Tapahtumat kesäkuulle 2008

Voices and Noises: Encountering the Materiality of Sound

Two Day Interdisciplinary Conference, November 14-15, 2008


Organized by the Institute for Art Research, University of Helsinki, Doctoral Study Programme for Performing  Arts in Finland, and the Finnish Academy research group Encounters in Art and Philosophy.

The last few decades of experimental music, sound design and audio art have encouraged listeners to become  attentive to the materiality of sound. At the same time, new forms of poetry, theatre, performance,  installation, video, etc. have explored various dimensions of voice – human and non-human.

However, philosophy of art remains, in general, situated within the paradigms of the textual and the visual.  Likewise, in theories of music and language there is a tendency to approach them primarily as systems  composed of signs, whether formal or cultural. Is there a way to approach sound as sound and conceptualise  the materiality of sound through theoretical apparatus? Further, what are the philosophical implications of  approaching the world as acoustic rather than visual or semantic environment? On what ground do thought and  sound collide?

The conference Voices and Noises: Encountering the Materiality of Sound wishes to address the question of  sound’s material dimension and its relation to the symbolic and the communicative. Similarly, philosophical  explorations of the acoustic perspective lead us to the issues of processuality, change and flux.

How has the materiality of sound been explored in philosophy and literature? How have various recording  technologies affected sound production and listening? What is the aural dimension of language? Why are some  sounds considered as noise whereas some are voices (of reason)? Does sound denote immersion, inclusion and  indistinctness? How is the acoustic soundscape related to the visual landscape? Is there a need for acoustic  ecology?

The organisers of this interdisciplinary conference encourage presentations of 30 minutes, academic as well  as artistic, upon the subjects laid out above and related to them. The proposed presentations can take the  form of traditional academic papers, artists’ talks or performances.

Please send a brief abstract (max. 300 words) outlining your presentation, and including your institutional  affiliation and contact information, by June 30, 2008 to voicesandnoises (at) gmail.com
 
THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE
"GLOBAL ARTS / LOCAL KNOWLEDGE"
30 June - 6 July 2008
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

The 32nd annual IAPL conference will be held in Melbourne from June 30-July
6th, 2008.

The conference theme is GLOBAL ARTS / LOCAL KNOWLEDGE.

Keynote speakers include Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht) and Sneja Gunew (Vancouver).

The deadline for online submission of paper abstracts and session proposals
has been extended to Monday, 20 October 2007.

Please go to www.iapl.info ["Paper Submissions" link] for further
information and online submissions. All submissions are on-line.

Umeå University
Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
A midsummer night's workshop on consciousness, perception, and thought
plus a lecture in the Philosophical Society

 

June 24-25, 2008

 

Tuesday June 24 (room D108, Humanities Building)


9.30-11 An argument for the intentional view of visual experience
Adam Pautz (Philosophy, Austin, Texas)
11.15-12.45 TBA
Johan Eriksson (Physiologi, Umeå)
Lunch
14.00-15.30 The hard problem of hallucination
Jesper Östman (Philosophy, Umeå)
15.45-17.15 TBA
Mats Wahlberg (Religion, Umeå)
19.30-21 Lecture in the Philosophical Society: What are colors?
Adam Pautz (Philosophy, Austin, Texas)
Room: Hörsal C, Social Science Building


Wednesday June 25 (room C104, Humanities Building)


10.00-11.30 De re thoughts about non-existent individuals
Anna Bjurman-Pautz (Philosophy, Austin, Texas)
11.45-13.15 A somewhat eliminativist proposal about phenomenal consciousness
Pär Sundström (Philosophy, Umeå)
Lunch
14.30-16.00 Is the external world colored?
Adam Pautz (Philosophy, Austin, Texas)

 

All interested are welcome!

Pentti Linkola tunnetaan kirjailijana, tutkijana, esikuvana, julkkiksena, provokaattorina - ja ennen kaikkea ajattelijana. Mutta mistä hänen ajattelussaan on kysymys?

Tere Vadénin toimittaman kirjan esseet tutkivat Linkolan ajattelun tunnuspiirteitä ja sanomisen tapaa. Linkolan ainutlaatuisella tavalla asettamat ongelmat otetaan nuorten kirjoittajien teksteissä tosissaan, jopa niin vakavasti, että ne herättävät halun ajatella uudelleen.

Kirjoittajina ovat Salla Tuomivaara, Tapani Kilpeläinen, Arto Tukiainen, Ville Lähde, Tere Vadén, Inkeri Koskinen ja Olli Tammilehto. Kirja sisältää uudelleenjulkaistuna myös Linkolan esseen Runo-Suomi vai hyvinvointivaltio. Kirjoittajien yhteisenä lähtökohtana on näkemys, että läheskään kaikkea ei vielä ole sanottu Linkolan kuvaamasta ongelmasta eikä poluista ongelmasta poispäin. Puheeksi tulevat poliittinen Linkola, elämänfilosofia, perinteiset elintavat ja ­ vallankumous.


Tervetuloa LINKOLAN AJAMANA ­pamfletin julkistamiseen
maanantaina 16.6. kello 13.­14.30
Kasvitieteellisen puutarhan Linkola-seminaaritilaan
(os. Kaisaniemenranta 2, Kaisaniemen puisto, Helsinki.)
Paikalla ainakin Tere Vadén, Salla Tuomivaara, Ville Lähde ja Olli Tammilehto. Tervetuloa!

Tere Vadén (toim.): Linkolan ajamana, 196 s. Nid. ISBN: 978-952-01-0210-4.
Tuotanto Into Kustannus, kustantaja Like. Linkolan ajamana on kolmas
Into-pamfletti.

Lisätiedot: Mika Rönkkö /INTO KUSTANNUS, mika.ronkko (at) mondediplo.fi, puh.050 4362170
Arvostelukappaleet: arvostelukappaleet (at) like.fi
Martha Nussbaumin yleisöluento Music by the Sea -tapahtumassa Inkossa kello 14:00:

Meet Martha -Music and the mind
Lecture (in English) by Philosopher Martha Nussbaum from USA, Ingå community centre (Hembygdsgården).

Väitös: Ancient Philosophers on Mental Illness
Helsinki 13.06.2008 klo 12:00

 

FL Marke Ahonen väittelee 13.6.2008 kello 12.00 Helsingin yliopiston
humanistisessa tiedekunnassa aiheesta 'Ancient Philosophers on Mental
Illness' ('Antiikin filosofien käsitykset mielen sairauksista').
Väitöstilaisuus järjestetään osoitteessa Yliopiston päärakennus,
auditorium XIII, Unioninkatu 34.

 

Vastaväittäjänä on prof. Richard Bett, Johns Hopkins University, USA,
ja kustoksena professori Mika Kajava.

 

Väitöskirjan tiivistelmä on luettavissa E-thesis-palvelussa

(http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-92-3919-1 )

Rhetoric and Liberty

The Third Jyväskylä Symposium on Political Thought and Conceptual History
University of Jyväskylä, Finland 13-14 June 2008,
Building Villa Rana, Room Blomstedt


Speakers and topics


13th June


10.30-11.15 Michael Th. Greven (Hamburg), Dutschke, the Student Movement, and Liberty

11.15-12.00 Kari Palonen (Jyväskylä), The Rhetoric of Academic Freedom

Lunch break

13.30 -14.15 MEP Anneli Jäätteenmäki Liberty of the Politician Today I

Coffee break

14.45-15.30 Päivi Mehtonen (Tampere), Rhetoric and Liberty in the European Literature

15.30-16.00 Anthoula Malkopoulou (Jyväskylä), Concepts of Liberty and Obligatory Voting

16.00- 16.30 Antu Sorainen (Helsinki), Limits of Liberty in Political Rhetorics: The Pedophile

16.30-17.15 Sami Syrjämäki (Tampere), How Many Concepts of Liberty?


