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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Difference that Makes a Difference 2013, 8-10 April 2013, The Open University and the MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK


You are invited to The Difference that Makes a Difference 2013, An interdisciplinary workshop on 
Information: Space, Time, and Identity.
Location: The Open University and the MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK         
Dates: 8-10 April 2013
Website: http://www.dtmd.org.uk
Information has been conceptualised in many different ways in different disciplines, and the 
DTMD series of workshops is a forum for sharing of those insights . We are keen to involve as 
many different people, from as many different disciplines, as possible in presenting and 
participating in the workshop. We invite a wide range of participants to give short (10 minute) 
presentations on their work as it relates to an understanding of information.
There will be six sessions:
Over days 1 and 2 the first four sessions consist of a keynote speaker followed by six or seven 
short presentations (which will have been selected by referees from submitted abstracts) then a 
panel discussion. 
1.            Information and Space. The relationship between information and space, 'meaning' 
in our physical environment, and the information landscapes that go beyond physical space. 
2.            Information and Time. Both the historic framework of the notion of information, 
and time as a 'dimension' in information  physics, entropy, information and the arrow of time. 
3.            Information and Identity. Identity (race, gender, nationality, class and sexual 
orientation, for example) as information and, conversely, information as identity. 
4.            What is information? Why are so many disciplines using informational concepts in 
their narratives? Is a Universal Theory of Information (UTI) possible?
Sessions 5 and 6 on day 3 draw together the insights from the first two days in two ways. First, 
through art, when the results of the work of the Workshop artists collaboration with delegates 
is presented and discussed. Second, a final keynote speech from Luciano Floridi, Professor of the 
Philosophy of Information will lead in to a panel discussion with the keynote speakers from the 
earlier sessions.

Confirmed keynote speakers for DTMD 2013:
Luciano Floridi: Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire and Fellow of St Cross 
College, University of Oxford
Holger Schndelbach: Senior Research Fellow, Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham
John Monk Emeritus Professor of Digital Systems at the Open University
Pedro C. Marijun: Instituto Aragons de Ciencias de la Salud (I+CS), Zaragoza, Spain
Carson Grubaugh: Information Artist
Liesbet van Zoonen: Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Loughborough University, and 
Erasmus University Rotterdam
For more details see the workshop programme: http://www.dtmd.org.uk/programme and the Call for 
Papers: http://www.dtmd.org.uk/call-for-papers
Accepted abstracts will be published in a Workshop Digest which will be made available online 
prior to the event, and, following the workshop, delegates will be invited to submit papers for 
special issue of Kybernetes, based on papers presented at the workshop.
We hope to see you in Milton Keynes in April.
Best wishes,
Magnus Ramage and David Chapman on behalf of the Programme Committee: