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Conference Call: What’s Happening in July and August—and Why It Matters

From Rust, Regeneration, and Romance to The Global Crime Scene: Crime Narratives Beyond Borders, academic gatherings you should be aware of.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. (PHOTO: COURTESY OF ALFRED A. KNOPF)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. (PHOTO: COURTESY OF ALFRED A. KNOPF)

JULY 1-3
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.)

JULY 3-5
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.

JULY 10-14
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.