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Workshop [U Penn]: Perceptual Learning and Expertise (Feb 24-25, 2017)

  • Posted by: Georg Theiner
  • Posted Date: February 10, 2017
  • Filed Under: Philosophy

Perceptual Learning and Expertise

Date: Friday, February 24th from 1-4:30 and Saturday,

February 25th, from 11-5:15

Location: University of Pennsylvania, Claudia Cohen Hall, Room 402.

Organizers: Kevin Connolly (University of Pennsylvania) and Adrienne Prettyman (Bryn Mawr College)

Contact Person: Kevin Connolly connok@sas.upenn.edu


Friday, February 24th

General Introduction and Welcome:

1:00-1:10: Kevin Connolly

1:10—2:45: Rebecca Copenhaver (Philosophy, Lewis and Clark College)

“Thomas Reid on Acquired Perception: Cognitive Permeation or Perceptual Learning?”

3:00—4:30 Mohan Matthen (Philosophy, University of Toronto)

“Learning to Perceive is Why We Have Art”


Saturday, February 25th

11:00-12:30–Robert Goldstone (Psychology, Indiana University)

“Fitting Perception in/to Cognition”

2:00—3:30 Charles Gilbert (Neuroscience, The Rockefeller University)

“Visual Cortical Dynamics and Perceptual Learning”

3:45—5:15 David Chalmers (Philosophy, New York University)

“Perception and Illusion in Virtual Reality”


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


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+).


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Application deadline: Mid-February
International Program Committee

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

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


2016—2017 Penn Humanities Forum on Translation

2016-17 Penn Humanities Forum on Translation

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Awaken your mind & fill your soul by celebrating the Humanities on Friday afternoon!



Studying the Humanities at Villanova will fill your life with meaning and purpose; it’ll awaken your mind and fill your soul.  But did you also know that a degree in the Humanities — we’re talking Theology, Philosophy, Humanities, English, History, and Language — is coveted by our nation’s top employers? The skills you cultivate by studying the humanities – critical thinking and analysis, communication, writing, presenting, etc. – are sought after by our nation’s premier employers.

At this fun and informative event, you’ll learn about Villanova’s degree programs in the Humanities; talk to wonderful students, faculty, and staff in those disciplines; eat great food; laugh and smile; and learn many new things! Join us on Friday, October 21, from 1 to 4 PM, for an afternoon of excellent conversation and fun! Learn more about the Humanities and how earning a degree can help you build a meaningful, fulfilling life.

Nik-Fogle-crNikolaus Fogle, PhD. is the Philosophy librarian and Philosophy, Theology and Humanities team coordinator. Don’t miss his presentation on “The Library of the Future” at 3:30 during the Humanities Day presentations.



Call: 2017 Westminster Institute for Advances Studies-International Research Fellowships in Critical Digital & Social Media Studies

Call: 2017 Westminster Institute for Advances Studies-International Research Fellowships in Critical Digital & Social Media Studies



The Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies (WIAS) www.westminster.ac.uk/wias is an academic space for independent critical thinking beyond borders. It is located at the University of Westminster in the heart of London. Prof Christian Fuchs is its Director. The WIAS’ research focus is critical digital and social media studies.

The Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies has an open call for international resarch fellows who during a 3 month stay in 2017 conduct critical studies of digital and social media’s role in society.

The WIAS aims to contribute to bringing about a paradigm shift from big data analytics to critical digital and social media research methods and theories. Digital and social media research at WIAS uses and develops critical theories, is profoundly theoretical, and discusses the political relevance and implications of the studied topics.

The WIAS’ Critical Digital and Social Media Studies Fellowship Programme is aimed at current and future research leaders, who engage in independent critical thinking. It enables them to undertake independent and collaborative research on original topics in a stimulating academic environment in London.

Funded scholarships are only awarded as a result of open calls. Priority will be given to well-defined projects. The regular scholarship duration is 3 months (start between 9 January and 1 May 2017). Later start dates are not possible.

