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8th International Congress
on Human Sciences

2019 Congress

8th International Congress on
Human Sciences
December 2-3, 2019
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Madrid, Spain

Axiological reflections on transhumanism
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Congress Host

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid is one of the most important universities of the Madrid public system. Its location, on the campus of Cantoblanco, on the outskirts of the capital, and the fact that it is very close to some of the facilities of the Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) accentuate its character as a markedly researcher university, present from the beginning of the institution, in 1968. The campus of Cantoblanco, its current headquarters, has more than 22 million square meters of extension and is considered one of the 24 environmentally sustainable campuses in the world. The university also has the Faculty of Medicine, located in the University City of La Paz, and with various affiliated centers spread throughout several areas of Madrid.

La Corrala Cultural Center

Located in the center of the city -in the historic corrala of Carlos Arniches street, in the middle of El Rastro-, La Corrala aims to project the creativity and scientific innovation capacity of the UAM throughout Madrid. This purpose is enhanced by its location in a neighborhood that, currently, socially and culturally, in its dynamics of coexistence, could be described as one of the future workshops of the city.

Highlighted Theme

Tema destacado 2019

Axiological reflections on transhumanism

Advances in science and in technology oblige we human beings to set new questions about what being human means. Not only do we have to answer metaphysical questions about who we are, we must also ask ourselves who we want to be. As the possibility of using brain implants becomes increasingly nearer, competition and collaboration with artificial intelligence, the chances of extending life while ending many of the inconveniencies of old age, genetic editing, and the capacity to exist on other planets are all realities which require us to take a fresh and profound look at such issues.

Axiological concerns about humanity and its technical creations, as well as the hypothetical conceptual antagonism between the natural and the artificial, have accompanied western thought since at least ancient Greek times. Biology and technology force us to consider this matter in a more complex way, for example, to think about the relationship between humans and machines. Before Alan Turing (1954) conceived his famous test, which was theoretically capable of differentiating humans from computers, Descartes critically pointed out, in his celebrated Discourse on Method (1637), certain divergences between humans and machines, and made a first analytical attempt to differentiate between them.

More recently, the end of the 20th century saw the emergence of the concept of the extended mind (Clark & Chalmers, 1998). According to this thesis, some mental processes occur outside of the brain (and of the body) of the biological subject which triggers them. This view of the mental implies that cognitive processes would no longer be exclusive to living beings- in addition to being strongly conditioned by the natural, technological and social environment – to the extent that we should review the traditional separation between the mental and the physical.

Bearing in mind that current advances in various branches of technology may converge in the creation of new bridges between real and artificial life, we need to rethink the basic categories of understanding life, of humanity and of the most fundamental ethical and political issues: Are humans about to transcend their own humanity? Are we on Earth on the cusp of new evolutionary leap? Will the boundaries between the living and the artificial cease to exist? Can machines emulate and reproduce human consciousness and intelligence? Where are the political and ethical standpoints concerning these perspectives of transformation? Is it licit to do everything which at first sight seems doable? These questions still have no clear answers, which is precisely why they cannot be put off any longer.

Plenary Speakers

Christian Byrge

Prof. Christian Byrge, PhD – Aalborg University (Denmark) / SDC University (China)

Developing Creativity as a Second Nature: “Systematic Deliberate Practice» of Fundamental Creative Skills.

Christian Byrge achieved his PhD degree for his research on creativity. He has invented and published several toolkits and books for how to teach creativity that have been taught to more than 100.000 professionals from USA, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.  He has also played a lead role in the design of digital gamified creativity training programs and practical assessment methods. Christian has been one of the lead educational designers for several creativity modules, courses and programs in both foundational, youth, ordinary, executive and continuous education. This includes the development of a new bachelor program on Creativity & Business Innovation, a master level program on Creative Genius as well as several youth and child creativity programs. Christian regularly gives keynote speeches, teach courses and do counseling on the enhancement of personal, team and organisational creativity. He typically presents subjects like how to teach creativity, creativity training, assessment of creative potential, the role of persuasion as well as creative processes and techniques.

