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[JOB] Vacancy: Ethics or political philosophy of IT, University of Twente, The Netherlands

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The Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente in the Netherlands is looking for an
Assistant Professor (full-time) in Ethics or Political Philosophy
with a (future) emphasis on information technology and the information society
Appointment for two years, with prospect of a permanent position
The department is currently expanding with an assistant professor position in ethics and/or political philosophy with a focus on information technology (which may include Internet technology and social media, robotics, artificial intelligence, digital communication technologies, database technologies and other digital technologies) and its impacts on society.
The challenge
You teach ethics and possibly political philosophy in the master program in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS; https://www.utwente.nl/en/psts/) and professional and applied ethics and other philosophical subjects for bachelor and master programs in engineering and social science. In particular, you will teach several ethics and philosophy courses for the bachelor programs in computer science, business information technology and creative technology, and the master programmes in computer science, human-media interaction and internet science & technology. Optionally, you could also participate in the University College Twente, an interdisciplinary, highly selective bachelor program with a focus on engineering and social science. You are involved in the supervision of master’s theses in the PSTS program and will at some point supervise PhD students in the department’s PhD program in Ethics and Technology (the scope of which also includes social and political philosophy).
You perform research in the area of ethics and/or political philosophy, with a focus on the role of information technology in society. We are open to all specialties within this scope. We have a particular interest in candidates who will be able to establish collaborations within CTIT (Centre for Telematics and Information Technology; https://www.utwente.nl/ctit/) at the University of Twente. Your research will be embedded in the department’s research program as well as in the 4TU.Center of Excellence for Ethics and Technology (www.ethicsandtechnology.eu), a joint center of the departments of philosophy of the University of Twente, Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology and Wageningen University which currently counts over sixty members, including twenty-four PhD students.
As part of your research activities, you are also expected to apply for external funding and to engage in international and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Your profile
You hold a Ph.D. in philosophy, preferably with a specialization in ethics or political philosophy. Ideally, you combine your specialization in ethics or political philosophy with a broad understanding of and orientation to philosophy and its various subdisciplines. You have either had a focus on information technology in your past research or you have a demonstrable interest in focusing on this technology and it implications for society for your future research. You already have an excellent list of publications in peer-refereed journals, and have relevant international experience.
You also have experience in teaching at the university level, preferably including students in science & engineering, social science, or other nonphilosophical fields, and preferably including professional and/or applied ethics/political philosophy. You have demonstrable didactic skills in teaching, good teaching evaluations, and a passion for teaching. You are able and willing to teach in areas of philosophy outside your philosophical specialization, both in philosophy at large and in the philosophy and ethics of technology. You are willing and able to collaborate with researchers and teachers from nonphilosophical disciplines.
You have an excellent command of the English language. All master programs and many bachelor programs at the University of Twente are taught in English, and in the near future, all bachelor programs will be taught in English. English is the official language at departmental meetings. You are prepared to move to the Netherlands, to the region where the University of Twente is located.
Our offer
You are appointed as assistant professor (full-time), for an initial period of two years, with prospects of a permanent position upon good performance. The position is 40% research, which can be expanded by attracting external funding. The department and faculty support excellence and growth in research and teaching. We are committed to supporting your career development and to enabling you to hold positions of responsibility within the organization. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Universities (CAO). Salary is competitive. Initial assistant professor salary is € 3.427,- – € 4.691,- per month, depending on experience. Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus. Annual salary is € 47827 – € 65466. Starting date is August 2017 (later date negotiable; we opt for the best candidate). We offer excellent auxiliary terms of employment, such as professional and personal development programs; a secondary remuneration package; a dynamic environment with enthusiastic colleagues; an organization focusing on internationalization and a high degree of responsibility and independence.
Job application

Your application should include the following documents:  a cover letter which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it;  a curriculum vitae which includes the name and e-mail address/telephone number for at least two references. Please give a brief summary of your teaching evaluations in your CV or in a separate note (courses taught and evaluation received) – inclusion of full teaching evaluations is optional at this stage;  a writing sample (preferably a published article related to the position);  either a summary and table of contents of your dissertation or the entire dissertation Applications (including curriculum vitae, list of publications) should be uploaded via www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en > vacancies > current vacancies. The application deadline is April 26th, 2017. Interviews will be held within one week after the deadline. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed. Preferred starting date is August 1st, 2017 (later date negotiable).
Further information

Location: This position is based at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente
Contact: prof.dr. Philip Brey (chair Ethics of Technology) T: +31 (0)53 489 4426 (p.a.e.brey@utwente.nl) or prof.dr. Ciano Aydin (Head of the Department) T: +31 (0)53 4893391 (c.aydin@utwente.nl).
About the University of Twente

We stand for science and technology, high tech, human touch, education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente (UT) is a research university with a strong international orientation and a focus on science & engineering and social and behavioral sciences. We include more than 3,300 faculty and staff and 9,000 students. Our motto “high tech, human touch” expresses the aim of combining research in engineering with social and behavioral sciences. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programs. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research. The UT is a campus university, located in the city of Enschede, in the east of the Netherlands. Enschede is a lively city of 150,000, located in beautiful countryside and near spectacular nature areas. It is only two hours away from major European cities like Amsterdam, Cologne and Düsseldorf, three hours from Brussels and less than six hours from Berlin, Paris and London.
The department of philosophy

The department of philosophy (https://www.utwente.nl/bms/wijsb/) at the University of Twente is internationally leading in the philosophy and ethics of technology. At a recent research evaluation of philosophy programs in the Netherlands, it ranked highest in the area of ethics and practical philosophy. The department currently includes eight tenured/tenure-track staff members, three postdocs, seven PhD students, and several part-time faculty. The department participates in and directs the interuniversity 4TU.Center for Ethics and Technology (www.ethicsandtechnology.eu). Both the department and the Center have a strong international orientation and include members from many different nationalities. The department’s research has a strong focus on ethics of emerging technologies and their impact on society (including information and communication technology and robotics, biomedical and neurotechnologies and environmental technologies), the philosophy and ethics of human-technology relations, and the philosophy of engineering and social science.
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Science

The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) of the University of Twente strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through ‘social engineering’ these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is strongly connected to our Institutes on Governance (IGS), ICT (CTIT), Health (MIRA) and Nanotechnology (MESA+).


***GPPC Colloquium @ VILLANOVA – The New Materialisms: Emergence or Panpsychism? (March 25, 2017)***


The New Materialisms: Emergence or Panpsychism?

March 25, 2017
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Bartley Hall, Room 1011
Villanova University
Open to the Public – Reception to follow


Jane Bennett (Political Science, Johns Hopkins University)

“Life, Intensities, and Outside Influence”


Evan Thompson (Philosophy, University of British Columbia)

“The Nature of Nature”



Georg Theiner (Philosophy, Villanova University)


For more information, contact:

John Carvalho (Philosophy, Villanova University): john.carvalho@villanova.edu

Georg Theiner (Philosophy, Villanova University): georg.theiner@villanova.edu



“Music in Twentieth Century American History” Digital Humanities Website Launched


Michael Foight, Jutta Seibert, David Uspal, Joseph Farmer, Stephen Baldwin, Laura Bang, Dominic Cottone, Julia Taladay, Dr. Rosier, Frank Fazio, Elaina Snyder

Michael Foight, Jutta Seibert, David Uspal, Joseph Farmer, Stephen Baldwin, Laura Bang, Dominic Cottone, Julia Taladay, Dr. Rosier, Frank Fazio, Elaina Snyder

Paul C. Rosier, PhD, Dept. of History, and six students from his fall 2016 History 5001: Junior Research Seminar: Music in Twentieth Century American History, launched their digital humanities project on Feb. 3. Laura Bang, coordinator of Digital Scholarship, explained how Falvey’s digital humanities began in 2012. David Uspal, Library Technology Development specialist, told the audience how skills learned in the digital humanities classes will be useful in the “real world.” Students in the course began “a multi-media and interdisciplinary examination of the cultural, social, political and economic dimensions of music in American history from the end of the Civil War to the early 2000s” (website); their projects are housed in the Digital Library under the title “Music in Twentieth Century American History.”

Students presenting their research were Stephen Baldwin, “Breaking Tradition:  Fiddler on the Roof and the Red Scare;” Dominic Cottone, “Forgotten Ballads of the Green Berets:  An Exploration of Pro-Vietnam War Music and Viewpoints;”  Joseph Farmer, “The National Anthem Effect on ‘The Star Spangled Banner’;” Frank Fazio, “”He’s Guilty, Don’t Let That Boy Go Free;” Elaine Snyder, “A Boy Named Sue:  Redefining Gender Through Country Music Post 1960;” and Julia Taladay, “Ziggy Stardust vs David Bowie:  How the LGBT Community Can Relate.” Jake Froccaro, John (Lennon) Griffin and Nykeia Jones also contributed to the project.

Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator, and Jutta Seibert, Director of Academic Integration and subject librarian for History, attended and Dr. Rosier thanked them for their help.

Dr. Rosier explains the students' projects

Dr. Rosier explains the students’ projects


Frank Fazio, "He's Guilty, Don't Let That Boy Go Free"

Frank Fazio, “He’s Guilty, Don’t Let That Boy Go Free”


Dominic Cottone, "Forgotten Ballads of the Green Berets ..."

Dominic Cottone, “Forgotten Ballads of the Green Berets …”

Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.


Trial Subscriptions to Irish Historical Newspapers and African American Newspapers Available Now Through March 31

Sat., Dec. 29, 1923, Butte, Montana newspaper

Sat., Dec. 29, 1923, Butte, Montana newspaper image from Irish Newspaper Archives Ltd.

Readex partnered with Irish Newspaper Archives Ltd. Of Dublin to offer this fully searchable collection of Irish newspapers which includes the complete page of each digitized issue. The collection makes available features, editorials, legislative information, letters, poetry, advertisements, obituaries and other news items from 16 national and regional newspapers published between 1738 and 2004. The trial subscription runs through March 31, 2017.

To access the collection go to http://archive.irishnewsarchive.com/Olive/APA/IHN.Edu/  There are instructional videos available to make your search easier. Please explore this collection and let a subject librarian know about your experience.


Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Another trial subscription from Readex, available through March 31, 2017, African American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1827-1998, provides online access to more than 350 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This unique collection, which includes historically significant papers from more than 35 states, features many rare 19th century titles. Newly digitized, these newspapers, published by or for African Americans can now be browsed and searched as never before. Users should let a subject librarian know about your experience with this database.







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Trial Access to Black Newspaper Collection Available Now


Newsboy selling the Chicago Defender, one of the papers in the Black Newspaper Collection

Newsboy selling the Chicago Defender, one of the papers in the Black Newspaper Collection

Until March 18, Falvey has trial access to the Black Newspaper Collection (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) which provides primary source material essential to the study of American history and African-American contributions to culture, opinion, history, religion, politics, and the arts. Access is for a limited time only (Feb 16 – March 18, 2017). Please explore the collection and let a subject librarian know about your experience.

ProQuest’s Black Newspaper Collection includes:

  • Afro-American (1893-1988)
  • Atlanta Daily World (1932-2003)
  • Atlanta World (1931-1932)
  • Call and Post (1962-1982)
  • Call and Post (1982-1991)
  • Chicago Daily Defender (Big Weekend Edition) (1966-1973)
  • Chicago Daily Defender (Daily Edition) (1960-1973)
  • The Chicago Defender (Big Weekend Edition) (1905-1966)
  • Chicago Defender (Big Weekend Edition) (1973-1975)
  • Chicago Defender (Daily Edition) (1973-1975)
  • The Chicago Defender (National edition) (1921-1967)
  • Cleveland Call and Post (1934-1962)
  • Courier (1950-1954)
  • Daily Defender (Daily Edition) (1956-1960)
  • Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005)
  • New Journal and Guide (1916-2003)
  • New Pittsburgh Courier (1966-1981)
  • New Pittsburgh Courier (1981-2002)
  • The New York Amsterdam News (1922-1938)
  • New York Amsterdam News (1938-1941)
  • New York Amsterdam News (1943-1961)
  • New York Amsterdam News (1962-1993)
  • New York Amsterdam Star-News (1941-1943)
  • New York Star & Amsterdam News (1941-1941)
  • Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)
  • The Pittsburgh Courier (1911-1950)
  • Pittsburgh Courier (1955-1966)

Image from wikimedia.org




“Blood and Soul: The Russian Revolutions of 1917” Exhibit Opens Today

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The exhibit, “Blood and Soul:  The Russian Revolutions of 1917,” opens today with a 5 pm reception in Falvey Memorial Library. Archpriest John J. Perich, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of the Orthodox Church in America, and the Rev. Richard G. Cannuli, OSA, curator of the University Art Gallery, co-curated and mounted the exhibit which remains open through Sept. 1. The exhibit commemorates the one hundredth anniversaries of the Russian Revolutions and the enthronement of St. Patriarch Tikon of Moscow.

