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Blog Shout-out and CFP

January 11, 2010
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Over the break, I was a hyperlink fiend, following up on blogs that I’d put off reading all term, but also discovering new ones. Here’s my top five that relate to our interests:

5. Origins Sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, this yearlong blog celebrated the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species. Though the year and the blog have ended, the site may be a good future resource.

4. Bioephemera. An art and biology-focused blog by Jessica Palmer, who practices both.

3. Mapping the Marevlous. Marion Endt’s blog explores natural history, taxonomy, and surrealism. The site features beautiful pictures and consistently intriguing rare archives.

2. We Have Never Been Blogging. A Bruno Latour blog managed by Evan Kindley, Mike Johnduff, and Paul Ennis. Born roughly the same time as our blog, this blog explores theoretical questions surrounding Latour and other Speculative Realism.

1.The Book of Barely Imagined Beings. A highly accessible digital bestiary, featuring a wide range of macro- and micro-fauna. Caspar Henderson navigates ecology, evolutionary biology, natural history, folklore, and literature, providing memorable quotes and images along the way.

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Call for Party: Robot Love
Eugene, OR, Janet Smith House

St. Valentines Day is fast approaching, but why should humans hoard all the good feelings?  Taking cues from Donna Haraway’s “Cyborg Manifesto,” other course readings, and 1980’s prog-rock meditations, this party seeks participants willing to groove, perform, and celebrate the physical and emotional connections (whether fleeting or enduring, generative or inconceivable) between human and robotic kinds. “Love,” broadly conceived, includes friendship, fetishes, altruism, romance, affection, obsession, etc. Costumes may explore  human loving robots, robot loving robots, and robot loving humans. Android, cyborg, cylon, and a.i. partners are also welcome expected.

Deadline: Saturday, January 23, 2010
For further inquiry, drop me an email.

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