Anthropology, AI and the Future of Human Society

June 6-10, 2022
Online event

Anthropology, AI and the Future of Human Society. AI has come to represent multiple causal drivers of change: amongst them artificial intelligence itself, space exploration, bio-tech and other emerging technologies. The implications for human society could hardly be more significant, and feed into a host of already contemporary concerns, such as sovereignty, economics, politics, reproduction and kinships, ethics and law, conflict and many more.

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UNITOPIA: Digital transformation as democratic moment

May 12-14, 2022

At the upcoming UNITOPIA conference we aim to open a discussion about the risks, but also the potentials that digital transformation brings for our democracies. What forms of regulation, or governance are necessary to align digital technologies with a common good? How would we envision future digital democracies? Which political theory concepts of democracy need to be adapted to the technological development and vice versa? How can we sustain and further develop central premises of democracy in a new socio-technical order? And how could we enable processes to build socio-technical institutions and orders for our future democracies? These are just some questions we want to tackle at the conference. We understand the digital transformation as a democratic moment. It forces and enables us to rethink and reconceptualize how we understand democracy in the digital age. How can we sustain and further develop its central premises in a new socio-technical order?

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Rethinking the Epigenome: Research, Risk and Responsibility in Postgenomic Times

Munich. June 13-15, 2022

Organisation: Prof. Ruth Müller (Technical University of Munich), Dr. Michael Penkler (University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt), Sophia Rossmann (Technical University of Munich), Georgia Samaras (Technical University of Munich)

In the last 20 years, environmental epigenetics has become an increasingly important approach in biological and biomedical research as well as an object of social science inquiry. With its focus on how environmental factors shape gene expression and impact health and illness, environmental epigenetics has promised to present new molecular perspectives on the relationships between socio-material environments and bodies. This proposition led scholars from both the biological and the social sciences to herald epigenetics as resolving the age-old debate between “nature” and “nurture” or to even present a biology that operates without “biologism”. Yet, others were more critical and argued that epigenetics could also easily engender new forms of biologism and determinism, and could ultimately lead to new forms of social stigmatization and discrimination. However, few of these early postulations that opened the debate about epigenetics in the social sciences were necessarily empirically grounded, whether they were enthusiastic or critical.

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2do Congreso Conjunto ESOCITE/4S 2022

December 7-10, 2022

Reencuentro, recuperación, reconfiguración: Conocimientos y tecnociencias para convivir

A medida que profundizamos nuestra comprensión de las desigualdades, las formas de opresión y el papel de las ciencias y las tecnologías en ellas, también se profundiza nuestra necesidad de actuar y nuestro sentido de la responsabilidad. Para muchos de nosotros, una ética del cuidado impregna nuestras prácticas de producción de conocimiento en CTS y nos llama a nuevas formas de relacionarnos. En este contexto, (leer más sobre el tema de la conferencia), esperamos darles las bienvenida en Cholula, México. Estas cuestiones comunes sobre cuidado, responsabilidad, relaciones y acciones surgen tanto si nuestra investigación se centra en los laboratorios, los bosques, las bases de datos genéticos, las ciudades inteligentes o las migraciones forzadas.

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