I am delighted to invite you to the conference: the Future of Humanity: Post-Humanism and Trans-Humanism.
On Monday, October 24th, 2011, 9.30-20.00, at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem,
43 Jabotinsky Street,Jerusalem.
This will be an interdisciplinary academic conference, contemplating the future of humanity; a meeting place for philosophy, science, technology, culture and art.
And this will be the first academic conference relating to Transhumanism and Posthumanism in Israel.
Attendance is free.
Please find below the entire conference program,
Hoping to see you there!
The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and the IconTLV Festival, announce a conference on
The Future of Humanity: Post-Humanism and Trans-Humanism
An interdisciplinary academic conference, contemplating the future of humanity;
a meeting place for philosophy, science, technology, culture and art
Monday, 24.10.2011 | The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
Part of the events of IconTLV –Israel's International Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival
The terms “Posthumanism” and “Transhumanism” name cultural and philosophical frameworks that emerged in the wake of modern disruptions of humanism. Both concepts signal a crisis in the philosophical conception of “human being” as well as our definition and understanding of humanity and humanism, a crisis which may be traced as far back as Darwin, Nietzsche and Freud and which takes full shape in contemporary thought about technology and virtuality. Man-machine interfaces, virtual worlds, genetic manipulation, the eradication of disease and the dream of a radical reprogramming of human biology set post-humanism and trans-humanism at the centre of current cultural, scientific, artistic, philosophical and even political discourse.
10.00 – Opening Remarks
10.30 – Theoretical Approaches
Chair: Dr. Keren Omry, Dept. of English Language and Literature,UniversityofHaifa
The Question of Voice: Can a Posthuman Speak?
Prof. Elana Gomel, Dept. of English and American Studies,UniversityofTel-Aviv
Towards a Posthuman Aesthetic
Prof. Yael Levin, Dept. of English Culture and Literature,UniversityofTromso
Putting the Impossible to Work: Posthumanism and the Future of Humanity
Prof. Ruben Borg, Dept. of English, TheHebrewUniversity
12.30 – Representations in Popular Cultural
Chair: Prof. Elana Gomel, Dept. of English and American Studies,UniversityofTel-Aviv
Above and Beyond: Super Heroes as Popular Representation of Posthumanism
Mr. Tom Shapira, Dept. of English and American Studies,UniversityofTel-Aviv
Mr. Ehud Maimon, Lecturer, Translator and Editor, the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy
Posthumanism Post 9/11
Dr. Keren Omry, Dept. of English Language and Literature,UniversityofHaifa
14.00 – Lunch Break
15.30 – Technology and Life
Society for life extension? Some ideological justifications for the pursuit of longevity
Dr. Ilia Stambler, Dept. of Science, Technology and Society, Bar-IlanUniversity
Incorporation: Game-World Habitation and Post-Humanism
Prof. Gordon Calleja, Head of the Centre for Computer Games Research ITUniversityofCopenhagen
Why Quantum Computers?
Dr. Boaz Tamir, Dept. of Science, Technology and Society, Bar-IlanUniversity
17.30 – The Singularity
Chair: Dr. Joshua Fox, Development Manager, IBM
Mr. Michael Vassar, President, US Singularity Institute
19.00 – Posthuman Apocalypse: Biopolitics, Contagion and End Times
Prof. Sheryl Vint, Dept. of English Language and Literature,BrockUniversity
Dr. Ruben Borg, Faculty of Humanities, theHebrewUniversityofJerusalemand The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
Dr. Elana Gomel, Faculty of Humanities,Tel-AvivUniversity
Mr. Uri Aviv
Ms. Ahuva Goldstand
Ms. Ahuva Goldstand