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Third Annual ICAS Conference

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Third Annual ICAS Conference

The Digital Self

26th and 27th January 2018

Southern Regional College, Newry, Northern Ireland

Call For Papers: Conference

Representation of the human form is not new. From Classical sculptures to Dutch portraiture, we have embodied images of the self. Postmodernity warns us, however, that representation is all we might have, simulacra after simulacra, we move further away from the authenticity of the original sign- the thing in itself. So where is the thing in it-self in this digital age? The flexibility of the avatar, it readiness for enhancement, its endless repository for images of the self, may mean that we have become ‘the fabricated hybrids of machine and organism’ of Harraway’s (1984) cyborgs. This however, suggests balance, a syncretic blend of both machine and human, but has this balance shifted? The virtual enhancement of the avatar over the material self may mean that we are disembodying the self. Has representation now become replacement?

Thus, the third annual ICAS conference proposes that we discuss this and welcomes papers from the following disciplines on the following topics:

Keynote Speakers:

Carlo Gebler: Professor Gébler was born in Dublin in 1954 and brought up in London. He now lives outside Enniskillen in Co. Fermanagh. He is the author of several novels including: The Eleventh Summer, The Cure, How to Murder a Man, A Good Day for A Dog and The Dead Eight (shortlisted for the Kerry Irish Fiction Prize), the short story collections W.9. & Other Lives and The Wing Orderly’s Tales, and several works of non-fiction including the memoirs Father & I, Confessions of a Catastrophist and The Projectionist, the Story of Ernest Gébler and the narrative history, The Siege of Derry. He has also written travel books, novels for children and plays for both radio and the stage, including Dance of Death (1998), an adaptation of Strindberg’s play cycle produced at the Tricycle Theatre, London, 10 Rounds which was short listed for the Ewart-Biggs Prize, Henry & Harriet, a site specific drama commissioned by Kabosh Theatre for the Belfast Cathedral Arts Festival, Charles & Mary a play for BBC Radio 3 about the lives of the brother and sister who wrote the classic children’s introduction to Shakespeare, Tales from Shakespeare and Belfast by Moonlight, premiered at the Belfast Festival at Queen’s in 2013. He has also written the text for several operas, wrote a weekly column for the Belfast Telegraph for several years and reviews widely.

Patrik Wincent: is the founder of ”Internetakuten”, a company with the main focus of offering counsel to people who are dealing with digital stress and to offer education in how to prevent and recognize digital stress. He has also founded “Dataspelsakuten”, a company which is similar to Internetakuten, but deals with people who are struggling with video gaming addiction. Patrik Wincent is an authorized psychotherapist, he is a coach, a writer, a lecturer and spoken word artist.

Tori Holmes: is a Lecturer in Brazilian Studies at Queen’s University Belfast since September 2012. Her main research interests are in digital culture and the texts and practices of urban representation in Brazil. She examines the use of blogs and other internet platforms by Brazilian favela residents. Her current work focuses on Brazilian webdocumentaries relating to urban change in Rio de Janeiro. She is a member of the collaborative Digital Latin American Cultures Network, and one of the founders of REBRAC - European Network of Brazilianists Working in Cultural Analysis.

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