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CYBERPOLITICS: Political philosophy of the future

13.06.2019 14:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

November 15-16, 2019

University of Coimbra - Institute for Philosophical Studies

Deadline: July 1, 2019

Português / English

The task of tracing the new frontiers of the political implies a critical effort that faces a double difficulty: first of all, the confrontation between contemporary political theory and the virtual speed of the present that results in a complex delimitation and circumscription of a new hermeneutic horizon of the public space; and a second obstacle that consists of the construction of the concept of Cyberpolitics itself that, by its paradigmatic nature, involves a transformation and metamorphosis which we will also try to map. This effort will require a genealogical investigation into the concept of Cyberpolitics which derives from Cyberculture studies, but also the mapping of its different levels and fields of significance. This work-in-progress notion, in the crossroads of politics and aesthetics, will be challenged different perspectives. The analysis on the construction of the concept of Cyberpolitics, which will permit us to address the changes in the political regarding its technological implications in reshaping the public space, will also allow us to underline the notion of crisis as an operating concept. The current political and economic problems of the western world seem to indicate a possible cyberpolitical shock. The clash is probably due to the possible paradigm shift. We know from history that our fundamental confrontation is with the unimaginable, in the same way that for man of the Middle Ages the political organization of the present would be unthinkable.

Consequently, the foundation of political imagination is freedom. Are we ready to imagine the consequences of the installation of the cyberpolitical paradigm? Will Cyberpolitics, in its promise to install a second nature, constitute a substantial change? Is it a second nature towards a new political anthropology? Or are we just witnessing a change of medium that can blur the border between freedom and alienation? In fact, technology and new media are the central conceptual characters in the political beginning of the 21st century. Cyberpolitics is the concept that can help us understand this paradigmatic change in the present that will certainly imply a review of all the categories of the legal and political building. In order to establish a transdisciplinary dialogue, with contributions from the entire spectrum of the social and human sciences, the submission of proposals, on the following topics is particularly encouraged:

  • Theoretical foundations: philosophy of technology, political theory, etc.
  • E-Democracy an Open Government
  • E-governance: theory , practice, case studies
  • Technological revolutions?
  • The new digital world of the Machines, A.I. and Singularity
  • Megapolis: big cities, smart cities. From transportation to housing, etc.
  • Election and campaign: big data and the algorithm behavioral paradigm
  • Future: utopia, dystopia and other political visions
  • Political imagination: landscapes of the constitutional law
  • Science and technic
  • Anthropocene
  • Refoundation of institutions: University, Hospital, Factory, Court, etc
  • New political economics. Disruptive new horizons
  • Robots and humans: challenges to citizenship and the political economy
  • Cyberwars, cybersecurity, Digital and media Wars
  • Techno cultures and the new threshold of art
  • Digital cities: overlapping and merging analogic an virtual
  • Cybercities: architecture and politics
  • Cybersecurity: espionage, surveillance and trust in the new era
  • Sex, legal and moral affairs
  • Fascination and obsession in the Cyberculture world
  • Space, cosmos, new horizons and the rebirth of adventure
  • Sex politics of gender and new emotions
  • Entertainment industry and political regulation
  • Theoretical perspectives: Bernard Stiegler, Pierre Levy, etc.
  • Arts and literature: visions of the future.

Abstracts should be sent to this email address:

They must not exceed 500 words with a small Biographical note, and may be submitted in Portuguese or English. Presentations will be 20 minutes in Portuguese or English.

Conference proceedings will be published in e-book format only in English. Participation and attendance is free. More information about the conference and the submission of proposals can be found at this address


  • Submission: until 1 July 2019
  • Notification of the decision: 30 July 2019

University of Coimbra - Institute for Philosophical Studies


Constantino Pereira Martins

FCSH-NOVA University of Lisbon / IEF - University of Coimbra / FCT –

Foundation for Science and Technology

Advisory Committee:

  • José Bragança de Miranda (Nova University of Lisbon)
  • Lucas E. Misseri (Alicante University)
  • Diogo Pires Aurélio (Lusófona University)



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