CFP: Philosophy of Avatars

Submission deadline: January 19, 2024

Conference date(s):
March 2, 2024

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, United Kingdom

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Call for abstracts: Philosophy of Avatars: Avatars that represent humans: moral, legal, and social considerations.

Saturday 2nd March 2024, University of Aberdeen.

Abstracts: 500-750 words, by 19th January, to [email protected]. Please attach your abstract to your email as an anonymised document.

Confirmed speakers

Guo Freeman, School of Computing, Clemson University

Kamil Mamak, RADAR, University of Helsinki and Department of Law, Jagiellonian University

Adrienne de Ruiter, Department of Philosophy, University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht.


Increasingly, avatars represent humans in ways that differ importantly from the familiar avatar/gamer relation. For example, ‘continuing bonds’ representations of deceased people and Hollywood replicas present as being the represented person, in a way that a gaming avatar does not. This workshop explores questions arising from avatar/human representation: around the nature and limits of avatar representation, avatar ownership, responsibility for avatar’s actions and the potential impact of increased avatar representation in society.

We invite papers from those working in diverse disciplines. However, we are particularly interested in research that is philosophical in nature.

Additional Information

The workshop will feature both invited speakers and presentations selected from responses to this call. Refreshments and lunch will be provided for all participants, as will a workshop dinner on the 2nd March. We have two Early Career bursaries to cover travel within the EU and two nights’ accommodation, and may have some funds to assist non-early-career scholars requiring financial assistance. If you consider yourself to be an early career scholar please indicate so in your cover email and explain why you consider yourself to be so.

The University of Aberdeen is 20 minutes car or bus ride from Aberdeen International Airport.

If you have any questions please contact the organiser Paula Sweeney at [email protected].

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