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Schedule for Fall Professionalization Workshops

  • Posted by: Nikolaus Fogle
  • Posted Date: September 2, 2014
  • Filed Under: Events

Welcome back, everyone! The schedule for fall professionalization workshops is now complete. You can find it on the department website, and right here:

Policies/Progress
Friday, September 5th, 2014, 3pm. Old Falvey Reading Room (enter through Old Falvey)

Getting published
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 11:30am. Hypatia Editorial Suite, Falvey 1st floor

Dissertation planning
Friday, November 7th, 2014, 3pm. Falvey 204

Keeping All The Balls in the Air: Prioritizing Your Tasks, Defining Your Goals
Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, 11:30am. Falvey 205

If you have any questions about these events, just let me know. I can be reached at nikolaus.fogle@villanova.edu, or (610) 519-5182.

 

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Postdoc / Adviser in Ethics of Information Technology (2 years, full-time) – University of Twente

  • Posted by: Georg Theiner
  • Posted Date: August 26, 2014
  • Filed Under: Job Ad

CTIT and the department of philosophy at the University of Twente are seeking a Postdoc / Adviser in Ethics of Information Technology (2 years, full-time)

The Challenge

In this function, you are researcher for 50% and Ethics Adviser for the remaining 50%.  The function of Ethics Adviser is associated with University of Twente center for information technology research, CTIT, and concerns ethical advice regarding research on ICT.  The Ethics Adviser works alongside CTIT researchers to help them incorporate value analyses within their work.  This includes two specific tasks.  First, you are responsible for writing ethics sections of European and other grant proposals in the area of ICT.  Second, you collaborate on a variety of ICT research projects within CTIT, with the role of stimulating reflection of the researchers and designers as to the reciprocal and dynamic relationship between the development of ICT systems and societal/cultural values (the ethical dimensions of their work). These activities are meant to show the utility of ethics throughout the research and design process, taken as broad reflection on the quality of the impact of ICT systems.  An additional goal is to enlarge the impact of ICT research on the societal challenges of our times by considering them from the inception of research activity.

The research component of the position (50%) will be self-directed research for half the time, which we expect to be (mostly) devoted to research on ethical issues in IT.  The other half will be research within the European (FP7) project SATORI (http://satoriproject.eu/), which is a project that aims to develop improved practices and protocols for ethical assessment of research and innovation.  You will be involved in research on ethical assessment of ICT and other types of research and innovation.  One of the tasks in the project is to develop a better system of ethics review for Horizon 2020.  For your research, we expect you to publish in international peer-reviewed journals and to engage in international collaboration.  You are also encouraged to get involved in grant applications that can help fund your own research.

Offer

You are appointed postdoc / ethics adviser (full-time) for a period of two years.  Your office and appointment will be at the philosophy department. Salary is € 45560 – € 50342 per year, depending on experience. Starting date is December 1st, 2014 (negotiable). The University of Twente has excellent terms of employment.

Your profile

You hold a PhD in philosophy, preferably with a specialization in ethics, or a multidisciplinary PhD with a significant ethics component.  If your PhD has not been completed yet, it will be by the time of appointment. You preferably have a track record in research on ethical aspects of ICT.  You have an excellent list of publications in peer-refereed journals, and have relevant international experience.  You are willing and able to collaborate with researchers in the ICT field, and you preferably have experience doing so.  You have an excellent command of the English language.  You have good analytical skills, are creative, open-minded and possess the ability to develop new ideas.  You have good communication skills and are a good team player. You are prepared to move to the Netherlands, to the region where the University of Twente is located.

Information and application

For more information, please contact prof. dr. Philip Brey (e-mail:

p.a.e.brey@utwente.nl; phone: +31534894426; please contact after August 22nd).

Your application should include the following documents:

  • a cover letter which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it, and which also discusses your research plans for the 25% of the position that is free (self-directed) research.
  • a curriculum vitae which includes the name and e-mail address/telephone number for two references
  • a writing sample (preferably a published article)
  • a summary and table of contents of your dissertation (or the entire dissertation)

Applications should be uploaded via www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.

The application deadline is September 30th, 2014.  Interviews will be held in early/mid October.

About CTIT and the department of philosophy

CTIT (http://www.utwente.nl/ctit/) is the largest academic research institute in the Netherlands – and one of the largest in Europe – in the field of ICT and ICT applications. Typical for CTIT is the “ICT Research in Context” approach: research groups working together on present-day technological, economic and social challenges. Multidisciplinary research is key, not only between technical disciplines such as computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics, but also between these disciplines and behavioural and social sciences.  CTIT research has an impact on cyber-physical systems, human-machine interaction, and solutions for the present grand societal challenges. Examples include intelligent energy networks (smart grids), care and coaching at a distance (tele-medicine), and complex logistic processes.

The department of philosophy at the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (http://www.utwente.nl/gw/wijsb/) is internationally leading in the philosophy and ethics of technology, especially in ethics of information technology and medical technology. It currently includes eight tenured and tenure-track staff members, two postdocs, eight PhD students, and five part-time faculty. The department participates in the interuniversity 3TU.Center for Ethics and Technology (http://ethicsandtechnology.eu/) and currently houses the directorate of the Center. Both the department and the Center have a strong international orientation and include members from many different nationalities.

About the university and region

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. It includes more than 3,300 faculty and staff and 9,000 students. Its motto “high tech, human touch” expresses the aim of combining research in engineering with social and behavioral sciences. 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 by land – or one hour by air- from Berlin, Paris and London.

 

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An InExact Science Podcast – Lisa Cantrell

Hi all,

I am creating a podcast called An InExact Science that features psychological and cognitive research! I have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the project.  I need support and help in spreading the word! Please pitch in and share the info with others!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1864204081/we-are-all-creating-an-inexact-science

Lisa Cantrell
Graduate Student
Cognitive Development Lab
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Indiana University
812-855-8256
http://mypage.iu.edu/~cantrell

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Hypatia Author Interviews and Virtual Bibliographies

  • Posted by: Nikolaus Fogle
  • Posted Date: July 30, 2014
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

In addition to preparing for the upcoming pinkcoveronline symposium, Hypatia has recently announced two new resources for the feminist philosopher. The new virtual bibliographies are a composition of Hypatia articles discussing important topics in politics and culture. The first bibliography covers Immigration and Citizenship, providing a distinctly feminist philosophical outlook on highly discussed issue. Hypatia also offers author interviews, which provide authors’ commentary on their own works, as well as their thoughts to current and future feminists. These two new features can both be valuable resources for teaching or research, and can be found on the journal’s website at the links below.

http://www.hypatiaphilosophy.org/Editorial/feminist-philosophy-connections.html

http://www.hypatiaphilosophy.org/Editorial/bibliography.html

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Hypatia Special Issue and Symposium on Climate Change

  • Posted by: Nikolaus Fogle
  • Posted Date: July 9, 2014
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

pinkcoverIn Hypatia 29.3, a special issue on Climate Change, feminist philosophers Chris Cuomo (author of Feminism and Ecological Communities: An Ethic of Flourishing) and Nancy Tuana (author of Feminism and Science) focus critical attention on one of the most pressing social and environmental issues of our day. Policy makers have recently begun to acknowledge the disproportionate impacts of climate change on women and disadvantaged communities, but feminist analyses of the complex epistemic and political dimensions of climate change, as well as its causes and effects, are urgently needed. This special issue initiates a necessary conversation that will deepen our understanding and help identify promising opportunities for positive change. Co-editors Cuomo and Tuana have invited scholars and activists working at the forefront of feminist climate justice to share their perspectives. Watch the interviews online, and join the co-editors in an open forum on issues on August 19-23, 2014.

For more information, please visit the Hypatia website (http://hypatiaphilosophy.org), or the Philosopher’s Eye (http://thephilosopherseye.com/phileye/online-events/hypatia-symposium-2/).

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Ethics of Big Data

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Ethics of Big Data, Oxford Internet Institute associated with a non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship at St Cross College University of Oxford Grade 7: £29,837 – £36,661 p.a.

We are a leading world centre for the multidisciplinary study of the Internet and society, looking for a full-time Researcher to work on a funded project, “The Ethics of Biomedical Big Data”, led by Professor Luciano Floridi.

The analysis of large datasets (Big Data) has become a major driver of innovation and success in biomedical research. However, the use of Biomedical Big Data raises serious ethical problems, which may threaten the huge opportunities it offers. This pilot project will formulate a blueprint of the ethical aspects, requirements and desiderata underpinning a European framework for the ethical use of Big Data in biomedical research.

Applicants should hold a PhD in a relevant discipline, have a strong interest in information/computer ethics and proven experience in ethical and policy analysis and writing papers based on qualitative and/or quantitative research. The successful candidate will work with Prof. Floridi and a multidisciplinary team of researchers, and will be able to take a lead in project management, conceptual analysis, and the dissemination of results.

Based at our OII North office at 34 St Giles, Oxford, this position is available from 1 October 2014 for 1 year, with a possibility of extension beyond that date, depending on funding.

The post is associated with a non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship at St Cross College for its duration. Details of the College and its facilities are available on the College website at: www.stx.ox.ac.uk.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online.

To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:

https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=113435

The application deadline is 12.00 midday on Thursday 26 June 2014.

Interviews for those shortlisted are currently planned to take place in the week commencing 21 July 2014.

 

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Workshop: Marx’s Labour Theory of Value in the Digital Age

  • Posted by: Georg Theiner
  • Posted Date: May 26, 2014
  • Filed Under: Conferences, Events

Workshop: Marx’s Labour Theory of Value in the Digital Age

COST Action IS1202 “Dynamics of Virtual Work”, http://dynamicsofvirtualwork.com/ The Open University of Israel

June 15-17, 2014

Recent developments in digital technology, from “social media”/”web 2.0” such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Weibo, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Foursquare, etc to mobile devices, have spurred new forms of production.

A variety of terms has been used to describe new production practices and new products enabled by the Internet: participatory culture, co-creation, mass collaboration, social production, commons-based peer production, mass customization, prosumption, produsage, crowdsourcing, open source, social production, user-generated content, user participation, folksonomics, wikinomics, collaborative innovation, open innovation, user innovation.

These terms and debates are often over-optimistic, celebratory and lack a critical understanding of “social media” – they do not engage with the social problem-dimension of the “social”. The multiplicity of neologisms is also a symptom of a “technologistic” outlook, which assumes that each technical innovation brings about a paradigmatic change in culture and in society and more democracy and a better society. While such multiplicity of terms attests to a phenomenology of technological innovation and diversity, it is also an analytical and theoretical liability. Concurrent with this dominant approach, there have been attempts for a systematic critical analysis of new forms of online production, digital labour and commodification on social media through the prism of the labour theory of value. Such theoretical approaches attempt to apply a unified conceptual framework in order to gain better understanding of the socio-economic foundations of digital media and the social relations, power relations and class relations that they facilitate. They also help to connect these new productive practices with a longstanding theoretical tradition emerging from Marxian political economy.

The role of Marx’s labour theory of value for understanding the political economy of digital and social media has been a topic of intense work and debates in recent years, particularly concerning the appropriateness of using Marxian concepts, such as: value, surplus-value, exploitation, class, abstract and concrete labour, alienation, commodities, the dialectic, work and labour, use- and exchange-value, General Intellect, labour time, labour power, the law of value, necessary and surplus labour time, absolute and relative surplus value production, primitive accumulation, rent, reproductive labour, formal and real subsumption of labour under capital, species-being, collective worker, etc.

The critical conceptualization of digital labour has been approached from a variety of critical approaches, such as Marx’s theory, Dallas Smythe’s theory of audience commodification, Critical Theory, Autonomous Marxism, feminist political economy, labour process theory, etc. In this workshop we explore current interventions to the digital labour theory of value. Such interventions propose theoretical and empirical work that contributes to our understanding of the Marx’s labour theory of value, how the nexus of labour and value are transformed under virtual conditions, or they employ the theory in order to shed light on specific practices.

