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

Submitted by Stefan Riegelnik (University of Zurich).

 

CfR: Master class with Philip Kitcher: The Progress of Inquiry (Zürich, 12.-13. Oktober 2021, Universität Zürich)

Date: 12-13 October 2021

Further information and reading list: http://www.philosophie.uzh.ch/mc

Department of Philosophy, University of Zurich.

Synopsis

People engage in inquiry not only when they attempt to gain factual knowledge, but in other domains of life as well. We ask what we should do, how we should live, what experiences would be worthwhile – and how we can improve our physical skills, tend an attractive flowerbed, or finish a poem. Traditional epistemology views the case of factual knowledge as paradigmatic, identifying inquiry as progressive insofar as it delivers the truth. The result of this stance is to raise difficult (if not intractable) issues with respect to other domains. If we make progress in moral inquiry or in mathematics or in cooking, how should we make sense of the notion of truth that undergirds our advances? Must there be realms of moral values, abstract objects, ideal skills represented in the discoveries successful inquiries yield?

Pragmatism, especially in the versions developed by William James and John Dewey, inverts the supposed relation between progress and truth. Instead of viewing progress as measured by our ever closer approximations to a pre-existent truth, pragmatists propose that truth is what emerges from well-conducted inquiry. The proposal opens up the possibility of treating the varieties of inquiry in a uniform fashion, and, within the overarching framework, of distinguishing the special features of particular domains.

This class will attempt to elaborate this approach with respect to the sciences, mathematics, morality, and ethics. Its aim will be to show how to reorient traditional questions in epistemology and metaphysics, so that well-known difficulties are dissolved.

The number of participating students is limited. If you would like to be considered for a place, please send an expression of interest, including a brief description of your area of research and how you hope to benefit from the Master class to phd@philos.uzh.ch by September 15, 2021.

Submitted by Anne Patzelt (TU Dresden).

 

Das von der The Schaufler Foundation und der Technischen Universität Dresden kofinanzierte Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden bietet im Rahmen des Graduiertenkollegs Schaufler Kolleg@TU Dresden zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt ein

Promotionsstipendium mit dem Schwerpunkt Philosophie
zum Thema: „Künstliche Intelligenz als Faktor und Folge gesellschaftlichen und kulturellen Wandels“

für den Zeitraum von zwei Jahren mit der Option auf Verlängerung um ein Jahr an. Das Stipendium (1750,- EUR monatlich, zzgl. Sachkostenzuschuss) richtet sich an Nachwuchswissenschaftler/innen aus den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, vorzugsweise mit einem Schwerpunkt im Fach Philosophie.

Im Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden kooperieren Forschende aus den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften mit Kunstschaffenden und Forschenden aus den MINT-Fächern zum Leitthema „Künstliche Intelligenz als Faktor und Folge gesellschaftlichen und kulturellen Wandels”. Dabei geht es um die Frage, wie Künstliche Intelligenz (KI) (verstanden sowohl als technische Verarbeitungsform von Wissen als auch als Objekt kultureller Imagination) kulturelle und gesellschaftliche Strukturen verändert und andererseits selbst durch diese hervorgebracht und verändert wird. Das Thema wird aus ethischer, sozialer, rechtlicher, politischer historischer, medialer und ästhetischer Perspektive beforscht.

Die Universität unterstützt ihre Mitglieder bei der Vereinbarkeit von Beruf und Familie und bietet familienfreundliche Studien- und Arbeitsbedingungen. Zudem werden über die Graduiertenakademie und andere Zentrale Einrichtungen Weiterbildungs- und Qualifikationsmöglichkeiten angeboten (z. B. Projektmanagement, Softskills, Sprachkurse). Von den Bewerbenden werden ein überdurchschnittlicher wiss. Hochschulabschluss in einem geistes- oder sozialwiss. Fach – mit erkennbaren Bezügen zu philosophischen Fragestellungen – und eine hohe Bereitschaft zu interdisziplinärer Arbeit sowie zur Forschung und zu Kooperationen mit Künstlern/-innen im Rahmen des Schaufler Labs@TU Dresden erwartet. Es werden gemeinsame Räumlichkeiten zu Verfügung gestellt. Die Teilnahme am Lehrprogramm des Kollegs ist verpflichtend. Es werden Weiterbildungs- und Qualifikationsmöglichkeiten angeboten, auch KI betreffend.

Frauen sind ausdrücklich zur Bewerbung aufgefordert. Selbiges gilt auch für Menschen mit Behinderungen. Potentielle Stipendiaten/-innen bewerben sich bitte mit Motivationsschreiben, tabellarischem Lebenslauf, relevanten Zeugnissen und einem Exposé im Umfang von maximal 20.000 Zeichen für ein Promotionsvorhaben. Besonders erwünscht sind interdisziplinär angelegte Projekte. Hierbei sind auch Kooperationen von Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften mit Natur- und Ingenieurwissenschaften denkbar. Ihre Bewerbung senden Sie bitte bis 02.09.2021 (es gilt der Poststempel der ZPS der TU Dresden) bevorzugt über das SecureMail Portal der TU Dresden https://securemail.tu-dresden.de als ein PDF-Dokument an lutz.hagen@tu-dresden.de bzw. an: TU Dresden, Philosophische Fakultät, Sprecher des Graduiertenkolleg Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden, Herrn Prof. Dr. Lutz Hagen, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden. Ihre Bewerbungsunterlagen werden nicht zurückgesandt, bitte reichen Sie nur Kopien ein. Vorstellungskosten werden nicht übernommen.

Submitted by Catherine Herfeld (University of Zurich).

 

Call for Registration for the Conference ‘Preferences, Commitments and Choice’

Three-day conference on ‘Preferences, Commitments and Choice’, which will take place on September 9 – 11, 2021 via Zoom.

Scientific Organization: Michael Messerli, Catherine Herfeld, Kevin Reuter

Keynote Speakers:

  • Cristina Bicchieri (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Daniel Hausman (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Call for Registration:
We invite everyone interested to register for the conference. Registration requests should be submitted via email to Preferences2021@gmail.com. There is no registration fee. Everybody is welcome to attend.

Goals of the Conference:
The concepts of preference, commitment, and choice have a long history in philosophy and the social sciences. At the same time, there is no consensus on how exactly they should be understood. Regarding the concept of preference, for instance, behaviorists have argued that they should be interpreted as being revealed by choices. Others, such as for example mentalists, have argued for more substantive accounts of preferences and interpret them as, e.g., sui generis mental states.

One goal of the conference is to take stock and see where discussions about the nature, structure, and interpretations of those three concepts stand and what kind of issues should be discussed to move those discussions forward. A second goal of the conference is to investigate the phenomenon of counter-preferential choices, the role that commitments play in this context, and how we can think about commitments within a decision-theoretic framework. Finally, we will link this discussion to more general issues regarding rationality and norms, tackling questions such as, e.g., can reasonable choices be understood with decision theory? How do commitments differ from moral and social norms? How do counter-preferential choices and norm-guided behavior relate to each other and how should we conceptualize both?

We will discuss those sets of issues from the perspectives of philosophy, economics and psychology, thereby pushing the debates on preferences, choice, and commitment even further towards interdisciplinary approaches.

Please check our conference website for any updates regarding the final program: https://sites.google.com/view/precomchoice

This conference is sponsored by the Swiss National Foundation (P200P1_186151).

Submitted by Marie I. Kaiser (Bielefeld University).

 

CfA: Pre- oder Postdoc-Stelle in der Wissenschaftsphilosophie der Medizin, Universität Bielefeld
Deadline: 14.07.2021

Für die Fakultät für Geschichtswissenschaft, Philosophie und Theologie, Abteilung Philosophie und Abteilung Geschichtswissenschaft, suchen wir zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt in Vollzeit/Teilzeit eine*n Wissenschaftliche*n Mitarbeiter*in (m/w/d) (E13 TV-L, befristet)

Ihre Aufgaben
Die Stelle ist der Professur für Wissenschaftsphilosophie (Prof.‘in Dr. Marie I. Kaiser) und der Professur für Wissenschaftsgeschichte (Prof. Dr. Carsten Reinhardt) zugeordnet.

Die Aufgaben beinhalten insbesondere:

  • eigenständige Forschung im Bereich der Wissenschaftsphilosophie und/oder Wissenschaftsgeschichte (35 %)
  • Mitwirkung an der Curriculumsentwicklung des Medizinstudiengangs im Bereich Geschichte und Wissenschaftstheorie der Medizin (35 %)
  • 2,6 LVS Lehre v. a. im Kerncurriculum und/oder der interdisziplinären Profilierung „Medical Humanities“ des Medizinstudiengangs (25 %)
  • Wahrnehmung von Aufgaben in der akademischen Selbstverwaltung (5 %)

Ihr Profil
Das erwarten wir

  • abgeschlossenes wissenschaftliches Hochschulstudium (z. B. Master) in einem für das Aufgabengebiet einschlägigen Feld (z. B. Philosophie, Geschichtswissenschaft, Wissenschaftsforschung)
  • Kenntnisse mindestens in einem der beiden Bereiche Geschichte der Medizin und Wissenschaftsphilosophie der Medizin und die Fähigkeit und Interesse, sich evtl. fehlende Kenntnisse schnell anzueignen
  • gute englische Sprachkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift
  • Fähigkeit und Interesse, mit Kolleg*innen in einem interdisziplinären Kontext zusammenzuarbeiten
  • Fähigkeit und Interesse, an der Organisation, Konzeption und Durchführung von Lehrveranstaltung mitzuwirken
  • kooperativer und teamorientierter Arbeitsstil
  • selbstständige, eigenverantwortliche und engagierte Arbeitsweise
  • ausgeprägte Organisations- und Koordinationsfähigkeit

Unser Angebot
Die Vergütung erfolgt nach der Entgeltgruppe 13 des Tarifvertrages für den öffentlichen Dienst der Länder (TV-L). Die Stelle ist gemäß § 2 Absatz 1 Satz 1 WissZeitVG bis zum 31. Dezember 2023 befristet (entsprechend den Vorgaben des WissZeitVGund des Vertrages über gute Beschäftigungsbedingungen kann sich im Einzelfall eine abweichende Vertragslaufzeit ergeben). Die Beschäftigung ist der wissenschaftlichen Qualifizierung förderlich. Es handelt sich in den ersten 12 Monaten um eine Vollzeitstelle und anschließend um eine Teilzeitstelle im Umfang von 65 % von Vollbeschäftigung.

Interessiert?
Wir freuen uns über Ihre Bewerbung per E-Mail unter Angabe der Kennziffer wiss21105 in einem einzigen pdf-Dokument an bewerbung-gephth@uni-bielefeld.de bis zum 14. Juli 2021. Ihre Bewerbung sollte folgende Unterlagen enthalten: 1) Bewerbungsanschreiben, in dem Sie Ihre Motivation und Erwartungen in Bezug auf eine Mitarbeit bei der Curriculumsentwicklung des Medizinstudiengangs darstellen; 2) detaillierter Lebenslauf mit Angabe Ihrer Ausbildung und Abschlüsse, eventueller Berufserfahrungen, Publikationen, Auszeichnungen und Preise, Konferenzbeiträge und relevanter Kompetenzen und Fähigkeiten; 3) Auflistung Ihrer erbrachten Studien-und Prüfungsleistungen im Masterstudium (transcript of records); 4) kurze Zusammenfassung der Masterarbeit und kurze Skizze Ihres Promotionsprojektes (2-3 Seiten).

Bewerbungsanschrift
Universität Bielefeld
Fakultät für Geschichtswissenschaft, Philosophie und Theologie – Dekanat
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld

Ansprechpartnerin
Prof.’in Dr. Marie I. Kaiser
kaiser.m@uni-bielefeld.de

Die vollständige Stellenausschreibung finden Sie hier:
https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/uni/karriere/stellen-wiss/wiss21105.pdf

Submitted by Jürgen Landes (MCMP, LMU Munich)

 

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The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy invites registration for the following online event:

Progic 2021: Combining Probability and Logic

MCMP, LMU Munich
September 1-3, 2021
https://www.fatil.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/events/defence_inductive_logic/index.html
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The 10th event in the Progic series of conferences is set to take place 1. Sep – 3. Sep 2021x – online. This series has a long-standing interest in combining probability and logic.
The conference is preceded by a one day Summer School on 31. Aug 2021, where introductory lectures on the themes of the conference will be given by invited speakers.

Registration

In order to register for the conference, please send an email to Juergen.Landes@lrz.uni-muenchen.de with the subject line: Registration: Progic. Please, state your name and (optional) your affiliation.

A registration covers all four days. Registered participants are not required to attend all talks.

Organizers

Jürgen Landes (LMU Munich)

Submitted by Meinard Kuhlmann (University of Mainz).

 

Call for abstracts for the Online-Workshop

Metaphysics of Physics

30 August – 3 September 2021 (Deadline: 8 July 2021)

The Working Group “Philosophy of Physics” (AGPhil) of the German Physical Society (DPG) invites submissions for its annual workshop. Contributions on any topic in the philosophy of physics are welcome. The workshop takes place 30 August – 3 September 2021 as an online event at the virtual DPG conference “in” Jena (https://smuk21.dpg-tagungen.de/). As part of this event, the AGPhil organizes a small workshop on the “Metaphysics of Physics”. Contributions in this area are especially welcome.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Karen Crowther (Oslo)
  • Matt Farr (Cambridge)
  • Kerry McKenzie (UC San Diego)
  • Christopher Timpson (Oxford)
  • Alastair Wilson (Birmingham)

If you would like to present a paper, please submit an abstract of about 200 words by 8 July 2021 (please ignore the stated 1 July 2021 abstract submission deadline on the website), using the online-form at https://www.dpg-tagung.de/smuk21/submission.html?language=en.

The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Programme of the DPG supports graduate students who are members of the society by covering the registration fee (more information here: https://smuk21.dpg-tagungen.de/registrierung/weh).

We look forward to seeing you!
Meinard Kuhlmann, Radin Dardashti, Christian Wüthrich

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 – now entirely online!

July 19-23, 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. The school’s aim is to encourage female students to engage with mathematical and scientific approaches to philosophical problems, and thereby help to redress the gender imbalance in formal philosophy. It offers the opportunity for study in an informal and interdisciplinary setting, for lively debate, and for the development of a network of students and professors interested in the application of formal methods to philosophy.

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

Application Deadline:

Students with presentations: June 25th

Notification of acceptance: July 1st

All other applicants: July 12th

Notification of acceptance: July 15th

Fore more information about the full program, application details and fees, please also visit the summer school’s website: https://www.mathsummer.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/index.html

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 Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla (University of Cologne).

 

Call for Registration

RREM.2021: Rhine-Ruhr Epistemology Meeting 2021

 

DATE & ACCESS:
July 22-23, 2021. This is an online event. Further instructions and access information will be sent to registered participants one week ahead of the event.

 

SPEAKERS:

  • Thomas Grundmann (Cologne)
  • Joachim Horvath (Bochum)
  • Luis Rosa (Cologne)
  • Eva Schmidt (Dortmund)
  • Lukas Schwengerer (Duisburg-Essen)
  • Dunja Šešelja (Eindhoven)
  • Erik Stei (Utrecht and Bonn)
  • Christian Straßer (Bochum)
  • Corina Strößner (Bochum)
  • Paul Thorn (Düsseldorf)

 

AIMS & SCOPE:
This is the inaugural meeting of the Rhine-Ruhr Epistemology Group. Our members work on a variety of topics in descriptive and normative, individual and social, formal and non-formal, and a priori and experimental epistemology. The group aims at connecting epistemologists, bridging different topics and methods in epistemology, and fostering research in epistemology in general.

 

PROGRAMME DETAILS:
For details of the programme, please see our website:
http://dclps.phil.hhu.de/rrepistemology/rrem2021/

 

REGISTRATION & ORGANISATION:

  • Please register via the online registration form at our website:
    http://dclps.phil.hhu.de/rrepistemology/rrem2021/
  • The deadline for registrations is July 15, 2021.
  • Organisation: Peter Brössel (Bochum & Cologne), Anna-Maria Asunta Eder (Cologne), Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla (Cologne)
  • If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us via rrepistemology@gmail.com

Submitted by Birgit Benzing (Leibniz University Hannover).

 

CfP: Workshop on “Thick Concepts in the Philosophy of Science”
3.-4. Dec 2021, in Hannover, Germany

The notion of thick ethical concepts, as originally introduced by Bernard Williams in 1985, has received growing attention in the philosophical literature, particularly in the fields of meta-ethics and the philosophy of language. According to Williams’s classic definition, thick ethical concepts combine descriptive and evaluative components such that they are simultaneously world-guided and action-guiding, without a clear way of separating or disentangling these components. While philosophical analyses of thick concepts have usually focussed on virtue and vice terms, such as brave, cruel, tactful, there has also been a recognition that these concepts seem to undermine the traditional fact/value-dichotomy and thus, to provide a further challenge to the value-free ideal of science. Accordingly, attention has been drawn to many scientific concepts, which seem to fit this pattern: well-being (Alexandrova 2017), risk and safety (Möller 2009, 2012), addiction (Djordjevic and Herfeld forthcoming), GDP and Unemployment (Reiss 2017), to name just a few.

While these concepts may not easily fit into the traditional category of thick ethical concepts, they raise interesting questions to the philosophy of science, for example:

  • Do thick concepts threaten the ideal of value-free science?
  • What are the epistemological consequences of using thick concepts in science?
  • How can scientific claims containing thick concepts be objective?
  • What methodological requirements can be discerned to the study of thick concepts?
  • How should concepts that are thick in everyday language be operationalized in science?
  • How can scientist give good scientific advice on issues involving thick concepts?

The 1.5-day-workshop aims at providing a forum for intense discussion on the role and value of thick concepts in the philosophy of science. It will consist of presentations by participants, and a workshop section that synthesizes the findings and discusses future avenues of development.

Keynote Speakers:
Anna Alexandrova (University of Cambridge, online)
Catherine Herfeld (University of Zurich)

Submissions:
We invite researchers to present their work-in-progress relating to the subject outlined above. If you would like to present a paper, please send an abstract of up to 300 words, suitable for a 30-minute talk (20+10), as a PDF attachment to workshop-thick-concepts@philos.uni-hannover.de. The abstract should be suitable for blind review. Please make sure that the e-mail to which the abstract is attached contains your name, institutional affiliation, and the title of the paper. The deadline for submissions is 31.08.2021; notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 15.09.2021. Members of groups which are underrepresented in philosophy are strongly encouraged to apply.

Place:
Institute of Philosophy, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

The workshop will be held in person but depending on the development of the pandemic it may be shifted online.

More details and updates on thickconcepts.wordpress.com. Please direct any questions to workshop-thick-concepts@philos.uni-hannover.de.

Organizing team: Birgit Benzing – Robert Frühstückl – Simon Hollnaicher
Birgit Benzing
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin | Doctoral candidate

DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 2073 “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research”
Institut für Philosophie
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Lange Laube 32
30159 Hannover
Germany

E-Mail: birgit.benzing@philos.uni-hannover.de
Find us online at https://grk2073.org/!

Submitted by Deniz Sarikaya (University of Hamburg).

 

Online Workshop on Disagreement in Mathematics

https://disinmath.wordpress.com/

June 19-20 – 2pm until 7pm (CET)

 

Topic:
In preparation for a special issue of AXIOMATHES, This workshop explores disagreements in mathematical practices. During the workshop, mathematicians will give first-hand reports on their experiences and philosophers and historians will engage with questions of consensus, disagreement, and ethics in mathematics.

For more information about the AXIOMATHES SI see here: http://resources.illc.uva.nl/LogicList/newsitem.php?id=10432. Deadline for the CfP is 15 Aug 2021.

 

Speakers

  • Andrew Aberdein (Florida Institute of Technology)
  • Paul Ernest (University of Exeter)
  • Eugene Hunsicker (University of Loughborough)
  • Benedikt Löwe (Amsterdam, Cambridge and Hamburg)
  • Graham Priest (CUNY Graduate Center & University of Melbourne)
  • Henrik Kragh Sørensen (University of Copenhagen)
  • Roy Wagner (ETH Zurich)

The titles of the talks will be released on the project’s web site shortly.

 

Registration:
Registration is free but required before June 10 via this link: https://disinmath.wordpress.com/registration/

 

Organisers:
Colin J. Rittberg (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam & Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Deniz Sarikaya (Universität Hamburg)

 

Contact:
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information.

Web: https://disinmath.wordpress.com/

Mail: colin.jakob.rittberg@vub.be or deniz.sarikaya@uni-hamburg.de

Submitted by Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla (University of Cologne).

 

CFP & EXTENDED DEADLINE (Salzburg, extended deadline: May 15, 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 (Düsseldorf))
  • Social Ontology (Organisation: Thorben Peterson (Bremen))
  • Realities of Free Will (Organisation: Maria Sekatskaya (Düsseldorf))

Publication Workshops:

  • De Gruyter Session: Get Your First Book or Article Published (Christoph Schirmer)
  • Publishing Workshop with the Synthese Editor in Chief: Do’s and Don’ts (Otávio Bueno)

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 15, 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.

Extended submission deadline: May 15, 2021
Notification deadline: June 1, 2021
Website: http://www.sophia-conference.org/

Submitted by Hajo Greif (Warsaw University).

 

The Department of Philosophy and Ethics in Administration at Warsaw University of Technology offers a three-year, full-time, research-only post-doctoral position in History and Philosophy of Science, broadly conceived. The applicant’s specialisation and research interests will be congenial to the topic of the research project “Turing, Ashby, and ‘the Action of the Brain'” (NCN grant no. 2020/37/B/HS1/01809), within which this position is funded. The project’s PI is Dr. Hajo Greif.

Application deadline: 3 May. Start date: 1 June or later.

Here is the link to the job posting on the Euraxess website:
euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/631836

Here is the official announcement on the university website, in Polish and English:
ans.pw.edu.pl/Pracownicy/Konkursy-na-stanowiska-nie-nauczycieli/Konkurs-nr-1-NNA

Here is more information on the project on the PI’s website:
https://hajo-greif.net/turing-ashby
and, in Polish, on the NCN website:
https://projekty.ncn.gov.pl/index.php?projekt_id=483348

Philosophy at Warsaw University of Technology is a small but thriving and internationally oriented discipline. The successful candidate will be part of the Philosophy of Computing group. All qualified candidates with a keen interest in the content of this project are welcome to apply! We value diversity.

Informal inquiries may be directed to hans-joachim.greif@pw.edu.pl

Submitted by Jürgen Landes (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy invites registration for the following event:

Philosophy and Methodology of Medicine

Online at the MCMP, LMU Munich
June 1-3, 2021
https://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/events/workshops/container/methodology_medicine_2021/index.html
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The claims of medicine have been supported by a wide variety of different methods, ranging from randomized controlled trials to expert judgement and mechanism-based reasoning. Miriam Solomon has therefore aptly characterized medicine in terms of a developing, untidy, methodological pluralism. But can philosophers help with this development? In recent years, philosophers of science have become increasingly interested in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the various methods employed in medicine. Some have defended the methodological superiority of randomized controlled trials, or at least meta-analyses of such trials. Others have challenged this superiority by on the one hand stressing the weaknesses of such methods in terms of their internal or external validity, and on the other hand emphasising the strengths of alternative methods, including methods involving expert judgement and mechanistic evidence.

This online conference will bring together philosophers of science and medical methodologists in an attempt to make progress towards resolving these debates concerning the strengths and weaknesses of the various methods employed in medicine.

The conference will be preceded by a Summer School to introduce graduate students and others to the main themes in the debates.

For the list of speakers and the full schedule please visit the conference website: https://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/events/workshops/container/methodology_medicine_2021/index.html

Registration

In order to register for the conference, please send an email to juergen.landes@lrz.uni-muenchen.de with the subject line: Registration: Philosophy and Methodology of Medicine.
A registration covers all three days.
Registered participants are not required to attend all talks.

Organizers
Jürgen Landes (MCMP)
Michael Wilde (Kent)

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 Vera Hoffmann-Kolss (University of Bern).

 

Call for Applications

Summer school on “Causation and Responsibility” with Sara Bernstein and Alex Kaiserman

July 26-30, 2021
University of Bern

Organizers:
Vera Hoffmann-Kolss (University of Bern)
Matthias Rolffs (University of Bern)

Causation and responsibility seem to be closely related. Prima facie, agents can be held responsible only for outcomes they caused. What is more, the degree to which agents can be held responsible for the outcomes of their actions seems to depend on how much they causally contributed to them. For instance, if two companies, A and B, jointly cause some environmental damage, their causal contributions may differ: it is possible that company A dumps more toxic waste or emits more greenhouse gases than company B. But then, it seems plausible to conclude that company A is more responsible for the damage resulting from these actions than company B.

It is vividly debated, however, how exactly this relationship is to be understood. Is causation really a necessary condition for responsibility? Is responsibility generally proportional to causal contribution? And what are the implications of this relationship for metaphysical theories of causation? The aim of this event is to discuss these issues with international experts in the field.

The event consists of three parts:

The first two days (July 26-27) will be devoted to a discussion of background texts introducing the topic.

The next 1.5 days (July 28-29) will feature sessions taught by two leading experts in the field: Sara Bernstein (Notre Dame) and Alex Kaiserman (Oxford). There will also be room for student presentations.

The final event (on July 29-30) will be a 1.5 day workshop with further invited speakers.

We invite applications by BA-, MA-, and doctoral students in philosophy and related subjects.

Please provide us with the following application material:
* A letter of motivation (max. 1 page), indicating why you are interested in attending the summer school and how you expect to benefit from it
* A short CV (max. two pages)

Please send your application as a single pdf to matthias.rolffs@philo.unibe.ch by April 16, 2021.

If you get accepted, you will be invited to participate in an online introductory session on May 21, 2021, 10am – 12pm.

We also plan to provide a limited number of travel bursaries.

For further information, see: www.philosophie.unibe.ch/car2021.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Matthias Rolffs (matthias.rolffs@philo.unibe.ch).

We currently plan to host an in-person event at the University of Bern. However, we are prepared to switch to an online solution, depending on the further development of the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates will follow.

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.