Preceding the opening of the exhibit, at 4 pm in Corr Hall Chapel there will be a memorial service for the victims of the Russian Revolutions.

Both events are open to the public.

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Call for Applications: Institute Vienna Circle – Summer School 2017: Genomics: Philosophy, Ethics, Policy


Genomics: Philosophy, Ethics, Policy
July 3–14, 2017

Web: http://www.univie.ac.at/ivc/SWC/

Lecturers:  Robert Cook-Deegan (Arizona State University)
Paul E. Griffiths (University of Sydney)
Jenny Reardon (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Since 2001 the University of Vienna and the Institute Vienna Circle holds an annual two-week summer program dedicated to major current issues in the natural and the social sciences, their history and philosophy. The title of the program reflects the heritage of the Vienna Circle which promoted interdisciplinary and philosophical investigations based on solid disciplinary knowledge.

As an international interdisciplinary program, USS-SWC brings graduate students in close contact with world-renowned scholars. It operates under the academic supervision of an International Program Committee of distinguished philosophers, historians, and scientists. The program is directed primarily to graduate students and junior researchers in fields related to the annual topic, but the organizers also encourage applications from gifted undergraduates and from people in all stages of their career who wish to broaden their horizon through cross-disciplinary studies of methodological and foundational issues in science. (General Information)

The schedule consists of morning sessions, chaired by distinguished lecturers which focus on readings assigned to students in advance. Afternoon sessions are made up of smaller groups which offer senior students the opportunity to discuss their own research papers with one of the main lecturers.

Application deadline: Mid-February
International Program Committee

  • John Beatty (Vancouver)
  • Maria Carla Galavotti (Bologna)
  • Malachi Hacohen (Durham/Raleigh)
  • Michael Heidelberger (Tübingen)
  • Martin Kusch (Vienna)
  • Paolo Mancosu (Berkeley)
  • Elisabeth Nemeth (Vienna)
  • Miklós Rédei (London)
  • Friedrich Stadler (Vienna)
  • Michael Stöltzner (Columbia)
  • Roger H. Stuewer (Minneapolis)
  • Thomas Uebel (Manchester)

Robert Kaller (Secretary of the USS-SWC, Vienna)


1917: The One Hundredth Anniversary of the Russian Revolution


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The “1917:  The One Hundredth Anniversary of the Russian Revolution” exhibit in one of the large windows separating the Library from Holy Grounds commemorates this world-changing event. Designed by Joanne Quinn, graphic designer and Communications and Marketing team leader, the exhibit was mounted by Kallie Stahl, team member.

In addition to a large “1917” sign flanked by two flags, the exhibit includes a  small collection of books about Russia, large snowflakes, two trees and a small bear, all set in a snowy background.

On the left is the large, colorful flag of Imperial Russia (from 1895-1917) with its intricate designs; on the right the flag of Soviet Russia, with a yellow sickle, hammer and star on a red background. Books, all drawn from Falvey’s collection, cover various topics such as art, the 1917 revolution and other history, and fiction, all related to Russia. This colorful exhibit serves as a precursor to a much larger exhibit which will be mounted in February.

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This exhibit is now closed, but the much larger Russian exhibit will soon arrive and will fill the various cases on the first floor.


Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.


2016—2017 Penn Humanities Forum on Translation

2016-17 Penn Humanities Forum on Translation

Topic Director: Bethany Wiggin
Associate Professor of German
Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities


Translation. Rendition. Revision. Rip Off. Where does one end and the next begin—and who draws the lines?  Was rock and roll a brilliant translation of rhythm and blues or an act of cultural and racial theft? Is translation inevitably an impertinence, a breach of faith with the original? Is it perfidious to relocate Dante’s Virgil to Belfast, Romeo and Juliet to Verona Beach? Or is the translation an original in its own right?  For that matter, what text or artifact is not, one way or another, a translation? Isn’t all culture, even language itself, predicated on translation?

Across languages, media, disciplines, places, and times, translation moves. It can bridge previously unpassable stretches, providing first steps toward discovering or recovering a language and its culture. Indeed, with the new tools of the computer age we can translate faster and bridge farther than ever before. Key to the establishment of a Lenape curriculum, for example, has been the creation of translation dictionaries facilitated by powerful technologies of machine translation.

Perhaps, then, translation provides the getaway car, allowing us to swerve past obsolete linguistic, cultural, artistic, and disciplinary divides. Maybe, as Bruno Latour suggests, the work of translation can help us to avoid the modern error of dividing the world into human culture vs nonhuman nature.  Seen in this way, translation provides a basis for some of the most exciting experiments in contemporary research: the environmental humanities, the medical humanities, the digital humanities. It directs our particular attention to the concept of anthropocene, the post-holocene geologic epoch proposed by Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen to capture the profound mutual entanglement of human and nonhuman on a planet under ever-increasing stress.

As it moves, translation crosses lines of difference, sometimes blurring distinctions of race and ethnicity, class and religion, gender and sexuality. Translation can be a mode of passing. But translation can move otherwise, too; practices of queer translation may seek to accentuate and explore difference rather than efface it. Translation may be deployed as a feminist strategy, a subaltern strategy, a critical legal strategy.

Translation may simply fail inspection as a vehicle for safe passage. Beginning at the source, it steers toward the target, yet along the way its itinerary can change both origin and endpoint. A translation can corrupt, contaminate, or monstrously hybridize, as in translations of sacred or spiritual texts. Some faiths proscribe the translation of holy texts entirely. Martin Luther’s translation of the bible was so monstrous to his Catholic critics that it was for them the book of a seven-headed devil—that devil being, of course, Luther, the translator, himself.

There have been seminal historical moments, including that of the European Renaissance, when the work of translators provided vital springs of cultural renewal. For some cultural historians, this affinity between translation and renaissance is fundamental; it is through translation that newness enters the world.  From their perspective, the situation in contemporary America, where barely three percent of books published each year have been translated from outside English, may well be indicative of cultural retreat and decline. But other scholars have wondered whether translation itself is not part of the current cultural predicament. Where we do find many translated books, they can seem to diminish cultural variety, spreading a literary monoculture exemplified by the kind of “global” or “world” novel that is now featured in the bookshops of international airports.

These disputes over the meaning and value of translation are baked into the word itself, which arrives in English via a Latin rendering of the Greek word metaphorein. What we call translation is already a translation of metaphor, that most notoriously untranslatable of rhetorical figures, so often enlisted as evidence of what, in translation, must be lost. Etymologically, translation is a term at war with itself, always threatening to dissolve into paradox.

But this is just what makes it so a rich topic for our explorations. If translation is a metaphor, we take it as an apt figure for the work of the humanities today, for the scene of uncertain but productive struggle among our many fields and disciplines and modes of apprehension. We invite you to participate in a series of conversations across languages, cultures, historical periods, and systems of knowledge as we devote the year 2016-17 to the challenge of Translation.

April, 2015
Bethany Wiggin, Topic Director
James English, Director, Penn Humanities Forum


Today’s database: a powerful tool for research on MLK and African American and African History and Culture

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Falvey Memorial Library is fortunate to be able to provide access to hundreds of instructional databases for the Villanova Community. While the choices may be vast, each searchable collection presents a unique treasure trove of information. Today, in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we’d like to direct your attention to a uniquely browsable resource, the Oxford African American Studies Center. Touted as “the online authority on the African American Experience,” the Oxford AASC provides a wide array of primary source documents, educational resources and articles, and multimedia.

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The database provides students, scholars and librarians with online access to the finest reference resources in African American studies. At its core, AASC features the new Encyclopedia of African American History: 1619-1895, Black Women in America, the highly acclaimed Africana, a five-volume history of the African and African American experience, and the African American National Biography project (estimated at 8 volumes). In addition to these major reference works, AASC offers other key resources from Oxford’s reference program, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature and selected articles from other reference works.

Feel free to contact a librarian if you’d like further help exploring and utilizing any of Falvey Memorial Library’s databases.

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