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Pittsburgh Summer Symposium in Contemporary Philosophy

Duquesne University

Dept. of Philosophy

Pittsburgh, PA

Call for Applications

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Pittsburgh Summer Symposium in Contemporary Philosophy, held at Duquesne University. Details for the program are as follows:

 

Formalism and the Real: Ontology, Politics, and the Subject

 

August 4 – 8, 2014

(Optional Participants’ Conference, August 2-3)

“The real can only be inscribed on the basis of an impasse of formalization.”

— Jacques Lacan, Seminar XX

 

“We need a theory of the pass of the real, in the breach opened up by formalization. Here, the real is no longer only what can be lacking from its place, but what passes through by force.”

— Alain Badiou, Theory of the Subject

 

Seminar Leaders:

Prof. Bruno Bosteels (Cornell University)

Prof. Tom Eyers (Duquesne University)

Prof. Paul Livingston (University of New Mexico)

 

Course Description:

Philosophy in the twenty-first century has seen an extensive reconsideration of formalistic methodologies and theoretical structures. This is heavily influenced by the formalism developed by a number of mid-twentieth century French thinkers who rejected humanist philosophies of experience or consciousness typified by dominant forms of existentialism and phenomenology. Insights derived from Marxism, Freudianism, and philosophy of science were argued to undermine central tenets of the latter, including the priority of description and the emphasis on first-person experiences. Rather, stress was placed on the priority of construction, an emphasis on the concept, and a rethinking of the nature of knowledge and the object of science.

 

The recent history of formalist approaches is framed in important ways by Louis Althusser and Jacques Lacan. As is well known, Althusser rejected historicist and humanist readings of Marx in favor of a structuralist approach, which was amenable to the conception of science developed by thinkers like Jean Cavaillès, Gaston Bachelard, and Georges Canguilhem. Simultaneously, Lacan rejected ego-psychological readings of Freud, forming interpretive, theoretical, and clinical bases for psychoanalysis that drew on Ferdinand de Saussure’s structuralist linguistics and Claude Levi-Strauss’s structuralist anthropology. This led him to a methodological formalism, particularly when addressing the Real and the psycho-dynamics in which it is involved. The presence of Althusser and Lacan at the École Normale Supériere during this time formed the intellectual milieu in which students such as Alain Badiou, Jacques-Alain Miller, Étienne Balibar, and Jacques Rancière would begin to develop their own thought. An important forum for this was the journal the Cahiers pour l’Analyse (1966-69). The current project to translate it into English has prompted a surge in research related to these themes. In the Cahiers, efforts were made to reconcile Marxist politics with a Lacanian account of the subject. Lacan’s notion of the Real was essential to this and, along with the other elements of his thought, came to be developed by Badiou to address political and ontological domains.

 

More recently, formalism in philosophy has expanded to address issues beyond these origins. For instance, formalistic reconstructions of Heideggerian and Husserlian thought have proved intensely productive and have problematized the opposition of philosophies of the concept to phenomenological philosophies. Moreover, recent efforts to address questions in aesthetics and politics with formal approaches has further expanded the boundaries of formalism’s theoretical scope. Paul Livingston’s book, The Politics of Logic: Badiou, Wittgenstein, and the Consequences of Formalism, examines the landscape of political criticism and change given the results and paradoxes of 20th century projects of formalization in mathematics and logic. Following this, his current project focuses on Heidegger’s philosophy, and will reexamine our inherited notions of sense and truth. After writing a book on Lacan’s concept of the Real, Tom Eyers has analyzed the intellectual foundations of structuralism in 1930s and 1940s French epistemology and philosophy of science. He is presently writing a book entitled Speculative Formalism: The Poetics of Form in Literature, Science, and Philosophy which will bring that work to bear on poetics and literary theory. In addition to translating Badiou’s Theory of the Subject and Wittgenstein’s Antiphilosophy, Bruno Bosteels has devoted numerous books to Badiou and issues in political thought. In his recent Marx and Freud in Latin America: Politics, Psychoanalysis, and Religion in Times of Terror, Bosteels investigates ways art and literature provide insight into processes of subjectification at the core of Marxist and psychoanalytic concerns.

 

This summer symposium will bring together interested graduate students, postdoctoral students, and junior faculty for a week of discussion, lecture, and close textual study. Together, we will pursue questions regarding formalism and its relation to the Real in contemporary ontology, politics, and theories of the subject and their consequences for understanding knowledge, history, state, language, art, and literature. Lacanian and Badiouian thought will form a key theoretical backdrop. Yet, we expect our studies will include work by a number of other figures, including Plato, Marx, Nietzsche, Frege, Freud, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Lautman, Bachelard, Canguilhem, Althusser, Deleuze, Derrida, Macherey, Miller, Butler, Jameson, Žižek, Hägglund, and Malabou.

