The main venues of the conference are located at the City Centre Campus of the University of Helsinki: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced StudiesFabianinkatu 24, 3rd floor, and Tiedekulma (Think Corner), Yliopistonkatu 4.
The registration for speakers and other participants is now open until February 22, 2019! Please register through Lyyti using this link.The event is free of charge for everybody, but the reception on Wednesday evening and the conference dinner are open only for the conference speakers.If you have any questions related to the registration, do not hesitate to contact the conference organisers.


We will have six keynotes (see our confirmed speakers), three days worth of interesting presentations of papers and an artistic evening programme that is open for everyone.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

9.00 Opening words (Think Corner, Stage)

9.15–10.15 Keynote I: N. Katherine Hayles (Duke University, USA), Think Corner, Stage: “Cognitive Assemblages and Their Implications for Ethics”

10.30–11.00 Coffee break (HCAS common room)

11.00–12.30 Morning sessions

  • Session 1: Moral Machines in Literature and Media (HCAS common room)
    • Matti Kangaskoski (University of Helsinki): “The Logic of Selection — Values, Opinions, Ethics and Politics on Contemporary Digital Interfaces”
    • Teemu Korpijärvi (the University of Greifswald in Germany and University of Eastern Finland): “Imagining Machine Morals: Predictions on machine morality in science fiction”
    • Hanna-Riikka Roine (HCAS) & Laura Piippo (University of Jyväskylä): “Authorship vs. Assemblage in Computational Media”
  • Session 2: Metadata in Artistic Creation and Political Surveillance (Think Corner, Think Lounge)
    • Mika Elo (University of Arts Helsinki): “Tagshot”
    • Susanna Lindberg (HCAS): TBA
    • Jill Walker Rettberg (University of Bergen): “Machine Vision: Selfie Filters and Image Recognition Algorithms as Cognitive Technical Systems”

12.30–13.30 Lunch (UniCafe restaurants)

13.30–14.30 Keynote II: Maria Mäkelä (Tampere University), HCAS common room: “Social Media as Moralistic Storytelling Machine: Emergent Authority and the Viral Exemplum”

14.30–15.00 Coffee break (HCAS common room)

15.00–17.00 Afternoon sessions

  • Session 3: Machines as Artists (Think Corner, Think Lounge)
    • Mariana Chinellato Ferreira (University of Coimbra): “Creativity in Computer-Generated Narratives”
    • Meri Kytö (Tampere University): “A listening machine: Sensory agency and the digitalization of the sonic environment”
    • Cecilia Magalhaes (University of Coimbra): “Automatic and creative: playing with algorithms and fragments in the Book of Disquiet Archive”
    • Irene Alcubilla Troughton (University of Utrecht): “Moving Failures: A Tentative Approach to Human-Robot Interaction on Stage”
  • Session 4: Manipulation in Web Search and Social Media (HCAS common room)
    • Joshua Adams (Salem State University): “Thinking of Google Search as Digital Colonialism”
    • Juho Pääkkönen (University of Helsinki & Aalto University), Salla-Maaria Laaksonen & Mikko Jauho (University of Helsinki, Centre for Consumer Society Research): “Expectations on Automated Future in Social Media Analysis”
    • Maude Riverin (University of Quebec in Montreal): “Women Fighting Back: Resisting Dystopia in Battledream Chronicle’s Techno-Colonial Universe”
    • Esko Suoranta (University of Helsinki): “Schizoid Nondroids: Fictions of the Everted Cyberspace”

17.15–18.15 Reception for speakers (Think Corner, Fönster)

18.15–20.00 Artistic programme (Think Corner, Stage)

Thursday, 7 March 2019

9.15–10.15 Keynote III: Bernard Stiegler (University of Compiègne, France), Think Corner, Stage: “The Machines of the Technosphere. The role of morality in the biosphere according Arnold Toynbee in 1971 and the New Genealogy of Morals”

10.30–11.00 Coffee break (HCAS common room)

