Artificial Lives: Debating Medical Modernity is a collaboration among Juliet McMullin (School of Medicine), Sherryl Vint (Media and Cultural Studies) and Fuson Wang (English). This conference is generously supported by the UCR Center for Ideas and Society, the Wellcome Trust, the School of Medicine, the Speculative Fiction and Cultures of Science Program at UCR, and the journal Science Fiction Studies.This conference is organized in partnership with Artificial Lives: Imagining Life, Enhancing Life, Engineering Life, a conference held in the UK in November, organized by Peter Boxall.
Artificial Lives is a project that identifies a number of connected developments in the sciences, social sciences and the arts, in relation to the production of artificial life. Advances in the fields of medical sciences and information technology have rendered new forms of material and virtual lives possible. The social sciences and arts are re-imagining what we understand by “life”, altering how the concept of life is visualised and represented. In order to explore these ideas, we are holding a conference titled Artificial Lives: Debating Medical Modernity in late April 2018. The conference will be held at the University of California, Riverside and is open to researchers from all disciplines.