Gustavo Duperre

Prof. Gustavo Norberto Duperré – Universidad del Salvador and Head Office of Culture and Education (Argentina)

«Postproduction», museums and collections: innovation and «culture of use» in exhibition management

Gustavo Norberto Duperré graduated in Arts and History Management from the University of El Salvador in Argentina, degree accredited by the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain. He also holds a teacher training degree in Geography oriented to Social Sciences and for fourteen years he has been working as Head Instructor at the General Management of Culture and Education in the jurisdiction of Buenos Aires. He is a candidate for the UNESCO Chairs Programme on Cultural Tourism UNTREF/AAMNBA and Heritage and Sustainable Tourism: International Postgraduate Degree from the National University of Tres de Febrero and the Fine Arts Museum Friends Association, Argentina. He has worked in different activities in the field of culture: in research, as a curator, and also in management. He has contributed with various international congresses in Madrid, Roma, Paris, Ottawa and Cuba. Among his lines of research the following are to be highlighted: digital workflows for Heritage conservation, public image of the museum and its social projection, Jules Verne literature, and links between environmental sciences and contemporary art, some of which topics have been published in the following websites: Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the National Archaeological Museum of Spain, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports and the Jules Verne Hispanic Society.

Iván Miñambres

Iván Miñambres – UniKo (Spain)

Audiovisual content in the company: challenges and opportunities for the future

After completing his education in sound & image in 2003, he started his professional career in the field of advertising, working for top national brands. Following that, he decided to set up the production company, UniKo, in 2009. Located in Bilbao, it specialises in audio-visual production and animation. In his period as executive producer of UniKo, he has worked for a portfolio of more than 150 clients and done over 800 multiplatform audio-visual projects for film, TV and internet. During his career he has won over 180 international awards, among them, 3 Goyas for productions in which he has played a part (Birdboy, Psiconautas y Decorado). His works have been selected at many prestigious festivals including Cannes, Toronto, San Sebastián, Chicago, Annecy, Foyle and Slamdance, overcoming the competition at over 500 events across five continents. As a consequence, the Culture Minister included two of his projects in the ‘Shorts from Spain’ catalogue which highlights Spain’s best productions. He is currently immersed in producing his second full-length animated film, UNICORN WARS (directed by Alberto Vázquez). He does this without losing sight of his ambition: to continue generating audiovisual content from the capital off the world, as well as “offering UniKos services to UniKos clients”.

Valérie-Inés de la Ville

Prof. Valérie-Inés de la Ville, PhD – Université de Poitiers (France)

Grand Angoulême : from a pioneer city dedicated to cultural industries to a creative economy territory

Drawing on the pionnering initiatives of the City of Angoulême in the late 70’s in the comic book sector, this conference investigates the implementation methods of the Greater Angoulême as well as the working methods chosen to develop territorial skills in the cultural and creative industries and enhance endogenous synergies between the various organizations involved in the territory.

Valérie-Inés de La Ville, graduated from EM Lyon and holds PhD in entrepreneurial strategies from University Lyon 3. She is currently Full Professor in strategic marketing and business policy at the University of Poitiers. She created the European Centre for Children’s Products – a training and research unit – set up in Angoulême at the heart of the Magelis Image Cluster (http://cepe.univ-poitiers.fr)  Her publications focus on the economic socialization of young consumers, the processes of innovation and corporate social responsibility with regard to children and youth. In 2004, she launched the first International Child and Teen Consumption Conference, and organized the 8th edition in 2018 (https://news.cnrs.fr/articles/children-of-marketing). She was the scientific leader of the Ludo-Aliment ANR project from 2007 to 2010 and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Young Consumers journal. She currently leads the research programme 2015-2020 CPER / Feder Project “The Future of Creative Cultural Industries”.

Prof. Javier Echeverría, PhD – Innology Lab Network (Spain)

Los disvalores del transhumanismo. Por la libertad de las tecnopersonas.

Javier Echeverría is member of the International Academy of Philosophy of Science and Vicepresident of Jakiunde (Basque Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters). Previously was Prof. of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of the Basque Country (1978-1995), Research Prof. at the Spanish Council of Scientific Research (CSIC, Department of Science, Technology and Society, Madrid 1995-2008) and Ikerbasque Research Professor at the University of the Basque Country (2008-2018). He has published over 100 articles in scientific journals and more than 200 in collective books. He is the author of 20 books, including Innovation and Values: a European Perspective (UNR/CBS 2014), Knowledge Communities (co-edited with Andoni Alonso and Pedro Oiarzabal, UNR/CBS Reno, 2011), Epistemology and the Social (co-edited with Evandro Agazzi and Amparo Gomez, Amsterdam, Rodopi, 2008) and La revolución tecnocientífica (Madrid: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2003). He has recently published two books on Innovation Studies: El Arte de Innovar (Madrid: Plaza y Valdés, 2017) and Hidden innovation. Concepts, Sectors and Case Studies (San Sebastian, Sinnergiak Social Innovation, 2017, coeditor).

