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Humanist Archives: April 12, 2022, 6:13 a.m. Humanist 35.649 - pubs cfp: reimagining AI

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 649.
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        Date: 2022-04-11 18:26:53+00:00
        From: William Benzon <>
        Subject: CFP: Reimagining Al (Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology)

> Subject: CFP: Reimagining Al (Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology)
> Date: April 11, 2022 at 1:42:09 PM EDT>
> Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology: Reimagining AI
> Many important philosophical conceptions have been drastically changed since
the consumer computing revolution of the 1980s and 1990. These include
metaphysical, epistemological and ethical concerns such as personhood, identity,
truth, and trustworthiness; but they also include aesthetic and phenomenological
concerns, from perception, experience and imagination, through to debates on the
social, cultural, and economic value of the artwork in an age of networks.
Digital space is created from huge collections of pure data points, which can be
used, manipulated, and moved by AI systems. These systems do not distinguish
between a person and abstractions created by the person, and they do not offer
rights or protection to digital citizens, nor are they necessarily programmed to
place value in truth, experience, and affect. One of the key philosophical
challenges we face today, by virtue of such issues, is that of re-imagining what
it means to share a world with AI systems.
> For this special issue of the Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology, we
invite submissions of no more than 8000 words on the topic ofReimagining AI. As
befits the title of the journal, we expect these submissions to relate to
aesthetics and phenomenologyspecifically, but the scope for how this is done is
broad, and we will consider submissions from any
philosophical/computational/aesthetic/art practice school or tradition.
> Aesthetics is the branch of philosophy that deals with feeling, sensory
experience, sensation and sensibility; Phenomenology is the branch that deals
with the description of lived experience. These branches meet across key topoi
including perception, imagination, ideation, and ‘the given’ (whether in the
computational sense of ‘data’, or the phenomenological sense of a ‘semantic
given’). The question we pose to you is this: how does the emergence of AI in
our networked world affect these topoi, and what acts of philosophical and
artistic re-imagination are required to meet the opportunities and threats
emerging thereby?
> Questions we seek to explore include, but are in no way limited to:
> How is our thinking of AI determined by its logical structures? What form
would a pictographic view on AI take? What would its potential be?
> How can the key strengths and virtues of the discipline of philosophy impact
the situation described above?
> Is ‘Artificial Intelligence’ a misleading term? Does it reify or mystify
discrete computational processes that should in fact be separated? Should we
jettison all talk of ‘AI’?
> Is AI the deus ex machina of our contemporary world? How does it relate to
technological solutionism?
> What is the dialectical relationship between General AI and Narrow AI?
> Reimagining the language of algorithm. What different forms could algorithms
> How can innovative forms of practice-led art practice address impact the
situation described here?
> How influential is computer science in re-imagining our world?
> What is the role of philosophical and artistic practices in relation to
computer science today?
> In what ways can philosophy and art practice contribute to empowering
individuals and the human collective to think, act, imagine and envisage in ways
that encounter and use technology responsively, with increased awareness and
> What relevance do key philosophical skills such as conceptual analysis,
inference patterning, imaginative variation, and the ability to toggle between
different levels of complexity and abstraction have for our increasingly
networked future?
> What relevance do key aesthetic/art practice skills such as perceptual
awareness, expressivity, and familiarity and articulacy across different forms
of media (new and old) have for our increasingly networked future?
> The special issue will be split into three parts, each with its own editor:
concept-focused approaches (‘theoretical’ philosophy, broadly conceived);
applied approaches (‘practical’ philosophy, broadly conceived); and artistic
approaches (with an emphasis on practice-led work). Editorial Team: Dr Tina
Röck, Prof Natasha Lushetich & Dr Dominic Smith (University of Dundee).
> Logistical details:
> Submission format:
> Submit a 300-word abstract and a 100-word bio for 2nd May 2022, for a
prospective paper of no more than 8000 words (including references).
> Authors to be informed of acceptance/rejection by 16th May 2022.
> Full paper submission by 18th July 2022.
> Published by: end of 2022.
> Submissions to: <>
> Style guide/full instructions for authors available here: 
> Dr. Natasha Lushetich
> Professor of Contemporary Art & Theory
> AHRC Fellow 2020-21
> Director MFA Art & Humanities
> University of Dundee
> Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
> 13 Perth Road
> Dundee DD1 4HT
> Scotland, UK
> T: +44(0)1382 385631
> E: <>

William Benzon

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