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Notiziario LabOnt n. 144 (12-18 aprile 2015)
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This Week


DAL POSTMODERNO AL NUOVO REALISMO
Zurigo, a partire dal 16 aprile
Dove: edificio centrale del Politecnico, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurigo
Aula giovedì: HG D 5.2, Aula venerdì: HG D 1.1
Quando: A partire dal 16 aprile ogni giovedì (17.15-19.00) e venerdì (9.00-10.45)
Inizia il corso di Maurizio Ferraris in qualità di Professore Ospite per la cattedra De Sanctis a Zurigo (Departement Geistes-, Sozial- und Staatswissenschaften, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft).
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Descrizione: Con la svolta del secolo si è assistito al venir meno dell’egemonia culturale del postmoderno, sancita dal dibattito apertosi intorno al “Nuovo Realismo” con il Manifesto del nuovo realismo (2012) di Maurizio Ferraris (e ben noto in Svizzera grazie al volume curato da Christoph Riedweg Nach der Postmoderne. Aktuelle Debatten zu Kunst, Philosophie und Gesellschaft 2014.) Il dibattito ha presto acquisito una dimensione internazionale, negli Stati Uniti, in Inghilterra, in Germania, in Russia, in Spagna e in America Latina, nonché un gran numero di applicazioni extrafilosofiche (architettura, psicologia, letteratura, pedagogia, teologia). Il corso, che costituisce una introduzione completa al nuovo realismo, si articolerà in quattro momenti: 1) splendori e miserie del postmoderno; 2) i limiti del costruttivismo; 3) realismo negativo; 4) realismo positivo.

INTUITION, GENDER AND THE UNDER-REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN PHILOSOPHY
Roma, 15 aprile

Roma TRE - Seminario di Filosofia della Scienza, Dipartimento di Filosofia, Comunicazione e Spettacolo, Aula Verra, Piano Terra, Via Ostiense 234, Roma, ore 16.00
Vera Tripodi: "Intuition, gender and the under-representation of women in philosophy"
Abstract: Recently, Wesley Buckwalter and Stephen Stich have argued that there are different gender philosophical intuitions and that these differences may play a role in explaining the marginalization of women philosophers. To the contrary, I defend the view that intuitions are in part socially constructed and the product of stereotypical behaviours. My paper has two aims: firstly, to offer some speculations about the effect of Buckwalter and Stich’s hypothesis and to focus on whether ‘intuition’ is a gendered notion; secondly, to argue that Buckwalter and Stich’s approach is inadequate, by showing that the data in the studies they report are insufficient to support their conclusion and that their thesis does not comply with the view that gender differs from one society to another.

IDEALISMO, POSTMODERNISMO, REALISMO
Zurigo, 15 aprile

Società Dante Alighieri, ETH – Rämistrasse 101 – aula HG D3.2, ore 18.30
Maurizio Ferraris: "Idealismo, postmodernismo, realismo. Brevissima introduzione alla filosofia contemporanea"
In collaborazione con la Cattedra De Sanctis dell’ETH di Zurigo.

BUILDING CONSENSUS
Palermo, 15 aprile

Orto botanico, ore 15.30
Maria Grazia Turri: "Retorica dell’economia: frantumazione del conflitto e mondializzazione delle logiche di persuasione"
All'interno del convegno: "Building Consensus. Rethoric Between Democracy and Conflict", Palermo, 15-18 aprile
 

Forthcoming


PHILOSOPHIE UND POLITIK. Untersuchungen zu Martin Heideggers "Schwarzen Heften"
Internationale Tagung an der Universität Siegen, 22-25 April 2015