José Luis González Quirós

Prof. José Luis González Quirós, PhD – Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain)

¿Tomarán decisiones las máquinas? ¿Serán infalibles los transhumanos?

Professor of Philosophy at the Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC). He has been a professor at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), a professor at the Institute, and a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). He is the author of a large number of books, including El porvenir de la razón en la era digitalMente y cerebroUna apología del patriotismo, El templo del saberTecnología y cultura, o el más reciente, La comprensión de la vida humana: historia, ciencia y libertad. He is also the author of hundreds of research and dissemination articles on issues of philosophy of mind, philosophy of technology, and political theory. He was a finalist of the national essay prize in 2003, obtaining in 2007 the Essay Prize of the Everis Foundation together with his disciple Karim Gherab Martín for his book Sobre el porvenir y la organización de la ciencia en el mundo digital that has been translated into English . He is the founder and first director of the magazine Cuadernos de pensamiento político, and has maintained a regular presence in the media and in the digital environment on topical issues in the field of culture, technology and politics.

Prof. Sara Lumbreras, PhD – Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Spain)

Three key concepts to understand transhumanism

Prof. Sara Lumbreras holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering as is a professor at the ICAI School of Engineering (Comillas Pontifical University). She is an expert in the development and application of decision-making techniques in complex problems, particularly in the energy and financial sectors, having worked for five years in investment banking in London. She is a member of the Chair of Science, Technology and Religion at the same university, where she studies the social impact of technology. She is the author of more than thirty publications and has worked on more than a dozen projects with both private companies and public institutions. She has conducted research stays at prestigious institutions such as the Santa Fe Institute (USA), the New Mexico Consortium (USA) and the London Business School (United Kingdom). In addition, she is Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum and a Marshall Memorial Fellow.

Prof. Karim Gherab Martín, PhD – Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain)

Transhumanism, Artificial Intelligence, Free Will

Karim Gherab Martín is a professor at the Faculty of Humanities of the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. He holds a degree in Theoretical Physics and a PhD in Philosophy of Science and Technology. He has been a visiting professor at prestigious universities such as Harvard University (2008-2009), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010) and Paris-Diderot University in Paris (2013). He has been an associate professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and at the Universidad del País Vasco, researcher at the CSIC (2011-2013), and has done consultancy work for Indra, Telefonica, Atos-Origin and Accenture. In 2005 he received the Everis Foundation Essay Prize for El templo del saber: Hacia la Biblioteca digital universal (2006, Ed. Deusto).

Prof. Ignacio Quintanilla, PhD – Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

Educarnos en el transhumanismo: ideas, principios y valores para nuevas formas de civilización y de barbarie.

Ignacio Quintanilla Navarro is an industrial psychologist and holds a doctorate in philosophy. He is a professor in the Department of Educational Studies of the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain, and a specialist in the philosophy of technology. He has been researching the impact of technological change on the human condition for years. Among his publications are: Techné. La filosofía y el sentido de la Técnica (2012), Ortega y la Técnica (Co. ed.) (2015), Are human beings humean robots? (2017) and Discovering the Principle of Finality in Computational Machines (2018).

Featured Speakers

Gustavo Duperré

Alternativas y limitaciones del transhumanismo: reflexiones en torno al activismo cíborg, Human+ y el moderno Prometeo

Gustavo Norberto Duperré
Universidad del Salvador and Head Office of Culture and Education (Argentina)

Gustavo Duperré

Modernidad como metamorfosis: una propuesta crítica desde el sur

Adriana Rodriguez Barraza
Universidad Veracruzana (México)

Young Researchers Scholarships


Paula Aguadero Ruiz
Universidad de Navarra


Hector Rafael Castrillon Costa
University of Texas
USA / Puerto Rico


Jacobo Hernando Morejón
Universidad de Málaga

Marta Mitjans Puebla
Universidad Abat Oliba CEU

Daniel Pattier Bocos
Universidad Complutense de Madrid


Alvaro Sánchez Romero
Universidad Nacional Experimental de los Llanos Orientales Ezequiel Zamora


Emanuel Sterp-Moga
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Congress Program

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