BPA/SWIP UK Mentoring Scheme

The British Philosophical Association, and the Society for Women in Philosophy (UK) are running a mentoring scheme for women in Philosophy. The scheme is open to all women from first-year PhD level onwards who are students of philosophy or employed on a teaching and/or research contract (including fractional contracts) in a UK or Irish university. It is also open to women philosophers who are between jobs or who have completed their PhD and do not currently have – but are aiming to secure – academic employment. There’s more information on the SWIP website


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Seeing-as and Novelty Conference – University of York

I’m really looking forward to this conference, which will be held at the University of York, on Monday 24th September 2012.

Seeing-as is a phenomenon of deep importance for several major areas of academic philosophy. It is of clear relevance to central issues concerning aesthetics, philosophy of language, philosophy of perception, and epistemology. As well as figuring in Wittgenstein’s work in particular – and analytic philosophy more generally – seeing-as is of central importance to phenomenological philosophy following in the traditions inaugurated by figures such as Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty.

The purpose of this conference is to explore how we should understand the relationship between our capacity for seeing-as, the determination of new concepts, and our capacity for using and extending the use of concepts in hitherto novel situations.

The speakers will be:

Michael Beaney (York)
Bill Childs (Oxford)
Robert Clark (York)
Naomi Eilan (Warwick)
Marie McGinn (UEA)
Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (Nottingham)
Rachael Wiseman (York)

Registration: £30 (waged), £15 (student)

**Registration in advance is not necessary, but preferred.**

Graduate Respondents:

Graduate students are invited to apply to respond to papers given by the above speakers. Please send a statement (of no more than a page) detailing your area of research and your interest in this conference to seeing[dot]as[dot]and[dot]novelty[at]gmail.com. In addition, there are a number of other bursaries available for graduate attendees which will primarily be awarded to unsuccessful applicants to be a respondent.

**The deadline for applications to be a respondent is July 8th 2012**

If you have any questions at all, or wish to register, please contact the organisers at seeing[dot]as[dot]and[dot]novelty[at]gmail.com

The conference has made possible by the kind support of The Mind Association, The Aristotelian Society, and The Analysis Trust.

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Implicit Bias Network – Workshop

The excellent Implicit Bias Network has its second workshop coming up 20th-21st April 2012. This one considers the epistemological implications of implicit bias. There is more info at the project website.

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Nordic Society for Phenomenology Annual Conference, Oslo

I will be talking at this conference, which takes place at the University of Oslo, 7th – 9th June 2012.

The other keynote speakers are:
Frode Kjosavik (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)
Tetsuyo Kono (University of Tokyo)
Dermot Moran (University College Dublin)
Thomas Schwartz Wentzer (Aarhus University)

I’m hoping to present a paper about solipsism in Wittgenstein and Merleau-Ponty that I’m currently writing. It all depends on whether I manage to finish it on time! The conference webpage, which has instructions on how to submit papers is here.

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