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CYBERPOLITICS @Coimbra: Political philosophy of the future
CYBERPOLITICS @Coimbra: Political philosophy of the future

The task of tracing the new frontiers of the political implies a critical effort that faces a double difficulty: first of all, the confrontation between contemporary political theory and the virtual speed of the present that results in a complex delimitation and circumscription of a new hermeneutic horizon of the public space; and a second obstacle that consists of the construction of the concept of Cyberpolitics itself that, by its paradigmatic nature, involves a transformation and metamorphosis which we will also try to map.

This effort will require a genealogical investigation into the concept of Cyberpolitics which derives from Cyberculture studies, but also the mapping of its different levels and fields of significance. This work-in-progress notion, in the crossroads of politics and aesthetics, will be challenged different perspectives. The analysis on the construction of the concept of Cyberpolitics, which will permit us to address the changes in the political regarding its technological implications in reshaping the public space, will also allow us to underline the notion of crisis as an operating concept.

The current political and economic problems of the western world seem to indicate a possible cyberpolitical shock. The clash is probably due to the possible paradigm shift. We know from history that our fundamental confrontation is with the unimaginable, in the same way that for man of the Middle Ages the political organization of the present would be unthinkable. Consequently, the foundation of political imagination is freedom.

Are we ready to imagine the consequences of the installation of the cyberpolitical paradigm? Will Cyberpolitics, in its promise to install a second nature, constitute a substantial change? Is it a second nature towards a new political anthropology? Or are we just witnessing a change of medium that can blur the border between freedom and alienation? In fact, technology and new media are the central conceptual characters in the political beginning of the 21st century.

Cyberpolitics is the concept that can help us understand this paradigmatic change in the present that will certainly imply a review of all the categories of the legal and political building. In order to establish a transdisciplinary dialogue, with contributions from the entire spectrum of the social and human sciences, the program includes:

Keynote Speech
Disinformation, the last frontier of cyberpolitics?
by Carmen Beatriz Fernandez

Mitigation of individual freedom in the digital age
Alkim Erol, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Big Data: Is Anything Technically Feasible Ethically Defensible?
Maria Eunice Gonzalez , UNESP – University of the State of São Paulo – FAPESP, CNPQ
Mariana Claudia Broens, UNESP – University of the State of São Paulo
José Artur Quilici-Gonzalez, UFABC – Federal University of ABC
Mariana Vitti, UNESP – University of the State of São Paulo

The self in the digital environment: possible consequences of the representations of subjectivity on the Internet
Anderson Vinícius Romanini , Rebeka Figueiredo da Guarda, School of Communications and Arts of the University of São Paulo (ECA-USP)

A Defense of the Principle of Distributed Responsibility in Artificial Intelligence
Steven S. Gouveia, Universidade do Minho

The History of Philosophy in the Light of AI: Hegel or Leibniz
Sjoerd van Tuinen, Erasmus University of Florida

Politics @ Tomorrow: Transhumanism Vs Bioconservatism
Filipe Luig, IPST-Transplantação / Faculdade Ciências Universidade do Porto / Universidade de Évora + inLET (Founder)

Cyborg: Towards a political subjectivity?
Vittorio Lubrano, Nova University of Lisbon

The Apolitical New World: Cyberpolitics at the end, Singularity at the beginning
Paulo Alexandre e Castro, Coimbra University / IEF


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