CFA: Emotions: Rationality, Morality and Social Understanding

Call for Abstracts: Emotions: Rationality, Morality and Social Understanding | 7-9 September, Tartu (Estonia)

Emotions are complex mental states that have important behavioural, experiential, cognitive and social aspects. This interdisciplinary conference focuses upon the nature of emotions, the relationship of emotions to morality and to social understanding. The first set of questions concerns the nature of emotions. What are emotions and what kind of structure do they have? In what sense can we speak of the rationality of emotions?

The second set of questions concerns the moral and political role of emotions. What role do emotions play in moral motivation, moral judgment and moral development? Should we seek to cultivate or otherwise regulate our emotions? What is the role of emotions in
moral disagreements? What kind of emotions should or should not have an important place in a civil society?

The third topic of the conference is the social nature of emotions. How are emotions related to empathy, sympathy, compassion and solidarity, and what role do they play in social interaction? Does recognizing the emotions of others presume that we must have had a similar emotional experience ourselves? What does it mean to share an emotion?

The fourth theme of the conference concerns the expression of emotions. How is the experience of an emotion related to its expression? What can we learn about emotions from literature and arts? How are emotions expressed in social media?

Invited speakers:

  • Mary Carman | Thumos – The Genevan Research Group on Emotions, Values and Norms, Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences (CISA), University of Geneva
  • Gregory Currie | Department of Philosophy, University of York
  • Kristján Kristjánsson | Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues School of Education, University of Birmingham
  • Peter McCormick | The Royal Society of Canada, L’Institut International de Philosophie
  • Carolyn Price | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Open University
  • Mikko Salmela | Department of Political and Economic Studies/Social and Moral Philosophy, University of Helsinki

Submission of abstracts: deadline 30th June 2017
Please send an abstract (maximum 300 words) to emotions@ut.ee by 30th of June 2017. Please include your name, academic affiliation and contact information separately.  Notification of acceptance will be given by 10th of July 2017.
In addition to full papers (45 minutes including discussion), a number of slots will be reserved for shorter postgraduate papers (20-30 minutes). We encourage all postgraduate students to submit abstracts. Selected papers will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of a peer-review philosophy journal Studia Philosophica Estonica.

Organizers: Margit Sutrop, Bruno Mölder, Vivian Bohl, Heidy Meriste, Triin Paaver.

Conference language: English. Attendance is free of charge.

Inquiries: triin.paaver@ut.ee.

Website: Conference website.

Organizing institutions:

This event is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research (IUT20-5), and by the (European Union) European Regional Development Fund (Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies).

Posted in Announcements, Conferences, Events, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

10th Nordic Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy (NWEMP)

June 2-3, 2017
University of Tartu | Jakobi 2–336, Tartu, Estonia

Friday, June 2
11.00 | Welcome
11.05-12.05 | Erik Åkerlund (Uppsala): “The End? Final Causes and Final Causation in some Baroque Scholastics”
12.15-13.15 | Jan Forsman (Tampere): “Life and Skepticism for Descartes: The Meaning of the Moral Code in the Discourse”
15.00-16.00 | Markku Roinila (Helsinki): “Cogito-argument and Self-consciousness in Leibniz”
16.10-17.10 | Artem Besedin (Moscow): “Leibniz over the Precipice of Hobbes’ Compatibilism”

Saturday, June 3
11.00-12.00 | Roomet Jakapi (Tartu): “Toland and Browne on the Nature of Faith”
12.10-13.10 | Marc Hight (Hampden-Sydney): “Berkeley’s Strange Semi-Occasionalist Mystery”
15.00-16.00 | Francesco Orsi (Tartu): “Hume’s Guise of the Good”
16.10-17.10 | Hemmo Laiho (Turku): “Kant and Multimodal Intuitions”

Contact person: roomet.jakapi@ut.ee

Tartu University

Tartu University

Posted in Announcements, Workshops | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Estonian Annual Philosophy Conference 2017