The Israeli location will provide an opportunity to explore some issues pertinent to digital technology in the local context, including a lecture on the Palestinian Internet and a tour exploring techniques of separation and control along the separation wall in Jerusalem.

Keynote talks:

Noam Yoran: The Labour Theory of Television, or, Why is Television Still Around Christian Fuchs: The Digital Labour Theory of Value and Karl Marx in the Age of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Weibo Anat Ben David: The Palestinian Internet

The programme features the following talks:

* Andrea Fumagalli: The concept of life subsumption in cognitive bio-capitalism: valorization and governance

* Bingqing Xia: Marx’s in Chinese online space: some thoughts on the labour problem in Chinese Internet industries

* Brice Nixon: The Exploitation of Audience Labour: A Missing Perspective on Communication and Capital in the Digital Era

* Bruce Robinson: Marx’s categories of labour, value production and digital work

* Eran Fisher: Audience labour: empirical inquiry into the missing link of subjectivity

* Frederick Harry Pitts: Form-giving fire: creative industries as Marx’s ‘work of combustion’”

* Jakob Rigi: The Crisis of the Law of Value? The Marxian Concept of Rent and a Critique of Antonio Negri`s and his Associates` Approach Towards the Marxian Law of Value

* Jernej Prodnik: Media products and (digital) labour in global capitalist accumulation: A preliminary study

* Kylie Jarrett: The Uses of Use-Value: A Marxist-Feminist contribution to understanding digital media

* Marisol Sandoval: The Dark Side of the Information Age – Arguments for an Extended Definition of Digital Labour

* Olivier Frayssé: Cyberspace ground rent, surplus value extraction, realization, and general surplus value apportionment

* Sebastian Sevignani: Productive prosumption, primitive accumulation, or rent? Problematising exploitation 2.0

* Thomas Allmer: Digital and Social Media Between Emancipation and Commodification: Dialectical and Critical Perspectives

* Yuqi Na: Capital accumulation of targeted advertising-based capitalist social media. What do people in the UK and China think about it and why? A Marxist perspective

If you wish to attend the workshop, please contact RSVP Eran Fisher: eranfisher@gmail.com

 

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French Translation Assistance Programs

  • Posted by: Gabriel Rockhill
  • Posted Date: May 6, 2014
  • Filed Under: Grant

TRANSLATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

The Book Department of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy works with FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), the Institut françaisand the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote French and Francophone literature and to encourage English translations of French fiction and non-fiction. To that effect, it provides a range of grants and awards. It oversees three bi-annual programs concerning translations from French into English of works that have not yet been published in the United States. All these grants are awarded to fiction and non fiction translations (including comic books, poetry and digital books).

The French Voices Award honors both translators and American publishers for English translations of works that have been published in France in the last 6 years. Award recipients are selected by a literary committee. Each book receives a $6,000 award.

The Hemingway Grant allows publishers to receive financial help for the translation and publication of a French work into English. Grant beneficiaries are selected by the Book Department of the French Embassy in the United States. Grants awarded for each work range from $500 to $6,000.

The Acquisition of Rights Program
The Institut français helps American publishers offset the cost of acquiring the rights to French works. Grant beneficiaries are selected by the Institut français in Paris. The amount awarded cannot exceed the amount of the advance paid to the French publisher for the acquisition of rights and varies from 500 to 7,000 Euros.

Application deadlines

The deadline for the second 2014 session is August 29, 2014.
(Expected date of printing: no sooner than March 2015 for the upcoming session.)

The deadline for the first 2015 session is February 17, 2015.

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Call for Papers: Philadelphia Summer School in Continental Philosophy – Topic: Continental Philosophy of Religion and the New Metaphysics

  • Posted by: Nikolaus Fogle
  • Posted Date: May 5, 2014
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Call for Papers: Philadelphia Summer School in Continental Philosophy

Topic: “Continental Philosophy of Religion and the New Metaphysics” (featuring seminars on the work of Quentin Meillassoux, Ray Brassier, Bruno Latour, and Catherine Malabou)

Seminar Leader: John Caputo

When and where:

Saturday, August 9th, 2014; 9am-4:30pm

Campus of Immaculata University

Malvern, Pennsylvania

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Topic: Continental Philosophy of Religion and the New Metaphysics

John Caputo will be leading two one hour seminars with catered lunch in between: one seminar on Quentin Meillassoux and Ray Brassier; one seminar on Bruno Latour and Catherine Malabou.  Select attendees will present their research during the morning and afternoon flanking the Caputo seminars.