Info and program
«The publication of Heidegger’s black notebooks, containing anti-Semitic statements of unprecedented violence, is still a much debated matter. In fact, it will also be discussed in Siegen, during an international conference to be held on 23-25 April 2015 involving, among others, Emmanuel Faye (author of Heidegger. L’introduzione del nazismo in filosofia [Heidegger. The introduction of Nazism into Philosophy], Italian edition by Livia Profeti, L’asino d’oro, 2012), Maurizio Ferraris, Markus Gabriel and Richard Wiolin. Below we publish a dialogue between Ferraris and Günter Figal, the holder of the chair which once was Husserl’s and Heidegger’s who, after the publication of the notebooks, resigned from his post as president of the Martin Heidegger Society defining the philosopher’s statements "disgusting and appalling"» ...
Continue to read the conversation between Maurizio Ferraris and Günter Figal (the Italian version appeared on "Repubblica", 4th of April; the English version can be found here).

COLLECTING PEOPLE 2015-2016- L’ARTE DI PENSARE
Relazioni tra ricerca artistica e filosofica, Torino, a partire dal 23 aprile
Torino, 23 aprile, Tram Diogene, ore 18 (Rotonda corso regio parco/ corso Verona)
Sentirsi esistere. Percezione, emozione e memoria
con Alfredo Paternoster (Professore di Filosofia della mente, Università di Bergamo e Scuola di Dottorato in Studi Umanistici di Torino, Consorzio di Dottorato in Filosofia del Nord Ovest, FINO) ed Eva Frapiccini (Artista e Docente a contratto presso l’Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna e IED-Istituto Europeo di Design).
Che rapporto hanno la ricerca filosofica e artistica con le conoscenze provenienti dalle neuroscienze e dalle scienze cognitive sul tema della costruzione dell’identità personale e collettiva? Collecting People 2015/2016 è una serie di incontri organizzati da Diogene in collaborazione con il LabOnt, la Scuola di Dottorato in Studi Umanistici di Torino e il Consorzio di Dottorato del Nord Ovest (FINO) per intrecciare la ricerca artistica e filosofica su temi di interesse comune.
Per informazioni sugli incontri: http://www.progettodiogene.eu/progetti/collecting-people/
A cura di Clara Madaro

International Scientific Conference on Neuroethics and Second Conference of the Italian Society for Neuroe thics (SINe)
WHO FEELS WHAT? NEUROETHICS AMONG BRAIN, MIND, AND CONSCIOUSNESS
Meetings on Neuroscience and Society, VII Edition, Padua, May 13th – 15th, 2015
University of Padua, School of Psychology, Cesare Musatti Room, via Venezia, 8
Scientific and Promoting Committee: Andrea Lavazza, Giuseppe Sartori, Alberto Oliverio, Francesca Gnoato.
Program

 

Zettel


Prosegue il programma RAI filosofia ideato e condotto da Maurizio Ferraris.
Prossimi appuntamenti:

20 aprile: Biopolitica: Aristotele e Foucault. Intervengono: Carlo Sini, Stefano Catucci, Carola Barbero
27 aprile: Cultura: Montaigne e Nussbaum. Intervengono: Costantino Esposito, Enrico Terrone, Sarah De Sanctis

Rai Cultura, diretta da Silvia Calandrelli, in collaborazione con UniTo presenta “Zettel – Filosofia in movimento”. Conduce Maurizio Ferraris, regia di Matteo Minissi. In onda ogni lunedì, a partire dall’8 dicembre, alle ore 21.30 su Rai Scuola, ch. 146 del Digitale terrestre e ch.33 TivùSat. Un filosofo classico “incontra” un filosofo contemporaneo. La nuova stagione di Zettel, condotta da Maurizio Ferraris, unisce filosofia, storia e letteratura grazie al confronto tra i grandi pensatori del passato, gli ospiti in studio e un libro scelto dalla redazione.
 

LabOnt informs


World Wide Style Project (WWS)
Incoming programme
The University of Turin offers 48 fellowships to young researchers wishing to spend a training and research period at our Departments. Candidates should be 45 years old maximum and have a degree from a University based in one of the Countries listed in the OECD- DAC List of ODA Recipients, as well as be citizens of one of these Countries.
For more informations please visit:
http://en.unito.it/international-relations/teachers-and-researchers-mobility/project-world-wide-style-wws
Department of Philosophy:
Scientific Responsible: Tiziana Andina, please visit: http://en.unito.it/sites/sten/files/wws2_filosofia_2_andina.pdf
Scientific Responsable: Gianluca Cuozzo, please visit: http://en.unito.it/sites/sten/files/wws2_filosofia_1_cuozzo.pdf
 

Friend Institutions


Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Law as Culture"
In 2014, more refugees died attempting to cross Europe's borders than ever before. But how does "fortress Europe" feel from the outside? Who are the people who dream of entering the EU before the walls and fences every day, but seem legally barred from crossing the border by regular means? Journalists Dietmar Telser and Benjamin Stöß traveled along the new and old European border fortifications for three months. They talked to refugees, border police officers and activists in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Tunisia, Morocco and Turkey. Their research led to the multi-part, multimedia report "Der Zaun - Eine Reise entlang der Grenzen Europas" ("The Fence - A journey along the borders of Europe") presented by the Süddeutsche Zeitung in early December 2014.
On Tuesday, 14 April 2015 at 6 p.m., the authors will recount their work and experiences in the Center's Max Weber lecture room.
Website

 

Calls


Journals

NEW
Rivista di Estetica (2/2017)
Law and the Faculty of Judgement. A trans-discplinary debate
Advisory Editor: Angela Condello, Carlo Grassi
mail to: angela.condello@uniroma3.it, grassi@iuav.it and rivista.estetica@gmail.com
Deadline for submission: April 30th, 2016.
Description. What is judgement in the law and for the law? To judge is to evaluate the behavior of an accused, or to arbitrate in order to decide on a conflict? When can we really say that the relationship between concrete case and abstract norm is not arbitrary at all? How can we decide when it is impossible to decide? These questions are addressed by Jean-François Lyotard in a work related to Kant’s Critique of Judgement and these are the questions we intend to address with this volume. It is difficult to reflect on these issues without a broader perspective, that from the law has to be enlarged towards philosophy, sociology, political science – in order to consider legal relations inside the large frame social interactions. The remarks elaborated by the other disciplines interpellate the law and its implicit practices, on the sense and the operational modalities of its procedures. Prudence and dissidence, wisdom and knowledge, pragmatic decisions and theoretical horizons, the inside and the outside of legal discourse are immeasurable: among the different codes and languages, conflict prevails. Nevertheless, if dissidence is going to prevail anyways – how are reason, communication, cohexistence, rational decision-making possible in the judicial procedure? What is the role of politics? Is it really possible to mediate between general norms and individual requests?

NEW
Rivista di Estetica (3/2016)
“Images between intermediality and interactivity”

Advisory Editor: Dario Cecchi
mail to dario.cecchi@gmail.com; rivista.estetica@gmail.com
Deadline for submission: June 30, 2015.
Description. The visual practice knew a considerable shift in the last twenty years, mainly due to the emergence of new media technologies. Recurring to medial strategies is increasingly fundamental for visual artists (Bansky, Blu Blu), in order to make available new exhibition spaces and creative opportunities. At the same time, media webs like social networks, wearing technologies and opensource platforms ask the users – above all in political and ludic contexts (Persepolis 2.0, Selma & Sofiane Ouissi, Google Glass, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube) – to display a higher “artistic” expertise in order to implement these devices. We witness a real aesthetic turn at all levels of the media practice.
On one side, this state of matter leads many theorists (Jenkins, Lovink, Rheingold, Shirky, Weinbgerger) to reconsider and develop Pierre Lévy’s idea that a new form of “collective intelligence” is emerging through new media: its implementation depends on peculiar perceptual, and more specifically aesthetic, reconfigurations of our life forms. On the other side, it becomes clear that images are not fixed on one single medium, but are transformed through processes of “remediation” and “premediation” (Belting, Bolter, Bredekamp, Grusin), or experimenting the “intermedial” and “interactive” impact of digital images (Antinucci, Casetti, Hagener, Lull, Montani, Spiegel, Stiegler, Stoltedijk). At this level, the artistic exploration of interactive and intermedial technologies points out to a new paradigm in the visual arts (Studio azzurro, Life in a Day, Italy in a Day).
This issue of the Rivista di estetica aims to address such and similar questions, exploring and reflecting on the most advanced examples of intermedial and interactive elaboration of digital images, at the intersection of aesthetics, art history, semiotics, media studies and political theory.

SPECIAL ISSUE OF "VERIFICHE" ON HEGEL'S PHILOSOPHY OF ART
Preliminary announcement
The issue will be edited by Luca Illetterati and Francesco Campana and it will include articles of invited guest contributors and young researchers. The special issue is scheduled to appear in the edition of Autumn 2015.
Full papers should be received by April 30th 2015.
Email a copy of your paper, as an attachment, in Microsoft Word (.doc), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf) to hegel.pd@gmail.com
For further information, please contact Francesco Campana (francescocampan@libero.it) or Luca Illetterati (luca.illetterati@unipd.it).

MONIST
101:3 July 2018: Food
Advisory Editors: Tiziana Andina (tiziana.andina@unito.it), Carola Barbero (carola.barbero@unito.it), Carolyn Korsmeyer (ckors@buffalo.edu)
Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2017
Food is normally considered as something natural, but there are good reasons to consider it also as belonging to the realm of artifacts and sometimes even as rising to the level of works of art. Food contributes to building that part of our human identity that has to do with culture and tradition and with social standing. Our relationship with food can be healthy, but it can also take on the form of a disease. In this issue of The Monist, philosophers and representatives of disciplines such as psychology, economics, sociology, and medicine will attempt to investigate the role and value of food in our lives. What kind of object is food? How are we to classify it in our ontology? What are its functions in our lives?

RIVISTA DI ESTETICA
“Rivista di Estetica” (3/2016).
“Images between intermediality and interactivity” (3/2016).
Advisory Editor: Dario Cecchi

mail to dario.cecchi@gmail.com ; rivista.estetica@gmail.com
Deadline for submission: June 30, 2015.
The visual practice knew a considerable shift in the last twenty years, mainly due to the emergence of new media technologies. Recurring to medial strategies is increasingly fundamental for visual artists (Bansky, Blu Blu), in order to make available new exhibition spaces and creative opportunities. At the same time, media webs like social networks, wearing technologies and opensource platforms ask the users – above all in political and ludic contexts (Persepolis 2.0, Selma & Sofiane Ouissi, Google Glass, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube) – to display a higher “artistic” expertise in order to implement these devices. We witness a real aesthetic turn at all levels of the media practice.
On one side, this state of matter leads many theorists (Jenkins, Lovink, Rheingold, Shirky, Weinbgerger) to reconsider and develop Pierre Lévy’s idea that a new form of “collective intelligence” is emerging through new media: its implementation depends on peculiar perceptual, and more specifically aesthetic, reconfigurations of our life forms. On the other side, it becomes clear that images are not fixed on one single medium, but are transformed through processes of “remediation” and “premediation” (Belting, Bolter, Bredekamp, Grusin), or experimenting the “intermedial” and “interactive” impact of digital images (Antinucci, Casetti, Hagener, Lull, Montani, Spiegel, Stiegler, Stoltedijk). At this level, the artistic exploration of interactive and intermedial technologies points out to a new paradigm in the visual arts (Studio azzurro, Life in a Day, Italy in a Day).
This issue of the Rivista di estetica aims to address such and similar questions, exploring and reflecting on the most advanced examples of intermedial and interactive elaboration of digital images, at the intersection of aesthetics, art history, semiotics, media studies and political theory.

TOPOI. AN INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PHILOSOPHY
Special Issue “Philosophy of sex and gender in gender-medicine”
DEADLINE: April 30, 2015

GUEST EDITORS: Maria Cristina Amoretti and Nicla Vassallo (University of Genoa)
Contributors are invited to address philosophical questions that are raised by gender-medicine. Contributions should be original and not submitted elsewhere. All papers will be subject to double- blind peer-review.
CONFIRMED INVITED CONTRIBUTORS
Sylvie Gambaudo, University of Durham (UK)
James Marcum, Baylor University (USA)
Leah McClimans, University of South Carolina (USA)
Mari Mikkola, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany)
Eileen Willis, Flinders University (Australia)

Formatting instructions can be found at:
http://www.springer.com/philosophy/journal/11245
(click ‘Information for Guest Editors and Authors’ on the right).
SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: All manuscripts should be submitted exclusively through the Online Manuscript Submission System (Editorial Manager), accessible at:
http://www.editorialmanager.com/topo
When submitting, make sure to indicate the appropriate Article Type for your submission by selecting from the scroll-down menu:
"S.I. : Philosophy of sex and gender in gender-medicine (Amoretti/Vassallo)”
For any queries please contact: cristina.amoretti@unige.it or nicla.vassallo@unige.it

 

Summer Schools

XVIII Summer School in Philosophy of Physics: “Einstein Philosopher-Scientist. A celebration for 100 years of General Theory of Relativity”
Cesena-Urbino,7-11 September 2015
Deadline: 5th of July
We invite participation for the XVIII International Summer School in Philosophy of Physics to be held in Cesena-Urbino 7th-11th September 2014. The topic of the school is “Einstein Philosopher-Scientist” and will, among other things, celebrate 100 years of General Theory of Relativity.  It will feature morning lectures (in English) given by Prof. D. Howard (Notre Dame University) and Prof.H. Brown (Oxford University) and afternoon seminars given by  M. Dorato (University of Rome 3), F. Laudisa (University of Milano-Bicocca).
General inaugural lecture will be held by Prof. J. Renn (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin), whereas final lecture will be given by Prof. Silvio Bergia (University of Bologna).
Attendance to the school is free of charge. Unfortunately there is room for a limited number of students, graduate students and early researchers depending on a successful application.
Application should include:
1)     A CV
2)     A cover letter
And should be sent to: cirfis.scuolaestiva@gmail.com
No later than 15th of July. The subject line should be “Participation. XVIII summer school in philosophy of physics”
Notification of acceptance is expected no later than 1st of August
Call for Papers
The XVIII Summer School in Philosophy of Physics will dedicate its last session (September,11th) to the presentation of original papers in philosophy of physics. We invite Grad students, Post-Graduate students and early researchers alike to submit an abstract (no longer than 1000 words) suitable for blind review to:
No later than 15th July.Preference will be given to papers dealing with different aspects of Einstein’s work.
The subject line should read: "Submission XVIII Summer School in philosophy of physics”.  Papers should be sent as a pdf file together with a title page containing info about the author(s).
Notification of acceptance is expected no later than 15th August.
On the school website there will be suggestions with discount rates for accommodation and board.
For further info write to:
 
