[Air-L] Subject: “AI & the Human” conference and submission deadline postponed due the ongoing pandemic: New submission deadline 20 September 2021 – New conference date Thursday 12 and Friday 13 May 2022.

Steven Mark Champion steven.champion at hiig.de
Mon Feb 1 08:29:10 PST 2021

We are sorry to inform you that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the
conference “Artificial Intelligence and the Human – Cross-Cultural
Perspectives on Science and Fiction” will not take place in June 2021 as
originally planned.

For the organisers it is very important to hold the international
conference as an in-person event. The continued uncertainty regarding
travel restrictions and vaccinations led us to the decision to push the
conference date back to 12 and 13 May 2022. The deadline for submissions of
the extended abstracts is postponed to 20 September 2021.

C A L L   F O R    P A P E R S
Conference and edited volume

Artificial intelligence and the human –

Cross-cultural perspectives on science and fiction

A Japanese-German conference in Berlin, Germany

12 and 13 May 2022


Edited volume (2023)

Current debates on artificial intelligence often conflate the realities of
AI technologies with the fictional renditions of what they might one day
become. They are said to be able to learn, make autonomous decisions or
process information much faster than humans, which raises hopes and fears
alike. What if these useful technologies will one day develop their own
intentions that run contrary to those of humans?

The line between science and fiction is becoming increasingly blurry: what
is already a fact, what is still only imagination; and is it even possible
to make this clear-cut distinction? Innovation and development goals in the
field of AI are inspired by popular culture, such as its portrayal in
literature, comics, film or television. At the same time, images of these
technologies drive discussions and set particular priorities in politics,
business, journalism, religion, civil society, ethics or research.
Fictions, potentials and scenarios inform a society about the hopes, risks,
solutions and expectations associated with new technologies. But what is
more, the discourses on AI, robots and intelligent, even sentient machines
are nothing short of a mirror of the human condition: they renew
fundamental questions on concepts such as consciousness, free will and
autonomy or the ways we humans think, act and feel.

Imaginations about the human and technologies are far from universal, they
are culturally specific. This is why a cross-cultural comparison is crucial
for better understanding the relationship between AI and the human and how
they are mutually constructed by uncovering those aspects that are regarded
as natural, normal or given. Focusing on concepts, representations and
narratives from different cultures, the conference aims to address two axes
of comparison that help us make sense of the diverse realities of
artificial intelligence and the ideas of what is human: Science and
fiction, East Asia and the West.

Papers are invited on the following topics (among others):


   Which meanings and functions are ascribed to AI technologies and robots?

   How is science informed by popular discursive images of AI?

   Which cultural differences are there concerning the relationship between
   the natural and the artificial? What are the particular traditions of how
   to represent the human and its technological surrogates?

   What can the different cultural and conceptual histories tell us about
   our present and future with artificial intelligence?

Besides papers on these more general topics, we also invite case studies on
innovative technologies and their fictional precursors as well as on the
social, ethical or political contexts in which they are applied. All
contributions are expected to address the comparative perspective on East
Asian and Euro-American discourses.

Relevant issues and perspectives for these comparisons include but are not
limited to cyberpunk and science-fiction in literature and film, public
debates and imaginations of AI, the relation between simulation and
reality, materiality, historical and legal accounts, sociotechnical
imaginaries and politics.

We welcome contributions from scholars of diverse disciplines, such as
cognitive science, computer science, cultural studies, literature and film
studies, media and communication studies, psychology, political science,
science and technology studies or sociology. Interdisciplinary approaches
(e.g., those combining social, cultural and technical perspectives), as
well as perspectives from practitioners and developers, are particularly

Submission process


   Extended abstracts of approximately 4,000 to 6,000 characters in length
   (excl. references) should be submitted no later than 20 September 2021
   to ai21 at hiig.de

   Speakers will be notified by 15 November 2021.

Conference and publication of selected papers in an edited volume


   The conference will take place on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 May 2022 in

   Invitations for the submission of selected full manuscripts sent out in
   June 2022.

   Full manuscripts of between 30.000 to 50.000 characters (excluding
   references) to be submitted by September 2022.

   Comprehensive review returned to authors in December 2022; final papers
   due in February 2023.

   The edited volume will be published in mid-2023.

If you have any questions, you can contact the conference organisers via
ai21 at hiig.de.

For more information, visit our website at hiig.de/events/ai21.

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin

Thomas Christian Bächle
Christian Katzenbach

Japanese-German Center Berlin

Phoebe Stella Holdgrün

Waseda University, Tokyo

Katsumi Watanabe

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