Postdigital Humans
• Postdigital Humans and Education
• Philosophy, Ethics and Religion

Discussant: Maggi Savin-Baden (University of Worcester, UK)

Plenary speakers: Steve Fuller (University of Warwick, UK), and Ron Barnett (University of London, UK)

Contributors to this event include the following, with the exact timetable of presentations yet to be confirmed:

Maggi Savin-Baden, University of Worcester, UK
Petar Jandrić, Zagreb University of Applied Sciences, Croatia and University of Wolverhampton, UK
Richard Hall, De Montfort University, UK
Sarah Hayes, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Michael Fasching & Kathrin Otrel-Cass University of Graz, Austria
Malcolm Brown, Church of England, UK
John Reader, William Temple Foundation, Rochdale, UK, and University of Worcester, UK Alexander Thomas, University of East London, UK

 

Timetable

Welcome (SRHE)

14:00

Introductions (Jeremy Knox / Petar Jandrić)

14:05

Plenary 1 (Steve Fuller, University of Warwick, UK)  

14:10

Discussion

14:25

Maggi Savin-Baden, University of Worcester, UK

14:30

Petar Jandrić, Zagreb University of Applied Sciences, Croatia and University of Wolverhampton, UK

14:35

Richard Hall, De Montfort University, UK

14:40

Sarah Hayes, University of Wolverhampton, UK

14:45

Michael Fasching & Kathrin Otrel-Cass, University of Graz, Austria

14:50

Malcolm Brown, Church of England, UK

14:55

John Reader, William Temple Foundation, Rochdale, UK, and University of Worcester, UK 

15:00

Alexander Thomas, University of East London, UK

15:05

Plenary 2 (Ron Barnett, University of London, UK)

15:10

Discussion

15:25

Concluding remarks (Jeremy Knox / Petar Jandrić)

15:40

 

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