W120
Homo technologicus

Convenors:
Dan Podjed (ZRC SAZU)
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
Rowan Room 2
Start time:
26 August, 2010 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Long abstract:

A period of crisis and rapid decline in the global economy has been accompanied by a concurrent growth of social media tools and online social networking sites, e.g., Facebook and Twitter. This is set within a wider trend towards an increasing technological mediation of human social life and experience. Does this constitute, as Castronova has argued, an 'exodus' of humankind to virtual worlds and an escape from the harsh actuality of everyday life? Does not the engagement with technology foster its very own forms of often-unprecedented risk, e.g., recent privacy crises and drone warfare? On one hand, this workshop questions whether these mediated worlds are separate and bounded entities or, rather, virtual 'extensions' of the actual. On the other, it also attempts to provide an answer to the question of how technologies broaden a perception of identity and permit new configurations of self and community, while cyborg imaginaries and mechanical implants in humans transcend the common understanding of Homo sapiens.