Facts, Disputes, and Arguments in the Age of “Post-Truth”

11th -13th May 2017 at Kääriku

“Post-truth” was the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016. According to some authors, post-truth is a useful concept to understand some of the most recent political events. But what does post-truth mean? Is it really such a useful concept as many claim? Is post-truth a phenomenon confined to politics or does it pervade our culture as a whole? Does post-truth leave any room for engaged and reasoned debate over facts and values? And looking at past and present philosophy, how does post-truth relate to discussions on the nature of truth, on the genealogy and deconstruction of truth, and on truth-related values such as knowledge or truthfulness? Finally, should we come to terms with post-truth, and how, or should we attempt to resist it, and how?

The conference programme can be found here.

We encourage submissions on these and related questions, including, if desired, with reference to the Estonian context.
We also welcome submissions on any other topic and area of philosophy.
Languages of the conference will be Estonian and English.

Keynote speakers:
S.M. Amadae (MIT, Helsinki)
Helmut Heit (Tongji)
Indrek Ibrus (Tallinn University)
Piret Kuusk (University of Tartu)

Deadline for submitting abstracts: March 15th, acceptance notices by March 31st
Requirements: in Estonian or English, 200-300 words, preferably 3-5 keywords
Press this link to the abstract submission form.

Participation fee
75 euros – accommodation at a hotel (2 nights, one of two beds in a double room), catering
50 euros – accommodation at a hotel (2 nights, one of two beds in a double room), catering (student rate)
25 euros – catering only, accommodation must be arranged by the participant.

In addition to plenary and parallel sessions, the conference will feature a culture and entertainment program, including creative activity workshops.

The conference is organised by The Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics, supported by the University of Tartu’s ASTRA project, PER ASPERA (The European Union, European Regional Development Fund). The conference has been supported by the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies (The European Union, European Regional Development Fund) and is related to research project IUT20-5 (Estonian Ministry of Education and Research).

Contact:
Questions concerning substantive matters – head organizer Roomet Jakapi (roomet.jakapi@ut.ee).
Questions concerning administrative matters – Triin Paaver (triin.paaver@ut.ee).

Posted in Announcements, Conferences, Events | Leave a comment

CFP: Feminism, Phenomenology and Genealogy

CFP: Feminism, Phenomenology, and Genealogy | Nordic Summer University | Saulkrasti, Latvia, 26 July – 2 August 2017

Keynote speakers:
Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Iceland, specialising in feminist philosophy, the philosophy of Nietzsche, and the philosophy of nature and embodiment.
Cecilia Malmström Olsson, PhD at Lund University in Literature, with the special focus on Dance Studies. Malmström Olsson specialises in dance and aesthetics, as well as dance and politics from different perspectives, such as identity, gender, race, and power relations.

The network Feminist Philosophy: Time, history and the transformation of thought (2017-2019), invites scholars to Saulkrasti, Latvia, 26 July – 2 August 2017. The aim of the conference is to create a space for critical feminist practices of reading. We want to develop and draw connections between philosophy and feminist theory, informed by historical perspectives. How can feminism revitalise philosophy and interpretations of its history? What would a philosophical feminism look like? What would it mean to read feminist theory historically? The meeting in Saulkrasti is the second out of a total of six conferences during a three-year period. The first conference Feminist Utopias was held in collaboration with the University of Iceland in March 2017, attracting about 60 scholars from all over the world.

The keywords for the gathering in Saulkrasti are feminism, phenomenology, and genealogy. During the week we will organise text seminars where we re-read classical texts in phenomenology and genealogy through a feminist lens. One seminar will be devoted to the study of texts by Hannah Arendt and Adriana Cavarero and one seminar will take on the project of reading Simone de Beauvoir alongside Friedrich Nietzsche. One evening is dedicated to a symposium ancient style (with wine, outdoors) where we read Sophocles’ Antigone together. The following day we follow up the theme with a seminar on feminist readings of Antigone.

We invite papers or proposals for activities that address the themes in a variety of perspectives. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

· Feminist readings of texts in the phenomenological and genealogical traditions.
· Women philosophers in the phenomenological movement.
· Appropriating phenomenology and genealogy for feminist aims.
· Genealogies of feminist thought, writing histories of feminist theory and philosophy.
· Power and struggle in the production of feminist truths.
· Feminist genealogies of the history of philosophy.
· Corporeal temporalities, history as embodied practice.
· Appropriating phenomenology and genealogy in feminist art and artistic research.
· We also welcome proposals on the theme of feminist philosophy more broadly speaking by people who have an interest in the network.

Each paper presentation will be allotted at least one hour, which allows for in-depth discussions. The fact that we have a whole week at our disposal opens up for an intimate environment for learning and discussion between people from different countries, universities, disciplines and traditions. All participants are invited to organise workshops, film screenings or similar activities. PhD candidates receive 5 ECTS for the presentation of a paper and full participation during the week.

About the network

Feminist philosophy: Time, history and the transformation of thought is an international platform for inquiries in feminist philosophy. From 2017 to 2019, we will organise six conferences on different themes in feminist philosophy. Our ambition is to make a contribution to feminist theory and philosophy both within and without the discipline of philosophy, as well as to put extant efforts in feminist philosophy in historical perspectives. The network aims to transcend the hierarchies of academia and is open to senior scholars, PhD-candidates, and master students.

Practical information

The summer session takes place in the town of Saulkrasti, close to Riga on the Latvian seashore, 26 July to 2 August 2017. It is organized together with the other seven thematic networks of the Nordic Summer University (see below). The total number of participants is expected to be between 100 and 120. Feminist philosophy will have its own separate program, but as a participant, you will have the opportunity to visit and partake in the work of the other circles. There will also be a cultural program in the evenings and a chance to go on excursions in the surroundings of Saulkrasti. There will be a children’s circle during the academic work sessions, which means parents can bring their children with them.

The cost of participating in the summer session ranges from 80 € to 550 €, depending on what accommodation you choose. The full board is included in all prices. Further information about accommodation and prices, as well as the location, excursions and cultural program, is found on the website nsu2017.wordpress.com.

Participation – deadline 1st of May

Anyone interested in presenting a paper or organising a workshop is invited to submit an abstract of approximately 300 words and a short bio to feministphilosophy@nsuweb.org no later than May 1st, 2017. If you wish to participate without presenting a paper, please write 50-100 words about yourself and submit by the same date. Decisions will be communicated in the beginning of May, together with further information on how to register. We might be able to accept late applications; contact us if the deadline has passed.

Scholarships – deadline 15th of April

NSU offers a scholarship program to support PhD and MA students or people with low income or special needs. In return, scholarship recipients are asked to help the Arrangement committee for a few hours during the week. Tasks may include taking care of some light practical work or contributing to a blog about the overall experience of the week.
The recipients will pay 40 euro + their own travel cost. The full board is included. The arrangement committee also offers extra travel funding for three participating students from Greenland (1 student), Faroe Islands (1 student) and any Baltic state (1 student) to cover their travel costs to and from Latvia.
The application for scholarships and extra travel funding should be submitted to feministphilosophy@nsuweb.org and to the leader of the Arrangement committee: arrkom@nsuweb.org by April 15th.

About the Nordic Summer University

Founded in 1950, the Nordic Summer University is an independent, non-profit academic institution that fosters intellectual and cultural exchange between the Nordic and the Baltic countries. Committed to egalitarian and interdisciplinary modes of learning, the NSU is open for senior scholars, doctoral and master students as well as artists and professionals with relevant backgrounds. The NSU is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Read more about the Nordic Summer University on the website nordic.university.

