[Air-L] CFP: Who am I Online?

Charles Ess charles.ess at gmail.com
Fri Nov 20 00:25:21 PST 2009

Dear AoIR-ists,
the following may be of interest to some - with the usual apologies for
cross-posting and duplication, please do send on to potentially interested
Many thanks,
- charles ess
Institut for Informations- og Medievidenskab
Helsingforsgade 14
8200 Århus N.
mail: <imvce at hum.au.dk>
tel: (+45) 8942 9250

Distinguished Research Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Drury University, Springfield, Missouri 65802 USA

Exemplary persons seek harmony, not sameness. -- Analects 13.23

Workshop: Who Am I Online?
University of Aarhus, Kalovig Centre, Denmark
10-11 May 2010

Charles Ess (Drury/Aarhus)
Luciano Floridi (Hertfordshire/Oxford)

1st Call For Papers (Deadline: 31 March 2010)

As time and technology progress, how we interact with the world and each
other becomes increasingly complex and articulated. The quantity and
diversity of information in our environment, and the ease with which we can
access that information and integrate it into our daily lives, have
increased exponentially over the past decade. For many of us, the
environment with which we interact has changed to make possible entirely
new ways of working with information and being with others. Interest in
these topics has recently been amplified by the advent of the so-called
³Web 2.0², a (continuing) expansion of interactive venues such as social
networking, blogging and microblogging such as Twitter, and ³pro/sumer²
activities in which consumers of media content such as music and videos are
simultaneously its producers.

Psychologists, sociologists and anthropologists - including those whose
research is gathered under the general domain of computer-mediated
communication (CMC) - have for some time been interested in the ways in
which such changes in our informational environment might affect us and our
self-conceptions. The relevance of new technologies to our lives has
attracted academic attention in large part because it appears to raise
questions about how new kinds of interactions with others and our
environment might alter, shape or otherwise affect our self-conceptions,
our thoughts and other aspects of our cognitive, emotional and moral lives.
And the project of ascertaining which properties of ourselves and our
activities make essential contributions to our moral and mental lives and
personhood is one in which philosophers are traditionally engaged. Yet
these topics have, thus far, been relatively neglected by philosophers.

This is especially strange when considered alongside the emphasis in recent
philosophy of mind on the essential contributions that the embedding
environment and our modes of interaction with it can make to our mental
lives. If it¹s possible that our informational environment and our
capacities for interaction with it can constitutively shape our mentality
and our moral conduct, we should consider whether radical changes in that
environment and its interactive affordances may have implications for the
character of our mental and moral lives, and perhaps for the sorts of
persons we are.

There is already significant evidence that such changes are upon us in both
what we used to call the Western and Eastern worlds - most obviously, as
apparent changes in self-conception are affiliated with dramatically
changing understandings and expectations of Œprivacy,¹ especially
informational or online privacy. So, what implications do new informational
environments and affordances have for philosophical and ethical views of
personal identity? And what light, if any, can existing philosophical work
on personal identity shine on the conceptual issues that arise when talking
and thinking about agents, environments and interactions that span or blur
the real/virtual and online/offline divides? The workshop will address
these issues.

We welcome proposals for papers dealing with the construction of personal
identities online. Please submit extended abstracts (between 1000 and 1500
words all included, preferably in MS Word format) for papers suitable for
40-minute presentations to Dave Ward (D.Ward2 at herts.ac.uk) by 31 March

Bursaries: a number of bursaries for graduate students presenting papers
will be available, on a competitive basis, to contribute to travel and
accommodation expenses.

Publication: successful submissions will be selected for publication.

Series: the workshop is part of a series of meetings organized as part of
the AHRC-funded project ³The Construction of Personal Identities Online².
More information about the project is available here:

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