Blasco Disputatio is a yearly workshop designed to promote the discussion on topics in
epistemology, metaphysics, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language.
Each edition of this workshop focuses on a particular issue to be disputed by two invited
speakers that will defend divergent, if not opposing, views.
A call for papers will be made for contributions that will explore further aspects of the topic.
The availability of alternative courses of action seems to be a necessary condition on free will.
How could an action be free, if the agent could not possibly have done otherwise?
However, Harry Frankfurt’s well-known arguments seem to have established that freedom
and moral responsibility do not require alternative courses of action.
On Frankfurt’s influential conception, freedom has to do with the peculiarities of the actual
causal history that produces the action.
The 2016 edition of the Blasco Disputatio will be mainly focused on the question of whether
free will requires alternative possibilities and on the role of causation in a proper understanding
of freedom, but it is open to discussing any related issues in metaphysics and the philosophy
of action. The invited papers, together with a selection of the submitted papers,
will appear on a special issue in the journal Disputatio.
Call for papers:
We invite submissions on any aspect of the debate on free will and the metaphysics of action.
Authors should submit full papers (5000 words) or extended abstracts (2000 words)
prepared for blind review by May 15th, 2016.
Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notification of acceptance should be expected by June 15, 2016
Details can be found here
Digital Methods Summer School 2016
Only Connect? A Critical Appraisal of Connecting Practices in the Age of Social Media
27 June - 8 July 2016
Digital Methods Initiative
New Media & Digital Culture
University of Amsterdam
1012 XT Amsterdam
The Summer School is pleased to have Lance Bennett give the opening keynote on Monday, 27 June. Bennett, together with Alexandra Segerberg, coined the notion of 'connective action', contrasting it with 'collective action’.
SUMMER SCHOOL THEME AND CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
‘Connective action’ researchers (broadly conceived) recently have been confronted with the question of the value of the new connection types and connecting practices, that is, the likes, hearts, followings, friendings and other social media gestures. These are no longer ’ties’ that bind (strong or weak), or even ‘links’ such as those hand-crafted hrefs by the dedicated webmaster, to use a dated term. Rather, with all the liking and hearting spilling forth, for the advocacy and other political work to be done, the connection types seem turgidly emotional and affective, soaked with emoticons and held together by youth apps and group messaging. Such a description makes the question ‘only connect?’ refer despairingly to E.M. Forster, when in fact the enervating social media gestures (and aesthetics) are still being put to use with gravitas. ‘Like’ an Amnesty posting concerning a jailed dissident in order not to express fondness, but to show solidarity. Follow a politician not to add to his Klout score, but to actually read his populist tweets. Join the digital labor advocacy group not to ‘upcount’ the group on the platform, but to find an outlet for the worker stories you source.
Platform-readiness (to use a term by Anne Helmond) concerns how social buttons format online activity as data to be commodified by platforms. It also could refer to specific transmedia practices of choosing platforms and actions that give connections meaning, be they for the purposes of mobilisation, organisation, narrative-building and the like but also for culture jamming, counter-mapping, counter-counting and stat-activism. How to locate the connecting practices that matter? How to map and count connections that are not principally serving commodified data regimes and markets?
The Summer School is dedicated to the inspection of connective action online, where the effort is to step behind the interface gestures, and describe in some detail connecting practices that show platform-readiness. We explore particular transmedia and cross-platform strategies of action, making use of data extraction and rendering tools by the Digital Methods Initiative and colleagues at the MediaLab, Sciences Po (Paris) and Density Design (Milan).
The second week of the Summer School is dedicated to the study of ‘data activism.’ Like ‘stat activism’, which critiques particular applications of statistics for their ultimate re-appropriation, data activism similarly puts data not only in service of causes but also re-does data and data critique so as to build in an ethos to its collecting, analysis and outputs.
MIÉRCOLES 27 DE ABRIL, 12.00 (Sala de reuniones de la biblioteca, 7ª planta, Senda del Rey 5)
Artisanal Knowledge. Material and Epistemic Cultures in the History of Science
April 20-30, 2016
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Anfiteatro da Fundação da FCUL, C1, Piso 3
Jim Bennett (Oxford University)
Samuel Gessner (Universidade de Lisboa)
Henrique Leitão (Universidade de Lisboa)
Pietro Daniel Omodeo (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin)
Javier Ordóñez Rodríguez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Antonio Sánchez (Universidade de Lisboa)
Pamela H. Smith (Columbia University)
Jesús Vega Encabo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Attached you can find the program of the workshop.
Further information: http://ciuhct.org/pt/artisanal_knowledge_2016
LUNES 25 DE ABRIL, 12:00 (Sala de reuniones de la biblioteca, 7ª
planta, Senda del Rey 5)
James Freeman (CUNY): "Understanding connection adequacy"
April, 22nd. 10.30-13.30
Seminar B-011. Faculty of Philosophy, building B. Complutense University, Ciudad Universitaria s/n. Madrid.
Professor Walton will deliver his paper “Profiles of Dialogue for Relevance”
Each participant will contribute with his own comments on the topic of relevance, Walton´s paper and/or Argumentation Theory.
Finally: a discussion between all participants and assistants.
Granada, 26-28 April, 2016
University of Granada, Spain
Regular conference fee: 150 Euro
There are a limited number of fee weavers – 50% off the regular conference fee (75 Euro) -- for PhD students. The fee weavers are offered on competitive basis.
Se anuncia la próxima conferencia dentro del seminario permanente de la red EPISOC (Epistemología y sociedad : del conocimiento personal al conocimiento distribuido).
José Medina (Vanderbilt University)
« Activismo epistémico y la política de la credibilidad »
Martes 19 de abril de 2016
16 :30-18 :30 horas
Sala de Juntas del Módulo VII, Facultad de Filosofía y letras, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Para más información, http://episoc.polytropon.es/category/forthcoming-events/ o escribir al correo email@example.com
You'll find in the link below the full program for the forthcoming Models and Simulations conference, co-organized by the U. of Barcelona and UNED:
The keynote speakers will be Anjan Chakravartty (Notre Dame), Roman Frigg (LSE) and Sabina Leonelli (Exeter)
The conference will take place at the Universitat de Barcelona, on May 18-20