Coordinators

The coordinators of Feminist Philosophy are Synne Myrebøe, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies, Umeå University, Sweden, Valgerður Pálmadóttir, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies at Umeå University, Sweden, and Johanna Sjöstedt, Department of literature, history of ideas and religious studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Contact the coordinators at feministphilosophy@nsuweb.org and join our Facebook group Feminist philosophy (NSU).

Posted in Announcements, Conferences | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

MA in Philosophy Tartu

15th of March is the deadline to apply for a place in the two-year Master in Philosophy at the University of Tartu!

Please go to this page for all the necessary information, interviews with current students, and the links to proceed to application: MA in Philosophy Tartu.

Posted in Announcements, Position | Leave a comment

University of Tartu Graduate Conference: The Epistemology of Disagreement

CFP: The Epistemology of Disagreement

On the 25th and 26th March 2017 the Department of Philosophy at the University of Tartu will host a graduate conference on the epistemology of disagreement. The keynote speaker will be Jonathan Matheson (University of North Florida). The aim of the conference is to bring together MA and PhD level students who are working on this area and other related topics. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  •        The Epistemic Significance of Disagreement
  •        Disagreements between Epistemic Peers
  •        Disagreements in Idealized Contexts and Everyday Contexts
  •        The Independence Principle
  •        The Relationship between Uniqueness and Conciliationism
  •        The Relationship between Permissiveness and Steadfastness
  •        Higher Order Evidence and First Order Evidence
  •        The Relevancy of Personal Evidence
  •        Belief Independence

Papers on other related topics such as the ethics of belief, evidentialism, and the theory of justification are also welcome.

Please send all submissions to tartugradphilconference@gmail.com.

Essays should be no more than 6000 words. Please include the following information in a separate file from the main text: title of paper, abstract of no more than 300 words, author’s name, author’s institutional affiliation, author’s email address.

Key dates:

Deadline for submissions: February 22nd 2016.

All submissions will receive notification of acceptance or rejection by March 1st 2016.

Conference will take place 25th-26th March 2016.

For further inquiries, feel free to contact Triinu Eesmaa (conference coordinator) at: triinu.eesmaa@gmail.com

Information on PhilEvents: link here.

Posted in Conferences, Events, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Intensive course: Intensive Seminar for Nordic-Baltic Philosophy Symposia Master’s Students: Passions and Morals in David Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature

(this is for archive purposes only. The course was effectively held in 2016.)

2-6 May 2016,

Tallinn University, School of Humanities, Narva mnt 25: rooms TBA

5 ECTS credits

Instructors

This course will be taught by Mikael M. Karlsson (University of Iceland) and Henry Alexander Henrysson (University of Iceland). Teachers from other institutions will assist with the assessment and may join in the seminars.

Course description

The central aim of this course is to get students to become intimate with the account of passions and morals presented by the Scottish philosopher, David Hume (1711-1776), in his classic work, A Treatise of Human Nature, and to equip them to analyze and interpret this account and to form their own understanding of its significance.

Hume is one of the principal “British Empiricists”. He was indeed a Scottish philosopher and certainly an empiricist. But Hume was arguably as much an inspiration to Nietzsche and to later phenomenologists as he was to the more aggressively empiricist philosophers of the so called “analytic” tradition. In this course, an attempt will be made to reveal Hume’s pivotal importance to the development of 19th- and 20th-century philosophy—moral and political theory in particular—as well as his wider influence.

Hume wrote many other important works besides the Treatise, including works in which he treats of the “passions”—motivating emotions—and of morals; and in some of the other works Hume is often thought to have taken importantly different (and some think better) positions than in the Treatise. But most Hume scholars focus upon the Treatise and take the positions developed there as the purest examples of Hume’s thought.

Hume’s Treatise is divided into three books: Book I is entitled “Of the Understanding”, Book II “Of the Passions” and Book III “Of Morals”. The theses of Books II and III—the two Books of relevance to this course—have been highly influential, not only in the development of later philosophy, but in various other fields, where Humean perspectives, and even some of Hume’s original arguments, retain considerable influence to this day.

