Call for papers - Transhumanism?

Online journal Re-public invites contributions for its upcoming special issue entitled "Transhumanism?". Is there a new challenge about to dominate our world? A challenge that appears more pressing than the fight against climate change, as demanding as the one against "terrorism" or poverty, more complex than our current questions around bioethics.

Are we in a position to redefine, to drastically transform our very human nature?

This is a question formed in the last 20 years by an international movement, deriving from a scientific current, advocating that if the human is a result of an evolution process of millions of years time, nothing rationally preempts its conclusion. On the contrary, transhumanism proposes that the convergence of nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, information and cognitive sciences provide us with a new opportunity, as well as, the responsibility to collectively participate and assume this evolution: it is, more than ever, possible to "form a better humanity" meaning better health for individuals, longer life expectancy, a more effective control of themselves, through enhanced skills, capacities and capabilities.

The special issue will attempt to investigate the influence of transhumanism and the new questions that its poses. Possible essay themes include:

Where does H+ stand today in theoretical and political terms?

What kind of humanity do we wish for?

Can we move beyond the dillema between a uniformed or a diverse humanity?

Where are the new limits between prevention and personal freedom (eg. to own or dispose our body)?

Which are the formal or informal political practices that can guide the enhancement of human capacities? What is the relationship between H+ et bio-politics?

Where do we meet these practices, today, how are they being formed? What can we learn from them?

These are some of the questions that touch upon the most sensible aspects of our identity, values, beliefs, questions that can not be abandoned to the decisions of the scientific community, but that they should form the terrain for a public debate on a global scale.

Essays should be approximately 1,500 words long.

Please submit contributions in any electronic format to:

marcroux AT yahoo.com

Guest editor: Marc Roux

Deadline for submission: 15 February 2008

January 2009 Humanity+ (WTA) Board Elections

Humanity+ (WTA) Board members set policy goals and oversee their implementation, contributing with their experience and expertise to the WTA's work. We've got a very full agenda for the coming year, setting up our new website, revising the Transhumanist Declaration, fundraising, building our network of chapters and student groups, and publishing our new H+ magazine.

Please think about contributing your talents and energy for our projects. Five Humanity+ (WTA) Board members' terms expire in January and two others are leaving the Board to pursue exciting new projects. Running for a board post, as well as voting in the election, is open to all dues-paid ("supporting" or "sustaining") members of the association.

All voting members in good standing as of Saturday January 10th, 2009 are eligible to run in and vote in the Board election. Board members must be and remain voting members in good standing in order to run and serve.

The Board meets and votes virtually, so no travel is required, although Internet access is essential.

The term of service is two years, Jan 20, 2009 - Jan 20, 2011, for the five open positions, which will be filled by the five candidates with the most votes. The two candidates with the next most votes will fill the two one year replacement positions (Jan 20, 2009 - Jan 20, 2010).

The period for self-nominations closes Saturday January 10th, 2009 at noon GST.

Candidate statements will be posted on January 11th, 2009.

Voting will be conducted Monday January 12th to Thursday January 15th, 2009.

Please send your candidate statements to H+ (WTA) Secretary J. Hughes at secretary@transhumanism.org.

Previous examples of candidate statements are here:

http://www.transhumanism.org/index.php/WTA/more/vote2006/

http://www.transhumanism.org/index.php/WTA/more/vote2007/

http://www.transhumanism.org/index.php/WTA/more/vote2008/

All voting members of the Mormon Transhumanist Association are voting members of H+ (WTA).

Job Opening: Executive Director, Humanity+

Humanity+ (formerly known as the World Transhumanist Association) is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for managing the affairs of H+ under the Direction of the Board of Directors, including:

- directing the work of the Assistant Director

- maintaining the website

- fundraising

- managing H+ Magazine, mailing lists, a newsletter, and member communications

- maintaining contact with chapters and organizing committees, and facilitating chapter growth

- maintaining contact with affiliates around the programmatic agenda outlined by the Board

- representing H+ and transhumanism in the media and other fora

Experience with organizational management and fundraising, and an understanding of and commitment to transhumanism, are essential.

Location is irrelevant as the candidate will be expected to telework.

Fluency in English is essential, with other world languages a plus. (S)he is expected to have strong communication skills.

The position is currently voluntary. However, there are prospects that fundraising will enable some level of compensation in the coming year.

Applications will be accepted until December 19, 2008. A final decision will be made by December 30, 2008, and the position will begin January 1, 2009.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest detailing relevant experience and one's personal vision for the position to: secretary@transhumanism.org.

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