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[eccr] Sandra Braman Seminar: Posthuman Law in the Human World

Fri Apr 08 16:30:00 GMT 2005

>Digital Media and Digital Culture Seminar Series
>Centre for Media Research, University of Ulster
>Coleraine Campus, Northern Ireland
>All are welcome
>Tuesday 12 April, 2005
>5.15-7 pm, Venue: LT5, South Building, Coleraine Campus
>Professor Sandra Braman <(sbraman /at/>
>Department of Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
>'Posthuman Law in the Human World'
>The assumption that the law is made by humans for humans no
>longer holds: Increasingly, the subject of policy is the information
>infrastructure itself, machinic rather than social values play
>ever-more important roles in decision-making, and laws and regulations
>for human society are being supplemented, supplanted, and superceded
>by machinic decision-making.  The transformation of the legal system
>wrought by such changes is so profound that it may be said that we are
>entering a period of posthuman law.  These trends are likely to be
>exacerbated in future as ubiquitous embedded computing at the
>nanotechnological level destroys any meaningful distinction between
>the "information infrastructure" and the material environment.  They
>in turn force reconsideration of distinctions among the "natural," the
>"human," and the "machinic".  And they raise quite new questions about
>what it might mean to effectively participate in decision-making about
>conditions of our individual and social lives.
>Sandra Braman has been studying the macro-level effects of the use
>of digital technologies and their policy implications since the
>Current work includes Change of State: An Introduction to Information
>Policy (in press, MIT Press) and the recent edited volumes Communication
>Researchers and Policy-makers (2003, MIT Press), The Emergent Global
>Information Policy Regime (2004, Palgrave Macmillan) and The
>Meta-technologies of Information: Biotechnology and Communication (2004,
>Lawrence Erlbaum Associates).  With Ford Foundation and Rockefeller
>Foundation support, Braman has been working on problems associated with
>the effort to bring the research and communication policy communities
>closely together.  She has published over four dozen scholarly journal
>articles, book chapters, and books; served as book review editor of the
>Journal of Communication; and is former Chair of the Communication Law &
>Policy Division of the International Communication Association.  Braman
>currently sits on the editorial boards of six scholarly journals; is a
>Fulbright Senior Specialist; and has been appointed a fellow of the
>Educause Center for Applied Research, a think tank focused on IT and
>higher education.  During 1997-1998 Braman designed and implemented the
>first graduate-level program in telecommunication and information policy
>on the African continent, for the University of South Africa.  Currently
>Professor of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,
>Braman earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1988 and
>previously served as Reese Phifer Professor at the University of
>Henry Rutgers Research Fellow at Rutgers University, Research Assistant
>Professor at the University of Illinois-Urbana, and the Silha Fellow of
>Media Law and Ethics at the University of Minnesota.
>For futher information, expressions of interest and inquiries, please
>Ned Rossiter
>Senior Lecturer in Media Studies (Digital Media)
>Centre for Media Research
>University of Ulster
>Cromore Road
>Northern Ireland
>BT52 1SA
>email: (n.rossiter /at/
>tel.+44 (0)28 7032 3275

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