The approach of this course will be to focus intensively upon cultivating the abilities of the students to penetrate, understand, and formulate their own reasoned interpretations of a work of this nature. Even though Books II and III of the Treatise comprise only a part (though a large part) of the work, the readings and discussions in this course will necessarily be selective because the entirety of these Books cannot be comprehensively covered in a five-day course, even one taught on a very intensive basis. Since the selection will still amount to a substantial amount of reading, and the objective is to work closely with the text of the Treatise itself as opposed to secondary scholarship, the selections from Hume’s text will constitute the principal readings. Along the way, students will be advised about relevant works of secondary scholarship.

This five-day, Master’s level, intensive course will include 12 hours of lectures on the core material, which the students will be expected to have read in advance, and interactive seminars in which groups of four students will take responsibility for analyzing and interpreting important sections of text and leading focused, thematic discussions in interactive sessions of two hours each, attended by the entire student group, with all teachers present. Assuming the planned number of students (24), there will be six such seminars.

An in-depth study of Books II and III of Hume’s Treatise will acquaint students with a large part of one of the foundational works of modern Western philosophy. Students should learn how to analyze and interpret a significant philosophical text, be well-equipped to find their way into the secondary literature on Hume, to follow a number of contemporary debates related to Hume’s thoughts, and to contribute to them. This course should provide a good foundation for any student who aims to pursue academic philosophy or to use Hume’s philosophy in some other connection, for example psychology, sociology, history, political science and economics, all of which have fallen to some significant degree under Humean influence.

Schedule

The schedule of teaching and seminar sessions looks, at the present time, like this (and will probably not change:

Sunday 01.05 Monday

02.05

Tuesday 03.05 Wednesday 04.05 Thursday 05.06 Friday

06.05

Saturday 07.05
09:00-10:00
10:00-11:00 Lecture 1 Lecture 3 Lecture 5 Seminar 5
11:00-12:00 Lecture 1 Lecture 3 Lecture 5 Seminar 5
12:00-13:00
13:00-14:00 Introduction Lecture 2 Lecture 4 Lecture 6 Seminar 6
14:00-15:00 Introduction Lecture 2 Lecture 4 Lecture 6 Seminar 6
15:00-16:00
16:00-17:00 Seminar 1 Seminar 2 Seminar 3 Seminar 4
17:00-18:00 Seminar 1 Seminar 2 Seminar 3 Seminar 4

 

This means that students must arrive at Tallinn in time to participate in the introductory sessions that begin at 13:00 on Monday, May 2 and should, if possible, not plan to leave Tallinn prior to Saturday, May 7. All students are expected to attend all sessions. The lectures will also be attended by students from Tallinn University, who will be taking a longer course on Hume’s Treatise.

Assessment

Assessment will be based upon active participation in the seminars, both in the role of discussion leaders and general participants (50%) and a written essay (50%) that must be submitted no later than one month after the final working day of the course. The topic of the essay will be closely related to the matters discussed in the course, and each student must have a specific, approved essay topic by the last working day of the course. The active presence in the lectures will be assumed, and a student’s grade may be lowered for failure to meet this expectation.

Students will be expected to do the considerable advance reading, which is necessary if a work of the magnitude of Hume’s Treatise is to be well appreciated during a one-week course! All assigned reading will come from Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature, which should be read in English, since the work was written in English and our course will be taught in English. The Treatise can be found online, and read and downloaded for free. However, students are strongly advised to have a print edition available to hand, and the Penguin Classics paperback edition (edited by Ernest Mossner) is recommended, in case you do not already have a copy of this classic work. The Penguin paperback is available through on-line booksellers.

The overall organisation and implementation of this course, as well as its potential to attract students from the participating institutions, builds upon the successful experience of previous courses (2013-14, 2014-15) of the Nordic-Baltic Philosophy Symposia.

Posted in Announcements, Events, Intensive courses, Seminars, Symposia | Leave a comment

CFP Feminist Philosophy: Ethics

CfP Feminist philosophy: Ethics | Orivesi, Finland, 24-31 July 2016

Abstract deadline: May 13th

Invited keynote speakers:

  • Elizabeth Povinelli, Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia  University, US.
  • Robert Pfaller, Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Theory at the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz, Austria.

Following the inaugural symposium on feminism and the philosophy of time and history at Umeå University earlier this spring, the interdisciplinary network Feminist philosophy: Appropriation, transformation, collaboration invites scholars, students, artists, and activists to the NSU summer session 2016 in Orivesi, Finland. The theme for this meeting will be feminist philosophy and ethics.

Ethics is one of the major themes in feminist philosophy; moreover, it is one of the sub disciplines in philosophy where women have made major contributions in the 20th century. Ethics has been the site of influential feminist critique of mainstream philosophy, for example through the invention of the ethics of care. There has also been a “turn to ethics” in several disciplines in the humanities, including feminist theory, where scholars have appropriated traditions such as psychoanalysis and phenomenology to articulate new concerns for feminism. What are the challenges in feminist discussions on ethics today? How can ethics transform feminist theory? What are the problems or possibilities related to the ethical turn? Papers may address, but are by no means limited to, the following subjects:

  • Ethics in the work of feminist philosophers and theorists
  • The turn to ethics in feminist theory
  • Ethics and politics or political theory
  • Ethics in the history of feminist philosophy
  • Ethics and history or time
  • Feminist ethics and art or artistic research
  • Feminist ethics and literature or film
  • Feminism and the ethics of care
  • Feminist ethics in medicine
  • Ethics in feminist research
  • Feminist ethics and the philosophy of education
  • Feminist theory and the problem of values
  • Ecocritical feminism
  • Feminist ethics in different intellectual traditions, i.g. psychoanalysis, phenomenology, poststructuralism, or Marxism
  • Feminist critique of major traditions in ethics i.g. virtue ethics, deontological ethics, or utilitarianism

We also accept papers that address questions of feminism and philosophy more broadly speaking.

The program in Orivesi will be built around the contributions of the participants. Each paper presentation will be allotted at least one hour, which allows for in depth analyses. The fact that we have a whole week at our disposal opens up for an intimate environment for learning and discussion between people from different countries, universities, disciplines and traditions. All participants are invited to organize workshops, film screenings or similar activities. In addition there will be text seminars on feminist ethics based on reading assignments announced in advance. Phd candidates receive 5 ECTS for the presentation of a paper and full participation during the week.

About the network

Feminist philosophy has the ambition to become an international interdisciplinary platform, primarily oriented towards the Nordic and Baltic countries, for inquiries in feminist philosophy. Our aim is to explore the borders, connections and tensions between feminism and philosophy in critical historical and contemporary perspectives. We want to create a forum where philosophy is scrutinized from a feminist perspective and yet be able to ask questions about what philosophy has to offer feminism. Interdisciplinary in scope, we welcome anyone with an interest in feminist philosophy, for example scholars from philosophy, the history of ideas, literary studies, gender studies, political science, sociology, and the arts. We are happy to include both scholars who focus on developing feminist philosophy as such, as well as those who study philosophy as an institution. We accept scholars working in all philosophical traditions. The network aims to transcend the hierarchies of academia and is open to senior scholars, phd-candidates, and master students. People of all genders are welcome.

Practical information

The summer session takes place in the town of Orivesi, close to Tampere, in southern Finland at Orivesi Folkhögskola 24-31 July 2016. It is organized together with the eight thematic study circles of the Nordic Summer University (see below). The total number of participants is expected to be between 100 and 120. Feminist philosophy will have its own separate program, but as a participant you will have the opportunity to visit and partake in the work of the other circles. There will also be a cultural program in the evenings and a chance to go on excursions in the surroundings of Orivesi. As there is a children’s circle during the academic work sessions, parents can bring their children with them.

The cost of participating in the summer session ranges from 320 € to 550 €, depending on what accommodation you choose. Full board is included in all prices. Further information about accommodation and prices, as well as the location, excursions and cultural program, is found on the website http://nordic.university.

Participation

Anyone interested in presenting a paper or organizing a workshop is invited to submit an abstract of approximately 300 words and a short bio to feminist.philosophy.nsu@gmail.com no later than May 13th, 2016. If you wish to participate without presenting a paper, please write 50-100 words about yourself and submit by May 13th, 2016. Decisions will be communicated in the middle of May, together with further information on how to register. We might be able to accept late applications; contact us if deadline has passed.

About the Nordic Summer University

Founded in 1950, the Nordic Summer University is an independent, non-profit academic institution that fosters intellectual and cultural exchange between the Nordic and the Baltic countries. Committed to egalitarian and interdisciplinary modes of learning, the NSU is open for senior scholars, doctoral and master students as well as artists and professionals with relevant backgrounds. The NSU is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Read more about the Nordic Summer University on the website http://nordic.university

Coordinators

The coordinators of Feminist Philosophy are Synne Myreböe, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies, Umeå University, Sweden, Valgerður Pálmadóttir, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies at Umeå University, Sweden, and Johanna Sjöstedt, Department of literature, history of ideas and religious studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Contact the coordinators at feminist.philosophy.nsu@gmail.com and join our Facebook group Feminist philosophy (NSU).

Posted in Announcements, Conferences | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

MA in Philosophy at the University of Tartu

MASTER’S PROGRAMME IN PHILOSOPHY

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!

The University of Tartu in Estonia is looking forward to applications for its two-year Master’s Programme in Philosophy.

Language of instruction: English
Application deadline: 15. April 2016

We welcome students with a background in philosophy as well as students from other disciplines who have an interest in the philosophical issues raised by those disciplines. For example, a student of linguistics could enroll and study philosophy of language, mathematicians can study the philosophy of mathematics or logic, biologists and medical students can work on medical ethics and bioethics, chemists and physicists have important topics to address within philosophy of science.

MA-students can choose to specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Theoretical Philosophy: philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of logic and mathematics, philosophy of psychology, epistemology, metaphysics, metaphilosophy, experimental philosophy;
  • Practical Philosophy: ethics, meta-ethics, applied ethics, bioethics, aesthetics, social- and political philosophy, philosophy of education;
  • Philosophy of Science: general philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, philosophy of chemistry, philosophy of biology, social and cultural studies of science, social epistemology;
  • History of Philosophy: Ancient Greek philosophy, Early Modern philosophy, 19th- and 20th-century German philosophy, 20th-century French philosophy.

Our programme is unique in being extremely flexible: advisers help students to design their own individual study plans so that the programme best suits each student’s interests and takes the student’s educational background into account.

No tuition fee. Instead, scholarships are available! The University of Tartu provides 13 tuition-waiver scholarships and additionally the Department of Philosophy provides living expenses scholarships (200 Euros per month) to the best candidates.

General admission requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a science or one of the humanities
  • English language proficiency

For further information about the Master’s Programme and the application procedure please consult our website: ut.ee/philosophy.

Posted in Announcements, Programme, Scholarships | Tagged , | Leave a comment

CFP: Feminist Philosophy: Time and History

Nordic Summer University | Umeå Center for Gender Studies | Department of historical, philosophical, and religious studies | Umeå University | March 15-17, 2016

Abstract deadline: 7th of December.

Invited speakers:
Tuija Pulkkinen (Academy professor at the Department of philosophy, history and culture, Helsinki University)
Kristina Fjelkestam (Associate professor in gender studies, Stockholm University)
Claudia Lindén (Associate professor in literature, Södertörn University)
Sara Edenheim (Docent in history and associate professor in gender studies, Umeå University)

What is the relationship between feminism and philosophy today? Although feminist philosophy is now a recognized field in the institution of philosophy, a tension between the two terms still seem to persist. Compared to the status of feminism in other disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences, feminist philosophy is generally marginalized in departments for philosophy. A lot of work in feminist philosophy is done in other disciplines, such as literary studies, the history of ideas, gender studies, and sociology.

