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Robots - Conference Tickets - On Campus

Robots - Conference Tickets - On Campus


The Robot at 100: Culture, society, politics, and the future


Saturday 18 June 2022  - In Person On Campus


A conference to mark the centenary of the first staging in English of Karel Capek’s seminal play R.U.R.


9:00-10:00 a.m. Welcome and opening

With Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Simeon Keates


10.00-10.15 a.m. Tea break


10.15-11.30 a.m. Panel 1: Robots, selves and politics

  • Malini Roy, ‘The Diet of Worms, Germany, 1521: Derobotisation across National Cultures in a Projected Novel’
  • Meltem Dağcı, ‘Artificial İntelligence and Justice in R.U.R's Robots’
  • Dr Paul Quinn, ‘“Pulled along by string”: Television, robots, and British industrial decline'


11.30 - 11.45 a.m. Tea break


11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Panel 2: Robots and sex

  • Dylan Phelan, ‘The Posthuman Eve: Metropolis’ Maria as the prototype for posthuman sexualisation’
  • Dr Rebecca Jones, Fabular Femininity: Gynoids as Modern Mythmaking in Live-Action Science Fiction Films 

12:45-1:45 p.m. Lunch

+ R.U.R. Czech THEaiTRE project: video recording of the ‘AI: When a Robot Writes a Play’.


1:45-2.15 p.m. Presentation on AI play (with 5/10 minute break at end of presentation/any questions)


2:15-3.45 p.m. Panel 3: Robots and Work

  • Alison Baker, 'Robots and intimate labour: Pádraig Kenny’s Tin'
  • Lisa Meinecke, '“I, Robot; You, Unemployed”: Robotics and SF in Media Discourse'
  • Robin R. Murphy, 'R.U.R.: Robot Science Fiction Then, Science Fact Now'


3:45-4:00 p.m. Tea break


4:00-5:30 p.m. Panel 4: Robots and the Human

  • John Plotz, ‘Lem’s Robots: Mechanical Satire’
  • Dr Ginger Lee Thomason, Food for Thought: The Epicurean Desires of Robotic Characters
  • Benjamin Guyer, ‘Learning to be Human: Models of Education in David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas (2004)'
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A conference to mark the centenary of the first staging in English of Karel Capek’s seminal play R.U.R.


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