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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 708.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: "Susan Schreibman" <susan.schreibman@njit.edu> (25)
             Subject: "New Media, New Links" conference

       [2] From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni- (57)
             Subject: The Fourth European transhumanist conference Berlin,
                     June 22-24 --TransVision 2001

             Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2001 09:39:17 +0000
             From: "Susan Schreibman" <susan.schreibman@njit.edu>
             Subject: "New Media, New Links" conference

    **Conference Announcement**
    New Media, New Links
    An International Conference on Interdisciplinary Collaboration
    27 March 2001
    New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark

    "New Media, New Links" will explore cross-disciplinary collaboration between
    computer scientists and humanists/artists. The Keynote Presentation,
    "Experiments in the Future of Reading: An Exhibit Report" , will be given by
    Dr Anne Balsamo, Palo Alto Research Centre (Xerox), author of "Technologies
    of the Gendered Body ".

    Other featured speakers include:

    Dr Ronan Reilly (University College Dublin) and Dr Susan Schreibman (NJIT)
    "Computation meets the Humanities: Progressing from Pidgin to Creole";

    Dr Nancy Coppola (NJIT), Dr Naomi Rotter (NJIT) and Dr Starr Roxanne Hiltz
    (NJIT) "Becoming a Virtual Professor";

    a lunchtime performance, "LATUS" by Nicole Peyrafitte, New Media
    Performance Artist (see http://nicolepeyrafitte.com/projectdescription.htm
    for more details);

    a Panel Discussion moderated by Dr Nancy Steffen-Fluhr (NJIT), "Gender
    Socialisation and New Media Collaboration".

    "New Media, New Links" is being hosted by The Murray Center for Women in
    Technology as part of Women's History Month. For further information, please
    visit <http://womenscenter.njit.edu/newmedia>, or phone Talina Knox at

             Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2001 09:40:15 +0000
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: The Fourth European transhumanist conference Berlin, June
    22-24 --TransVision 2001

    Dear Humanists,

    ((Hello, I thought, this might interest you..But, I think --the
    transhumanist conference raising some critical questions and issues
    --which would be a challenge for the philosophers and humanists --who are
    working on the forefront of technology and computer science.. If my
    perception is correct --the conference is raising the Nietzsche's
    philosophy of _Overman_ Why reach beyond ourselves and our humanity? Why
    seek to become transhuman? Thank you. My best wishes.-Arun))

    Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 23:38:13 -0500
    From: World Transhumanist Association <wta@pantheon.yale.edu>

    WTA Update
    27 February 2001

    Dear WTA member,

    The WTA continues its steady growth and is working quietly but (we hope)
    usefully to serve its mission (see below). Here are some updates on recent
    and upcoming developments:

    We have the fourth European transhumanist conference coming up this summer
    in Berlin, June 22-24. TransVision 2001 will be organized my the German
    group De:Trans. In addition to talks about various topics related to
    transhumanism, the organizers promise that there will be plenty of time
    for the informal get-togethers that have made the previous Transvisions so
    enjoyable. For more information, see the website
    http://www.transhumanismus.de/TV2001/berlin.html If you are interested in
    giving a presentation, you should submit an abstract by mid-March.

    The Extropy Insitute is gearing up for Extro5 this summer, probably to take
    place in San Jose, California, June 15-17. More details on this will soon
    be available on their website http://www.extropy.org

    Dr. Mark Walker has been appointed new editor-in-chief of the Journal of
    Transhumanism. Mark says he will aim especially to promote the JTH in the
    relevant academic communities. Although there have been many submissions in
    the last year, they have all failed the peer-review. Recently one paper has
    accepted, however, and will be published shortly.

    There are many new entries on the Local Groups page
    http://www.transhumanism.com/groups.htm -- people who want to get in touch
    with other transhumanists in order to start organizations or discussion
    groups in areas where there currently are none. If you are interested,
    check out this page to see if there is somebody in your neighborhood.

    The World Transhumanist Association is, as you know, a volunteer network
    and we accomplish neither more nor less than what our members do. Our aims
    are to encourage research into transhumanism (the issues raised by
    anticipated future technologies, very broadly conceived), to promote
    informed media coverage and constructive debate, and to improve networking
    within the transhumanist community. If you want to take part, don't
    hesitate to suggest your own initiative. Anything from putting up a link
    to the WTA from your own website (or suggesting to relevant sites on the
    web that they do so) to volunteering to help out with running the WTA can
    be very valuable. In particular, we are now looking for one or two
    individuals who have the capability of taking independent initiatives to
    take on prominent roles in the WTA, for example as projects leader or
    membership officer. The scope of these positions would depend on the
    interests and skills of the interested person; a time commitment of maybe
    an hour or two a week would probably be sufficient. If you are interested,
    please do get in touch!

    Nick Bostrom and David Pearce

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