Message posted on 10/09/2023


Dear colleagues,

We would like to announce the conference COMPUTING THE HUMAN which is part of the EMOROB project. It will take place in Brno, Czech Republic (October 26 - 28, 2023)


We are currently witnessing a technological acceleration in the form of a boom in computing, particularly artificial intelligence, as an analytical and generative tool producing an impressive amount of synthetized knowledge and creative outcomes. Scholars and the general public are calling for s consent on a new shared episteme and a new definition of subjectivity (authorship) and creative gesture (expression) at a time when the “image of human” in the mirror of contemporary technology has acquired the monstrous form of a heterogeneous assemblage, the result of “applied statistics and combinatorics” (a definition of AI).

Scientists are investigating how to teach machines to recognize and display emotions and how to help humans with emotional insecurities. Designers have focused on developing a believable human-machine interface that supports emotionally satisfying and adequate interaction. Artists are discovering the potential of intelligent machines to expand the spectrum of the visible and expressible. However, the discussion around the development of technology and computing is caught in a trap of complexity and paradoxes – singularity vs. techno diversity, the narrative of the emancipation of non-human actors vs. AI for humans, and the call for building human-centered ethical frameworks for these new phenomena.

The aim of the conference is to open a discussion on the topic of “computing the human.” It is intended as a “melting pot” for interdisciplinary debate reflecting the complexity of the issues: cultural history of computing, human-computer interaction (HCI), and emotion programming, all framed by the ethos of diversity and inclusion in computing and artificial intelligence. Contributions are welcomed that focus on the ideas, analyses, and technologies that materialize the visions in various time-spaces, including laboratories, artistic performances and exhibitions, archives, digital spaces, the imagination of more-than-human worlds, artificial bodies and computed emotions, ethical dilemmas and statements, and regulations. We would like to discuss concrete research cases, fieldwork, projects, and analyses.

We are looking forward to your contribution!

Best regards,

Eva Slesingerova

MORE about the EMOROB project is HERE .

Here is the CALL FOR.

Here you can send us YOUR ABSTRACT.

And here is the REGISTRATION form.

Eva Šlesingerová, PhD. Associate Professor

*Masaryk University Faculty of Social Studies Department of Sociology/Social Anthropology* A: Joštova 10 602 00 Brno Czech Republic T: +420 549 496404 M: +420 608 57 00 70 E: W: ResearchGate profile

NEW PROJECT: Robots, Computing Human and Autism/ Cultural Imagination of Autism Diagnosis and Emotion AI, project EXPRO GA ČR, more info

NEW BOOK: Šlesingerová Eva (2022) We, Other Utopians/Recombinant DNA, Genome Editing, and Artificial Life. London: Routledge,Taylor&Francis. DOI: 10.4324/9781003100577.

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