CfP The Robot at 100: Culture, society, politics, and the future

Saturday 18 June 2022. CfP deadline Monday 14 March 2022. Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus / hybrid event.

To mark the centenary of the first staging in English of Karel Capek’s seminal play R.U.R., the Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction invites abstracts for a conference on the subject of robots in cultural productions, and in scientific, political, and social discourses. Proposals are welcomed for individual papers and for panels. We would particularly welcome proposals which bridge the artificial gap between the humanities and the sciences. Subject may include, but are not limited to:

  • The robot in literature
  • The robot in film and television
  • Competing visions of the robot
  • Capek’s R.U.R.
  • Robots and the human
  • Robots and work
  • Robots and social justice
  • Robots and education
  • Robots and demographic change
  • Robots and neurodiversity
  • The cultural history of the robot
  • Robots before Capek
  • Early modern Robots
  • Robots and the future
Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to Paul Quinn (p.quinn@chi.ac.uk) or Heather Robbins (h.robbins@chi.ac.uk) by 14 March 2022.

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