14th June


9.15-10.00 Maija Setälä (Turku), Deliberative Democracy, Rhetoric and liberty

10.30-11.15 Pasi Ihalainen (Jyväskylä) Liberty, popular sovereignty and democracy in eighteenth-century parliamentary speaking

11.15-12.00 Markku Peltonen (Helsinki), Rhetoric and Liberty in the Renaissance Politics

Lunch break

13.30-14.15 Tuija Parvikko (Jyväskylä) Arendt and Liberty

Coffee break

14.45-15.30 MP Pekka Haavisto, Liberty of the Politician today II

15.30-16.15 Richard Murphy (Swansea), Collingwood and Liberty

16.15-17.00 Suvi Soininen (Jyväskylä) Oakeshott and Liberty


Organised by:
Finnish Centre of Excellence in Political Thought and Conceptual Change, Research Team Political Thought and Conceptual History Research Project of the Academy Professorship, The Politics of Dissensus University of Jyväskylä/Political Science
Local organizer: Dr. Suvi Soininen (sumaso (at) cc.jyu.fi), contact info also: Anitta Kananen (kananen (at) yfi.jyu.fi)

An inherent connection between rhetoric and liberty exists since ancient Greece: rhetoric deals only with contingent matters that can be changed by means of persuasive speech. To express a ‘voice’ on existing affairs is similarly a necessary condition of political liberty. Despite such elementary connections it seems that in the contemporary academic discussion liberty and rhetoric are regarded as separate questions that have only occasional links with each other.
In the recent years, some signs of recognising the reciprocity between rhetoric and liberty have, however, become visible. For example Quentin Skinner’s studies on the political role of the Renaissance rhetorical culture are inherently connected with his studies on the ‘neo-Roman’ concept of liberty, and they have already inspired a number of new studies on the English parliamentary rhetoric in the Renaissance. One might imagine that the debates on “deliberative democracy” would signify a renaissance of deliberative rhetoric. This was, however, originally not the case, but rhetorically oriented theorists have recently attempt to reinterpret the concept, and through this way linked them to the re-actualisation of the studies on parliamentary eloquence.
The idea of this symposium is to connect the two conceptually intertwined but historically separated genres of studying political liberty and political rhetoric. The studies on political liberty contain valuable insight to both political philosophy and to the history of political thought and concepts, which can decisively enrich the political sensitivity of the rhetorical studies on political arenas. Conversely, using the resources of rhetorical traditions may, for example, reframe the debates on political liberty in terms of analysing besides the content of the debate also the rhetorical tools and strategies used in the debate.
The symposium can be divided, roughtly speaking, to three types of topics. The first deals with the historical relationship between rhetoric and liberty, the second with the interconnections of rhetoric and liberty among some contemporary thinkers, the third with their links for the debates on certain political institutions or practices. In addition, following the practice of the previous symposia we have also invited two well-known Finnish politicians to participate in the symposium.

More info: http://www.jyu.fi/yhtfil/PolCon/coepolcon/PolTCH/events/rhetlib.html
 
 

VIERAILULUENTO FILOSOFIAN LAITOKSELLA
Turun yliopisto


Professori Risto Hilpinen Miamin yliopistosta luennoi torstaina 12.6.2008 klo 14-16 aiheesta:

"On Senses, Conceptions, and Objects: Frege, Peirce, and Husserl on Reference"

 

ja

perjantaina 13.6.2007 klo 10-12 aiheesta:

"Good Belief: From Error to Knowledge"

 

filosofian seminaarihuoneessa 150
(Assistentinkatu 7)

Tervetuloa!

The Metaphysics of Tropes


An international workshop at the Department of Philosophy, University of Turku, WEDNESDAY JUNE 11, 2008, 14-19, seminar room 150, Publicum, Assistentinkatu 7, 1st floor.
 

