The news archive of the German Society for Philosophy of Science (GWP).

Submitted by Nicole Gerstner (TU Darmstadt).

 

Im Fachbereich Gesellschafts- und Geschichtswissenschaften ist am Institut für Philosophie zum 1. Oktober 2022 eine

Universitätsprofessur (W2)
für „Wissenschafts- und Technikphilosophie“

zu besetzen.

Die_Der Stelleninhaber_in soll das Gebiet der Wissenschafts- und Technikphilosophie in seiner ganzen Breite in Forschung und Lehre vertreten. Erwartet werden entsprechende Arbeitsschwerpunkte in der zeitgenössischen Philosophie sowie in mindestens einem der klassischen historischen Gebiete der europäischen Philosophietradition. Im Sinne der Profilierung der Stelle und des Instituts sind darüber hinaus Anschlussfähigkeit an Forschungslinien des Darmstädter Instituts für Philosophie nachdrücklich erwünscht.

Von der gesuchten Persönlichkeit wird erwartet, dass sie sich als Geisteswissenschaftler_in im Rahmen der Forschungskultur einer Technischen Universität engagiert. Dies umfasst internationale Sichtbarkeit und Vernetzung, die Einwerbung von Drittmitteln sowie die Bereitschaft zur Kooperation in Forschung und Lehre mit anderen Fächern des Fachbereichs „Gesellschafts- und Geschichtswissenschaften“ sowie mit anderen Fachbereichen.

Es wird ferner erwartet, dass die_der Kandidat_in in der Lage ist, auf Deutsch und Englisch zu unterrichten. Daher werden neben ausgezeichneten Englisch-Kenntnissen ebenso ausgezeichnete Deutschkenntnisse vorausgesetzt, um sofort unterrichten und mit Kolleg_innen und Studierenden interagieren zu können.

Voraussetzungen einer erfolgreichen Bewerbung sind ein abgeschlossenes wissenschaftliches Hochschulstudium, eine mindestens sehr gute Promotion sowie die Habilitation oder habilitationsäquivalente Leistungen im Fach Philosophie.

Die Einstellung erfolgt im Beamtenverhältnis oder in einem außertariflichen Angestelltenverhältnis mit einer qualifikationsabhängigen Besoldung/Vergütung entsprechend der W-Besoldung. Diese wird zwischen Bewerber_in und Hochschulleitung verhandelt. Es gelten ferner die Einstellungsvoraussetzungen der §§ 61 und 62 Hessisches Hochschulgesetz.

Die Technische Universität Darmstadt strebt eine Erhöhung des Anteils der Frauen am Personal an und fordert deshalb besonders Frauen auf, sich zu bewerben. Bewerber_innen mit einem Grad der Behinderung von mindestens 50 oder diesen Gleichgestellte werden bei gleicher Eignung bevorzugt. Die Technische Universität Darmstadt ist als familiengerechte Hochschule zertifiziert und verfügt über ein Dual Career Programm.

Mit dem Absenden Ihrer Bewerbung willigen Sie ein, dass Ihre Daten zum Zwecke des Stellenbesetzungsverfahrens gespeichert und verarbeitet werden. Hier finden Sie unsere Datenschutzerklärung: https://www.tu-darmstadt.de/datenschutzerklaerung.en.jsp.

Bewerbungen mit Lebenslauf, Zeugnissen und Urkunden, einer Liste der wissenschaftlichen Publikationen, eine Kurzdarstellung von Thematik und Ansatz der Qualifikationsschriften (Dissertation und ggf. Habilitationsschrift) sowie einem Verzeichnis der Lehrveranstaltungen und einem Lehr- und Forschungskonzept sind schriftlich und elektronisch unter Angabe der Kenn-Nummer an das Dekanat des Fachbereichs Gesellschafts- und Geschichtswissenschaften, Dolivostraße 15, D-64293 Darmstadt und an die E-Mail-Adresse nf-wissenschaftsphilosophie@gugw.tu-darmstadt.de zu senden.

Kenn-Nr. 164
Veröffentlicht am: 23. März 2021
Bewerbungsfrist: 30. Mai 2021

Submitted by Ludger Jansen (WWU Münster).

 

Fachkulturen – Lehrkulturen.
Die Vielfalt der Hochschullehre wissenschaftstheoretisch reflektiert

— Ringvorlesung (online) des ZfW Münster —

Wer einen Blick in verschiedene Hörsäle und Seminarräume an Hochschulen wirft, wird feststellen, dass unterschiedliche Fächer gänzlich unterschiedliche Lehrformate wählen. Die interdisziplinäre Ringvorlesung‚ Fachkulturen – Lehrkulturen?‘ geht von der leitenden Vermutung aus, dass die Gestaltung der Lehre eng mit dem wissenschaftlichen Selbstverständnis ihrer jeweiligen Disziplin verbunden ist. Vertreterinnen und Vertreter unterschiedlicher Fachrichtungen werden in unserer Ringvorlesung einschlägige Beispiele aus Lehrveranstaltungen ihrer Disziplin vorstellen und dabei wissenschaftstheoretisch reflektieren, welche impliziten Annahmen über die Arbeitsweisen des eigenen Fachs in dieser Lehrpraxis enthalten sind. Die Fachdisziplinen der Vortragenden umfassen Philosophie, Erziehungswissenschaft, Physik, Germanistik, Rechtswissenschaft und Kunstdidaktik.

Die Ringvorlesung richtet sich an ein allgemeines Publikum. Die insgesamt sechs Vorträge der Reihe werden jeweils donnerstags von 18.15-20.00 Uhr in digitaler Form über die Plattform ‚Zoom‘ stattfinden. Den Auftakt bildet am 29. April 2021 ein Vortrag über die Fachkultur der Erziehungswissenschaften.

Vorträge

29.04.2021: Prof. Dr. Johannes Bellmann / Dr. Nicole Balzer / Eva Ehlers, M.A.:
Zwischen Wahrheit und Nützlichkeit? Erziehungswissenschaftliche Lehre als Spiegel einer heterogenen Disziplin

06.05.2021: Prof. Dr. Magdalena Eckes:
Wissen ist eine Stadt in Rheinland-Pfalz, Kunst nicht.

20.05.2021: Prof. Dr. Thomas Gutmann:
Sozialisation und Professionsbildung, oder: Von der „Eigenthümlichkeit der Juristenfacultät“

10.06.2021: Prof. Dr. Christian Thein / Dr. Markus Bohlmann:
Differenzen und Identitäten der Lehrkulturen in der akademischen Philosophie

24.06.2021: Prof. Dr. Heinicke / Paul Schlummer, M.Ed:
Das Physikalische Praktikum – eine Geschichte der Sozialisation in der experimentellen physikalischen Ausbildung

08.07.2021: Prof. Dr. Marion Bönnighausen:
(Umgang mit) Literatur lehren – in transdisziplinären Kontexten

Die Veranstaltung wird vom Zentrum für Wissenschaftstheorie (ZfW)
ausgerichtet und von Nicole Balzer, Johannes Bellmann, Eva Ehlers und Mario Kötter organisiert.

Anmeldung unter: https://listserv.uni-muenster.de/mailman/listinfo/zfw-rv

Weitere Informationen:
https://www.uni-muenster.de/Wissenschaftstheorie/ringvorlesung/fachkulturen_lehrkulturen.html

Programm zum Download:
https://www.uni-muenster.de/imperia/md/content/wissenschaftstheorie/pdf-dateien/plakat_rv_fachkulturen_____lehrkulturen.pdf

Wenden Sie sich gerne bei Fragen an: zfw@uni-muenster.de

Submitted by Michael Herrmann (HLRS).

 

CfA: Trust in Science

Conference series: Science and Art of Simulation (SAS)
High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart, Germany (HLRS)
27-28th of October 2021
Organized by the research group “Trust in information”

Trust is a central pillar of the scientific enterprise. Much work in the philosophy of science can be seen as coping with the problem of establishing trust in a certain theory, a certain model or even science as a whole. However, trust in science is threatened by various developments.

With the advent of more complex models and the increasing usage of computer methods as machine learning and computer simulation it seems increasingly challenging to establish trust in science. Policy decisions that are made on the basis of such models (e.g. climate or more recently covid policies) not only require a high level of trust from their users but also from the people affected. In addition, there are increasingly visible difficulties in communicating scientific practices and results to a wider public. To mention just two points in this regard: Scientific communication as well as the scientific handling of non-knowledge often takes place differently than in everyday life. While dissent is a normal mode of scientific communication within the sciences, seen from the outside it is often perceived as a failure. The enormous degree of agreement between scientists, which forms the basis for dissent, is then overlooked. The same applies to scientific non-knowledge, which often only becomes possible based on high levels of shared knowledge. Thus, non-knowledge can at least temporarily be considered a success in the sciences. Such differences between scientific and non-scientific communication may explain some of the difficulties regarding the trust issues at hand.

The question arises, however, as to what characterizes an appropriate relationship between trust and science in the first place. Blind trust in science is not a reasonable option. Skepticism is an essential moment of scientific progress; however, this should not result in elevating science and pseudoscience to the same level. This makes the question even more urgent: How and on what basis can an appropriate trust in science be built? We are interested in how trust is established in such cases of increasing complexity (of models and communication) and what could be appropriate measures to alleviate doubt.

Topics
Interested scientists, philosophers, sociologists, historians, mathematicians, and journalists can submit contributions on the following topics (non-exclusive):

  • The epistemology of trust in science (e.g. increasing trust through replication, RCTs, etc.)
  • Trust as an epistemic virtue
  • Scientist trusting scientist
  • Benchmarks, measures, criteria for trustworthy science?
  • Principles, guidelines, best practices as attempts to make science trustworthy
  • The public trusting scientists/science (communicating scientific results)
  • Role of publishing raw research data for creating trust
  • Images of science and scientists in public
  • The role of trust for science in an open society
  • Historical perspectives on trust in science
  • Coping with doubt in the sciences
  • Trusting or doubting computer methods, especially AI and computer simulation
  • Algorithmic Bias

Dates & Deadlines

Abstracts (max. 3,000 characters including spaces without references) can be submitted until 15th June 21. Submissions should be prepared for anonymous review (no information identifying the author). Applicants will be notified latest by 15th July 21. Accepted papers will be published in a proceeding volume by Springer.

It is planned that the conference will take place at the HLRS in Stuttgart. But depending on the covid situation in autumn the conference might be held partially or completely online. Even if the conference is to be held on venue in Stuttgart, speakers will have the opportunity to give their presentation virtually.

For submissions: https://philo.hlrs.de/openconf/openconf.php

If you have any questions, please contact phil@hlrs.de

HLRS is a research institute and a supercomputer center with one of the fastest computer systems worldwide. HLRS conducts its own research in the field of high-performance computing. Emphasis is placed on the topics of scalability, performance optimization, big data, green IT, and in the application areas of health, environment, energy and mobility. HLRS houses a department for the philosophy of computational sciences headed by Dr. Andreas Kaminski.

Submitted by Nele Röttger (Bielefeld University).

 

CfA: Two professorships Medical Humanities

Help us shape the new Medical School at Bielefeld University: interprofessional, future-oriented, diverse, and strong in research and teaching

Bielefeld University stands for interdisciplinarity, high research and teaching quality, and the further development of gender-equitable university culture. A wide variety of disciplines, perspectives, and people work together in an interdisciplinary way to ensure innovative research and teaching at the highest level. To approximately 25.000 students, a differentiated range of disciplines in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and technical sciences is open. Besides its international orientation, Bielefeld University is excellently networked in the medium-sized city and region.

A new course of study in human medicine currently is created at Bielefeld University, which will begin teaching in the winter semester of 2021/22. In context with the foundation of the Medical School at Bielefeld University, there are two professorships to fill within the Medical Humanities. The professors will be members of the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology and at the same time members of the Medical School. The appointment procedure will be carried out jointly by both faculties.

+++ Professorship for Ethics of Medicine (W3) and Professorship for History and Philosophy of Medicine (W2 tenure track W2) +++

The topic area of ethics, philosophy of science, and history of medicine is of particular importance at Bielefeld University. In teaching, the holders of these professorships are responsible for the ethical, historical, and scientific-theoretical elements of the core curriculum and the establishment and further development of the profile area Medical Humanities. In research, the embeddedness in the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology stand for the claim to design scientific projects in interaction with the subjects of philosophy and history. The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science (I²SoS), among others, provides a sound basis for this interdisciplinary networking.

Besides, we expect that the position holders participate actively in developing the medical research profile of the Medical Faculty.

The following further prerequisites apply for filling the professorships:

Professorship for History and Philosophy of Medicine (W2 tenure track W2)

Expected are

  • an internationally visible personality, capable of representing the subjects of history of medicine and philosophy of medicine (as a part of philosophy of science) entirely in research and teaching
  • a university degree in history, philosophy, human medicine, or in a subject relevant to the history and philosophy of medicine
  • excellent research achievements in at least one of the two subjects as well as proven research in the other, ideally integration of both research subjects
  • international publication activity
  • teaching experience in the history and philosophy of medicine
  • experience in the acquisition (and management) of third-party funded projects
  • experience in interdisciplinary collaborations in teaching and/or research
  • a Ph.D. in history (ideally in the field of history of medicine), or in the philosophy of science (ideally in the field of philosophy of medicine), or in a related field
  • additional scientific achievements after the doctorate in the history of medicine and/or the philosophy of medicine, according to § 36 para. 1, item 4 HG NRW, which qualify the candidate for the professorship
  • the willingness to further develop the field of Medical Humanities in research and teaching in a cooperative way (especially with the holder of the professorship for ethics in medicine)
  • the willingness to participate in the Department of History, the Department of Philosophy, and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science (I2SoS)

Desired are

  • experience and commitment to the promotion of young researchers
  • experience in teaching/research on gender or diversity topics

Professorship for Ethics of Medicine (W3)

Expected are

  • an internationally visible personality, capable of representing the subjects of ethics in medicine entirely in research and teaching
  • a university degree in human medicine, philosophy, or in another topic relevant to the ethics of medicine
  • a qualified doctorate in the ethics of medicine, or a related philosophical field such as applied ethics, or an identified focus in the ethics of medicine
  • additional scientific achievements after the doctorate in applied ethics, preferably in medical ethics, according to § 36 para. 1, item 4 HG NRW, which qualify for the professorship
  • excellent research achievements in medical ethics or a related field
  • experience in the acquisition and management of third-party funded projects
  • relevant teaching experience
  • experience in interdisciplinary cooperation in teaching and research
  • willingness to make the embedding of medical ethics issues in contemporary moral philosophy the research subject
  • the willingness to cooperatively develop the field of Medical Humanities in research and teaching (especially with the holder of the professorship for History and Philosophy of Science of Medicine)
  • experience and commitment to the promotion of young researchers

Desired are

  • experience in interdisciplinary cooperation with medical/nursing professional groups and/or health care institutions
  • experience in communicating medical ethical topics and contents in public discourse
  • experience in teaching/research on gender or diversity topics

The process of building up the Medical School at Bielefeld offers a great deal of creative freedom and is associated with a wide range of challenges. We would like to offer these professorships to people who will help us shaping this development in research and teaching creatively and ambitiously. Also, committed participation in the university academic self-administration is part of the job profile. The teaching load comprises 9 LVS each according to § 3 para. 1 no. 1 LVV from the start of the study program.

Applications from suitable severely disabled persons and persons with disabilities of equal status are expressly encouraged.
Bielefeld University has received several awards for its success in equal opportunities and is certified as a family-friendly university. Among other things, Bielefeld University pursues a committed equal opportunities policy concerning the appointment of professorships and would expressly like to invite qualified female applicants to apply. Applications are treated in accordance with the State Equality Act. Family times are considered positively in the context of the selection decision.
Both Faculties consider equality between women and men to be an essential task, and the future jobholder will be involved in its implementation.
Bielefeld University promotes dual-career couples and supports them with a range of services to help them create a common place of work and life.

Please submit applications with the usual documents (curriculum vitae, list of publications with identification of the ten most important publications, list of courses, copies of academic certificates) by 30.04.2021 via the online appointment portal of the Medical School: https://berufungen.uni-bielefeld.de/.

In addition to the usual application documents and information, we ask you to submit a two-page teaching and research concept that refers to the Medical School planned profile, the cooperation possibilities at the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, and previous relevant experience. The concept paper should also include current and/or future gender- and diversity- specific content of relevance for the advertised professorship. Furthermore, we expect a brief outline of your planned equal opportunities activities, especially with regard to the promotion of young female scientists and the compatibility of career and family.

Contact:

Bielefeld University

Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology
Dean Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Kramper
Phone +49 (0) 521/106-3004 (secretariat Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Kramper)
dekan-gephth@uni-bielefeld.de

and

Bielefeld University Medical School OWL
Founding Dean Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Claudia Hornberg
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld
Phone +49 (0) 521/106-67467 (secretariat Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Claudia Hornberg)
gruendungsdekanin.medizin@uni-bielefeld.de

Submitted by Schaufler Lab (TU Dresden).

 

Call for Abstracts

Artificial Intelligence as a Concept in the Humanities and Social Sciences

December 1-3, 2021 // Interdisciplinary Conference at TU Dresden, Germany

Current debates on artificial intelligence (AI) in the humanities and social sciences seem to be concerned primarily with the effects of the application of AI technologies within a variety of social scenarios. One way in which these effects have been discussed considers the mechanisms of reproduction as well as reinforcement of existing social inequalities and forms of discrimination (see e.g., Apprich et al. 2018). At the same time, there are a number of studies which address polarizing political tendencies in public spaces (Ingold 2017, Vesting 2019), or questions pertaining to restrictions of individual agency as related to the implementation of AI processes in various areas of social life (König 2019, Block/Dickel 2020). Current discussions of these transformative processes also emphasize different social, cultural, and political aspects of the dissemination of AI technologies such as the technological formalization of knowledge, the processing of contingent future scenarios into predictions (Esposito 2017), or the distribution of technological infrastructures between states and organizations. Related questions of hegemonic cultural structures (Galloway 2020) and geopolitical implications (Bratton 2015) in turn arise from these considerations. Notably there have also been fruitful attempts to make sense of the statistical and mathematical foundations of AI in their social implications (Mackenzie 2017, Heintz 1993), or to trace their institutional embeddedness as well as their distributed infrastructural complexity (Crawford/Joler 2018).

In contrast to the aforementioned approaches, the first conference of the Schaufler Kolleg@TU Dresden aims to center its discussions around adequate concepts of AI in the humanities and social sciences. Current theoretical approaches assume, for instance, that the adaptive algorithmic processing of information is based on the extraction of knowledge in the form of data (Joler/Pasquinelli 2020) which generates “patterns” (Nassehi 2019). These patterns bear traces of their social origins and need to be interpreted in order to generate meaning. Our conference will analytically explore the theoretical implications of these mechanisms as well as those of other, possibly less considered mechanisms. Which concepts are particularly well suited for a better understanding of AI, especially with regard to its complex embeddedness in social and cultural realities? How can we work on a common language toward a shared understanding of AI? Which bodies of knowledge can be adopted as a source of inspiration and which concepts are better discarded altogether?

Proposals for contributions should focus, in a broad sense, on conceptual work concerning AI as well as its relationship to other concepts that are paradigmatic to related discussions. Proposals should reflect in some way on one or some combination of the following thematic complexes:

  • intelligence, reasoning, computation, learning, judgment, and decision-making
  • materiality, situatedness, and (social) identity
  • communication, technology, infrastructure, information, and knowledge
  • autonomy, control, ecology, and agency
  • inequality, discrimination, hegemony, and violence

Our approach is based on the assumption that an interdisciplinary approach to concepts of AI can better contribute to a critical understanding of AI as a real-world phenomenon and that such an exchange between diverse fields of study would be helpful both for expanding perspectives in empirical scenarios and specifying analytical approaches to AI in the humanities and social sciences. We assume that negotiating the advantages as well as disadvantages of different approaches, including in dialogue with the natural sciences and engineering, can open up new and productive approaches to studying AI. Therefore, we are particularly eager to receive proposals that seek to build bridges across alleged epistemic gaps and welcome concepts that enable connections between previously disparate discussions of AI.

We invite abstracts (300-500 words) to be submitted to schaufler.tagung@tu-dresden.de by 30 April 2021. The organizers (Richard Groß & Ann-Kathrin Koster) can be reached at the same address for questions concerning the conference and suitable formats.

The conference will be held online, as a hybrid event or in-person, depending on the COVID-19 pandemic situation. All participants will be informed in advance of the conference as soon as a decision has been made.

 

Schaufler Kolleg@TU Dresden is a graduate school and part of Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden, which also includes Schaufler Residency@TU Dresden, an artist-in-residence program. In the first funding phase of the Lab, graduate students from the humanities dedicate their doctoral projects to artificial intelligence as a factor and consequence of social and cultural change, while the artist-in-residence program offers international artists the opportunity to work on the topic for six months in close cooperation with the graduate school and other departments at TU Dresden.

Submitted by Axel Gelfert (TU Berlin).

 

GWP.2022

Fourth International Conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science

Call for Papers – Call for Symposia

Technische Universität Berlin

Berlin, Germany

March 21-23, 2022

 

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2021.

Acceptance Notification: November 2021.

 

Plenary lectures will be given by:

  • Anjan Chakravartty (Miami)
  • Mazviita Chirimuuta (Edinburgh)
  • Brigitte Falkenburg (Dortmund/Berlin)
  • Branden Fitelson (Northeastern/Boston)
  • Hans Rott (Regensburg)
  • Jutta Schickore (IU Bloomington)

 

The German Society for Philosophy of Science (Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsphilosophie – GWP) was founded in September 2011 with the aim to better integrate the community of philosophers of science and scientists interested in philosophy of science in Germany and thereby to promote the field at a local and international level. The GWP organizes an international conference every three years. Our fourth conference will be hosted by the TU Berlin in March 2022.

 

We invite contributed papers across all fields of philosophy of science. Contributed papers will be clustered into parallel sessions focusing on particular themes or special sciences.

 

We welcome proposals for individual papers (30 min plus 10 min discussion) or symposia (3 speakers in a combined 2-hour session). Graduate students are especially encouraged to submit proposals for either individual papers or symposia. All proposals must be submitted electronically through the EasyChair system (for more information see below). Please note that first-time users need to register as users of EasyChair.

 

Proposals for individual papers: Please submit your proposal for an individual paper either as an “extended abstract” (by filling in the corresponding EasyChair form) or by uploading a separate PDF (especially if it contains formal symbols), but not both. Proposals for papers should include the title and abstract (up to 500 words). Please ensure that your abstract does not contain information that reveals your identity to the reviewers. Enter the author information into the “Author Information” box; this information will not be accessible to the reviewers. All submissions will be subjected to a blind refereeing procedure.

 

Symposium proposals: Submit your proposal for a symposium by uploading a separate PDF. Symposia proposals should include the symposium title, a description of the symposium’s rationale (up to 500 words) and for each of the 3 speakers the title and abstract (up to 500 words each). Please prepare your symposium proposal for blind review. Enter the author information into the “Author Information” box for all three speakers of the symposium (and for the organizer if (s)he is different from the speakers); this information will not be accessible to the reviewers. The organizer of the symposium should be the corresponding author (check the box).

 

No one will be permitted to present more than once at GWP.2022. Nevertheless, authors can simultaneously make one submission (as corresponding author) for each of the two above types (contributed paper, symposium). If a symposium proposal in which you are a presenting author is accepted, a contributed paper for which you are the presenting author will be turned down. One may appear as co-author more than once, but may present at GWP.2022 only once. The recommended conference language is English, but contributions in German will also be considered. If you are a graduate student, please indicate this by adding “(graduate student)” in the field “organization” of “Author information” after the name of your organization.

 

For submission via EasyChair see: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=gwp2022

Conference Website: http://gwp2022.wissphil.de

The deadline for all submissions is: June 30, 2021.

Expected notification of acceptance by the beginning of November 2021.

Local organizers: Axel Gelfert (chair), Birgit Beck, Beate Krickel

GWP organizers: Gerhard Schurz (president), Uljana Feest, Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla, Alexander Gebharter, Vera Hoffmann-Kolss, Thomas Reydon

Submitted by Leonie Wiemeyer (Leibniz Universität Hannover / Universität Bielefeld).

 

Call for Applications (CfA)

CfA: 5 Doctoral Candidates (all genders) in Ethics of Science and/or Philosophy of Science, Hannover/Bielefeld

Einreichfrist/Deadline: 06.05.2021

Leibniz University Hannover and Bielefeld University (Germany) invite applications for the position of

5 Doctoral Candidates (all genders; salary scale E13 TV-L, 65%)
in Ethics of Science and/or Philosophy of Science

starting 1 October 2021, within the Graduiertenkolleg (research training group) GRK 2073 “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research”.

The positions are limited to 30 September 2024. At least two of the positions are expected to be located at Leibniz University Hannover and at least two at Bielefeld University.

For further information, please see https://grk2073.org/apply/.

Submitted by Uljana Feest (Leibniz University Hannover).

 

WORKSHOP

Bias and Discrimination in Algorithmic Decision-Making
Issues in Explainable AI #3
October 8/9, 2021, Hannover, Germany

Keynote Speakers:

  • Emily Sullivan (TU Eindhoven)
  • Christian Heinze (U Heidelberg)
  • Markus Langer (U Saarland)
  • Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (U Aarhus)

CALL FOR PAPERS

Algorithmic predictions are increasingly used to inform, guide, justify or even replace human decision-making in many areas of society. However, there is growing evidence that algorithmic predictions are often shaped by bias and discrimination and thus threaten to have detrimental effects on certain social groups and on social cohesion in general.
We invite researchers to present their work and discuss their ideas concerning these challenges at our workshop in Hannover. The workshop will be held in person, but depending on the development of the pandemic it may be shifted online.

Contributions from various disciplines, including epistemology, ethics, law, sociology, psychology, and computer science, are welcome.
Presentations (20 minutes) may include, but are not limited to, research on the following topics:

  • Conceptual issues of algorithmic bias and discrimination (epistemology of computer bias vs. human bias; meaning and classification of algorithmic discrimination; psychological, sociological, legal, technical frameworks for capturing algorithmic discrimination etc.)
  • Normative tenets of dealing with algorithmic bias and discrimination (relation to theories of social fairness and political justice; stereotype threat, affirmative action and their application to algorithmic discrimination; connections of discrimination to issues such as AI explainability, AI transparency, AI autonomy etc.)
  • Analyses of types of discrimination, fields of application, or kinds of implementation (discrimination with regard to gender, race, religion, age, health; discrimination in job hiring, credit granting, predictive policing, advertisement selection, recommendation systems; challenges and solutions for supervised learning, unsupervised learning, reinforcement learning etc.)

Submissions: Anonymized applications must be submitted as written abstracts (maximum 500 words) through easy chair (Link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bad2021). The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2021. Notifications concerning participation will be issued by June 30, 2021.

Organization: The workshop is organized by the interdisciplinary project “Bias and Discrimination in Big Data and Algorithmic Processing – BIAS” (www.bias-project.org), funded by Volkswagen Foundation. It is part of the workshop series “Issues in Explainable AI” (www.explainable-intelligent.systems)

Contact: Prof. Uljana Feest, Leibniz University Hannover, Institute of Philosophy, Im Moore 21, D-30167 Hannover, Germany. E-mail: feest@philos.uni-hannover.de

Submitted by Corina Strößner (Ruhr University Bochum).

 

CARLA 2021

The first international workshop “Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application” took place at the Institute of Cognitive Science at Osnabrück University in 2018, followed by a virtual event as part of the Bolzano Summer of Knowledge (BOSK) in 2020. Following its great success, we are organizing a third international workshop “Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application” (CARLA) in 2021. We invite the submission of abstracts to the workshop. 

Time and Venue: 

Date: 16.09.2021 – 17.09.2021 
Venue: Bolzano & virtual (hybrid event), co-located with FOIS 2021 (13.09.2021 – 16.09.2021) and ICCS 2021 (20.09.2021 – 23.09.2021). 

IMPORTANT: CARLA 2021 is currently planned to be conducted as a hybrid event allowing for both physical and virtual attendance. More information about how to attend will follow. 

Invited Talks:

Monique Flecken, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen 

Antonio Lieto, Department of Computer Science, University Turin 

Call for Abstracts:

“Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application” (CARLA) is an international workshop aimed at fostering interdisciplinary exchange about research on concepts. It invites contributions from all fields related to cognitive science, including (but not limited to) linguistics, artificial intelligence, psychology, philosophy, logic, and computer science.

The workshop is open for research on any aspect of concepts, but there are three overarching topics that are of special interest with the following (not exhaustive) list of exemplary subtopics:

  • Representation: How can we formally describe and model concepts?
    • Conceptual Spaces, Conceptual Domains, Frames
    • Lexical Semantics and Pragmatics
    • Grounded Cognition, Embodiment, 4E Cognition
  • LearningWhere do concepts come from and how are they acquired?
    • Evolution of Concepts
    • Cross-Cultural and Social Aspects of Concepts
    • Developmental Psychology of Concepts
  • ApplicationHow are concepts used in cognitive tasks?
    • Event Cognition
    • Artificial Agents
    • Concept Blending, Metaphors, Creativity

This workshop provides an excellent opportunity to present and discuss ongoing research on concepts, both from theoretical/formal and applied/experimental viewpoints. We invite concept researchers from all fields related to cognitive science to submit abstracts to the workshop. 

Submission and Publication:

We invite the submission of abstracts via EasyChair until May 16, 2021. Acceptance notifications will be sent out by June 16, 2021. 

The abstracts should use two to three pages (including references) and should be uploaded as pdf based on the following template (LaTeX or Word) which is based on Springer’s LNCS style: Download Template

We will use the following EasyChair instance to collect and review the submissions: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=carla2021

Depending on the number and quality of the received submissions, selected contributions may be published after the workshop. More information on this will follow. 

Organizers:

Lucas Bechberger, Institute of Cognitive Science, Osnabrück University
Viviana Haase, Institute for Philosophy II, Ruhr University Bochum
Nicolás Araneda Hinrichs, Institute for Applied Linguistics and Translatology, University Leipzig & Laboratory for Psycholinguistics, University Concepción
Mingya Liu, Department of English and American Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin
Alessandro Panunzi, Università degli Studi di Firenze; University of Florence
Stefan Schneider, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
Corina Strößner, Emmy Noether Group “From perception to belief and back again”, Ruhr University Bochum
Paola Vernillo, Università degli Studi di Firenze; University of Florence

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, is organising the seventh

Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students 2021

July 18-23, 2021

https://www.mathsummer.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/index.html
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The summer school is open to excellent female students who want to specialise in mathematical philosophy. We are currently planning to hold the summer school as an in-person event. Due to the uncertainty of the current situation, however, we ask prospective participants not to make any travel arrangements until you receive our confirmation that the summer school is going ahead as planned. We are very pleased to announce that we will be able to offer some funding towards offsetting the costs of travel and accommodation in Munich. 

Applications are now accepted via the online application form on the summer school’s website: https://www.mathsummer.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/call-for-application/index.html

Submitted by Florian Boge (Wuppertal University).

 

Call for Papers for a Minds & Machines Special Issue on

Machine Learning: Prediction Without Explanation?

https://www.springer.com/journal/11023/updates/18180316

***Extended Deadline: 30 April 2021***

Description
Over the last decades, Machine Learning (ML) techniques have gained central prominence in many areas of science. ML typically aims at pattern recognition and prediction, and in many cases has become a better tool for these purposes than traditional methods. The downside, however, is that ML does not seem to provide any explanations, at least not in the same sense as theories or traditional models do.

This apparent lack of explanation is often also linked to the opacity of ML techniques, sometimes referred to as the ‘Black Box Challenge’. Methods such as heat maps or adversarial examples are aimed at reducing this opacity and opening the black box. But at present, it remains an open question how and what exactly these methods explain and what the nature of these explanations is.
While in some areas of science this may not create any interesting philosophical challenges, in many fields, such as medicine, climate science, or particle physics, an explanation may be desired; among other things for the sake of rendering subsequent decisions and policy making transparent. Moreover, explanation and understanding are traditionally construed as central epistemic aims of science in general. Does a turn to ML techniques hence imply a radical shift in the aims of science? Does it require us to rethink science-based policy making? Or does it mean we need to rethink our concepts of explanation and understanding?

In this Special Issue, we want to address this complex of questions regarding explanation and prediction, as it attaches to ML applications in science and beyond.
We invite papers focusing on but not restricted to the following topics:

  • (How) can ML results be used for the sake of explaining scientific observations?
  • If so, what is the nature of these explanations?
  • Will future science favor prediction above explanation?
  • If so, what does this mean for science-based decision and policy making?
  • What is explained about ML by methods such as saliency maps and adversarials?
  • Does ML introduce a shift from classical notions of scientific explanation, such as causal-mechanistic, covering law-, or unification-based, towards a purely statistical one?
  • (Why) should we trust ML applications, given their opacity?
  • (Why) should we care about the apparent loss of explanatory power?

The Special Issue is guest edited by members of the project The impact of computer simulations and machine learning on the epistemic status of LHC Data, part of the DFG/FWF-funded interdisciplinary research unit The Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider

For more information, please visit https://www.lhc-epistemology.uni-wuppertal.de

Timetable
Deadline for paper submissions: 30 April 2021
Deadline for paper reviewing: 18 June 2021
Deadline for submission of revised papers: 02 July 2021
Deadline for reviewing revised papers: 06 August 2021
Papers will be published in 2021

Submission Details
To submit a paper for this special issue, authors should go to the journal’s Editorial Manager https://www.editorialmanager.com/mind/default.aspx The author (or a corresponding author for each submission in case of co- authored papers) must register into EM.
The author must then select the special article type: “Machine Learning: Prediction without Explanation?” from the selection provided in the submission process. This is needed in order to assign the submissions to the Guest Editor.
Submissions will then be assessed according to the following procedure:
New Submission => Journal Editorial Office => Guest Editor(s) => Reviewers => Reviewers’ Recommendations => Guest Editor(s)’ Recommendation => Editor-in-Chief’s Final Decision => Author Notification of the Decision.
The process will be reiterated in case of requests for revisions.

Guest Editors

  • Dr. Florian J. Boge, postdoctoral researcher, Interdisciplinary Centre for Science and Technology Studies (IZWT), Wuppertal University
  • Paul Grünke, doctoral student, research group “Philosophy of Engineering, Technology Assessment, and Science”, Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Rafaela Hillerbrand, head of the research group “Philosophy of Engineering, Technology Assessment, and Science”, Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

For any further information please contact:
– Dr. Florian J. Boge: fjboge@uni-wuppertal.de
– Paul Grünke: paul.gruenke@kit.edu

Submitted by Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla (DCLPS, University of Duesseldorf)

 

CALL FOR PAPERS (Salzburg, deadline: May 1, 2021)

Salzburg Conference for Young Analytic Philosophy: SOPhiA 2021
September 9 – 11, 2021
Department of Philosophy (Humanities), University of Salzburg, Austria

Aim:
SOPhiA 2021 provides an opportunity for students and doctoral candidates in philosophy to take a first peek into the philosophical business and to get in touch with prospective and well-established philosophers. Contributions in every discipline of philosophy (epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, etc.) are welcome. As common in analytic philosophy, contributors should make use of understandable language as well as rational argumentation. In addition to the conference presentations, there will also be affiliated workshops on selected topics in analytic philosophy.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Marian David (University of Graz)
  • Herlinde Pauer-Studer (University of Vienna)
  • Markus Schrenk (University of Duesseldorf)

Workshops:

  • Scientific Impartiality and Marginalized Groups (Organisation: Sophie Nagler (Oxford, MCMP) & Hannah Pillin (LSE, MCMP) & Deniz Sarikaya (Hamburg))
  • Moral and Scientific Expertise (Organisation: Alexander Christian, Julia Mirkin (Duesseldorf))
  • Social Ontology (Organisation: Thorben Peterson (Bremen))
  • Realities of Free Will (Organisation: Maria Sekatskaya (Duesseldorf))

Call for papers:
Students and doctoral candidates (pre-doc) in philosophy are encouraged to submit an abstract prepared for double-blind review. We are committed to fostering diversity and equality in our programs. Submissions from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. Abstracts should not exceed 2.000 characters. All submissions should be suitable for a presentation of approximately 20 minutes in length (plus 10 minutes discussion). Please submit your abstract with a biographical note and a short CV attached in a separate document at http://www.sophia-conference.org/ until May 1, 2021. Attendees are asked to register at the same site before the conference. Note that authors may appear as co-authors on multiple submissions, but not more often than once as first author/presenter.

Additional information concerning COVID-19:
At the moment, we are planning the conference as a physical event. If it will be possible to hold the conference as a physical event in September 2021, the conference will conform to the COVID-19 safety measures for public events according to recent standards at that time. The organising committee reserves the right to hold the conference as a mixed or online event if need be. Authors of accepted contributions will be updated and informed in time about the status of the conference.

SOPhiA best paper award:
Contributors are also invited to submit a full paper (from 4.000 up to 8.000 words) not including any author or affiliation information. A selection of full papers will be published in KRITERION — Journal of Philosophy. The best contribution will also be awarded with 250 EUR at SOPhiA 2021. Please prepare your full paper according to the guidelines available at http://www.kriterion-journal-of-philosophy.org/ and submit it via e-mail (subject line: SOPhiA 2021) to editor@kriterion-journal-of-philosophy.org. Please note that only full papers in English submitted before the general deadline (May 1, 2021) can be considered for the SOPhiA best paper award and that contributors are not allowed to be first or co-author of more than one paper submitted for the SOPhiA best paper award.

Submission deadline: May 1, 2021
Notification deadline: June 1, 2021
Website: www.sophia-conference.org