ENHANCEMENT, EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, AND SOCIAL CHALLENGES 10 - 14 September 2012 at the Inter-University Center, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Monday 10th of September 2012

9.30-10 Introduction by the Organizers
10-10.30 Pieter Bonte: The (tragic) case against giftedness: Why humanist dignity lies in accepting the human condition as being foundationlessly free and ruthlessly responsible
10.30-11 Donal O'Mathuna: Human Dignity?

11-11.30 Break

11.30-12 Darko Polsek: Ambivalent Eugenics of the Future?
12-12.30 Hallvard Haug: Two values of the human in eugenics and transhumanism


17-17.30 Pieter: Lemmens: Posthumanism: the end of the human or the ultimate proletarianization of the human? A Stieglerian view on human enhancement technologies
17.30-18 Stefan Lorenz Sorgner: Genetic Enhancement and Virtue Ethics

18-18.30 Break

18.30-19 Monika Bakke: Microbial self: how to stay human being a cellular minority
19-19.30 Francois-Joseph Lapointe: Inner-body art and the social challenges of biotechnology

Tuesday 11th of September 2012

10-10.30 Ben Curtis: Moral Worth and Post-Persons

10.30-11 Felix Krause: Autonomy, freedom and responsibility as anthropological key words for the implementation of Neuro-Enhancement – An analysis of a new challenge for theological-philosophical ethics

11-11.30 Break

11.30-12 Colin Hickey: Biomedical Enhancement and the Kantian Duty to Cultivate Our Talents
12-12.30 Johann Roduit: The relation between human enhancement and the idea of perfection: revisiting definitions in the debate


17-17.30 Chris Bessemans: Utopianism - Transhumanism
17.30-18 Mateja Donkovic: Transhumanism and Theology on the Mystery of Being (Post)Human

18-18.30 Break

18.30-19 Ivan Klinec: Transhumanism – Syntropic Concept of a Man
19-19.30 Natasha Vita-More: The Contested Culture of Transhumanism

Wednesday 12th of September 2012

10-10.30 Güncel Önkal: Philosophical Analysis of Aesthetic Posthumanism in Interactive Art Experiments
10.30-11 Kevin LeGrandeur: Digital Enhancement and the Problem of Benevolence

11-11.30 Break

11.30-12 Jaime del Val: Ecology of Affects - A Metahumanist approach to deprogramming subjects and bodies
12-12.30 David Roden: Variants of humanism and varieties of posthuman critiques of humanism

Break 13-19.30 Excursion to Lokrum

19.30-22 Conference Dinner

Thursday 13th of September 2012

10-10.30 Krzysztof Solarewicz: Posthuman dystopia and its cultural contents: The case of Deux Ex: Human Revolution video game
10.30-11 Ahu Tunçel: Welcome to Dystopia: The Fiction of Reality and New Politics

11-11.30 Break

11.30-12 David Louwrier: Performance
12-12.30 Jelena Guga: Leaving the Screen Behind: Technologically Mediated Corporeality


17-17.30 Sangkyu Shin: Human Nature and Enhancement
17.30-18 Vjera Dui?: Embryo enhancement

18-18.30 Break

18.30-19 Margaret Barkovic and Neva Lukic: Bioaesthetics
19-19.30 Curtis Carbonell: Transhumanism and Popular Culture

Friday 14th of September 2012

10-10.30 Patricia Castello Branco: Nature, Technology and Eco-Poshumanism
10.30-11 Roberto Marchesini: Beyond Anthropocentrism

11-11.30 Break

11.30-12 Silvia Salardi: Science and Law from the Genetics's viewpoint
12-12.30 Tom Philbeck: Techné and Posthuman Being. (Via Skype)


Come join us
10-14 September 2012
in Dubrovnik, Croatia as we discuss these topics and more.


For Submissions
please contact:
Dr. Curtis D. Carbonell
Assistant Professor of English NYIT

For other inquires,
please contact:
Dr. Thomas Philbeck