The Inaugural (Rest of the World) SLSA Conference
The University Club of Western Australia
Perth Western Australia
1-3 October 2015
The Inaugural Rest of the World Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and The Arts (SLSA)
Neolife; full of surprises.
From the odd to the mundane, new forms of life are emerging in labs, workshops and studios. With the promise of exploitation for health and wealth we are seeing life as it previously never existed, albeit smothered in hyperbole, rhetoric and speculation. How do cultures such as Indigenous Australia respond to Neolife? On what terms are countries like China, India, Singapore and Japan, who have a rapidly growing biotech industry embracing or rejecting Neolife? How different is it to the west? Neolife: The Rest of the World SLSA 2015 meeting in Perth, Western Australia will attempt to address these questions from a wide range of approaches.
SymbioticA presents the inaugural Rest of the World (RotW) SLSA conference in Perth, Western Australia from 1-3 October 2015. This will be the first time the conference, will be staged outside of Europe or the United States, presenting an excellent opportunity for SLSA members in Australia, Asia and New Zealand to take part in the conference.
2015 represents the 20th anniversary of the public outing of regenerative biology which ushered an ontological crisis and new perspectives into the ways living bodies have been related to. The last twenty years also seen a shift in (or maybe a return of) the approach of scientists’ attempt to capture the public imagination; public engagement in forms of science on the display and as a spectacle. This meeting will try to get western and non-western perspectives in relation to life on display as well as life transformed into a raw material to be engineered.
The meeting is planned to take place at the beautiful Crawley campus of The University of Western Australia in Perth. SymbioticA will arrange a series of workshops and pre-meeting events, as practical and conceptual build up to the main event via the SymbioticA Lab which was established at UWA in 2000.
The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) welcomes colleagues in the sciences, engineering, technology, computer science, medicine, the social sciences, the humanities, the arts, and independent scholars and artists. SLSA members share an interest in problems of science and representation, and in the cultural and social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine.