Dan O'Hara

Virtual Futures '95

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CALL FOR PAPERS **************************

VIRTUAL FUTURES 1995 **************************

MAY 26-28, 1995



VIRTUAL FUTURES 1995 is an interdisciplinary event that examines the role of cybernetic and specifically dissipative or non-linear models in the arts, sciences, and philosophy. The conference explores the relationship between postmodern philosophy and chaos theory, with topics ranging from: information technology, hypertext and multimedia applications, virtual reality and cyberspace, C3, complexity theory, cyberfeminism, artificial life and intelligence, neural nets, and nanotechnology. Literary themes such as apocalypse, narcotics, cyberpunk science fiction, and annihilation are all welcome. Philosophically, the conference emphasizes materialist schools of Continental Philosophy and neurophilosophy, with a particular stress laid on the work of the French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. Of particular interest are papers tracing the theoretical implications of technology in regard to the future of economics, politics, and culture.


Invited speakers include(* has accepted invitation):


*Kathy Acker, author of Empire of the Senseless

*Hakim Bey, author of Temporary Autonomous Zone

*Pat Cadigan, author of Synners and Fools

*Manuel DeLanda, author of War In the Age of Intelligent Machines

*James Der Derian, author of Antidiplomacy & Virtual Security

*Michael Hardt, co-author of Labour of Dionysus

*Gwyneth Jones, author of White Queen

*Richard Kadrey, author of Metrophage & The Covert Culture Sourcebook

*Marilouise & Arthur Kroker, editors of ctheory

*Nick Land, lecturer in Continental Philosophy at Warwick University

*Brian Massumi, author of The User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia

*Alan Moore & *David Jay, writers, musicians, and performance artists

*Stephen Pfohl, author of Death at the Parasite Café

*Sadie Plant, cyberfeminist-lecturer in Cultural Studies at Birmingham University

*David Porush, author of Cybernetic Fictions

*Alan Sondheim, Cybermind moderator

*Stelarc, performance artist

*VNS-Matrix, cyberfeminist collective from Australia

Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz

Keith Ferrell, editor of Omni

Max More, editor of Extropy, a leader of the Extropian movement

Orlan, performance artist

Ed Regis, author of The Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition

Rudy Rucker, author of The Fourth Dimension

R.U. Sirius, writer and journalist

If you would like to present a paper at VIRTUAL FUTURES '95, please send a 250 word abstract before March 1st to VIRTUAL FUTURES '95, The Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, England. Phone: (44)(0203) 523523 x2582, Fax: (44)(0203)523019. E-mail can be sent to the following address: