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Damien Patrick Williams

EMAIL: Damien.Williams7@gmail.com

SUMMARY

I have extensive experience in the fields of philosophy, technology, religious studies, journalism, and I am skilled in the use of a variety pedagogical techniques in the service of public relations, education, and event planning. My graduate training specialized in the intersection of philosophy and the comparative study of religion, with a focus on occult theory and method. My expertise in the intersection of these fields with the ethical implications of technological advancements has led to my being interviewed for multiple podcasts and popular publications, and invited to speak at several international conferences. I am always seeking challenging environments where I will best be able to utilize and expand upon the many skills I have gained my academic and alt-ac careers.

EDUCATION

Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, 2008. MA in Philosophy and Religious Studies

Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. 2005. BA in Philosophy

RELEVANT EMPLOYMENT

Kennesaw State University Adjunct Instructor January 2012-Present; Full-Time Instructor August 2015—May 2016

Classes Taught:

Values and Society: Provided instruction and evaluation to help students come to explore and question the idea of justice as a foundational social value. Engaged discussions of John Rawls’ theory of justice as fairness; the ancient Greeks roots the concept of Justice; the libertarian positions of Robert Nozick; the feminist response of Susan Moller Okin; the intricacies of Confucian Ethics; and many others. Considered other fundamental social values such as equality, liberty, charity, community, harmony, and compassion, as well as engaging the questions of rights in the context of human augmentation, artificial intelligence, workplace automation, and robotics.

Ways of Knowing: Provided instruction designed to bring students to a place where they could demonstrate a basic understanding of the major figures, themes, and movements from the history of philosophy; compare and contrast different examples both Western and non-Western philosophical schools and their cultural and historical contexts; identify and employ philosophical language, analysis, and argumentation via dialogue and expository compositions; critically examine their own social, cultural, and historical situations and their global cultural effects; research, critically formulate, and present evaluative appraisals of contemporary social and ethical issues; and be ethically sensitive to the role of cultural, social, and political diversity in human thought and action by exploring with and responding to others in open dialogue about human diversity.

World Religions: Introduced students to the world’s major religions traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Examined each tradition’s historical origins, sacred texts, and cultural expressions. Considered such topics as cosmology, gods and goddess, myth and ritual, human nature, ethics, mysticism, death and the afterlife, and salvation. Considered the rise of “new religious movements” and the methodological problems involved in the study of “other” or “exotic” religions.

Oglethorpe University, Adjunct Instructor, June 2012-December 2013

Classes Taught:

Introduction to Western Philosophy: Introduced students to a conceptual and historical overview of Western Philosophical traditions, from the ancient Greeks to the Contemporary. Evening degree, summer session format.
Philosophy 101- What Is Philosophy: Introduced students to the practices and general themes of philosophical argumentation and an overview of the discipline, as a whole. Evening Degree Program Spring Semester Format.

Georgia Perimeter College February 2012- June 2012

Classes Taught:

Critical Thinking: Taught introductory philosophy to undergraduates, covering basic logic, logical fallacies, and scientific causation. Developed test materials, study guides, and held regular office hours in the service of supplemental instruction. One Semester, One Class (Spring 2012, Georgia Perimeter College)

Georgia State University, Graduate Teacher and Research Assistant, 2005-2008

Classes Taught:

Critical Thinking: Taught introductory philosophy to undergraduates, covering basic logic, logical fallacies, and moral reasoning. Provided test materials, study guides, and held regular office hours in the service of supplemental instruction. Three Semesters, Five Classes (Summer 2006-Spring 2007, Georgia State University)

Horizons School Atlanta, Student Teacher, 1999-2000

Classes Taught:

Current Events/English Tutoring/Critical Thinking: As a senior in high school, provided assistance to classes of 5th,6th,and 7th grade students in reading and writing—both creative and non-fiction—as well as introducing them to the principles of critical thinking and philosophy.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Ethics, Theory And Method in the Academic Study of Religion, Metaphysics, Epistemology

AREAS OF COMPETENCY

Meta-ethics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind

MASTER’S THESIS

A Description of the Natural Place of Magic in Philosophy and Religious Studies

Abstract: The concept of magic is most often considered as a foil by scholars in the fields of philosophy and religious studies, or it is discussed as part of the investigation of “primitive” systems of belief and ritual. In this essay, magic is investigated as a system of inquiry and explanation unto itself, connected to but distinct from both philosophy and religious studies, and an argument is presented for understanding systems of magic as both natural and rational outgrowths of a particular perspective on reality.


PUBLICATIONS

“Go Upgrade Yourself,” appearing in Futurama And Philosophy; Courtland D. Lewis and Shaun P. Young, editors; CreateSpace Publishing Company, USA; 2014

The Metaphysical Cyborgappearing in the proceedings of VRIC '13, the Virtual Reality International Conference: Laval Virtual; Article No. 29; ACM New York, NY, USA ©2013

“Breathing” appearing in The Immanence of Myth, James Curcio editor; Weaponized Publishers, UK; 2011

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

-Reaction Panel, with Sue Lederer and Mahvesh Murad; Frankenstein’s Shadow 2016

-‘On the Moral, Legal, and Social Implications of the Rearing and Development of Nascent Machine Intelligences;’ IEEE Ethics 2016; Philip Chmielewski, Session Chair

-‘Presentations of Non-Human Consciousness in Speculative Fiction Media;’ Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference 2016; Burcu Gurkan, Panel Chair

-Invited Panel | “Under Its Spell: Magic, Machines, and Metaphors” (with Melissa Gira Grant, Karen Gregory, Debbie Chachra, & Ingrid Burrington; hash mod Anna Jobin); Theorizing the Web 2015; nathan jurgenson, Conference Chair

