Technophobia and Technophilia in Contemporary Medial Artistic Practices

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Call for Papers
February 28, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Digital Humanities, Film and Film History, Literature, Philosophy

Conference organized and promoted by the Doctoral School in Digital Humanities of the University of Genoa

Debates about the presence and the role of technology in everyday life and artistic practices, have recently been extended to critical reflection on the existence of the 21st-century Man. Starting from the conflict between technophiliac and technophobic attitudes, critics have often attributed some social practices of communication, as well as the process of realization of artworks, to a consciuos use of technology or to a deviated and out of control one. That split perspective is generating theoretical reflections about the “end of the world”, an imaginary apocalypse considered in turn as a final destruction or a new recreation of the landscape inhabited (phisically and artistically) by humans. The effects of digital technologies reverberate on the imaginative process and on human's sensibility (Montani 2010, 2014), generating considerations about the “techno-digital post-human” (Žižek 2011) or about the probable supremacy of the “machine's agency”.

In that respect, we welcome proposals for papers which might deal with issues such as:

Models for technology's representation

Cinema's Apparatus and “technical images”

Technophobia as an apocalyptic vision

Limits and possibilities of Wearable Technology

Technology and Utopia

Technology and dystopian artistic language

Anthropocene, Media, and Technology

Technology and Media Archaelogy


Keynote speakers: Michele Cometa (University of Palermo), Ruggero Eugeni (University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan)


Submission should be in Italian or English and submitted to by 28 Febrary 2018. The proposal should contain the title and the abstract (200 words max) of the paper, shortbio.

The authors of the accepted papers will be notified by 12 March 2018.

The publication of the conference proceedings is expected.

Conference languages: Italian, English.


Scientific Committee: Elisa Bricco (University of Genoa), Michele Cometa (University of Palermo), Luca Malavasi (University of Genoa), Federica Villa (University of Pavia).

Conference curators: Sara Tongiani (University of Genoa), Giacomo Calorio (University of Genoa).