Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry (Lisbon, Portugal)
Morality meets the mainframe at this conclave examining ethical issues raised by advances in computer technology. Is there a right to privacy in cyberspace? What are the responsibilities of traders conducting high-stakes financial transactions online? Was Dave justified in unplugging Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey? (We’re pretty sure the answer to that last one is yes.)
The Global Crime Scene: Crime Narratives Beyond Borders (Melbourne, Australia)
From Crime and Punishment to Law and Order, felonious behavior has long been a popular subject for storytellers. This gathering traces the varied ways the criminal-behavior narrative has “developed, diversified, and globalized” over the decades, from traditional tales of larceny to the contemporary bestsellers of Stieg Larsson. Dragon tattoos optional.
Rust, Regeneration, and Romance(Ironbridge, England)
Is there value in turning obsolete industrial sites into tourist attractions? Or, as one academic puts it, is this an example of “rubble without a cause”? The historic Ironbridge Gorge, site of the first large-scale production of cast iron, is a fitting location for this look at the rise, fall, and rise again of the world’s iron and steel industries, along with the environmental and social issues they forged.