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Thanks for Making a Difference in this World!
Dearest Posthumans, 
 
We hope that this new GPN Newsletter finds you well!

Our Posthuman Community is growing globally, locally and organically thanks to Your commitment, generosity, and creativity. The events, CPFs and publications included in this Newsletter represent the outcome of Your wonderful work; they can also be accessed as valuable opportunities to expand our horizons and explore new trajectories in the context of Posthuman Studies.

Enjoy the read and best of luck for all of Your projects!

Peace, Visions and Much Appreciation,
The Global Posthuman Network
www.posthumans.org

News

NEWS FROM THE GLOBAL POSTHUMAN NETWORK

Events

1. WEBINAR SERIES: 2022 JRS Sustainability Webinar Series (from 8 July)  
 
2. CONFERENCE: "Non-Western Approaches in Environmental Humanities" (11-13 July) 

3. CONFERENCE: AI and the Humanities (6-7 Sept)
 
New Publications

4. NEW BOOK! "THE POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY OF AI: AN INTRODUCTION" by Mark Coeckelbergh

5. NEW BOOK! "PHILOSOPHY OF POSTHUMAN ART" by Stefan L. Sorgner
 
6. NEW BOOK! "HUMANITIES AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE" edited by FreddyPaul Grunert et al.

7. NEW BOOK! "THE CREATIVE ANIMAL" by Roberto Marchesini

CFPs

8. CFP: The Digital Environmental Humanities. Towards Theory and Praxis.

9. CFP: Call for Papers: 2022 ERA Conference - Biopolitics,the Ecology of Humanity, and the Anthropocene
 
10. CFP: Journal of Future Robot Life

11. CFP: Hawaii International Conference on Education - Posthuman and Complex Perspectives Strand

Extra

12. VIDEO: Keynote "Posthuman Existential Organizing" by Francesca Ferrando, San Francisco State University, US.

13. REPOSITORY: Update by "The Posthuman Lab"

14. COURSE: Animal in Society (Mälardalen University, Sweden)

15. EXTRA: School of Materialist Research: Intensive Study Program Fall/Winter 2022-23

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
This Newsletter, July 2022, was kindly complied by our Editor Stefano Rozzoni. Here, you can find more info about our extraordinary Team!
WEBINAR SERIES: 2022 JRS Sustainability Webinar Series (from 8 July) 
We are delighted to inform that the SATU Presidents’ Forum 2022 JRS Sustainability Webinar Series will be held from 8 July to 2 August 2022, featuring 6 sharing sessions by the investigator teams first matched via the Joint Research Scheme. The first two sessions are scheduled for 8 July (Fri) and 12 July (Tue) respectively.

Since 2012, the JRS has served as a matching platform for scholars from different SATU member universities to connect with like-minded researchers and form research collaborations together. The collaborations symbolize joint-effort in achieving research excellence across cultures, the experience of which should be shared to a broader audience. SATU therefore launched the JRS Webinar Series in 2021, where research teams of selected JRS projects were invited shared their research results. To continue last year’s success, we intend to extend the scale of this year’s JRS webinar series, for which varaious JRS research teams of are invited to share their research findings, progress and collaboration experiences.

For more information, please click HERE.
WORKSHOP: "Transhumanist Aesthetics: Exponential Systems for Life" with Natasha Vita-More
Study Group and Workshop with Natasha Vita-More: "Transhumanist Aesthetics: Exponential Systems for Life"

Saturday, July 9th, 10 am Pacific Time

Link to readings and more information: 
https://www.foreignobjekt.com/.../natasha-vita-more-workshop
In this Workshop, Natasha will emphasize questions and topics, such as: 
-What is Transhumanism? How does the Philosophy relate to the Arts?
-What will the future human body look like? Will we upload into virtual worlds?
-How will AI advance our intellectual and creative activities?
-Could nanotechnology help solve humanity's greatest/biggest problems?
-Zone of Life Expansion (Design for Future Human Bodies)
-Metaverse: Epoch of Plasticity
-Meta-Knowledge: a Practical Application of Artificial General Intelligence and Neural Macrosensing.
-Contested Culture: The Plausibility of Transhumanism
-Technoscience, Transhumanism, Telos
- Ability to Advance Knowledge and Capacity to Achieve the Impossible
CONFERENCE: "Non-Western Approaches in Environmental Humanities" (11-13 July)
The main aim of the conference (which is correlated with the topics of the project “Non-anthropo- centric Cultural Subjectivity” realized as part of the “Excellence Initiative – Research University” programme at the University of Warsaw) is to reflect on theoretical frameworks in environmental humanities which have emerged as alternative or complementary to western approaches. We would like to support theoretical reflections concerning the relationship between human beings and the environ- ment that have been developed in non-western cultural contexts. By helping to determine the problems crucial for “non-western” environmental humanities, the conference will also be a starting point for further cooperation and research.

We understand the adjective “non-western” in two ways. In one general sense, the term simply implies alternatives to the mainstream theoretical frameworks deriving especially from North America and Western Europe. “Non-western” in this sense includes the trends and theoretical conceptions developed by researchers representing different geographical and historical locations as well as different cultural traditions, for example the Global South, indigenous and non-white cultures. A narrower understanding of “non-western” suggests research perspectives applied on local scales. Therefore, one of the conference’s main aims is to concentrate on the Eastern European context. This focus entails the presentation of research concerning the environmental history of Eastern Europe as well as attempting to work out research frameworks reflecting the local, Eastern European perspectives on the relationship between human beings and their environments.

For further info, click HERE
CONFERENCE: AI and the Humanities (6-7 Sept)

Join the Human Futures conference, “AI and the Humanities - Emergent fields, critical perspectives, ethical implications”, on September 6-7! 

The two-day conference will address key subjects in the intersection of humanities and AI, including panels on AI and visual culture, creativity, literature, automated writing, knowledge, and learning. Read more about the conference and sign up HERE.

The conference is organized with support from the interdisciplinary research center SHAPE (Shaping Digital Citizenship), Aarhus University.
Respondents:

Rick Dolphijn
Mieke Bal
Femke Herregraven
Sruti Bala
Divya Nadkarni

NEW BOOK! "THE POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY OF AI: AN INTRODUCTION" by Mark Coeckelbergh

Political issues people care about such as racism, climate change, and democracy take on new urgency and meaning in the light of technological developments such as AI. How can we talk about the politics of AI while moving beyond mere warnings and easy accusations?This is the first accessible introduction to the political challenges related to AI. Using political philosophy as a unique lens through which to explore key debates in the area, the book shows how various political issues are already impacted by emerging AI technologies: from justice and discrimination to democracy and surveillance. Revealing the inherently political nature of technology, it offers a rich conceptual toolbox that can guide efforts to deal with the challenges raised by what turns out to be not only artificial intelligence but also artificial power.This timely and original book will appeal to students and scholars in philosophy of technology and political philosophy, as well as tech developers, innovation leaders, policy makers, and anyone interested in the impact of technology on society.​

For further info, click HERE

NEW BOOK! "HUMANITIES AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE" edited by Freddypaul Grunert et eal.
The transversal character of artificial intelligence and the related social, economic, ethical, legal and cultural impacts call for interdisciplinary discussions that go beyond the purely technological angle. This is the focus of the present book, to present the result of interdisciplinary discussions on artificial intelligence and humanity carried out at the Centre for Advanced Studies, Joint Research Centre, European Commission. The manuscript presents a collection of thoughts on the topic from different angles and disciplines: from emotions to creativity, from feminism to the environment. Many of the topics discussed in this book are central to the European policy frameworks addressing both the development and use of AI and the production, sharing, and use of data that is underpinning many AI developments. The book reflects the joint reflection of artists, historians, sociologists, scientists and computer scientists to rediscover what Ties us Humans together (hence the title) over what divides us. We believe the contributions included in this book are an important first step in this collective endeavour.

