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Call for Papers: ECAP 2010

8th European conference on Computing And Philosophy — ECAP 2010
Technische Universität München
4–6 October 2010

Important dates:

* Submission (extended abstracts): 7 May 2010
* Notification: 9 May 2010
* ECAP Conference: 4–6 October 2010

Submission form


Historical analysis of a broad range of paradigm shifts in science, biology, history, technology, and in particular in computing technology, suggests an accelerating rate of evolution, however measured.

John von Neumann projected that the consequence of this trend may be an “essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs as we know them could not continue”.  This notion of singularity coincides in time and nature with Alan Turing (1950) and Stephen Hawking’s (1998) expectation of machines to exhibit intelligence on a par with to the average human no later than 2050.  Irving John Good (1965) and Vernor Vinge (1993) expect the singularity to take the form of an ‘intelligence explosion’, a process in which intelligent machines design ever more intelligent machines.  Transhumanists suggest a parallel or alternative, explosive process of improvements in human intelligence. And Alvin Toffler’s Third Wave (1980) forecasts “a collision point in human destiny” the scale of which, in the course of history, is on the par only with the agricultural revolution and the industrial revolution.

We invite submissions describing systematic attempts at understanding the likelihood and nature of these projections.  In particular, we welcome papers critically analyzing the following issues from a philosophical, computational, mathematical, scientific and ethical standpoints:

* Claims and evidence to acceleration
* Technological predictions (critical analysis of past and future)
* The nature of an intelligence explosion and its possible outcomes
* The nature of the Technological Singularity and its outcome
* Safe and unsafe artificial general intelligence and preventative measures
* Technological forecasts of computing phenomena and their projected impact
* Beyond the ‘event horizon’ of the Technological Singularity
* The prospects of transhuman breakthroughs and likely timeframes

Amnon H. Eden, School of Computer Science & Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, UK and Center For Inquiry, Amherst NY

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Call for Submissions: "Stalled" A new book on non-conforming gender

Working Title: Stalled
Editors: K. Bridgeman and A. Lee Crayton
Contact: [at] gmail [dot] com
Submission Deadline:
December 31, 2010

The range of gender non-conforming folks is broad.  We are men, women, genderqueers, two-spirits, trans women/transwomen, trans men/transmen, intersex, bois, grrrls, butchs, faeries, FtMs, MtFs, tomboys, drag queens, transvestites, transexuals, queers, none or maybe all of the above.*  In a society that preaches gender as rigid, fighting for gender self-determination can be challenging.  For some the process is finite, traveling from point A to point B, while others wade continuously through the mire or transcend altogether. But despite the trajectory of our own personal journey, we all experience the polarizing demands of the binary.

One way these demands are evident is in sex-segregated spaces: changing stalls, detention centers, restrooms, group homes, homeless shelters, locker rooms, and security checkpoints.* These places can be hard to avoid, and interaction with them demands we make a choice about how we will present ourselves. With this anthology, we want to explore the sometimes difficult, layered, isolating, heart breaking, frightening, awkward, frustrating, challenging, funny, and/or queer experiences people are faced with in these settings. Stalled is a space for us to share our stories.

Gender-nonconforming individuals of all ages, published and unpublished, are encouraged to contribute to Stalled. We welcome submissions of all types: stories, poems, photos, art pieces; however you feel most comfortable expressing your personal experiences around sex-segregated spaces. Submissions should be non-fiction and based on actual experience. However, we respect the author’s prerogative to maintain characters’ anonymity.

*We recognize these descriptions are not exhaustive and to acknowledge that they are not intended to be restrictive.  We encourage and hope to engage a broad range of experiences and identities.

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Cruel and Unusual: Film Screening and Discussion

Saturday April 3, 2010
2pm to 4pm
Biblioteca Popular
1921 S. Blue Island
Chicago, IL
Cruel and Unusual is a 2006 documentary film that tells the individual stories of five transgender women living and surviving in the US prison system.  The film provides a glimpse into the ways in which trans and gender non-conforming people are targeted and criminalized by the prison industrial complex, and reveals the many ways these individuals and their communities are directly affected by intersecting oppressions on multiple levels.
The film will start promptly at 2pm.  Please join a discussion following the film.
Please bring a $5 donation for the Write to Win Collective or stamps to send letters to prisoners.  No one will be turned away for a lack of funds.
The Write to Win Collective is a Chicago-based penpal project for transgender, transsexual, gender non-conforming, gender self-determining, and gender-variant people who are living and surviving inside Illinois prisons.
Cruel and Unusual on Wikipedia:
Write to Win Collective:
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What's Wrong With Transhumanism

IEET Managing Director Mike Treder and CUNY Professor Massimo Pigliucci debate the pros and cons of the transhumanist agenda.


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ILGA-Europe: New materials on Transpersons' rights

Two posters on the rights of trans people


Transgender people and the Gender Recast Directive - Implementation Guidelines

The aim of these Guidelines is to provide an introduction to the content of the Gender Recast Directive and an overview of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice, and their relevance for trans people living in the European Union. These Guidelines are also designed to give guidance on how to improve the implementation of the Gender Recast Directive vis-a-vis gender identity, and to ensure equality for all trans people in the countries where the Directive is applicable.

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India’s first transgender beauty queens

By Jayeeta Mazumder, Hindustan Times

It was very different from the usual beauty contests… minus the skin show, the choreographed ramp walk or the presence of the glitzy fashion world. The contestants were judged on the basis of talent, confidence… and comfort level with their sexuality. Yes, it’s the first-ever beauty pageant for the transgender community in India.

The Indian Super Queen pageant concluded in Mumbai recently, after a month-long audition in 10 cities and intense grooming sessions. The four finalists are Bobby Laishram, Rani Botara, Arpan Banerjee and Ritu Bawgi.

The brain behind the event, Laxminarayan Tripathi, was the first transgender to represent Asia Pacific in the UN General Assembly President’s office as a Civil Society Task Force member. A founder member of the first Hijra/Transgenders organisation in India and South East Asia, Tripathy says, “Although what I started was considered ‘different’, many people said that I was doing it for publicity. But I never gave up.” She admitted that all the contestants were extremely eager to learn. Most of them would love to participate in mainstream beauty contests if given an opportunity.

The semi finalists had to clear three rounds — the ramp walk, talent showcase round and a Q ‘n’ A to bag the crown and prize money of Rs 10 lakh. Judged by gay rights activist Celina Jaitly and actor Zeenat Aman, the two runners-up won prizes of Rs 8 lakh and 5 lakh, respectively. “We are planning to make it an annual event. Hope we continue getting the support,” Tripathy said.

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Buck Angel's Public Cervix Announcement

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Transsexualism is not a mental illness in France

Transsexualism is no longer considered a mental illness in France, the first country in the world to leave the list of psychiatric disorders by a decree published in the Official Journal. The decree of the Ministry of Health removed "early problems of gender identity" of an article of the Code of Social Security on "psychiatric long term."

Roselyne Bachelot, Minister of Health, announced May 16, 2009, on the eve of World Day of the fight against homophobia and transphobia that transsexualism is no longer considered a psychiatric condition in France.

"France is the first country in the world no longer regarded transsexualism as a mental illness, welcomed Joel Bedos, head to the French Committee IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia).

(Original post, in French)

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Reflections on the Proposed DSM5 Revisions and the Role of Community Consultation

The proposed revisions for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual edition 5 (DSM-5) -- which governs mental health diagnoses -- have been released.

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Welfare Justice Coalition to Announce Win For Transgender New Yorkers

Written by Q4EJ



(New York City, February 5, 2010) – TransJustice of the Audre Lorde Project, Housing Works, Queers for Economic Justice, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project will announce a victory for their Welfare Justice Campaign at a press conference on February 10, 2010 at 10AM at the Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street (between Prince St. and East Houston), Manhattan, NY. On December 23, 2009 — after five years of organizing by Trans and Gender Non Conforming communities — the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) passed a procedure to stop rampant transphobic discrimination and harassment in New York City’s welfare system.  Speakers include Jane Corbett, Executive Deputy Commissioner of HRA and members of the Welfare Justice Campaign.

Transgender and Gender Non Conforming people face extreme, abusive, unjust discrimination when trying to access government benefits in New York City. Some transgender people are denied the ability to even apply for benefits and told to come back when they “dress more like a girl, or boy.” Since 2005, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) communities in New York City have been fighting back by urging HRA to address the widespread Transphobia, discrimination, and harassment that Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people in New York City face when accessing public assistance.  In 2005 HRA and a Citizen Advisory Transgender Sub Committee developed Best Practice Protocols for Serving Trans and Gender Non Conforming Clients (the new procedure is based on this document). Unfortunately, these protocols sat on the shelf for years and were never implemented nor adopted by HRA.

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