-‘The Quality of Life: The Implications of Augmented Personhood and Machine Intelligence in Science Fiction;’ The Work of Cognition and Neuroethics in Science Fiction 2015; Zea Miller, Conference Organizer

-Plug and Pray: Conceptualizing Digital Demigods and Electronic Angels;’ Magick Codes 2014; Ingrid Burrington, Conference Organizer

-‘Dream Logic And Murder Wizardry (with Cleolinda Jones);’ 2014 Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference; Matt Brown, Conference Co-Ordinator

- ‘Stargate as Stories, Myths, and Personal Identity (with Richard Scott Nokes);’ 2014 Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference; Matt Brown, Conference Co-Ordinator

-‘How to Become a Comics Scholar (with Matthew J. Brown & Cary Gillenwater);’ 2013 Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference; Matt Brown, Conference Co-Ordinator

-‘How to Become a Science Fiction Scholar (with Vickie Willis);’ 2013 Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference; Matt Brown, Conference Co-Ordinator

- ‘The Metaphysical Cyborg;’ Laval Virtual 2013: The 15th International Meeting and Conference on Virtual Reality and Converging Technologies; March 2013

-‘In the In-Between: An Examination of Magic, Perception, and Interstitiality in the Works of China Miéville;’ 2012 Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference; Matt Brown, Conference Co-Ordinator

-Strange Things Happen at the One Two Point: The Implications of Autonomous Created Intelligence in Speculative Fiction Media; 2012 The Machine Question: AI, Ethics, and Moral Responsibility; July 2012

-‘Strange Things Happen at the One Two Point: The Implications of Cybernetics & Human Enhancement in SF Media;’ 2011 Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference; Matt Brown, Conference Co-Ordinator

-‘Becoming Our Selves: Jungian Self-Actualisation in Joss Whedon's Dollhouse;’ 2010 Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference; Matt Brown, Conference Co-Ordinator

-‘Western Esotericism in the Modern Popular Mind;’ 2009 Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference; Matt Brown, Conference Co-Ordinator

-‘Seeing the Light: Ethical Egoism in Mike Carey’s Lucifer; 2008 Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference; Matt Brown, Conference Co-Ordinator

PODCAST APPEARANCES

Episode 10: Rude Bot Rises
Episode 20: The Witch Who Came From Mars

Pt. 1 Alchemy
Pt. 2 Technology and the Occult

The 12 Monkeys Group Therapy Session

Episode 54 - A Positive Vision of Transhumanism and AI with Damien Williams
Episode 55 - Magick & the Occult within the Internet and Corporations with Damien Williams

Transmission Infinity: The Nature Of Time Explored In Fiction, Science And Mysticism


PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS HELD

-Programming Coordinator for the 2017 Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference in Atlanta, Ga.

-Programming Committee Member for the 2016 Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference in Atlanta, Ga.

-Programming Committee Chair for the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference in Atlanta, Ga.

-Operator and Lead Editor for AFutureWorthThinkingAbout.com and Technoccult.net.

-Event Liaison in charge of joint ventures between Eagle Eye Bookshop and NeedCoffee.com

Project: Neil Gaiman Signs: The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Gaiman On My Mind (See Testimonials, Below)

-Periodical Writer for The Breaking Time, focusing on peri-apocalyptic socio-political happenings, often engaged through the lens of popular culture.

-Staff Writer for NeedCoffee.com, focusing on the theory and philosophy behind pop-culture.

-Co-organiser for the 2010 Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference in Atlanta, Ga. Advertised on local college campuses, organized guest dinner meetings, coordinated and networked with faculty at Atlanta Universities for the purposes of finding potential housing, distributing Calls For Papers, and advertising the final draft of the conference program.

Graduate Assistantships:

Dr. Jonathan Herman, Zen and Shinto, World Religions (Georgia State University);
Treasury Duties for the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions: Graded papers, homework, and in-class assignments, took attendance, proctored tests, processed tests, provided supplemental instruction and study assistance to students, lead class discussion, and provided perspective on the progress and development of students. Balanced the dues and fees books of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religion by marking and processing checks, keeping track of returning members, entering in new members, and making sure that the ledger was up to date. (Spring 2008)

Dr. Timothy Renick, General Research Duties: Used the GSU library database (GIL), EBSCOhost, and other databases to assist Dr Renick in the course of his research by obtaining articles, devising and utilizing search strings, and compiling results into relevant categories. (Fall 2007, Georgia State University)

Dr. Matthew Condon, Perspectives: Religion and Politics of the Contemporary Middle East: Graded papers, homework, and in-class assignments, took attendance, proctored tests, processed tests, provided supplemental instruction and study assistance to students, and provided perspective on the progress and development of students. (Summer 2007, Georgia state University)

Dr. Andrea Scarantino: Co-organized the Spring 2006 Conference for the International Society for Research on Emotions. Contacted and secured vendors, publishers, guests, hotels, and distributors for the purpose of developing the conference.

Dr. Eddy Nahmias, Philosophical Thinking: Graded papers and homework, proctored tests, provided supplemental instruction and study assistance to students. (Fall 2005, Georgia State University)

ACADEMIC SERVICE

-Programming Committee for the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference in Atlanta, Ga.

-Co-organiser for the 2010 Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference in Atlanta, Ga. Advertised on local college campuses, organized guest dinner meetings, coordinated and networked with faculty at Atlanta Universities for the purposes of finding potential housing, distributing Calls For Papers, and advertising the final draft of the conference program.

-Manuscript Reviewer for Philosophy and Technology; 2016

TECHNICAL SKILLS

-Proficient in all components of the Microsoft Office Suite; Open Office Variants. Experienced with Ubuntu Linux, as well as Windows XP and 7.

-Fluent in Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

 

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Last Updated November 15, 2016