The Difference that Makes a Difference 2013, An interdisciplinary
workshop on Information: Space, Time, and Identity.
Open University and the MK Gallery, Milton Keynes,
Dates: 8-10 April 2013
Deadline for one page abstracts
- 3rd January 2013.
Information has been conceptualised in many different
ways in different disciplines, and the DTMD series of workshops is a forum for
sharing of those insights . We are keen to involve as many different people,
from as many different disciplines, as possible in presenting and participating
in the workshop. We invite a wide range of participants to give short (10
minute) presentations on their work as it relates to an understanding of
There will be six sessions:
Over days 1 and 2 the
first four sessions consist of a keynote speaker followed by six or seven short
presentations (which will have been selected by referees from submitted
abstracts) then a panel discussion.
- Information and Space. The relationship between information
and space, 'meaning' in our physical environment, and the information landscapes
that go beyond physical space.
- Information and Time. Both the historic framework of the
notion of information, and time as a 'dimension' in information – physics,
entropy, information and ‘the arrow of time’.
- Information and Identity. Identity (race, gender,
nationality, class and sexual orientation, for example) as information and,
conversely, information as identity.
- What is information? Why are so many disciplines using
informational concepts in their narratives? Is a Universal Theory of Information
Sessions 5 and 6 on day 3 draw together the insights from
the first two days in two ways. First, through art, when the results of the work
of the Workshop artist’s collaboration with delegates is presented and
discussed. Second, a final keynote speech from Luciano Floridi, Professor of the
Philosophy of Information will lead in to a panel discussion with the keynote
speakers from the earlier sessions.
For more details see the workshop
programme: http://www.dtmd.org.uk/programme and the Call for Papers: http://www.dtmd.org.uk/call-for-papers
abstracts will be published in a Workshop Digest which will be made available
online prior to the event, and, following the workshop, delegates will be
invited to submit papers for special issue of Kybernetes, based on papers
presented at the workshop