Program

14.00
Coffee & Opening

14.15
Anna-Sofia Maurin (Lund University):
Why there are tropes

15.20
Arto Repo (University of Turku):
Tropes and States of Affairs

16.20
Coffee

16.45
Jani Hakkarainen (University of Tampere):
Hume as a Trope nominalist?

17.50
Markku Keinänen (University of Turku):
Tropes - the basic constituents of powerful particulars?

 

The workshop is organised by the research project “Tropes, change and dispositional essentialism” funded by the Academy of Finland.
Information:
Markku Keinänen
markku.keinanen [at] utu.fi
http://users.utu.fi/mkeina/visits

GOTTLOB FREGE LECTURES IN THEORETICAL PHILOSOPHY 2008

 

PAUL BOGHOSSIAN -- OBJECTIVE KNOWLEDGE

http://daniel.cohnitz.de/index.php?frege

 

The 2008 "Gottlob Frege Lectures in Theoretical Philosophy" will be
delivered by Prof. Paul Boghossian from New York University. Professor
Boghossian is an internationally renowned philosopher who is well known for
his research in philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language and
epistemology. His recent book "Fear of Knowledge" (OUP 2006) has received
wide recognition and was named "Choice Outstanding Academic Book 2006."  We are happy to have him in Tartu for a four day workshop at the beginning of
June, 10.-13. 06. 2008. Everyone interested is invited to participate. To
plan the event, however, we need your registration no later than May 21.

 

Participants are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation
arrangements. However, we have reserved some places in a nearby student
dormitory. Please indicate in your registration if you are interested in
staying at the student dormitory. For registration and further information
please email: cohnitz (at) ut.ee.

 

The Lecturer

Paul Boghossian is Silver Professor of Philosophy at the Department of
Philosophy, New York University. He is the author of numerous works on a
variety of topics, including rule-following, eliminativism, naturalism,
self-knowledge, a priori knowledge, analytic truth, realism, relativism, the
aesthetics of music and the concept of genocide. He has held research
fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Magdalen College(Oxford), the School of Advanced Study (University of London), and from the Australian National University (Canberra). He has been a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a Fulbright Senior Specialist and is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities. He has also taught
at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and at Princeton.

 

The Topic

Recent philosophy has seen a huge amount of interest in relativism,
understood as a semantical thesis. Professor Boghossian will examine the
ways in which traditional relativism differs from this “new age” relativism
and will look at the problems that each faces.  After that he will examine
issues that arise in defending the thesis that there can be objective facts
about epistemic justification and take a closer look at the question of
whether we could be said to have epistemic systems that guide our belief
formation.

 

For further information, please visit our website at

http://daniel.cohnitz.de/index.php?frege

 

The event is organised by the Department of Philosophy, University of Tartu,
and the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu and sponsored by the Estonian
Science Foundation and the Embassy of the United States, Tallinn.

 

The Gottlob Frege Lectures in Theoretical Philosophy are named in honour of
the German mathematician and philosopher Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege. We have chosen Frege as the patron for our lecture series as he is widely
recognised for his clarity and unpretentious, no-nonsense style of dealing
with philosophical problems. So are the lecturers we are honoured to host in
Tartu.

Moral Psychology and Political Philosophy of Patriotism

A Seminar Directed by Professor Martha C. Nussbaum (University of Chicago)

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, June 9 to 14, 2008


The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies will organize a seminar "Moral
Psychology and Political Philosophy of Patriotism" led by professor Martha
C. Nussbaum (University of Chicago) from June 9 to 12 as well as an
international workshop expanding on the topics of the seminar on June 14.
Professor Nussbaum will ask whether conventional forms of patriotism and
other local commitments can coexist with liberal and cosmopolitan values, or
whether they should be rejected as parochial ideals in an age when our
global connections are growing stronger. She will also ask whether nations
need to rely on a form of patriotism in order to motivate ambitious projects
involving sacrifice for others. Professor Nussbaum's presentations will
focus on work in progress of her and Jeffrey Israel (University of Chicago)
on the philosophy of patriotism.

The workshop will bring together internationally distinguished group of
scholars to reflect on the issues related to patriotism in their
philosophical, psychological, cultural, and political contexts. The seminar
and the workshop are parts of a long-term cooperation of Professor Nussbaum
with the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies to which she was appointed
a Permanent Visiting Fellow in 2006.


Program of the seminar

Monday June 9: Nineteenth-Century Nationalism and the Cosmopolitan Response

Tuesday June 10: The First World War and the Collapse of Patriotism

Wednesday June 11: Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism: the Contemporary Debate

Thursday June 12: Imagining the Patriot: The Political Iconography of
Patriotism (Jeffrey Israel)

Saturday June 14: Workshop with presentations by, e.g., Eamonn Callan
(Stanford University), Pauline Kleingeld (Leiden University), Eerik
Lagerspetz (University of Turku). Tanika Sarkar (Jawaharlar Nehru
University), and Juha Sihvola (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies). A
more detailed program to be announced soon.


All seminar sessions from 10 AM to 1 PM at the seminar room 136 of the
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Fabianinkatu 24 A, 1st floor. The
workshop from 9.30 AM to 6 PM at the same location. The seminar is free for
all but pre registration is required. Registrations by email to Collegium
secretary Kaisa Apell (kaisa.apell (at) helsinki.fi).

The reading list for the seminar includes Martha Nussbaum et al. For the
Love of the Country (Boston 1996), Kwame Anthony Appiah, Cosmopolitanism.
Ethics in the World of Strangers (New York 2006), David Miller, On
Nationality (Oxford 1995), Amartya Sen, Identity and Violence: The Illusions
of Destiny (New York 2006), Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory,
Wilfred Owen, The Collected Poems, Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the
Western Front. The participants are advised to acquire these books for
themselves. All of them are available as inexpensive paperbacks and in
libraries. It will also possible to xerox some of the material. Texts on
19th century nationalism by Renan, Mazzini, Herder and Fichte will be
xeroxed for the participants. A more detailed list and instructions to be
announced soon.

06.06.2008 - 08.06.2008
LIMITS OF PERSONHOOD

University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Conference dates: 6–8 June 2008
 
 
Invited Speakers
José Luis Bermúdez,
Michael Quante,
Ralf Stoecker,
Tim Thornton,
+ TBA.
 
 
Deadline for abstracts: February 8th
Length of abstracts: ca. 500 words
Send abstracts to jpkaukua (at) cc.jyu.fi
Notifications of acceptance: February 15th
Conference dates: 6–8 June 2008
 
 
The theme of the conference

Although the line between persons and non-persons may seem relatively
clear in everyday life, advances in the experimental and theoretical
sciences have shed a different light on the issue. There is more and
more evidence to suggest that non-human animals, predecessors of the
species Homo sapiens, and even some artificial creatures, possess or
have possessed many of the features often considered unique to human
persons.

With regard to the knowledge supplied by neurosciences, biology,
developmental psychology etc., it has become increasingly difficult to
distinguish persons from non-persons. And even clear cases, paradigmatic
persons, have their personal capacities dependently on sub-personal
mechanisms, which seem to be governed by the same laws that govern the
rest of nature – so perhaps persons are not that unique after all? The
criteria applied by modern philosophy, which focus on distinctive forms
of rationality and self-consciousness shared by persons, are no longer
as evident as they used to be. New scientific findings also compel us to
reconsider the moral status of non-human animals. It is the task of
philosophers to try to bring conceptual clarity to the field by
assessing the principal consequences of the growing knowledge concerning
the features that are taken to explain the differences between living
persons and non-persons.

The aim of the conference is to explore and reconsider the borderline
between persons and non-persons. The topics of the conference involve
the following features which are central as regards the borderline:
intentionality, self-consciousness, autonomy, emotions, rationality,
normative and moral relations, and recognition from others. The general
starting point of the conference is the observation that these features
seem to allow degrees and therefore provide no easy demarcation between
persons and non-persons. Yet most of the contemporary theories of
personhood make a simple dichotomy between persons and non-persons by
using these features as criteria.       

