Biodigital lives – an event

14 July 2009, 8.30am – 6.30, Educational Development Building (EDB 315), University of Sussex, UK

Hosted by the Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen), the Centre for Material Digital Culture and the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research

Convened by Dr Kate O’Riordan and Dr Adrian Mackenzie

Provisional Programme:

8.30am:  Registration and coffee EDB 315

9.00-9.15   Welcome and introduction Adrian Mackenzie and Kate O’Riordan

9.15-11.00 Panel 1: Biographies – chair Margaretta Jolly

Arthur, Paul: Distributed Selves: Digital Identity and Biography

O’Riordan, Kate: Personal Genomes and Biodigital Publics

Smith, Mary Kathleen: The Bloodline: Genealogy, Uncertainty and the Politics of bio-histories

11.00-11.15 Coffee Break

11.15-1.00 Panel 3: Feminisms – chair Lizzie Thynne

Bassett, Caroline: A Mutual Cancellation?: Firestone, Technology and Utopia

Haran, JoanLife: A symptomatic reading of biodigital / biographical disruptions

McNeil, Maureen: Heroes of Genetics and of Feminism

1.00-2.00 Lunch EDB 315 and top floor of EDB

2.00-3.45 Panel 2: Ethics and agencies – chair Sharif Mowlabocus

Zylinska, Joanna: The Politics and Ethics of Biodigital Enhancement

Parikka, Jussi : Cuddling With the Biodigital: Lynn Hershman’s Teknolust and Embodied Non-Human Agencies

Forero, Oscar: Natural resources management planning: challenges and opportunities brought by the digitalisation of bio-geographical indigenous knowledge

3.45-4.15 Break

4.15-6.00 Panel 4: Encounters – chair Kirk Woolford

Mackenzie, Adrian: Bacto-kidneys, designer vaccines and biosensors: contagious intensity and biotechnological subjectification in a synthetic biology talent competition

Ikoniadou, Eleni : Biodigital art ensemble: virtual encounters between science, technology and art

Dumitriu, Anna: Bacteria and Artificial Life

6.00-6.30 Plenary discussion

6.30pm: Reception top floor of EDB

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