Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A HUMlab seminar in Second Life - "'The Human Inside Of You': Avatars and Posthumanism"

HUMlab - in what would be a first - will be streaming one of their seminars simultaneously in Second Life. See below for details.


You are invited to a seminar in the HUMlab region of Second Life!

WHAT: "'The Human Inside Of You': Avatars and Posthumanism", by Jenna P-S. Ng, postdoctoral fellow at HUMlab, Umeå University

WHEN: Tuesday April 20th 2010 at 13:15 Central European Summer time (04:15 SL time; for times in other countries, see http://timeanddate.com/s/1peg)

WHERE: Lindehallen
Lindell 1, HUMlab (71, 76, 34)
slurl: http://bit.ly/bkNYbz
Umeå University, Sweden

In this seminar, Jenna Ng (Nicky Varnish in SL) argues how the online avatar presents a digital embodiment: a derivative of the body not extended from but enmeshed with data and code, contained in the digital while still remaining profoundly sensual. Placed in the context of posthumanism, the seminar discusses the avatar as a figure reaching beyond the dichotomies of technology and nature; its peculiar embodiment in the digital appeals instead to "the human inside of you"—the sum of our fears, the conviction of our doubts, the values which keep us quirky, imperfect and alive.

Conducted in real-time alongside the RL presentation, this seminar in SL will also be a self-reflexive exercise in studying presence and the body in simultaneous spaces. Jenna will be present as an avatar in SL and will also answer questions after the talk in real-time. The seminar will last about an hour. All are welcome!


Feel free to pass this on to anyone who might be interested. Hope to see you in-world!!

1 comment:

Lorena said...

Interesting, no wonder I had a hard time coming up with the right avatar.(I don't know much about second life but I'm sure some of this pertains to avatars in general) I opted for one that ties into my book about dogs, but am still pondering the perfect avatar like- an old open window- or something poetic. I ordered some of the books on your favorite's list through inter library loan, I'm always looking for something interesting to read. Hope the dissertation is going well