Application deadline: Friday October 28, 2016

More information, details and application:



Call for abstracts: The science of evolution and the evolution of the sciences

Call for abstracts: The science of evolution and the evolution of the sciences

We invite submissions for papers to be presented at a two-day conference on The science of evolution and the evolution of the sciences, which will be held in Leuven, Belgium on the 12th and 13th October 2016.

Submissions should take the form of a 500-word abstract. Submissions on any aspect of the evolution of scientific theories are welcome, but contributions with a clear link to digital humanities are especially encouraged.

Aims and scope of the conference:

One of the longstanding debates in history and philosophy of science concerns how the sciences develop. Thomas Kuhn famously emphasized the role of scientific revolutions and so-called paradigm shifts. Other philosophers, including Karl Popper and David Hull, have offered a Darwinian account of the process of science. In their view, scientists create conjectures about the way the world works, and these conjectures undergo a process of selection as they are tested against the world. This is analogized with biological evolution: mutation and recombination creates novelty in the biological world, which then undergoes natural selection, driving adaptive evolution. In this conference, we will reexamine these ideas using new tools from cultural evolutionary theory and the digital humanities.

This conference explores recent attempts to move beyond mere qualitative theorizing about scientific cultures and their evolution and centers on the the question of the extent to which we can make quantitative predictions, extract quantitative data, or build quantitative models of and about scientific evolution over time. In addition to numerical models of cultural evolution drawn from the evolutionary sciences, quantitative data are also being extracted in the digital humanities. Cultural products like academic journal articles can be algorithmically mined in order to understand this body of work in a new light, offering data to help test hypothesis about scientific changes. By bringing together researchers with a common interest but with different disciplinary backgrounds and toolboxes, we hope to inspire cross-fertilization and new collaborations.

Questions addressed at this conference include:

*  What novel predictions do Darwinian accounts of science offer?

*  How can we test these predictions?

*  Can new work in the digital humanities, such as the automated mining and analysis of the scientific literature, shed light on Darwinian accounts of science?

*  Do formal evolutionary models or (quantitative) textual analyses permit a systematic approach to empirical issues in the realism-instrumentalism debate?

Keynote speakers:

Charles Pence (Louisiana State University)

Kimmo Eriksson (Mälardalen University and Stockholm University)

Mia Ridge (British Library)

Simon DeDeo (Indiana University & the Santa Fe Institute)

Abstracts must be received no later than June 7. Inquiries and abstracts should be directed to the conference organizers, Andreas De Block and Grant Ramsey, at the following addresses:

Andreas.deblock@hiw.kuleuven.be and grant@theramseylab.org

The conference receives financial support from the Institute of Philosophy (KU Leuven) and the FWO (Flemish Research Council).


Grant Ramsey



+1 574.344.0284


CFP: Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene: A Colloquium at NYU

Call for Proposals

Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene: A Colloquium
May 13-14, 2017
New York University

As stewards of a culture’s collective knowledge, libraries and archives are facing the realities of cataclysmic environmental change with a dawning awareness of its unique implications for their missions and activities. Some professionals in these fields are focusing new energies on the need for environmentally sustainable practices in their institutions. Some are prioritizing the role of libraries and archives in supporting climate change communication and influencing government policy and public awareness. Others foresee an inevitable unraveling of systems and ponder the role of libraries and archives in a world much different from the one we take for granted. Climate disruption, peak oil, toxic waste, deforestation, soil salinity and agricultural crisis, depletion of groundwater and other natural resources, loss of biodiversity, mass migration, sea level rise, and extreme weather events are all problems that indirectly threaten to overwhelm civilization’s knowledge infrastructures, and present information institutions with unprecedented challenges.

This colloquium will serve as a space to explore these challenges and establish directions for future efforts and investigations. We invite proposals from academics, librarians, archivists, activists, and others.

Some suggested topics and questions:

  • How can information institutions operate more sustainably?
  • How can information institutions better serve the needs of policy discussions and public awareness in the area of climate change and other threats to the environment?
  • How can information institutions support skillsets and technologies that are relevant following systemic unraveling?
  • What will information work look like without the infrastructures we take for granted?
  • How does information literacy instruction intersect with ecoliteracy?
  • How can information professionals support radical environmental activism?
  • What are the implications of climate change for disaster preparedness?
  • What role do information workers have in addressing issues of environmental justice?
  • What are the implications of climate change for preservation practices?
  • Should we question the wisdom of preserving access to the technological cultural legacy that has led to the crisis?
  • Is there a new responsibility to document, as a mode of bearing witness, the historical event of society’s confrontation with the systemic threat of climate change, peak oil, and other environmental problems?
  • Given the ideological foundations of libraries and archives in Enlightenment thought, and given that Enlightenment civilization may be leading to its own environmental endpoint, are these ideological foundations called into question? And with what consequences?

Lightning talk (5 minutes)
Paper (20 minutes)

Proposals are due August 1, 2016.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent by September 16, 2016.
Submit your proposal here: http://goo.gl/forms/rz7uN1mBNM

Planning committee:



CONFERENCE: Cognitive Futures in the Humanities 2016

  • Posted by: Georg Theiner
  • Posted Date: April 9, 2016
  • Filed Under: Philosophy

Cognitive Futures in the Humanities 2016

An international conference at the University of Helsinki, 13-15 June 2016


Merja Polvinen
(Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies / English philology, University of Helsinki)
Karin Kukkonen
(Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo)

In cooperation with:
Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki
Federation of Finnish Learned Societies

Contact coghum-2016@helsinki.fi.

Cognitive Futures in the Humanities is an international, interdisciplinary research network whose origins lie in a project funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), 2012-2014. It brings together scholars from fields such as literature, linguistics, philosophy, and beyond, whose work relates to, informs, or is informed by aspects of the cognitive, brain and behavioural sciences.

The network has been organising international conferences annually since 2013:
2013 Bangor
2014 Durham
2015 Oxford

If you are interested in joining the network, contact Dr Peter Garratt (Durham University).


Call for papers: Aesthetics and the 4E mind

Call for papers: British Society of Aesthetics Connections Conference Aesthetics and the 4E mind

Organisers: Dr Tom Roberts & Dr Joel Krueger

4th & 5th of July 2016

University of Exeter

A recent trend in philosophy of mind and cognitive science has come to rethink the role played by the brain in determining the content and character of our psychological states. These “4E” approaches see the mind as embodied, embedded, enacted, and/or extended: an agent’s mental life depends upon both her physical embodiment and her situatedness within a wider material and cultural environment.

This conference aims to explore whether, and how, this 4E paradigm can be applied to the distinctive cognitive and perceptual phenomena that belong to the aesthetic domain: those implicated in the agent’s powers of creativity, expression and performance (on the one hand) and those involved in her appreciation of, and engagement with, objects of aesthetic significance (on the other). It seeks to encourage dialogue between researchers whose expertise lies in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, and those who favour 4E approaches in philosophy of mind, with a view to understanding how these two camps together might fruitfully inform topics such as the performance and appreciation of artforms including music and dance; the role of material culture in supporting artistic achievement; and the lived experience of designed objects and the built environment.

Guiding questions include: How are an individual’s creative virtues shaped and scaffolded by her engagement with a material environment? Do art-makers create an artistic niche, as a thinker may create a cognitive niche? Is the 4E conception of affective experience as embodied and enacted able to shed light upon our emotional responses to aesthetic entities? To what extent is our experience of architecture and landscape determined by how these spaces solicit and afford skilful, embodied activity? How do our bodily capacities for movement inform our appreciation of music? Are there aesthetic affordances?

Invited speakers include:

  • Clare Mac Cumhaill (University of Durham)
  • Lambros Malafouris (University of Oxford)
  • Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (University of Sheffield)
  • Barbara Montero (City University of New York)
  • Bence Nanay (University of Antwerp & Cambridge University)
  • Erik Rietveld (University of Amsterdam)
  • Tom Cochrane (University of Sheffield)
  • Elisabeth Schellekens (University of Uppsala)

There is room for three submitted papers on the program. Please send abstracts no longer than 250 words to Joel Krueger (j.krueger@exeter.ac.uk) by 2 May. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 9 May. Early-career and untenured scholars are especially encouraged to apply. There are some funds available to help defray travel and accommodation expenses.

Conference website: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/sociology/events/aestheticsconnections/


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