CALL FOR PAPERS
First International Virtual Conference on Mad Science (IVCMS'96)
29 March 1996
Mad science is a much maligned domain of human knowledge and its
practitioners have for too long been relegated to B-movies and remote
ancestral estates. IVCMS provides an international forum for the
presentation, discussion and extension of research into these darkly
powerful pseudosciences and dangerous technologies which fall beyond the
scope of conventional science and good taste. The purpose of the conference
is to promote a general understanding of mad topics within the broader
scientific community, to encourage new researchers to dabble with things
best left alone, to attract commercial sponsors to the potential benefits
of mad science in the business world, and to replace the old drooling
maniac stereotype of the mad scientist with a new drooling maniac image
which is more appropriate to the modern era. The conference will be hosted
in a suitably baroque homepage to avoid the overheads of unpredictable
atmospheric conditions and revolting peasants.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Creating life to satisfy egocentric motives.
Unleashing entities beyond human control and comprehension.
Tampering with the life-sustaining forces of the Universe.
Exceeding the limitations of the human body via grotesque metamorphoses.
New applications for old technologies (alchemy, necromancy, etc.).
Ill-advised collaboration with alien and/or supernatural intelligences.
Life-long devotion to researching the pointless and inane.
Callous disregard for human experimental subjects.
Exacting bizarre revenge on contemptuous and derisive peers.
Authors are invited to submit papers to the Programme Chair at the
Paul Schleifer, IVCMS Programme Chair
School of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics
South Bank University
103 Borough Road
London SE1 0AA, England
All submissions should reach the Programme Chair by 29 December 1995.
Papers should not exceed 5000 words and should be submitted in electronic
formats. HTML or ASCII are preferred, but PostScript and word-processor
formats are also acceptable. Figures may be sent as URLs or in standard
image file formats, such as GIF and JPEG. Submission by email is strongly
encouraged. Papers will be refereed by a panel of at least three deranged
experts. Posthumous papers will be welcomed.
Paper submission: 29 December 1995
Notification of acceptance: 26 February 1996
Conference: 29 March 1996
Postmortal General Chair
Howard P. Lovecraft, From Beyond
Victor Frankenstein, Modern Prometheus Ltd
Paul Schleifer, South Bank University
Marc C. Allain, First Church of Mad Scientist
Peter Armstrong, Swiss Bank Corporation
Pope Max Flax Beeblewax, 5-College Discordian Society of Saint Rufus
Sue Black, South Bank University
Cosmic Cat, CCHQ
Dr. Ahmed Fishmonger, Institute for Parallel Studies
Dr. Henry Gee, Nature
Dan Hanley, South Bank University
Donna Kossy, Kooks
Ross McNaughton, South Bank University
Burti Montague-Leon, BP Sema
Dr. Omega, Evil Geniuses For A Better Tomorrow International
Dr. Judith Ramsay, South Bank University
Dave Scott, (unaffiliated freelance mad scientist)
Dr. Scratching, Human Secretions Institute
Allan Songhurst, Bavarian Illuminati Inc
Neil Walton, Dastardly Machinations
Xero, Planet X
Local Arrangements and Reception Chair
Igor, The Cellar
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