To access the book, click HERE (Free access)
 
The publication features the chapter on "Who is Afraid of Artificial Intelligence? A Posthumanist Take on the AI Takeover Scenario" by Francesca Ferrando. This chapter is licensed under a Creative Commons license. You are free to read, share and download any of the content. You can find the article HERE.
NEW BOOK! "PHILOSOPHY OF POSTHUMAN ART" by Stefan L. Sorgner

Aesthetic reflections by various members of the Frankfurt school have dominated the art world many decades. Sorgner shows that they introduced a paternalistic logic in the field of aesthetics while attempting to overcome paternalism. His art philosophical alternative reveals the option creating non-totalitarian total works of art. The wide spectrum of posthuman artworks reveals immense diversity of nontotalitarian total works of art. “A deeply considered survey of the posthuman future of art. Sorgner’s philosophy of posthumanism provides a path away from the dominant 20th-century aesthetics that still inform our conception of art today. Through the innovative concept of the ‘twist,’ Sorgner’s encyclopedic text frames posthumanism as the found of an anti-totalitarian future of art.”

For further info, click HERE

NEW BOOK! "THE CREATIVE ANIMAL" by Roberto Marchesini

This book deals with the theme of creativity in the animal world, conceived as a basic function for adapting to specific situations and as a source of innovations and inventions. Creativity is a fundamental resource for the individual who always has a leading role in conduct. To explain creativity, the book focuses on the concept of animal subjectivity, providing a new explanatory model of behavior capable of overcoming the image of the animal moved by automatisms. This model does not use consciousness as a necessary condition, but is based: 1) on affective components, such as behavioral motives, and 2) cognitive, as tools used by the subject to carry out his purposes. Particular attention is paid to the learning processes showing the subjective character of the experience. One topic addressed is the role of creativity in the evolution of living beings: how an invention, by modifying the niche characteristics, is able to change the selective pressures and the trajectory of phylogeny. Roberto Marchesini explains that creativity is a factor that is anything but rare or exceptional in the animal world—it constitutes a fundamental quality for many aspects of animal life.

For further info, click HERE
CFP: The Digital Environmental Humanities. Towards Theory and Praxis.
Deadline for abstracts (approx. 300 words and a short CV) to both Editors’e-mails pkarpouzou@phil.uoa.gr and nikzamp@phil.uoa.gr: 31 October 2022.

Deadline for finished papers to both Editors’ e-mails pkarpouzou@phil.uoa.gr and nikzamp@phil.uoa.gr: 30 April 2023. 

Over the past years the rapid technological improvements, innovations and use of digital applications have transformed us into living and working in virtual environments. We are now facing 'oceans' of big data, inaugurating what has been called the “Digital Anthropocene.” Gaining momentum since around the 1950s, the Digital Humanities (previously referred to as Humanities Computing or Computing in the Humanities) “is a diverse and still emerging field that encompasses the practice of humanities research in and through information technology, and the exploration of how the humanities may evolve through their engagement with technology, media, and computational methods.”  As we move from the first wave of qualitative data to the second, which is apt to be more critical, interpretative and empirical with the use of toolkits and services (Presner, 2010), the rise of a third wave introduces entirely new interdisciplinary paradigms, convergent fields, new methodologies and concepts as well as new models and patterns while working on cultural texts. 

Check out the full CFP on the HJEAS website:
https://ojs.lib.unideb.hu/hjeas/announcement/view/19
CFP: Call for Papers: 2022 ERA Conference - Biopolitics,the Ecology of Humanity, and the Anthropocene
𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐄𝐱𝐡𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Xennoverse.com
Foreign Objekt Exhibition--Foreignnobjekt.com
Posthuman Art Network Membership--posthumanart.com
Exhibition Development: July - September

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐥 I𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐬:
-Screening
-Virtual Exhibition
-Poetry and Writing
-Archives
𝐃𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞: 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝟒𝐭𝐡
CFP: Journal of Future Robot Life
Journal of Future Robot- Call for papers for a special issue entitled: Too Far Down the Uncanny Valley? Or Bodily processes for Robots? Imagining the Intersectional Future of Technology, Labour and Interstellar Travel

Guest edited by Dr. Alexandru Balasescu (Royal Roads University, Canada) and Sandra Fernandez (Independent Researcher)

For this special issue of the Journal of Future Robot Life at IOS Press we invite multidisciplinary submissions that can take any form, from the classic academic approach or ethnographies of space design sites, to fictional ethnographies of the technological future, speculative reflections, or science fiction short stories.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 01 December 2022
The Special Issue is now open for submissions! Submit via: https://www.editorialmanager.com/jfrl/default1.aspx


For further info, click HERE
CFP: Hawaii International Conference on Education - Posthuman and Complex Perspectives Strand

The Posthuman Researcher Nexus is partnering with the Hawaii International Conference on Education (Jan 3-6, 2023) to offer a critical posthuman/complexity strand. This conference is especially supportive for doc students and early career faculty. 
We are happy to help organize panels, provide support with ideas/proposals, etc!  See the flyer for details. Proposals due Aug 5. 

For further info, click HERE

VIDEO "POSTHUMAN EXISTENTIAL ORGANIZING" by Francesca Ferrando
This is the video of the dialogue-based Keynote "Posthuman Existential Organizing" by Francesca Ferrando, at the International Conference "Posthumanist Organizing and Posthumanist Management: History or becoming?", San Francisco State University, June 2022.
REPOSITORY: Update by "The Posthuman Lab"
The Team of The Posthuman Lab has updated its 'Repository' with some insightful, #creative and exciting #peerreviewed articles. These include #nature-#culture-#feminism, #sustainability, and #education #policy from #posthuman perspective, theoretical terrains of #posthumanism, and you find the rest by browsing it:
https://www.posthumanlab.org/peer-reviewed-articles

This repository currently covers peer-reviewed journal articles. It has been curated to assist researchers and practitioners in their efforts to advance sustainability beyond humanism. You can always contribute to this community project by suggesting relevant works.
 
COURSE: Animal in Society (Mälardalen University, Sweden)
The online postgraduate course Animals in Society is open for applications! 
The course is organized by Mälardalen University, Sweden, and runs through the fall semester of 2022, starting September 6, 2022. The course is free for PhD students and awards 7,5 ECTS upon completion of a course paper (paper deadline is January 15, 2023).

HOW TO APPLY:
Send an e-mail to administrator of postgraduate education marita.larsson@mdu.se, with a cc to course organizer david.redmalm@mdu.se with the following documents:
1. A letter describing your educational background, and explain how the Animals in Society course will contribute to your PhD project.
2. A certificate of ongoing postgraduate studies as a PhD student. This could be a letter from your department, or a copy of your PhD student admission letter.
Applicants are admitted to the course on a first come, first serve basis, but deadline for applications is Monday 22 August, 2022.
If you have any questions, e-mail david.redmalm@mdu.se

LECTURERS:
• Annie Potts (Canterbury University, Aotearoa New Zealand) who will give a lecture on “meat culture” and veganism
• Harlan Weaver (Kansas State University, USA) who will speak about the debates around and cultural representations of “bad dogs”
• Andrea Pettit (Uppsala University, Sweden) who will lecture on zooethnography and the art of studying interactions between humans and animals
• Erica von Essen (Stockholm University) who will talk about animal geography and our relations to wildlife
• David Redmalm (Mälardalen University) is the course organizer and will give an introductory lecture
EXTRA: School of Materialist Research: Intensive Study Program Fall/Winter 2022-23

The School of Materialist Research (SMR) is proud to announce its official call for enrolment for its Fall/Winter semester (2022-23) of online Intensive Study Courses (ISC) offered by the following illustrious faculty: Julia Kristeva with Miglena Nikolchina, Patricia Reed, Thomas Nail, AbdouMaliq Simone, Patricia MacCormack, Paul Reynolds, Agon Hamza, Adam Nocek with Joanna Zylinska, and Bogna Konior. As always, our faculty will focus on their own research, and will cover such topics as: Marxist Theory, Ahuman theory, queer materialism, parahumanity,  technology, art, literature, urbanism, the work of Hegel and much, much more.

Registration for all courses is now officially open and all interested applicants can find the link to apply at the end of this page. The courses themselves will begin in the Fall of 2022, and last throughout the Winter. The deadline for applying is August 25th, 2022, and all applicants will be informed of their status by September 5th, 2022. 

For further info, click HERE

WANT TO BE INVOLVED?
If you are interested in joining the community, and / or volunteering, and/ or forming regional posthuman networks in your area, please email us at: NYposthuman[at]gmail.com

Thanks for connecting and sharing your insights and visions!

Peace, Health and Much Appreciation,
The Global Posthuman Network
www.posthumans.org 
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