Attendees are encouraged to purchase The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion (Indiana University Press, 2014) and The Insistence of God (Indiana University Press, 2014).   A reading list featuring works by Meillassoux, Brassier, Latour, and Malabou will be provided.

Location: Immaculata University, Malvern, Pennsylvania

Organizers: Leon Niemoczynski (Immaculata University) & Stephanie Theodorou (Immaculata University)

Cost: $70.00 faculty; $45.00 student or other (seating is limited, pre-registration required.  Cost includes catered lunch)

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Immaculata University is pleased to announce the”Philadelphia Summer School in Continental Philosophy,” a one day seminar style “summer school” and workshop that, this year – its first – features John Caputo as its seminar leader.  The event will be organized with two new books as a backdrop: The Insistence of God and The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion (both Indiana University Press, 2014), although a formal reading list including works by Meillassoux, Brassier, Latour, and Malabou (for the seminars) will be provided.  John Caputo will lead two one hour seminars/classes flanked by morning and afternoon mini-research presentations where researchers present 2000 word abstracts/summaries of their work and engage other participants in query designed to further research goals and enhance the nature of research projects through mutual dialogue.

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The theme of this year’s summer school will explore the relationship between the future of Continental philosophy of religion and new schools of thought emerging in contemporary Continental metaphysics, identifying possible routes of exploration as well as areas of influence, cross-over, or challenge.

Topics such as materialist approaches to theology and religion, speculative materialism and non-theology, environmental aesthetics and theology, political theology and ecology, the speculative theologies of German idealism, process-relational philosophy and theology, phenomenology and contemporary French theory and theology/religion, as well as questions of atheism’s relationship to contemporary Continental philosophy of religion will be of central importance for the school. The “new metaphysics” in its most contemporary forms will be a major point of discussion as it bleeds into its Continental philosophical antecedents, especially vis-a-vis thinking about religion, theology, and the Absolute.

Philosophical naturalism (Ray Brassier), the divine inexistence (Quentin Meillassoux), non-philosophy and theology (Francois Laruelle), the Absolute (Iain Hamilton Grant), plasticity (Malabou), or the factish gods (Bruno Latour) are some possible starting points, but one could also see discussion of historical figures as well: whether Bergson, Deleuze, Schelling, Hegel, Kant, Whitehead, Heidegger, or Derrida for example, as participants explore those figures’ importance for the future of Continental philosophy of religion and corresponding areas of realism, materialism, and metaphysics.  Those who have an interest in contemporary French philosophy (Badiou, Meillassoux, Kacem, Laruelle, Malabou) should certainly apply.

How to Apply: Those interested should send a summary of a current research project (no more than 2000 words, fit for a 15 minute presentation) to: lniemocz@mail.immaculata.edu by May 30th, 2014.

Those accepted into the summer school will be notified by June 10th, 2014.

Please attach research statements/summaries as .rtf or MS Word .doc files.

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Library Trial to Maney Publishing Journals

Until June 7, Falvey has a trial subscription to Maney Publishing’s Philosophy, Religion and Theology journal collection. We have access to current issues and backfiles of nineteen journals:

 

Black Theology

Comparative and Continental Philosophy

Critical Horizons

Journal of Adult Theological Education

Journal of Critical Realism

Journal for the Study of Spirituality

Medieval Mystical Theology

The New Bioethics

Political Theology

Practical Theology

Reformation

Reformation & Renaissance Review

Rural Theology

Theology & Sexuality

Journal of Chinese Religions

Levant

The Linacre Quarterly

Medieval Sermon Studies

Palestine Exploration Quarterly

 

I’d greatly appreciate any feedback you might have about these. Please send any comments to: nikolaus.fogle@villanova.edu. I’ll also send around a survey at the end of the trial.

 

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