 

All texts and discussion will be in English.

 

Application:

We invite current graduate students, postdoctoral students, and junior faculty in philosophy or related disciplines to submit an application composed of a C.V. and a short letter of intent (500 words maximum) to pghsummersymposium2014@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 25th, 2014. We expect to respond with notifications regarding acceptance to the symposium by Thursday, May 1st, 2014 to help facilitate summer plans. The seminar will be limited to 30-40 participants. For more information as it becomes available, we have created a website for the symposium: http://pghsummersymposium6.wix.com/pghsummersymp2014

 

Participants’ Conference (August 2-3):

In order to facilitate a further exchange of ideas and research, a participants’ conference will be held the weekend before the seminar begins. Applicants who receive notice of acceptance as participants will be asked – if interested – to submit an abstract of up to 500 words on any theme related to the topic of the seminar. The participants’ conference will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3, 2014.

 

Financial Information:

There will be a $200 registration fee for each participant of the seminar. This money will be used for event expenses like a conference dinner, celebration, daily coffee, etc. Please note that participants will be responsible for arranging their own housing as well as financing most of their own meals for the duration of the symposium. However, with respect to lodging, we expect a limited number of arrangements with graduate students will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Organizers:

 

James Bahoh

Dept. of Philosophy

Duquesne University

bahohj@duq.edu

Martin Krahn

Dept. of Philosophy

Duquesne University

krahnm@duq.edu

Jacob Greenstine

Dept. of Philosophy

Duquesne University

greenstinea@duq.edu

Dave Mesing

Dept. of Philosophy

Villanova University

dmesing@villanova.edu

 

 

 

 

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8th IMPRS Uncertainty Summer School

  • Posted by: Georg Theiner
  • Posted Date: March 1, 2014
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

The International Max Planck Research School on Adapting Behavior in a Fundamentally Uncertain World (Uncertainty School) combines approaches from Economics, Law and Psychology to explain human decisions under uncertainty more effectively and to better design institutional responses. The IMPRS Uncertainty Summer School aims at stimulating the scientific discourse on decision making under uncertainty between economists, psychologists and legal scholars. The 8th Summer School of the IMPRS Uncertainty will be held from July 13th till August 8th. Keynote: Jennifer Arlen (New York University School of Law).
Find here the preliminary schedule for this years’ summer school. Please note that all courses, names, slots, etc are still subject to change!

The general organization is described here.

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PhD Summer School, The Regulative Capacity of Knowledge Objects

  • Posted by: Georg Theiner
  • Posted Date: March 1, 2014
  • Filed Under: Conferences, Events

The Post‐Graduate Program in Philosophy, Science and Values (University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, and National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM) and the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) invite PhD students to apply for the interdisciplinary and international Summer School:

The Regulative Capacity of Knowledge Objects: Opening the Black Box of Knowledge Governance

Think of Climate Change, Wikileaks, nanotechnology, Responsible Innovation, neural implants, Linux, GMOs or the German Energy Transition. But when we think about it, do they actually exist? And if they do what should they be like in the future? What exactly are they? Are they symbols, technical artifacts, discourses, constellations of actors, scientific disputes? Are they political issues, societal problems, human-nonhuman-hybrids, modifiers of existence, problems for governance and regulation? In a way, they are all of these things and less – and probably more.

They are what this Summer School refers to as “knowledge objects”. These objects are peculiar, blurry, constantly unfolding and transforming entities that increasingly challenge contemporary societies and sciences and our understanding of knowledge. The knowledge in knowledge objects is always plural: scientific, public, mundane, interdisciplinary, speculative, uncertain. It is heterogeneously produced about, with, through or in them and contributes to their identification, contestation and transformation.

Yet, knowledge objects are also enablers of such knowledge productions and the societal controversies that go along with them. This intricate entanglement of knowledge objects and society poses various normative and regulative questions – which are part of these objects and due to them the problems societies face. This entanglement could be viewed as a fundamental challenge for knowledge governance. To address these complex challenges to societies and sciences, the Summer School aims to bring together two strands of science and technology studies (STS) which so far haven’t combined: the focus on “knowledge objects” and the perspective of “knowledge governance”.

The starting point of this summer school is the assumption that knowledge objects are subject and object of knowledge governance. They create the need for and they enable various forms of knowledge governance. In a way, this synchrony is a black box of knowledge governance. The Summer School proposes that this “governance black box” can be opened by focusing on an extended concept of knowledge objects and by analyzing their governance dimensions.

Keynotes by:
David Guston, PhD, Professor of Political Science, Arizona State University, US
Graham Harman, PhD, Professor of Philosophy, American University, Cairo, Egypt
Karin Knorr-Cetina, PhD, Professor emeritus of Sociology, University of Constance, Germany, and George
Wells Beadle Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago, US
Noortje Marres, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Goldsmiths University of London, UK

Applications are due by 28th March 2014.

Find out all the details at: http://www.itas.kit.edu/english/events_2014_summerschool.php

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Summer School on “The Neurobiology of Emotions and Feelings” with António Damasió

The Forum Scientiarum of the University of Tübingen, Germany, is organizing a one-week International Interdisciplinary Summer School on “The Neurobiology of Emotions and Feelings” with António Damasió and Sabine Döring.

Time: June 2nd –  June 6th, 2014.

For further information please see http://www.unseld-lectures.de/cfa

Call for applications: UL2014_Call4Applications.

Deadline for the receipt of complete applications (application form,  CV, essay) is February 31th, 2014.

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Oxford Internet Institute: Summer Doctoral Program 2014

  • Posted by: Georg Theiner
  • Posted Date: February 11, 2014
  • Filed Under: Events

We are delighted to announce that the twelfth Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) will be held at the OII from 7-18 July 2014.

The aim of the program is to bring together up to 30 advanced doctoral students engaged in dissertation research relating to the Internet and other ICTs. By sharing their work and learning from leading academics in the field, students can enhance the quality and significance of their thesis research and create a peer network of excellent young researchers. There will also be an opportunity to connect with alumni from previous years, ensuring that the benefits of the OII SDP network are passed on to this year’s cohort.

The 2014 Summer Doctoral Programme will build upon the research strengths of the OII, involving many of our Fellows from across multiple disciplines as well as bringing in guest speakers from a variety of institutions. It will emphasize methodological innovation and good practice in research design, and will expose students to the benefits of discussing their research in a multi-disciplinary teaching environment. The overall aims are to help improve students’ dissertations and to develop a cohesive peer network for future collaboration and support.

For further information on this year’s SDP, including application instructions, please see our website.

Here you can find more general info, the SDP blog and a great video by the 2013 crowd.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail: victoria.nash@oii.ox.ac.uk

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Fellowships at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS)

  • Posted by: Georg Theiner
  • Posted Date: February 6, 2014
  • Filed Under: Fellowships

AIAS-COFUND_Fellowships_CALL Guide_for_applicants_AIAS_Fellowship_2014

Please see the attached call for fellowships at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS). The call is for fellowships of up to three years (6 -36 months) for junior researchers  (with 2 years of experience after their PhD) and senior researchers. Fellowships in all fields of research are given out. Having established contacts to, or collaboration with, Aarhus University researchers is an advantage.  (So please contact me if you plan to apply!)

Deadline for applications is March 21 2014.

On behalf of Center on Autobiographical Memory Research (CON AMORE), Aarhus University

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Cover letter for jobs at teaching institutions

An interesting article from “Inside Higher Ed” on writing a good cover letter for an academic job at a teaching institution.

 

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CFP: Capitalism & Socialism: Utopia, Globalization, and Revolution.

  • Posted by: Gabriel Rockhill
  • Posted Date: January 26, 2014
  • Filed Under: Call for Papers

November 6-8, 2014, New Harmony Indiana

Deadline: May 5, 2014

Here’s a CFP for a conference happening in Fall of 2014. It’s going to be held in Historic New Harmony, Indiana. New Harmony was the site of two utopian communes, one of which was founded by 19th-century utopian socialist Robert Owen. The topic of the conference is capitalism and socialism; both panel and paper submissions are welcome.

Panel and individual paper proposals
“Capitalism & Socialism” is a multi-disciplinary conference that welcomes presenters from economics, history, political science and sociology, as well as the humanities. We seek proposals for full panels (three presenters, chair and discussant) or individual papers on topics related to Capitalism and Socialism, past and present. Presentations should be twenty minutes in length. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Utopia
  • Globalization
  • Revolution
  • New Social Movements
  • Local / Global
  • Community and People
  • Real / Ideal
  • Sustainability
  • Transitions from Socialism to Capitalism / Capitalism to Socialism
  • Varieties of Capitalism / Socialism
  • Legacies / Visions of Robert Owen
  • Spatial Politics
  • Master Narratives
  • The Political Economy of Utopia
  • Colonialism
  • Imperialism / Decolonization
  • Science
  • Religion

Panel submissions
Submissions should have an abstract of 200-250 words, including title, for full panels (three panelists, chair and discussant), and one-page CVs for all panelists. We encourage graduate student submissions.

