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Humanist Archives: April 1, 2020, 9:07 a.m. Humanist 33.717 - events: online & uncertain

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 717.
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    [1]    From: Johnson, Gareth 
           Subject: Extension to call deadline: Nerds & Loneliness (30)

    [2]    From: Paolo Monella 
           Subject: Spring (online) Seminars in Digital and Public Humanities - VeDPH (37)

    [3]    From: Charles M. Ess 
           Subject: CFP: Workshop on theomorphic robots and religious contexts (122)

        Date: 2020-03-31 15:07:05+00:00
        From: Johnson, Gareth 
        Subject: Extension to call deadline: Nerds & Loneliness

Dear all,

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, we've agreed to extend our
call for abstracts on 'Fictional Representations of Nerds and
Loneliness' to Mon 18th May 2020.

All other details remain as before - 300 word abstract proposals to be
submitted to lonelynerds2021@gmail.com.

Outline details and the full text of the call can be found at:




Dr Gareth (Gaz) J Johnson
Managing Editor-in-Chief, Exchanges Journal
Room C0.10,  Institute of Advanced Study, Zeeman Building, University of
T: 024 765 7443 (extn 74423) E:
B: https://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/exchangesias/

        Date: 2020-03-31 09:15:28+00:00
        From: Paolo Monella 
        Subject: Spring (online) Seminars in Digital and Public Humanities - VeDPH

Dear colleagues,

with the usual apologies for cross-posting, we announce the complete
programme of the Spring (online) events of the series "Seminars in
Digital and Public Humanities", organized by the Venice Centre for
Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH), Department of Humanities, Ca'
Foscari University of Venice. The programme is in

All seminars will be held online at 17:00 GMT+1 (Italian time). Please
email vedph@unive.it to register.

1 April 2020 - Rodolfo Delmonte, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia:
"Semantics, Expressivity and Synthetic Speech: SPARSAR recites poetry"

8 April 2020 - Sara Tonelli, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento: "
Building tools and datasets to detect online hate speech: current
studies on cyberbullying and islamophobia"

15 April 2020 - Marie Redmond, VeDPH: " Creating Interactive Narratives
in Cultural Contexts"

22 April 2020 - Elisa Corrò, VeDPH: "Water Matters. Digital solutions
for a better understanding of past extreme events"

29 April 2020 - Barbara Tramelli, VeDPH: "Le chemin de l’image in
Renaissance Lyon: digital tools for the study of early modern

13 May 2020 - Leonardo Campus, VeDPH: "Le leggi razziali in tv: tra
audiovisivo, storia e pubblico"

All best,
Paolo Monella
Visiting scholar, VeDPH

        Date: 2020-03-31 08:35:56+00:00
        From: Charles M. Ess 
        Subject: CFP: Workshop on theomorphic robots and religious contexts

With the usual apologies for cross-posting - please forward to
potentially interested colleagues and/or lists.

Please also note that the workshop, as part of the International
Research Conference Robophilosophy 2020: Aarhus, Denmark, August 18-21,
2020, may be carried out as an E-conference, depending on the
development of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information will follow by
the end of May (at latest): please consult the conference webpage and
plan your travel arrangements accordingly.

Call for papers: Workshop on theomorphic robots and religious contexts,
the Robophilosophy-conference 2020, August 18-21, Aarhus.

Workshop organizer: PhD fellow Simon Balle, Aarhus University,
Department of Theology.
Chairs: Prof. Dr. Charles Ess, Oslo University, and PhD fellow Simon Balle.


In the wake of the robot revolution, social robots will eventually find
their way into religious contexts. Indeed, some have already done so.
Recently ‘Mindar’, the android version of the Buddhist deity Kannon
Bodhisattva, has been introduced in a Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, while
both Catholic and Protestant contexts have seen such inventions as SanTO
and BlessU2 respectively. While roboticists have started producing
‘theomorphic robots’ to represent and mediate the divine, there is a
great need to join this effort with theoretical, ethical and theological
discussion. This is exactly what this workshop takes aim at, and a main
priority to this end - in the spirit of the conference theme - would be
to identify values and theological aims of religious communities that
social robots should be developed, tested and introduced in compliance to.


This workshop invites contributions from developers of theomorphic
robots along with robot ethicists, philosophers of religion, and
theologians to discuss empirical findings from experiments with
theomorphic robots as well as theoretical aspects of social robots in
religious contexts. The workshop aims to reflect on how theomorphic
robots and robotic technologies in general can be developed for faith
communities to comply with and perhaps enhance values and theological
aims local to that community.

The workshop invites contributions on:
• Critical research on representing the divine in robotic technology.
• Exploration on which functions and roles social robots might fill in
religious contexts without replacing humans.
• Identifying theological aims of specific faith communities that social
robots might contribute to.
• What anthropomorphic robot-building says about our conceptions of
being human within religious contexts – including attention to central
themes of identity, selfhood, authority, communal life, ritual, and so on.
• Social robots in pedagogical and catechistic perspectives.
• Automation in devotional life.


The workshop will run two legs of 3-4 presentations of 20 minutes
(including 5-10 minutes for questions), depending on the final number of
accepted speakers. A panel discussion will follow before opening up to
the floor for general discussion and questions.


• Prof. Dr. Ilona Nord, Wurzburg University, Germany: Critical research
on representing the divine in robotic technology
• Dr. Diana Löffler, Siegen University, Germany: Designing novel
complementary robots through the notion of robotic “superpowers”
• Ass. Prof. Gabriele Trovato, Waseda University, Japan: Pionering
Religion in Robotics
• Prof. Dr. Charles Ess, Oslo University: Theomorphic robots as testbeds
in religious practice


Authors responding to the call should upload their proposal as short
abstract (100 words) through the easychair website no later than April
13: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=rp2020#

Login is as author and submit your proposal to the workshop on
‘Theomorphic Robots and Religious Contexts’

Authors of accepted paper should be prepared to finalize and submit a
long abstract (1000-2000 words including references) by April 26.
Important: Check the conference submission guidelines here:
https://conferences.au.dk/robo- philosophy/submission-guidelines/

All accepted contributions will be published in the conference proceedings.


April 13        Deadline for submissions of short abstracts
April 17        Notification of acceptance
April 26        Deadline for long abstract

Direct your questions to Simon Balle, snb@cas.au.dk

Many thanks in advance,
- charles ess

Professor in Media Studies
Department of Media and Communication
University of Oslo

Fellow, Siebold-Collegiums Institute for Advanced Studies,
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany

Co-chair & Editor, Internet Research Ethics 3.0

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