San Raffaele School of Philosophy - SRSP

San Raffaele School of Philosophy 2020 - SRSP

Digital Identities, Digital Ways of Living: Philosophical Analyses

Special issue of the journal Phenomenology and Mind

San Raffaele School of Philosophy 2020 - Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan - October, 12th 2020

The massive use of digital technologies today and the way they are prominently taking part in several of our everyday activities makes a philosophical reflection on this phenomenon particularly needed. Indeed, digital technologies are not just facilitating accomplishing several different tasks – from tracking our physical activities, to finding the right directions while driving, to communicating with others. Such technologies are also shaping and re-defining the way in which we make our activities and conceive our lives, while also affecting the sense of our identities and ourselves.

Let us think, for instance, to the way the constitution and the evolution of our personal, embodied and gender identity can be affected by the usage of social networks and, for instance, by the massive role of pictures on the social media (Facebook, Instagram, twitter etc.) or by profiling mechanisms used by some online platforms. Let us also consider the way language and communication acquire new forms on the web and can even have more relevance than before based on the augmented possibilities of fruition by web-users. Moreover, we should not forget the crucial way in which the usage of digital technologies is transforming the political identities of citizens, the forms of their participation in the public life, and the structures of collective political subjects and institutions (parties, parliaments, states).

The San Raffaele School of Philosophy 2020 will be held in live streaming on October 12th, 2020 and will host the lectures of our invited speakers: Helena De Preester (University College Ghent), Jose Luís Martí (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona), Damiano Palano (Catholic University of Sacred Heart - Milan), Viviana Patti (University of Turin).

The papers by the invited speakers, as well as papers selected by a double-blind peer review process, will appear on the special issue “Digital Identities, Digital Ways of Living: Philosophical Analyses” that will be published on the journal Phenomenology and Mind (publication date: July 2021).

The special issue will feature three sections, each of whom is dedicated to a specific topic of interest in the philosophical debate about digital technologies and digital identities, with a particular focus on gender identities and their constitution in a digital era.

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