Individual paper submissions
Submissions should have an abstract of 200-250 words, including title, and a one-page CV. We encourage graduate student submissions.

For more information, please visit: http://www.usi.edu/newview/call-for-proposals

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Postdoctoral Fellowship: Duke University Program in American Values and Institutions

  • Posted by: Gabriel Rockhill
  • Posted Date: January 26, 2014
  • Filed Under: Fellowships

The Duke University Program in American Values and Institutions is seeking to fill a post-doctoral position in political thought. We are particularly interested in candidates who work on the American Founding, but we are also interested in candidates whose work explores the historical background of American political thought in the European tradition and those who work on nineteenth and early twentieth century American thought. We especially solicit applications from women and minorities. Candidates must have completed all requirements for their Ph.D. by August 1, 2014. If you have questions about this position please contact Prof. Michael Gillespie (mgillesp@duke.edu). Applications should include a letter of application, a transcript, a CV, three letters of recommendation, and a short writing sample. We will begin reviewing applications Feb. 24, 2014. Applications should be sent to AVI Post-Doc Search, c/o Doris Cross, Department of Political Science, Duke University, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708.

http://apt-us.org/node/249

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JOB: Applied Ethics or Political Philosophy (University of Twente, Netherlands)

  • Posted by: Georg Theiner
  • Posted Date: January 14, 2014
  • Filed Under: Job Ad

*** Please note: This vacancy replaces the vacancy announced on this list September 18, 2013 ***

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente in the Netherlands is looking for an

Assistant Professor (full-time, tenure-track) in

Applied Ethics or Political Philosophy

 with a (future) emphasis on technology

The department of philosophy is internationally leading in the philosophy and ethics of technology.  It currently includes eight tenured and tenure-track staff members, two postdocs, six PhD students, and five part-time faculty.  The department participates in the interuniversity 3TU.Center for Ethics and Technology 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.  The department is currently expanding with a tenure-track position in applied ethics and/or political philosophy.

The Challenge

You teach ethics and (possibly) political philosophy in the master program in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS) and teach professional and applied ethics and other areas of philosophy for bachelor and master programs in engineering and social science.  Optionally, you may participate in the new ATLAS university college, 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 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 MIRA (the Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine, www.utwente.nl/mira) or MESA+ (the Institute for Nanotechnology, www.utwente.nl/mesaplus) at the University of Twente.  We will also consider candidates whose collaborative focus will be on CTIT, a research institute with a focus on information technology.  Some of the research areas that we have an interest in are: ethics of biomedical technology; environmental philosophy in relation to technology (especially energy); ethics of engineering science / engineering design; ethics of new and emerging technologies; nanoethics;  ethics/politics of safety, security, and technological risks; technology, culture, globalization and ethics/politics, and others.  Your research will be embedded in the department’s research program as well as in the 3TU.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 and Eindhoven University of Technology which currently counts sixty members, including twenty-two 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.

Offer

You are appointed as assistant professor (full-time).  A Tenure Track contract enables you to direct your own career based on fixed performance agreements, in relation to which promotion from UD (assistant professor) to UHD (associate professor) and subsequently to full professor is possible. A definitive assessment will take place no later than five years after commencement of the employment, following which employment for an indefinite period and promotion to associate professor may be agreed upon.

Salary is competitive (initial assistant professor salary is € 45,482 – € 70,756 per year, depending on experience).  Starting date is August 2014 (negotiable).  The University of Twente has excellent terms of employment.

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 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. 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 English is the official language at departmental meetings.  If you do not master Dutch, we would like you to eventually learn Dutch as a second language.  You are prepared to move to the Netherlands, to the region where the University of Twente is located.

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.

Information and application

For more information, please contact Prof. dr. Philip Brey, full professor (e-mail: p.a.e.brey@utwente.nl; phone: +31-53-4894426).

Your application should include a CV (which should include the title of your dissertation and a short description of its contents), a letter of application (including a summary of your teaching evaluations), a writing sample, and contact information for 2 or more references and should be sent before February 2nd, 2014.  Applications should be uploaded via www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en.  Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.

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