MTA Board of Director Elections

On 1 April, the Mormon Transhumanist Association will begin its annual board of director elections. Each year, terms expire for three of the nine seats on the board of directors. This year, the seats currently occupied by Chris Bradford, Cory Funk and Joseph West expire. The association thanks Chris, Cory and Joseph for the leadership and service they've provided.

Here is the timeline for the election:

Nominations 1-7 April: Any voting member of the association may nominate herself or any other voting member of the association to serve as a director for three years. Nominations should be directed to and accepted on the public MTA mail list at transfigurism@googlegroups.com.

Discussion 8-21 April: All members of the MTA are invited to review and discuss nominees, either on the public MTA mail list or elsewhere.

Voting 22-28 April: Voting members of the association may each vote up to once for each nominee. The three nominees with the most votes will be elected as directors of the association for the next three years.

If you would like to become a voting member of the association and participate in the election, you may do so in the "Voting Membership" section of the "Join" page on the MTA web site at http://transfigurism.org/pages/join/.

If you have any questions about the elections, please contact admin@transfigurism.org.

Public Member Listing

The Mormon Transhumanist Association announces availability of a public member list. The list includes the current total count of association members, as well as names and locations of members that elect to make their membership public. If you would like to contact a member on the list, submit a request to admin@transfigurism.org, and an association officer will forward your request to the member.

Transhumanism and religion call for papers

CALL FOR PAPERS—deadline 11:59 pm, March 8, 2011 (current membership in the AAR not required to submit a proposal)

 

The annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion will be November 18-21, 2011 in San Francisco.  Here below is the call for papers for the "Transhumanism and Religion" consultation.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: This Consultation welcomes papers on any aspect of transhumanism and religion and seeks perspectives from a variety of religious traditions. Papers may identify and critically evaluate any implicit religious beliefs that might underlie key transhumanist claims and assumptions. For example, are there operative notions of anthropology, soteriology, and eschatology at play in transhumanist quests? Papers might consider how transhumanism challenges religions to develop their own ideas of the human future; in particular, the prospect of human transformation, whether by technological or other means. Papers may provide critical and constructive assessments of an envisioned future that place greater confidence in nanotechnology, robotics, and information technology to achieve virtual immortality and create a superior posthuman species. We welcome feminist analyses and more overtly philosophical critiques of posthuman discourse.

 

FOR NON-AAR MEMBERS

If you have never been an AAR member and do not have an AAR member ID, then log in at http://op3.aarweb.org.  You can create a temporary account that will allow you to submit a proposal.  If you have technical difficulty submitting your proposal, you can contact the AAR office (404 727 3049).  If you have questions about the call or the consultation, you can contact me (mercer@ecu.edu).

 

For those not familiar with the AAR "Transhumanism and Religion" consultation, here is the mission:

 

MISSION OF THE CONSULTATION: "Transhumanism" or "human enhancement" refers to an intellectual and cultural movement that advocates the use of a variety of emerging technologies. The convergence of these technologies may make it possible to take control of human evolution, providing for the enhancement of human mental and physical abilities deemed desirable and the amelioration of aspects of the human condition regarded as undesirable. These enhancements include the radical extension of healthy human life. If these enhancements become widely available, it would arguably have a more radical impact than any other development in human history — one need only reflect briefly on the economic, political, and social implications of some of the extreme enhancement possibilities. The implications for religion and the religious dimensions of human enhancement technologies are enormous and are addressed in our Consultation. We are interested in encouraging and providing a forum for a broad array of input from scholars, including Asian and feminist. For more information, or to be placed on a very occasional mailing list, contact Calvin Mercer at mercerc@ecu.edu.

 

Calvin Mercer, Ph.D.

Professor of Religion

Director, Multidisciplinary Studies Program

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC  27858  USA

252 328 4310 (off & vm)

252 328 6301 (fax)

mercerc@ecu.edu

www.ecu.edu/religionprogram/mercer

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