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Digital Identities, Digital Ways of Living: Philosophical Analyses


12th — 14th October 2020

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 – 14th 2020


Amid global concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are closely monitoring the situation with respect to our planned School. However, please consider submitting your paper anyway since accepted papers will be published on a special issue of the journal Phenomenology and Mind (expected publication date: July 2021) even in the unlucky case in which the School needs to be postponed or speakers will not be able to attend. In any case, we will update invited speakers and selected contributors as the COVID-19 situation evolves.


Call for papers


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 seeks to investigate these and related issues by hosting both lectures by invited scholars and contributions by PhD students, post-docs, and experienced researchers selected by a double-blind peer review process.

Accepted papers will be published on a special issue of the journal