11.00–13.00 Morning sessions

  • Session 5: Ethical and Political Problems with Machines (HCAS common room)
    • Marc-Antoine Pencolé (Paris Nanterre University): “Automation, between factuality and normativity”
    • Arto Laitinen (Tampere University): “Can machines think? Disambiguating the double talk”
    • Marko Ahteensuu, Mireille Musangamfura, Laura Puumala & Helena Siipi (Tampere University): “Applying Principalism to Military Ethics for Human Soldiers and Combat Robots”
    • Jenny Ingermarsdotter & Alexandra Lindmark (Swedish Defence Research Agency): “States and the State of AI – Why Policy Matters (or What Renaissance Teachers Already Knew)”
  • Session 6: Digital Control of Life and Strategies of Resistance 1/2 (Think Corner, Think Lounge)
    • Harley Bergroth (University of Turku): “Dis/assembling Self-knowledge and Temporalizing the Self in Self-tracking Practice”
    • Jesse Haapoja (Aalto University) & Airi Lampinen (Stockholm University): “What we hide, what we reveal: Expression games with algorithmic systems”
    • Linda Turunen (University of Helsinki): “Delegated moderation work: humans and machines in content moderation”
    • Jared M. Wright (Purdue University): “’The Future of the Internet Hangs in the Balance’: The Perception and Framing of Political Opportunity and Threat among Activists in Digital Space”

13.00–14.00 Lunch (UniCafe restaurants)

14.00–15.00 Keynote IV: Frédéric Neyrat (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA), HCAS common room

15.00–15.30 Coffee break (HCAS common room)

15.30–17.30 Afternoon sessions

  • Session 7: Digital Control of Life and Strategies of Resistance 2/2 (Think Corner, Think Lounge)
    • Viivi Lähteenoja (University of Helsinki): “Towards an Ethics of Personal Data: A Question of Trust”
    • Karoliina Snell (HCAS): “Controlling and contextualising digital health data: public perceptions on morality of health data use”
    • Maiju Tanninen, Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen (Tampere University) & Minna Ruckenstein (HELDIG, Consumer Society Research Centre): “Distributed autonomy: smart insurance as a technological imaginary”
    • Yael Eylat Van-Essen (Holon Institute of Technology): “‘Going Smart’: The Politics and Ethics of Resilient Smart Machines”
  • Session 8: Thinking and Computing (HCAS common room)
    • Anne Alombert (Université Paris Nanterre): TBA
    • Christian Smith (Coastal California University): “Attention, Speculative Literacy, and the Future of Pedagogy”
    • Igors Gubenko (University of Latvia): “Supplementing humanity: technological desire at work in deconstruction”
    • Anna Longo (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne): “Computation and historicity: The Unpredictability of Knowledge”

18.30 Conference dinner (Restaurant Sipuli)

Friday, 8 March 2019

9.30–10.30 Keynote V: Erich Hörl (Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany), HCAS common room

10.30–11.00 Coffee break (HCAS common room)

11.00–13.00 Morning sessions

  • Session 9: Geopolitics and Technology of Space (HCAS common room)
    • Maxime Chervaux (University Paris 8 Vincennes, French Institute of Geopolitics): “How Will They See Us? Geopolitical Representations and Artificial Intelligence for Decision-Making”
    • Tuukka Lehtiniemi (Aalto University): “’Can Moomin Valley challenge Silicon Valley?’ – Exploring Alternative Social Imaginaries of Data Activism”
    • James Mittelman (American University in Washington): “Responding to Ethical Challenges in a Digital World”
    • Mariëlle Wijermars (Aleksanteri Institute): “Affective Framing and the Legitimation of Internet Control in Russia”
  • Session 10: Ethical Machines and Machine Ethics (Think Corner, Think Lounge)
    • Paul Firenze (Wentworth Institute of Technology): “Social Values and Crowdsourcing Ethics in MIT’s ‘Moral Machine’”
    • Michael Laakasuo (University of Helsinki): “Nursing Robots and Human Moral Psychology”
    • Vivek Nallur (University College Dublin): “Landscape of Machine ethics Implementation”
    • Michael Smith: (Purdue University): “A Conversation between objects: The Ethical Underpinnings of the IoT”

13.00–14.00 Lunch (UniCafe restaurants)

14.00–15.00 Keynote VI: François-David Sebbah (Paris Nanterre University, France), HCAS common room

15.00–15.30 Coffee break (HCAS common room)

15.30–17.30 Afternoon sessions

  • Session 11: Personhood in the Digital World (Think Corner, Think Lounge)
    • Visa Kurki (HCAS): “AIs as Legal Persons: Three Discussions”
    • Jenni Partanen & Seija Ridell (Tampere University): “Planning for Netborgs: Urban Complexity remediated”
    • Aaron Su (Columbia University): “Active Now: Retrieving Personhood and Agency in the Figure of the Digital Avatar”
  • Session 12: Thinking Challenges in the Digital World (HCAS common room)
    • Galit Wellner (NB School of Design Haifa): “From Thinking to Imagining”
    • Lars Botin (Aalborg University): “Thinking Things and Thinking Thoughts”
    • Yoni Van Den Eede (Free University of Brussels): “Talking versus Doing: Thinking ‘Making’ in the Digital World”
    • Lyat Friedman (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design): “Thinking and Criticizing”

17.45 Closing words (HCAS common room)

Keynote Speakers

Our keynote speakers have approached the fundamental questions addressed within this conference in their work, and one of our aims here is to bring approaches from different fields together for a lively discussion.

