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EXTENDED DEADLINE: TRENDS III Conference – Understanding Social Cognition (October 20-22, Lublin)

Trends in interdisciplinary studies: 3rd AVANT Conference 2017

Lublin, Poland

Understanding Social Cognition (20-22 October 2017)

Within the social sciences, it is widely accepted that groups of people exhibit social properties and dynamics that emerge from, but cannot be reductively identified with the actions and properties of individual members. Nevertheless, psychology and cognitive science have only reluctantly embraced the idea that something similar might happen in the domain of mind and cognition.

Contemporary research on the distinctively social aspects of human cognition, which has become abundant over the past two decades, tends to fall somewhere along the following continuum. On the “conservative” side, the minds of individuals are currently being reconceived as socially situated, culturally scaffolded, and deeply transformed by our life-long immersion and participation in group contexts. According to more “liberal” multi-level approaches, the informational integration of functionally interdependent and socially distributed individual cognitive processes can enable the rise to emergent group-level cognitive phenomena. We invite participants to explore the full spectrum of social cognition, ranging from the elementary social-cognitive skills that allow people to think and act together, through embodied behavioral coupling and joint intentionality, mechanisms of mind reading and mutual understanding, all the way to group cognition.

Web: http://avant.edu.pl/trends3/

Key speakers and Guests of Special Symposia

  • Daniel Dennett (Tufts University, USA, book promotion)
  • Morana Alač (University of California San Diego, USA)
  • Him Cheung (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Stephen Cowley (University of Southern Denmark)
  • Arkadiusz Gut (Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)
  • Robert Rupert (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
  • Judith Simon (University of Hamburg, Germany)
  • Robert Wilson (University of Alberta, Canada)

Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):Socially situated and scaffolded individual cognition

  • Social cognition from an evolutionary, cultural-historical, and ontogenetic perspective
  • Psychological underpinnings of social interaction (joint, multi-agent, collective)
  • Collective intentionality and social ontology
  • Technologically vs. socially extended cognition
  • Distributed cognition and group minds
  • Current debates on mindreading, empathy, social affordances, and the cognitive bases for intersubjectivity

Relevant disciplines: cognitive science, philosophy, psychology, sociology, linguistics, anthropology, political science, legal theory, economics, animal cognition

Deadlines

Abstracts submission July 31 EXTENDED DEADLINE: August 31
Notification of acceptance* September 20
Registration October 15

For further inquiries, please contact: georg.theiner@villanova.edu


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Vacancy: Assistant Professor in Philosophy, University of Twente

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente in the Netherlands

is looking for an

Assistant Professor in Philosophy

with a (future) specialization in ethics or political philosophy of technology and its role in society

The department is currently expanding with an assistant professor position in philosophy.  We are looking for someone who is capable of teaching a broad range of subjects, and who has a research specialization in ethics and/or political philosophy with a (future) focus on technology – for instance, sustainability and environmental technology, health and medical technology, robotics and information technology, or broader ethical studies of technology and society.

The Challenge

You teach in the master program in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS; https://www.utwente.nl/en/psts/), with an emphasis on teaching in ethics and/or political philosophy, and you teach philosophy courses for bachelor and master programs in engineering and social science. These will include courses in professional and applied ethics as well as other philosophical subjects, for example, depending on your competencies, philosophy of science, philosophy of technology, or philosophy of mind.  You are involved in the supervision of master’s theses in the PSTS program.

You perform research in the area of ethics and/or political philosophy, with a focus on technology and its role in society. We are open to all specialties within this scope (e.g., environmental ethics in relation to sustainability and technology, ethics of medical technology, ethics and politics of robotics and AI, etc.) 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.

Your profile

You hold a Ph.D. in philosophy, preferably with a specialization in ethics or political philosophy. You have either had a focus on technology in your past research or you have a demonstrable interest in focusing on 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.  We welcome candidates with a focus on any technology.

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 a period of at least two years (with a possible extension of another year). The position is 40% research. The department and faculty support excellence and growth in research and teaching.

Salary is competitive. Initial assistant professor salary is € 3.427,- – € 4.272,- 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 € 47.827,- – € 59.620,-.

Starting date is September 1st, 2017 (later or earlier 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 May 3rd, 2017. Interviews will be held in early May. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.

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).

We are simultaneously advertising a position for Assistant Professor in ethics or political philosophy with (future) emphasis on information technology and the information society, for 2 years with prospects of a permanent position (closing date: April 26th).  We intend to fill that position earlier than this one, and applying for both positions will not bring you a disadvantage.

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 at the University of Twente (https://www.utwente.nl/bms/wijsb/) 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 Sciences
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+).


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

PDF: vacancy ethics or political philosophy of IT

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+).


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

GREATER PHILADELPHIA PHILOSOPHY CONSORTIUM – COLLOQUIUM

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

Speakers:

Jane Bennett (Political Science, Johns Hopkins University)

“Life, Intensities, and Outside Influence”

 

Evan Thompson (Philosophy, University of British Columbia)

“The Nature of Nature”

 

Commentator:

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

 


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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)

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Vacancy: Postdoctoral researcher in Ethics and Governance of Research and Innovation (8 months), University of Twente

University of Twente I  Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (BMS)  I  Department of Philosophy

Postdoctoral researcher in Ethics and Governance of Research and Innovation (8 months)

University of Twente 

In this postdoc, you will be working on two projects.  First, you will coordinate and carry out the Ethics and Policy project, a project on making ethics research (especially ethics of technology) relevant for policy makers.  This is a project funded by the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology (www.ethicsandtechnology.eu). We have done an initial survey of both ethics researchers and policy makers and now want to both develop a general approach for making such ethics-policy links (in the form of a written report) and do a couple of brief pilot projects.  Upon request, we can send you more information.

Second, you will be doing work for the SATORI project (www.satoriproject.eu), an EU-funded FP7 project that aims to develop standards, approaches and best practices for the ethical assessment of research and innovation in the EU and beyond.  It is directed at research ethics committees, research funding organizations, universities and research institutes, industry and other organizations that engage in ethics assessment and guidance of research and innovation.  The project is in its final year, and we need someone who can help further develop and implement our proposals, help translate some of them into policies and work with policy makers and other stakeholders in strengthening ethics assessment in the EU and beyond.  You will be contributing to reports, policy briefs and workshops and will participate in the dissemination of our results.  You can find some of our deliverables (reports) on the website, and we can send you our most recent unpublished reports upon your request.

In addition to these two main tasks, it is possible that your contribution is asked to the development and writing of proposals for research funding in the area of ethics and philosophy of technology.

Your profile

You hold a PhD, or will acquire one by the time of appointment, in ethics, governance studies, policy studies or a related discipline.  You have an understanding of and interest in ethical and/or policy issues in relation to technology and innovation.  Ideally, you have first-hand experience both with the academic world (preferably with ethics groups and programs) and the policy world, preferably in an international context.  You have relevant publications in peer-reviewed, international journals. You have very good command of the English language. You have good analytical skills, are creative, open-minded and possess the ability to develop new ideas and engage in multidisciplinary collaboration. You have good communication skills and are a good team player.

Further information 

Location: This position is based at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente.

Contact: Prof. Philip Brey, email: p.a.e.brey@utwente.nl; phone: +31 (0)53 489 4426.

Our offer

Appointment

You are appointed postdoc (full-time) for a period of eight months. You will be embedded in the philosophy department of the university of Twente, which also holds the directorate of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, and which coordinates the SATORI project (Brey).

Depending on relevant background and experience, the gross monthly salary on a full time basis ranges from € 3,312 up to a maximum of € 3,786. Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus. 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.

Starting date is April 1st or May 1st, 2017 (negotiable).

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;
  • a writing sample (preferably a published article related to the postdoc area);
  • a summary and table of contents of your dissertation (or the entire dissertation).

Applications should be uploaded via www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en (click on “Vacancies” to look for this vacancy, which will have an upload link). The application deadline is 21 February 2017. Interviews will be held at the end of February. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.

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 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 Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences strives to hold a leading position in their fields in relation to the science and technology research programs of the University of Twente. In all these fields, the faculty provides bachelor, master and professional development programs.

The department of philosophy The department of philosophy at the University of Twente (https://www.utwente.nl/bms/wijsb/) 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, ten 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 (including ICT and robotics, biomedical and neurotechnologies and environmental technologies), and the philosophy and ethics of human-technology relations, amongst other topics.

Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) of the University of Twente, which includes the department of philosophy, 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+).


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

ANNOUNCEMENT/CALL FOR APPLICATION

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)


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Dig Deeper: Christians in the Contemporary Middle East Conference

Nova Conference: Middle East

Villanova University will host a conference on Dec. 5-6 titled Christians in the Contemporary Middle East: Religious Minorities and the Struggle for Secular Nationalism and Citizenship. With such wonderful speakers attending as Retired General Anthony Charles Zinni (USMC) and Ussama Makdisi of Rice University, the conference promises some elucidating conversation.

For a conference on such a particular subject, the presentations will cover a diverse range of topics. Attendees will hear such intriguing talks as “Christian Contributions to Art, Culture and Literature in the Arab-Islamic World” and “The Impact of the Shia-Sunni Political Struggle and Future Strategies for Christians and Other Minorities in the Middle East.”

Specialized lectures such as these sometimes require a little bit of background information, and some students may be wondering the relevance of these topics to their lives or academic development. I had similar questions and concerns and brought them up with Assistant Director of Academic Integration and Theology Librarian Darren Poley.

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(Cover of illustrated edition of Universal Declaration of Human Rights from website below)

 

“Religious liberty is not just an American or even an exclusively Western concept,” he began. “Freedom to practice one’s faith or belief system is an intrinsically human desire.”

Poley recommends taking a look at the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights if you’re interested in why the Villanova University should be concerned about the Middle East. It’s available here, and Poley reminds you, “especially since we live in an increasingly interconnected and globalized society: no one can afford to ignore any lack of respect for people, property, social justice or the integrity of creation anywhere in the world.”

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“It surprises most students to learn that the Middle East and North African were predominantly Christian lands for the centuries between the official toleration of Christianity in the Roman Empire in the 4th century and the rise of Islam in the 7th century,” Poley continued.

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(Villanova University’s Arabic Cartouche)

It’s important for Villanova students to think about the decline of pluralistic spaces in the Middle East because so many of these early Christian societies remain today, albeit under different leadership and sometimes different names.

“Nestorian Christians in the Middle East established themselves in the 5th century and continue as the Assyrian Church of the East.” Poley highlighted, and “there are many different Eastern Orthodox churches often along ethnic or national lines that are affiliated with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, a Turkish citizen who resides in Istanbul.”

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(Banner for the Ecumenical Patriarchate – website below)

In addition, there are Catholics outside of the Latin Rite tradition. The Maronites of Lebanon, the Chaldeans of Iraq, and the Melkites from Syria, Jordan and Israel represent the largest groups of such.

Poley said, “There are also small groups of Christians in the Middle East with doctrinal differences from either the Catholic of the Eastern Orthodox churches, which are collectively called the Oriental Orthodox churches; the three major ones being the Syrian, Armenian, and Coptic (Egyptian).”

Despite the complexity of their histories, you may find statistics and information on the individuals and groups of Christians who continue to “live, work, worship, and coexist alongside Muslims and Jews in Middle Eastern countries,” according to Poley, at these websites:

An encyclopedia of knowledge on the topic, Poley provided me with an exhaustive list of thinkers, theologians and writers who have promoted religious diversity in the Middle East. I’ve included just a few of those thinkers below so that you may familiarize yourself with them before the conference:

  • Saint Pope John Paul II
  • Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
  • Eastern Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I
  • Catholic Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah
  • Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine William Shomali
  • Melkite Archbishop George Wadih Bakouni
  • Antiochian Orthodox Bishop George Khodr
  • Coptic Orthodox Bishop Barnibas El Soryany
  • Armenian Bishop of Damascus Armash Nalbandian
  • Father Kail C. Ellis, OSA, Villanova University.

Yes, that’s the abridged list. In case you were wondering if you should visit a subject librarian before collecting research for your next term paper: yes, you should. Poley, and indeed all of our subject librarians, work tirelessly to keep up-to-date on current events, research, and research methodologies.

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(This is what Darren Poley looks like, in case you go looking for him.)

They also keep tabs on the library collection and can direct you to books and journals available either here at the Falvey or through the library’s databases. I asked Poley: what library resources are available for students to learn about the prospects of and strategies for promoting piece in the Middle East?

He suggested looking at the Theology & Religious Studies and Cultural Studies subject guides and reading one, some, or all of the following:

For some students, including me, starting to read up on Middle Eastern Christianity would be difficult without some background on Middle Eastern geopolitics. I submitted the same question to Poley about library resources for looking at the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East. He suggested starting with the Political Science Subject Guide and the History Subject Guide, but also directed me to these books:

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(Mary Queen of Peace)

Speaking of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Poley said, “So in the middle of the 20th century, perhaps the bloodiest in history so far in terms of wars and other violence, people of good will came together to publically declare among other tenets that freedom of conscience and religion is a basic human right.” Described as “timely and riveting” by the university’s poster, this conference may be an excellent opportunity for the Villanova community to validate these tenets.


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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.

 


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Would you like to have a sample ballot before you vote? Are you still uncertain about some candidates or what referendums might be on your ballot?

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Unfortunately, BallotReady does not work for all states. It is currently available for Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

For information about Social Sciences or Data Services, contact Janice Bially Mattern, room 229, 610-519-5391.

 


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