We welcome papers that analyse the ways in which the features in
question allow degrees, and examine where and how the line between
personal and sub-personal, and personal and non-personal, should be
drawn. We also encourage papers discussing the history of views
concerning the limits of personhood and the graduality of the central
features – if possible, there will be special section(s) devoted to
historical treatments of the features pertinent to the topic of the
conference. Naturally, we also encourage papers (historical and other),
which suggest an approach which could avoid the problems related to
determining the limits of personhood.
 
 
The questions to be addressed in the conference include:

• Are there actual non–human persons?
• If the following three claims contradict, which one should we drop or
revise: 1) the moral status of persons is based on a certain set of
characteristics C, 2) all humans do not in fact have characteristics C,
3) all humans have the moral status of persons.
• What is the relation of sub-personal mechanisms and personhood? How do
the sub-personal layers enable or constitute personal-level phenomena?
• In what ways do the features of personhood allow degrees and in what
sense do humans share them with non-humans? To what extent and in what
precise form does this overlapping vary from feature to feature?
• In what ways are the features inter-connected? How does a transition
within one feature indicate transitions in other features, perhaps in
all of them?
• In what ways is the gradualitheories of personhood (mis)recognise
their graduality?
• What consequences regarding moral and legal statuses should be drawn
from the fact that the capacities central to personhood come in degrees?
• In what sense do changes in the interplay of actual life forms,
articulated scientific knowledge and ontological and epistemic
commitments influence the limits of personhood?
 
 
Practicalities
 
The conference will take place in Jyväskylä, 270 km north of Helsinki.
International flight connections to Helsinki are good and there is a
one-hour connecting flight from Helsinki to Jyväskylä. There are also
some (cheap) international flights to Tampere, 150 km from Jyväskylä.
The arrival is scheduled for Thursday 5th, the workshops and talks will
take place from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, leaving time for
departure on Sunday evening. More information about practicalities will
be available later.
 
The conference is organized by the “Limits of Personhood" research
project run by the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy,
University of Jyväskylä, and financed by the Academy of Finland. More
information about the project can be found at
 
http://www.jyu.fi/yhtfil/fil/limits/index.htm.
 
The members of the organizing committee are Jussi Kotkavirta, Mikko Yrjönsuuri, Arto Laitinen, Petteri Niemi, Jari Kaukua, Vili Lähteenmäki, Heikki Ikäheimo, Mimosa Pursiainen, Juhana Toivanen and Pessi Lyyra.
 
 
Arto Laitinen
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Fabianinkatu 24 (P.O. Box 4)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
Finland

 
 
Kasvatuksen Historian Päivät: Kasvatus ja demokratia
Joensuu 05.06.2008  - 06.06.2008

IV KASVATUKSEN HISTORIAN PÄIVÄT JOENSUUSSA 5.-6. KESÄKUUTA 2008

Päivien teemana on Kasvatus ja demokratia.
 
Kasvatuksen Historian Päivistä on muodostunut tutkijoiden ja alan
harrastajien monitieteinen kohtauspaikka. Päivät tarjoavat oivallisen
tilaisuuden tutustua muilla tieteenaloilla tehtävään tutkimukseen.
Tällä kertaa tarjotin on poikkeuksellisen runsas, sillä Joensuussa
kokoontuu ensimmäisen kerran myös

KASVATUKSEN FILOSOFIAN OSASTO

Kasvatuksen Historian Päivät on täysiverinen tutkijatapaaminen.
Tiedeuraansa aloittavia ajatellen osallistumiskynnys on viety niin
alas kuin mahdollista (emme peri osallistumismaksua). Järjestelyjen
helpottamiseksi kuitenkin toivomme, että osallistujat ilmoittaisivat
aikeestaan meille mahdollisimman varhaisessa vaiheessa.

Olemme valmistautuneet järjestämään päivien aikana
perustutkinto-opiskelijoita varten oman seminaarin, jossa graduistit
voivat esitellä opinnäytetyönsä aiheita. Levittäkää tietoa
opiskelijoiden pariin!

TÄRKEITÄ PÄIVÄMÄÄRIÄ:

+ Esitystiivistelmien viimeinen jättöpäivä 2.5.2008.

+ Ilmoittautua voit vaikka heti, kuitenkin viimeistään 15.5.2008.

+ Maaliskuussa 2008 avautuvat uudistuneet päivien sivut, minkä
jälkeen voi ilmoittautua myös netissä.
 
Verkkosivut:
http://www.siterunner.fi/fera/tekstisivu.tmpl?navi_id=252
 

LISÄTIETOJA JA ILMOITTAUTUMISET

Risto Ikonen (Kasvatuksen Historian Päivät)
p. 050 3366548, kansalainen (a) joensuu.fi
Ketunpesäntie 44, 80230 Joensuu      

Rauno Huttunen (Kasvatuksen Filosofian Osasto)
p. 044 2593407, rauno.huttunen (a) joensuu.fi
Joensuun yliopisto, KTDK, PL 111, 80101 Joensuu

THE FIRST NORDIC PRAGMATISM CONFERENCE:
PRAGMATISM IN SCIENCE, RELIGION, AND POLITICS

 

Helsinki, Finland
2–4 June 2008

http://www.helsinki.fi/filosofia/npc.html

 

Philosophical pragmatism has aroused renewed interest among philosophers
over the past few decades. In recent years it has attracted a number of
Nordic philosophers working in different fields within philosophy and
related subjects.

 

The first Nordic Pragmatism Conference will bring these Nordic philosophers
together with both one another and prominent American and European scholars of pragmatism. Its aim is to create a context for further contacts and
cooperation among philosophers working on pragmatism both in the Nordic
countries and elsewhere.

 

The theme of the conference is the general question concerning both the
critical and constructive influence of pragmatism in science, religion, and
politics. In addition, attention will be given to the position of pragmatist
philosophy in the Nordic countries.

 

The conference is arranged by the Nordic Pragmatism Network, which was
initiated in 2006 to enable cooperation and exchange of ideas among Nordic
philosophers working on issues related to pragmatism, and the Philosophical
Society of Finland. In addition, the conference is sponsored by the Helsinki
Peirce Research Centre at the Department of Philosophy at the University of
Helsinki, and the Ethical Grounds of Metaphysics research project at the
Department of Social Science and Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä.

 

The conference takes place at Tieteiden talo ("House of Sciences and
Letters"), Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki, on 2–4 June 2008. Registration to the
conference will begin at the conference location on Monday, 2 June 2008 at
9.00 am. The registration fee is 30 euros.

 

Undergraduate and graduate students are exempt of the fee. Students at the
University of Helsinki may gain up to 3 credits by participating in the
conference and writing a small report. Contact by email for further details
(henrik.rydenfelt (at) helsinki.fi).

 

Please see the conference website for a detailed conference programme:

http://www.helsinki.fi/filosofia/npc.html

 

On behalf of the organizers,
Henrik Rydenfelt

Body, memory and creativity in the arts

 

The NordForsk network The Bodily Turn: Gender, Gesture and Sensation in
the Arts will meet in Jyväskylä, Finland, 5th - 7th September 2008.
Researchers dealing with issues of affectivity, sensations, perception and
embodied experience in the arts are hereby invited to join this 
network meeting. If you have not participated in the network’s meetings before, we ask you to send a short description of your background, affiliation and research interests to the organisers. Due to funding, the number of participants is limited, and we may not be able to accept all those who are interested.

 

Deadline for enrolment is the 2nd June. Fill in the form (attached) and send
it by email to Pauline von Bonsdorff (pauline (at) cc.jyu.fi). If you want to
present a paper, please include a title and a short abstract. The network will
pay travel expenses, board and lodging of PhD students and post docs.

 

Notification of acceptance and more information will be sent out during the
first half of June.

 

Theme description:
Body, memory and creativity in the arts

 

The network meeting focuses on our embodied and largely tacit competence as
appreciators and creators of art – on what “the body” contributes to our
communication with and in art, and to the making of art. Memory and creativity can be conceived as complementary dimensions of embodied perception and agency, where “memory” points to the acquired competencies of the body (the “I can”), both tacit and conscious, and creativity points to the contribution of embodied understanding and skills in carrying out artistic, intellectual and other tasks in original and interesting ways. Clearly, however,  there is a libidinal and non-intentional dimension of bodily agency that cannot very well be described through projects or tasks; a dimension which for that very reason can bring in the unforeseen, the new – and often yet recognisable.

 

It seems that embodied memory has been more extensively dealt with in earlier research – as bodily techniques and gestures of different cultures, as the
sedimentation of embodied knowledge that enables us to understand the feel of
represented spaces and situations, or simply our knowing how to  perform physical tasks. Embodied creativity has been less discussed although it is a 
rising theme in studies of music, dance and theatre, particularly when the perspective is that of the performer. If this is true, it may mirror the mind-body dualism that tends to make the body into a platform of agency rather than including it in agency, while the mind is valued as the true origin of thinking and feeling.

 

Invited speakers (confirmed):

 

Henrik B. Andersen was a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art from
1999 - 2008, where he also was head of the department of sculpture
(Billedhuggerskolen Frederiksholms Kanal). Through the years he created a
department where questions of movement, space, knowledge, concept and 
the frame stood in the centre. Different artists, such as Superflex, AVPD, Randi & Katrine, Julie Nord and Søren Lose are all the products of this school. In 2008
Andersen will start as a professor at the Art Academy in Vilnius. As an artist
works with dynamic relationships between form and space, often in ways that
involve the spectator both physically and cognitively.

 

Mark B.N. Hansen (Professor, Department of English Language and 
Literature and Committee on Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago). In his research, Hansen has argued that experience has been largely left out of  humanist studies of technology, which tend to “overlook the non-representational, experiential, and massively diffuse impact of technologies on social and cultural life”. Hansen’s approach is to analyse the theoretical and technical significance of the digital revolution through the work of new media artists, architects, and literary authors, emphasising the affective, intimate and deeply embodied character of experiencing the digital image. His work draws together 20th century phenomenology and continental philosophy, recent cognitive (neuro)science, and (neo-)cybernetic discourses. Books include Embodying Technesis: Technology Beyond Writing (University of Michigan, 2000), New Philosophy for New Media (MIT, 2004), Bodies in Code: Interfaces with  New Media (Routledge, 2006) as well as the Cambridge Companion to Merleau-Ponty (co-editor, 2005).

 

Soili Hämäläinen (Ph.D, lecturer, Theatre Academy, Finland) was appointed
the first head of the Dance Department at the Theatre Academy of Finland in
1983. She was also among the founding faculty of the Department of Dance and Theatre Pedagogy of the Theatre Academy in 1996. Her teaching 
interests include improvisation, dance pedagogy and dance research. She has studied the teaching and learning processes involved in choreography and explored ethical questions concerning dance teaching and evaluation in a dance class. She has focused on the meaning of bodily knowledge, sensations and feelings as a source in a creative process. At the moment she is interested in collaboration in artistic work.  She has published several articles on these topics. 

 

Vivian Sobchack (Professor Emerita, Department  of Film, Television, and
Digital Media, University of California Los Angeles, former Associate Dean at
the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.). In The Address of 
the Eye: A Phenomenology of Film Experience (1992) and Carnal Thoughts: Embodiment and Moving Image Culture (2004) Sobchack has explored the significance of embodiment in our experience of film but also more generally in perceptual experience. In addition to embodiment, her research interests include American film genres, philosophy and film theory, history and phenomenology of perception, historiography, and cultural studies. Her books also include An Introduction to Film (1987) and Screening Space: The American Science Fiction Film (1987). She has edited two anthologies: The Persistence Of History: Cinema, Television And The Modern Event (1996) and Meta-Morphing: Visual Transformation And The Culture Of Quick Change (2000). Sobchack was the first woman elected president of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and is on the Board of Directors of the American Film Institute.