SECOND Call for participation at the conference
Love and Sex in the Digital Age: a Semiotic Perspective
XXIII EFSS’ 2018, 5-9 September, Sozopol, Bulgaria
Deadline for the abstracts: 15 July
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Confirmed keynote speakers:
 We did our best to assure gender equality among the keynote speakers and we have contacted many important female researchers in the field, but for issues of schedule overlapping and trips overseas they could not make it.
Topics of the keynote lectures:
Kristian Daneback: “Internet sexuality: The past, the present, and the future”
Pascal Lardellier: “”Find me somebody to love”. Online dating sites: history, uses, strategies, values”
Dario Martinelli: “It’s a #metoo world! Social media communication around sexual harassment and silence breakers”
Massimo Leone: “The Semiotics of the Face in Digital Dating”
Momchil Alexiev is going to lead a VR workshop on “Intimacy, closeness and Virtual Reality?”
We would like to invite our fellow semioticians, as well as scholars from related disciplines, to contribute research on one of the most dynamic spheres of the digital age – the (semio)sphere of love and sex. And if you think this only encompasses the movie “You’ve Got Mail” and online pornography, these are only a minimal part of a huge sociocultural phenomenon:
- Cyber dating and hookup culture
- Social media, sexuality and sexting
- Online voyeurism: webcamming, hidden cams and Mr. Skin
- Erotica and pornography websites
- Sex workers’ platforms, websites and forums
- Digitally engineered sex: Teledildonics and sex robots
- The dark side: revenge porn, Internet-related child sexual abuse, etc.
All these sociocultural phenomena can be approached from various semiotic perspectives: as culturally codified forms of social life, where the generative method can reveal meaning making mechanisms; as new cognitive realities, where habit changing and embodiment matter to understand the pragmatics and realism of digital love and sex; as new generation modeling systems, where human desires and artificial intelligence join forces to create new cultural forms or as a biosemiotic challenge to some of humanity’s most important vital functions.
Workshop on Virtual Reality (open to all participants)
Intimacy, closeness and Virtual Reality? The current technological frame radically reshapes the way we communicate. This context sets forward a qualitatively new discussion on the conditions of “being with someone” today. Join us for a workshop which combines the theory and practice of virtual reality to give you greater insight on its growing social role in the digital age. This workshop is led by Momchil Alexiev, founder of VR Lab BG.
Registration fee: 80 Euro (for IASS members, 100 Euro for non members) The fee includes: access to all lectures, workshops, seminars and round tables; badge and materials; 10 coffee breaks, small welcoming reception on 5 September.
WEBSITE (for the payment): http://www.sociosemiotics.net/events/2018/love-and-sex-digital-age-semiotic-perspective
EFSS 2018 is organized by the Southeast European Center for Semiotic Studies, with the support of the STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT FUND of New Bulgarian University
EFSS 2018 is an event under the auspices of the International Association for Semiotic Studies
1st Call for participation: http://iass-ais.org/cfp-love-and-sex-in-the-digital-age-a-semiotic-perspective/