(Re) Constructing the 'Self' in the Age of AI: Perspectives, Contestations and Challenges

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Call for Papers
June 15, 2022 to June 16, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Digital Humanities, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Sociology
Concept Note
Digital life is augmenting human capacities and disrupting age-old human activities. Code-driven systems have become ubiquitous in our quotidian life. A new age of connectivity, offering previously unimagined opportunities and unprecedented threats. As emerging algorithm-driven artificial intelligence (AI) continues to spread, will people be better off than they are today? The idea of the self and its nature has long been a matter of debate in Philosophy. Since Aristotle, debates on whether the self is a &lsquogiven&rsquo or a &lsquoconstruction&rsquo have animated our conversations. While the social construction of the self has largely been accepted by contemporary scholarship, this new era of artificial intelligence is enforcing the reconfiguration of a &lsquoself&rsquo that is digitally mediated (Wood, 2016).
It has been claimed that artificial intelligence will enhance human effectiveness, save time and money, and eventually offer a more-customized future. This seems to be the idea behind smart devices. However, in order to be effective and self-evolving it has to continuously fetch a large amount of personal and non-personal data that raises the concern of controlling and monitoring of the totality of human life (Couldry and Mejias, 2019). The way our own perception of ourselves is (re) defined by smart technologies raises concerns of our perceptions of freedom and surveillance sans consent. Are we then approaching a new era where AI will know us better than we know ourselves? What kind of a social order will this give rise to and who would be the more privileged?
Regardless of the utilitarian ends of AI, the burgeoning concerns reside in how advances in AI will affect what it means to be human, to be productive and to exercise free will. To what extent can AI pervade our lives? And to what extent people will concede their independence, privacy, and power over choice and paradoxically, allow a situation where their agency could be manipulated and ultimately subverted to the new matrix? These concerns will deepen as automated systems become more prevalent and complex.
This conference will focus on locating the notions of self, freedom and choice in the wider structural reconfigurations that is being propelled by advances in Artificial Intelligence. It will engage with diverse issues and concerns including but not limited to the following:
  • Ontological debates in Structure, Agency, Processes in Artificial Intelligence
  • Problematising Free Will and Choice in the face of AI
  • Data Governance, Surveillance State, Policies and Practices
  • AI, Infodemics and the Age of Post-Truth
  • AI, social media, and Violence
  • AI and Health
  • Gender, AI, and Inequalities
  • Artificial Intelligence and Digital Capitalism
  • Ecology, AI and Environmental Politics
  • Data Colonialism and Resistance
Important Dates
Abstract submission deadline       20th January 2022
Confirmation of acceptance of abstract       25th January 2022
Submission of Full Paper       31st March 2022
Conference Date:       15th-16th June 2022
The conference will be conducted in a blended/hybrid mode. The offline mode shall be conducted at Galgotias University, Greater Noida (UP), India. However, the decision to conduct the conference in offline mode may vary as per the COVID 19 protocol.
For those interested, please note
Please send your abstract (250-300 words), and brief bio of the author (up to 100 words) by 20th January 2021 and full paper (5000-7000 words) by 31st March 2022 to the following email: guinternationalconference2022@gmail.com
For registration, click on the link below or scan the barcode.
Registration Fees (To be paid after acceptance of abstract)
Research Scholars
Indian National
750 INR
1000 INR
Foreign National
15 USD
20 USD

For any further queries please contact:
Contact number: 7217797422, 9599913245
Additional Information
The title of the proposed paper must not be longer than 90 characters (including spaces). The length of the final proposed chapter should not be more than 5000-7000 words (including abstract, references in addition to tables and graphs, if necessary). Please use Harvard citations format for referencing.
Division of Sociology and Division of Political Science
School of Liberal Education
Galgotias University, Greater Noida (UP), India
Contact Info: 

Dr. Manasi Sinha (PhD, JNU), Associate Professor, School of Liberal Education, Galgotias University.

Email: manasi.sinha@galgotiasuniversity.edu.in.

Dr. Pratyush Bibhakar (PhD, JNU), Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Education,

Email: pratyush.bibhakar@galgotiasuniversity.edu.in, Contact no. 7217797422

Mr. Waseem Akber Baba (PhD, DU), Assitant Professor, School of Liberal Education,

Email: waseem.baba@galgotiasuniversity.edu.in, Contact at 9599913245