>From: "Nicola Parsons" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Minds, Bodies, Machines (UK) (2/28/07; 7/6/07-7/7/07)
>Call for Papers: Minds, Bodies, Machines
>This interdisciplinary conference, convened by BirkbeckÝs Centre for
>Nineteenth-Century Studies, University of London, in partnership with
>the Department of English, University of Melbourne, and software
>developers Constraint Technologies International (CTI), will take place
>on 6-7 July 2007 at Birkbeck College, Malet Street, Bloomsbury.
>The two-day conference will explore the relationship between minds,
>bodies and machines in the long nineteenth century. Recent research on
>the EnlightenmentÝs frontier technologies has established that eraÝs
>preoccupation with developing machinery that could simulate the
>cognitive and physiological processes of human beings. According to some
>critics, however, these Promethean ambitions were shelved during the
>nineteenth century, when the android as artefact was relocated to the
>realm of the imagination, where it became a threatening figure.
>According to this reading, the android as scientific project and a
>figure of possibility only re-emerges in our own era. The aim of this
>conference is to test this claim by exploring the continuities and
>discontinuities in the imagining of the human/machine interface in the
>nineteenth and twenty-first centuries.
>The conference organisers ˝ Hilary Fraser (Birkbeck), Deirdre Coleman
>(Melbourne) and Paul Hyland (CTI) ˝ invite proposals for papers that
>examine the intersection of minds, bodies and machines during the long
>nineteenth century. Topics include: the virtual and the real;
>technologies of the sublime; evolution and machines; techniques of
>communication; technologies of travel; medical technology;
>miniaturisation; self-reproduction; and spiritualism.
>The conference programme will include plenary addresses, seminars and
>workshops. Confirmed speakers include: Dr Caroline Arscott, Professor
>Jay Clayton, Professor Steven Connor, Professor Iain McCalman, Professor
>Peter Otto, Professor Kevin Warwick and Dr Elizabeth Wilson.
>A selection of papers arising from this conference will be published in
>the online journal 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth
>Abstracts for papers of 20 minutes, as well as details of expected
>audio-visual needs, should be submitted no later than 28 FEBRUARY 2007.
>Please send proposals by email to [log in to unmask]
>For further information, see www.mindsbodiesmachines.org/conferences.html
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