Symposium 'Identity in Virtual Worlds'
The Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences in the Netherlands (KNAW) sent us an invitation to a symposium which will be held on the 18th of September in Amsterdam called 'Identity in Virtual Worlds'. They kindly asked us if we could help spread the message, so here is a short translation of the flyer. The speakers will be talking in Dutch though.
Who am I?
This is the central question. Virtual worlds, web 2.0 application like Hyves and Facebook and games like World of Warcraft all give us the possibility to become someone completely different. Or to expose yourself to the world. Identification on the internet offers new chances for personal development, but also new threats, for example privacy issues or manipulation.
During this event we will look at the challenges these new developments bring us from a science and arts perspective. How is identity created in virtual worlds? What does it mean for privacy and self-image? Does the virtual world have an influence on our real world? Why are people using different identities anyway?
Jos de Mul (Erasmus University Rotterdam) will tell about identity development in virtual worlds like Second Life from a philosophical and cultural-historical point of view.
Mireille Hildebrandt's (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) topic is 'Virtual identity: mind-expanding or awareness-narrowing?'. Threats and opportunities.
Ronald Leens (University of Tilburg) analyses identification-processes found in social-network-environments like Hyves and Facebook and also the need for privacy-friendly identity management.
Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer (poet) will discuss life in Second Life and life after Second Life with Karin Spaink (publicist).
Registration is free but you need to sign up before the 10th of September using this form. You will also find more information there (in Dutch).
See you there maybe!