Tentative Program:
7th September
16.00-16.30 Introduction to the School and Presentation of the Seminars
16.30-18.30 Inaugural Lecture. J. Renn, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Einstein philosopher-scientist: a celebration for 100 years of General Theory of Relativity
8th September
9.00-11.00 Einstein Spacetime Physicist, Part I.
H. Brown, Oxford University
11.30 -13.30 Einstein Philosopher of Science, Part I.
D. Howard, University of Notre-Dame
15.30 – 16.50 TBA
F. Laudisa, Bicocca University, Milan
9th September
9.00-11.00 Einstein Spacetime Physicist, Part II.
H. Brown, Oxford University
11.30 -13.30 Einstein Philosopher of Science, Part II.
D. Howard, University of Notre-Dame
15.30 – 16.50 TBA
M. Dorato, University of Rome3
10th September
9.00-11.00 Einstein Spacetime Physicist, Part III.
H. Brown, Oxford University
11.30 -13.30 Einstein Philosopher of Science, Part III.
D. Howard, University of Notre-Dame
15.30- 17.30 Final Lecture: Silvio Bergia (University of Bologna)
TBA
11th September
9.00-11.00 Einstein Spacetime Physicist, Part IV.
H. Brown, Oxford University
11.30 -13.30 Einstein Philosopher of Science, Part IV.
D. Howard, University of Notre-Dame
15.00-18.00 Postgraduate conference
(4 speakers from CFP)

NEW
Summer Programs in South Africa
BEA Institute plans short programs all across the world, to provide students with unique opportunities to experience different political cultures while strengthening their leadership and diplomacy skills. BEA programs draw a diverse group of students together from all over the world to discuss pressing global issues while exchange cultural values. For the summer of 2015, programs are scheduled in Cape Town and Johannesburg for the months of June, July and August. This program will include lectures from experienced professors and guest speakers from all over the globe.
 

Conferences

SIFA MIDTERM CONFERENCE ON TRUTH AND PERSUASION
Conference Announcement
Sassari (Italy), September 24-26, 2015
The S.I.F.A. (Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy) is pleased to announce its Midterm Conference on Truth and Persuasion
The conference is organized in partnership with the Sardinian Project on “Truth, Persuasion and Communication” (sponsored by Regione Autonoma della Sardegna), and the Italian 2012 PRIN Project “Models and Inferences in Science”, Sassari Research Unit Project on “Grounding: fundamental properties, casual efficacy and truth-making models”.
General Aim
The conference aims to advance our understanding of the relationships between the concepts of truth and persuasion.
While the absolute conception of truth has been widely criticised, the philosophical implications of this critique are far from clear. There is a general agreement that we need a conception of truth sensitive to contexts and to historically situated subjects. Some have concluded that truth is local and rational argumentation culturally bounded. Others have suggested that sound argumentations are culturally relative. What is the role of truth and rational argumentation in the exchange among different cultures? Are conversations among cultures based on persuasion, rather than truth? The Conference aims to refocus the discussion on the intricacies and complexities of the relation between truth and persuasion, a theme that has been largely neglected in the last decades.
The conference will be held in Sassari, North Sardinia, September 24th – 26th, 2015. 
The Conference languages will be English and Italian (English preferred). 
Further information can be found on the S.I.F.A. website at http://www.sifa.unige.it/?post_type=eventoz&p=1993
 
Call for papers
The submission period for papers is now open. Contributions are expected to highlight the relations between truth and persuasion, as well as these concepts in isolation, from the many perspective they can be tackled (epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, politics, aesthetics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, etc.).
Contributions will be selected on the basis of quality and philosophical relevance.
 
Young Scholar PRIZE S.I.F.A.
The best four abstracts by young scholars will be awarded a prize of 250 euros.
Recent graduated and young scholars not permanently affiliated to higher education institutions are eligible to be considered for the prize.
The deadline for submissions is June 14th, 2015. Notification of acceptance will be sent out before July 5th, 2015.
Proposals should be prepared for blind review.
The submission should include a title and a 500-700 words abstract.
Multiple submissions are not allowed.
Submissions should be sent to the following EasyChair link:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sifamc2015

Important dates
  • Abstract submission: June 14th, 2015
  • Acceptance notification: July 5th, 2015
  • Final program: September 4th, 2015
  • Deadline registration: September 21st, 2015
For any query, please contact one of the organizers:
Massimo Dell’Utri, dellutri@uniss.it
Marcello Montibeller, mmontibeller@uniss.it


 

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