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Human Futures' annual conference

This year the conference will be on temporality!

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Tuesday 12 December 2017, at 12:00 - Wednesday 13 December 2017, at 15:30


Aarhus, Denmark


Human Futures


The 2017 Annual Conference of HUMAN FUTURES December 12-13 2017 will center on its core issue: temporality, the human experience of time and its modes.

Humans have a past, a present, and a future-but what are these modes of temporality precisely, and are they changing now? In recent decades, the acceleration of technological possibilities has gone hand in hand with an increasing pervasive perplexity of where these possibilities will actually lead us. Hopes and fears of exponential technological growth, leading to either singularity or ecological disaster, are intertwined with rhizomatic horizons, in which linear temporality altogether disintegrates into a web of contemporaneous time units.

What does it mean to have a future, and what does it mean to have a future under these conditions? Has the present become broader? Or are we actually living with a much more complex relation to the spread and the depth of time? How does ever-changing technology influence our perception of time? Are all people entitled to the same future even if their past and present differ? Will our sense of bodily time and of our life story change as biological intervention accelerates?

These and related questions can be raised from the perspectives of different disciplines, and we invite researchers to participate in a cross-disciplinary exchange of research results and joint interdisciplinary exploration of the key issues of temporality.



Location: Nobelsalen, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 2, 8000 Aarhus C

Tuesday December 12 

12.00              Lunch

13.00              Conference opening (Mads Rosendahl Thomsen)

13.15              Temporality and Contemporaneity:

Alexander Wilson: “Temporal Skepticism and The Crisis of Futurity"

Anne Kølbæk Iversen: “Touching time: negotiations of autobiography and memory in the works of Mark Leckey (UK) and Jane Jin Kaisen (DK)"

Christina Khona: “The unexpected: the hope beyond all hopes”

15.00               Kári Driscoll: presentation of a special issue of Parallax: “Memory after Humanism”

15.15               Coffee

15.45               Future/history:

Daniela Agostinho: “Anomalous temporalities: posthuman futures and the afterlife of slavery”

Sébastian Doubinsky: “A remembrance of things future” - Memory in science and speculative fiction

Mads Rosendahl Thomsen: “Posthuman Memory”

17.15              End of session

19.00              Dinner at No 16 

Wednesday December 13

9.30                Temporality, learning as progress, and information expansion:

Rikke Toft Nørgård, Niamh Ni Bhroin & Charles Melvin Ess:“Human Future amongst robot teachers?”

Cathrine HasseMaja Hojer Bruun & Jamie Wallace: "Humanizing Robotic Futures"

11.00              Futurity I:

Rasmus Dyring: “The Futures of Human Community”

Nikolai Krejberg Knudsen: “Expectation and Surprise: Futurity as Possibility”

12.15              Lunch

13.15              Futurity II:               

Kasper Ravn: “The job market and temporality”

Johanna Seibt: “Futurity, Dynamicity, Technology”

14.30               Coffee

14.45               Plenary: Temporality seen from the different disciplines

15.30               End of conference


For further questions, please contact tfh@cc.au.dk 

Please find the program attached as a pdf.