Programme


Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Venue: Center for Religious Studies, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Via S. Croce 77, 38122 Trento, Aula grande

09:00 - 10:00    Registration

10:00 - 10:15    Welcome
                         Marco Ventura (FBK); Paolo Traverso (FBK)

10:15 - 10:45    Introduction
                         Boris Rähme (FBK)


Sociological, Anthropological and Economic Approaches to AI and Religion
Chairs: Inken Prohl (University of Heidelberg), William Storrar (Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton)

                         Yaqub Chaudhary (Cambridge Muslim College)
 11:15 - 11:30    Discussion                         

11:30 - 12:00    Coffee break

                         Beth Singler (University of Cambridge)
12:30 - 12:45    Discussion

12:45                Shuttle bus transfer (for speakers) to the Center for Information and Communication Technology, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Povo


Venue: Center for Information and Communication Technology, Via Sommarive 18, 38123 Povo, Sala Stringa

13:30 - 14:30    Lunch buffet

                         Lionel Obadia (University of Lyon)
15:00 - 15:15    Discussion

                         Stef Aupers (KU Leuven)
15:45 - 16:00    Discussion

16:00 - 16:30    Coffee break

16:30 - 17:00   The Android and the Fax: AI and Buddhism in Contemporary Japan
                         Erica Baffelli, (University of Manchester)
17:00 - 17:15    Discussion

17:15 - 17:30    Conclusion of the first day

17:30                Shuttle bus transfer (for speakers) to Trento

19:30                Conference dinner



Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Venue: Center for Religious Studies, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Via S. Croce 77, 38122 Trento, Aula grande

Sociological, Anthropological and Economic Approaches to AI and Religion (cont'd)
Chair: Boris Rähme (FBK)

                         Mohammad Abdullah, (Markfield Institute of Higher Educarion), Roberto Scalia (University of Bergamo)
10:30 - 10:45    Discussion


Values and AI: Machines, Ethics, and Religion
Chair: Oliviero Stock (FBK), Boris Rähme (FBK)

10:45 - 11:00    Introductory Remarks
                         Oliviero Stock (FBK)

11:00 - 11:30    Morality and AI
                         Nachum Dershowitz (University of Tel Aviv)
11:30 - 11:45    Discussion

11:45 - 12:15   Coffee break

                         Dominik Balazka, (University of Trento and FBK), joint work with Dario Rodighiero (MIT and Harvard University)
12:45 - 13:00    Discussion

13:00 - 14:30    Lunch buffet

                         Volker Kessler (Gesellschaft für Bildung und Forschung in Europa and University of South Africa), Emanuel Kessler (Independent
                         Researcher)
15:00-15:15      Discussion



Utopian and Dystopian Techno-Futures: AI, Transhumanism, and Religion
Chairs: Nausica Palazzo (FBK)

15:15 - 15:45    Human Dignity after the Human
                         Zachary Calo (Hamad bin Khalifa University)                          
15:45 - 16:00    Discussion

16:00 - 16:30    Coffee break

                         Oliver Krüger (University of Fribourg)
17:00 - 17:15    Discussion

17:15 - 17:30    Conclusion of the second day

17:30                Light dinner



Thursday, 5 March 2020

Venue: Center for Religious Studies, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Via S. Croce 77, 38122 Trento, Aula grande

Utopian and Dystopian Techno-Futures: AI, Transhumanism, and Religion (cont'd)
Chair: Matteo Corsalini (FBK)

                         Robert Geraci (Manhattan College)
10:30 - 10:45    Discussion

                         Julia Singer (LMU Munich)
11:15 - 11:30    Discussion

11:30 - 12:00    Coffee break


Plenary Discussion
Moderator: Margherita Galassini (FBK) 

12:00 - 12:45   Directions for future research: Theoretical and empirical desiderata
                        Opening statements (5 minutes each) by Erica Baffelli (University of Manchester), Inken Prohl (University of Heidelberg), and
                        Oliver Krüger (University of Fribourg) 
                                          
12:45 - 13:00   Conclusion of the conference

13:00               Lunch buffet