N. Katherine Hayles
N. Katherine Hayles, Distinguished Research Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and the James B. Duke Professor of Literature Emerita at Duke University, teaches and writes on the relations of literature, science and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries. Her books have won numerous awards, including the Rene Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory in 1998-99 for How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics, and the Suzanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship for Writing Machines. She teaches courses on media theory, experimental fiction, literary and cultural theory, finance capital and culture, science fiction, and contemporary American fiction. Her latest book is Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious.

Bernard Stiegler
Bernard Stiegler is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Compiègne and Distinguished Professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Nanjing. He also directs Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation (IRI) at the Centre Pompidou de Paris. After his fundamental work La technique et le temps I-III (1998-2001, Technics and time), in which he develops a thought-provoking techno-anthropology, he has written numerous books, among others De la misère symbolique (2004) on art in the epoch of hyperindustrialization, Mécréance et discrédit (2004, Decadence of Industrial Democracies) on political transformations induced by contemporary digital technologies, and Automatic society 1. The future of work (2016), where he advocates a radical solution to the crisis posed by automation and consumer capitalism. His theory shows how in a detailed manner technology affects individual and collective individualization.

Erich Hörl
Erich Hörl is full professor of Media Culture and Media Philosophy at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. Currently, he is working on a general ecology of media and technology as well as on a critique of the processes of cybernetisation of every form of life and every mode of existence. He publishes internationally on the history as well as the problems and challenges of the contemporary technological condition. His current book project concerns The Critique of Environmentality. Hörl has, for example, edited an ambitious volume General Ecology: The New Ecological Paradigm (with James Edward Burton). In 2018 an English translation of his canonical work Sacred Channels: On the Archaic Illusion of Communication has been published (with a preface by Jean-Luc Nancy) with Amsterdam University Press.

Maria Mäkelä
Maria Mäkelä (PhD, Docent) is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Director of Narrare: Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies at the University of Tampere, Finland. She is also the principal investigator of the Consortium Instrumental Narratives: The Limits of Storytelling and New Story-Critical Narrative Theory (iNARR, funded by Academy of Finland 2018–2022), a director of the research project Dangers of Narrative (Kone Foundation 2017–2020) where the team of narratologists collects instrumental and potentially harmful uses of storytelling via online crowdsourcing, and Vice-President of the International Society for the Study of Narrative. Mäkelä has applied literary narratology to the analysis of reality television, journalism, sex scandals and Facebook status updates. Her recent interests include viral and organizational storytelling and the continuum from the medieval exemplum to contemporary moralistic masterplots.

Frédéric Neyrat
Frédéric Neyrat is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Mellon-Morgridge Professor of Planetary Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a French philosopher with expertise in the environmental humanities and contemporary theory. Neyrat is the editor of Alienocene and a member of the editorial board of the journals Multitudes, Lignes, and Les Cahiers Philosophiques de Strasbourg. Recently, he published Echapper à l’Horreur: Court Traité des Interruptions Merveilleuses (2017), Atopias: Manifesto for a Radical Existentialism (2017) and The Unconstructable Earth: An Ecology of separation (2018).

François-David Sebbah
François-David Sebbah is Professor of Philosophy at the Paris Nanterre University. He is a member of  l’Institut de Recherches Philosophiques (IRePh) and an associate member of the Husserl Archives in Paris and E.A. COSTECH (University of Technology of Compiègne). His research interests include contemporary ethical issues, phenomenological and post-phenomenological thinking of the French contemporary philosophers (especially Derrida, Henry, Levinas, Lyotard) as well as the intersection between philosophy and cognitive science. His publications include Qu’est-ce que la technoscience? Une thèsé épistémologique ou la fille du diable (2010) and Testing the Limit: Derrida, Henry, Levinas, and the Phenomenological Tradition (2012).