So what?!

I am feminist, now what?!

The prospective project Feminist philosophy has the ambition to be an international interdisciplinary platform for inquiries in feminist philosophy. Our aim is to explore the borders, connections and tensions between feminism and philosophy in critical historical and contemporary perspectives. We want to create a forum where philosophy is scrutinized from a feminist perspective and yet be able to ask questions about what philosophy has to offer feminism.

We invite scholars and students to a three-day symposium at Umeå University, Sweden on the theme of feminism and the philosophy of time and history. Papers may address, but are by no means limited to, the following subjects:

  • The concept of time in the work of feminist philosophers
  • Time as a question for feminist and queer theory
  • Time as an analytic category in feminist and queer historical investigations
  • The ethics of time and history in a feminist or queer perspective
  • Time, history and political change
  • Feminism and conceptual history
  • Feminism or queer theory and the philosophical canon
  • Methodological questions pertaining to the study of philosophers from marginalized groups in history
  • The historiography of feminist philosophy
  • The institution of philosophy in critical historical or sociological perspectives

We are also happy to include papers that address questions of philosophy and marginalized groups more generally speaking.

The symposium in Umeå is at once a conference in its own right and a preparatory gathering to write a proposal for a new circle in the Nordic Summer University (see below for more information about the NSU). If it is accepted, the circle will run from 2017-2019 and organize a total of six conferences on feminism and philosophy; three annual symposia held in collaboration with universities in the Nordic and Baltic countries during the winter and three joint summer sessions together with the other circles in the NSU. All participants in Umeå are invited to contribute to the planning of the activities of the circle, which will be based on the interests of the attending scholars. There are plans for several publications in connection to the work of the circle.

Participation

Anyone interested in presenting a paper is invited to submit an abstract of approximately 300 words and a short bio to feminist.philosophy.nsu@gmail.com no later than December 7th, 2015. If you wish to participate without presenting a paper, please write 50-100 words about yourself and submit by December 7th, 2015. Decisions will be communicated in the middle of December, together with further information on how to register. The cost of participating is 300 SEK for students and independent scholars and 500 SEK for senior scholars and doctoral students. The fee includes lunch and coffee during the symposium. 

About the circle

Feminist philosophy has the ambition to become an international network, primarily oriented towards the Nordic and the Baltic countries. Interdisciplinary in scope, we welcome anyone with an interest in feminist philosophy, for example scholars from philosophy, the history of ideas, literary studies, gender studies, political science, sociology, and the arts. We are happy to include both scholars who focus on developing feminist philosophy as such, as well as those who study philosophy as an institution. We accept scholars working in all philosophical traditions. The network aims to transcend the hierarchies of academia and is open to senior scholars, phd-candidates, and master students.

About the Nordic Summer University

Founded in 1950, the Nordic Summer University is an independent, non-profit academic institution that fosters intellectual and cultural exchange between the Nordic and the Baltic countries. Committed to egalitarian and interdisciplinary modes of learning, the NSU is open for senior scholars as well as doctoral and master students and professionals with relevant backgrounds. The NSU is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Read more about the Nordic Summer University on the website of Nordic University.

Coordinators

The coordinators of Feminist Philosophy are Synne Myreböe (Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies, Umeå University, Sweden), Valgerður Pálmadóttir (Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies at Umeå University, Sweden), and Johanna Sjöstedt (Department of literature, history of ideas and religious studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden). Contact the coordinators at feminist.philosophy.nsu@gmail.com and join our Facebook group Feminist philosophy (NSU).

Posted in Announcements, Conferences | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment