Nexa Annual Conference 2022 - Science Fiction from Around the Globe: The Future of Digital Societies

14th Nexa Annual Conference

In collaboration with MUFANT - Museo del Fantastico e della Fantascienza di Torino


SCIENCE FICTION FROM AROUND THE GLOBE:

THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL SOCIETIES

Friday, 2 December 2022
From 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (CET)

Conference room "Luigi Ciminiera", DAUIN, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Castelfidardo 34/D, (5th Floor), Torino (Map)


Free entry while seats last, subject to registration (required) at the address: https://www.eventbrite.com


Conference hashtag on Twitter:
#nexa2022
Live conference https://nexa.polito.it/nexa-hangout-on-air


Abstract

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Science fiction has often tried to delineate potential societal futures based on technological trends (more or less connected to current capabilities). In other occasions science fiction, rather than an anticipation of the future, delivers a critical look at the present of the complex relationship between technological innovations and humanity.

For these reasons the Politecnico’s Nexa Center for Internet and Society - in collaboration with Turin’s Mufant - Museo del Fantastico e della Fantascienza - will devote its 14th annual conference to science fiction literature. Involving writers from Africa to America, from China to Italy, we will try to imagine how, today and in the near future, art, identity, spirituality, affectivity, life, death and, in a single word, Humanity, can be shaped by the increasingly decisive role of digital technologies.


Conference Programme

10:00 – 10:15

WELCOME AND REGISTRATION

10:15 – 10:30

CONFERENCE OPENING

  • Prof.ssa Elena Baralis, Director of Department of Control and Computer Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino
  • Prof. Fulvio Corno, Vice Coordinatore Collegio ICM (Collegio di Ingegneria Informatica, del Cinema e Meccatronica) of the Politecnico di Torino

10:30 – 11:00

INTRODUCTION: WHY THIS CONFERENCE?

  • Co-Directors of Nexa Center for Internet and Society
  • Co-Directors of Mufant - Museo del Fantastico e della Fantascienza di Torino

11:00 – 12:00

KEYNOTE | FANTASCIENZA AND SCIENCE FICTION IN TORINO

Bruce Sterling (Trustee Nexa Center, Author, Journalist, Editor and Critic)

12:00 – 13:30

LUNCH BREAK - No catering service is provided

13:30 – 15:00

PANEL #1 | COULD REALITY ANTICIPATE SCIENCE FICTION?
The digital revolution as told by contemporary mainland Chinese literature

Moderator:

Davide Monopoli (Director of MUFANT - Museo del Fantastico e della Fantascienza di Torino)

Panelists:

  • Xie Yunning (Science Fiction Writer from China)
  • Yang Guoliang (Editor of Science Fiction World)

Consecutive translation provided by Giorgia Rampi

15:00 – 15:30

PANEL #2 | MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE
Existence, Machines, Identities in Taiwanese Science Fiction

Moderator:

Ilaria Peretti (Editor for the Asia collection by Add editore)

Panelist:

Chi Ta-wei (Science Fiction Writer from Taiwan)

15:30 – 16:00

COFFEE BREAK

16:00 – 17:30

PANEL #3 | THE LONG TOMORROW
Technologies for living, dying, rebirth: a multicultural Science Fiction perspective

Moderator:

Giorgio Raffaelli (Editor of Zona 42)

Panelists:

17:30 – 18:30

OPEN DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS

After brief summaries by the panels rapporteurs, the Nexa community and the conference participants will discuss what are the key takeaways emerged during the day. The conference will be closed, as usual, by a few remarks by the Nexa center co-directors.


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Per maggiori informazioni potete contattare Anita Botta, anita.botta@polito.it

Un elenco delle precedenti edizioni della Conferenza Nexa è disponibile all'indirizzo: http://nexa.polito.it/conferenze-annuali.


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