Being Human in a Technological Age – SASRF/ISSR Conference September 2018 2018-07-10T17:56:59+00:00

 

“Do you know who I am?”: Being Human in a Technological Age

University of South Africa, Pretoria.
September 6–7, 2018

 

ISSR is collaborating with the South Africa Science and Religion Forum to organise a conference in Pretoria called: Being Human in a Technological Age. ISSR sponsored speakers will be Ron Cole-Turner and Noreen Herzfeld.

 

From the role industrialization played in human understanding of work (and purpose), to the use of technology in self-communication through social media, the question of human place, purpose and identity undergirds our interaction with technology (and each other). The question posed in the seminar theme is deliberate. Rather than focusing on the question “Who am I?” – which refers to matters of self, consciousness, and individualism – the question “Do you know who I am?” points to the possibility that personal and communal identities can be garnered from our external relationships, communicatively mediated through the use of technology. The seminar aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform from where the role technology plays in our understanding of what it means to be human can be deliberated on.

 

Details of the conference are below:

 

Through the ages, the enigma of human identity has elicited responses on what it means to be human from, amongst others, religion, philosophy, psychology, sociology and the natural sciences. Similarly, culture and language have had a profound subliminal impact on our personal and communal identities. As technologies advanced, its contribution to human self-understanding cannot be ignored. From the role industrialisation played in human understanding of work (and purpose), to the use of technology in self-communication through social media, the question of human place, purpose and identity undergirds our interaction with technology (and each other). The question posed in the seminar theme is deliberate. Rather than focusing on the question “Who am I?” – which refers to matters of self, consciousness and individualism – the question “Do you know who I am?” points to the possibility that personal and communal identities can be garnered from our external relationships, communicatively mediated through the use of technology.

 

The seminar aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform from where the role technology plays in our understanding of what it means to be human can be deliberated on.

 

Registration for this event is now open. The registration form can be found at the following ISSR webpage: https://www.issr.org.uk/news/registration-open-being-human-in-a-technological-age-sasrf-issr-conference-sept-2018/

 

Best wishes,
Harris Wiseman
ISSR