Multiple ontologies workshop - Deakin - 17-18 Dec
Multiple ontologies/ontological relativity workshop
Convened by Gillian G. Tan, Geoff Boucher and Sean Bowden, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University
Date: Dec 17-18, 2013
Time: 8:30am–5pm. Lunch and refreshments provided.
Venue: Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, 550 Bourke Street, Level 3.
- Simone Bignall (UNSW)
- Geoff Boucher (Deakin)
- Sean Bowden (Deakin)
- Adam Broinowski (ANU)
- Justin Clemens (Melbourne)
- Erin Fitz-henry (Melbourne)
- Gregory Flaxman (UNC – Chapel Hill)
- Holly High (USydney)
- Roland Kapferer (Deakin)
- Eleanor Kaufman (UCLA)
- Eben Kirksey (UNSW) – 18th only
- Lyn McCredden (Deakin)
- Jon Roffe (Melbourne)
- Gillian G. Tan (Deakin)
- Peter Beilharz (Latrobe)
- Ghassan Hage (Melbourne)
- Bruce Kapferer (Bergen/UCL)
- Helen Verran (Melbourne/CDU)
Biennial Conference in Philosophy, Religion, and Culture - CIS Sydney - 3-5 Oct
BIENNIAL CONFERENCE IN PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION AND CULTURE
"Faith and the Political"
The theme is to be interpreted broadly and from the disciplines of philosophy, theology, history, social science, literature and the arts. Topics that might be investigated include: scandal in/of Christianity; structures of belief and opinion; secularisation, fundamentalism and inculturation; politics in the Bible and the Bible in politics; religion in the public forum; Christian ethics in a liberal democracy; liberation and equality.
The conference specifically aims to foster interaction between scholars in the universities and scholars in theological colleges. It also encourages young scholars.
Keynote Speaker: Peter Forrest: The Epistemology of Scandal
'How can you continue to believe in the face of scandals?'. This question is not, I submit, merely a manifestation of the ad hominem fallacy exemplified by, "How can you take Frege seriously when he was a bigot?' Nor can it be dismissed by noting that the reality of sin is a central Christian doctrine. I argue that 'right reason' requires not merely the rational assessment of doctrines but a way of deciding which doctrines to assess. Scandal undermines the appeal to authority when assessing but not the reliance on traditions when deciding what to assess. As a consequence, scandal tends to undermine 'simple faith' and mandates the, not necessarily academic, philosophical reflection on faith.
Friday 3rd till Sunday 5th October 2014
Catholic Institute of Sydney, 99 Albert Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135
Convenors: Stephen Buckle (ACU), William Emilsen (UTC/CSU), Peter Forrest (UNE), John McDowell (Newcastle), Shane Mackinlay (CTC/MCD), Andrew Murray (CIS/SCD)
MSCP Summer School 2014 - UniMelb - 20 Jan - 24 Feb
|When: January 20 - February 24, 2014||Where: Room Details to Come,
Law Building, Pelham St.
University of Melbourne ( map )
Fees: See the Course Fees here.
Enrolment will be open soon.
Day courses (Monday to Friday)
Merleau-Ponty: Aesthetics and Primordial Percipience
Introduction to Jacques Rancière (Part 1 of 2)
Lecturers: Robert Boncardo, Gene Flenady, James Muldoon, David Sweeney
Education: Four Discourses
|Introduction to Jacques Rancière (Part 2 of 2)
Lecturers: Robert Boncardo, Gene Flenady, James Muldoon, David Sweeney
Jean-Paul Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason, Volume 1: Theory of Practical Ensembles
Lecturer: Dr Craig Lundy
The Phaedrus: Plato’s teaching on philosophy, love, poetry, and writing
Evening Courses (6-8pm, over 5 weeks)
Mondays Jan 20 - Feb 24 (no class Jan 27),
Deleuze's Empiricism and Subjectivity
Lecturer: Dr Jon Roffe
Tuesdays Jan 21 - Feb 18,
|Women: Between Faith and Reason
Lecturer: Dr Petra Brown
Wednesdays Jan 22 - Feb 19,
|Castoriadis, Lefort, Abensour: Another Imaginary in French political thought
Lecturer: Dr Sergio Mariscal
Luce Irigaray Circle Conference: Topologies of Sexual Difference - Melbourne - 10-12 Dec 2014
Luce Irigaray Circle Conference, Melbourne, Australia
Wednesday 10 December to Friday 12 December 2014
The Communication, Politics and Culture Research Centre at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, with the support of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, will host an interdisciplinary conference inspired by Luce Irigaray and her thinking of sexual difference. This will be the seventh meeting of the Luce Irigaray Circle. The overall theme for the conference will be “Topologies of Sexual Difference.”
In order to think and to experience sexual difference, Irigaray suggests that the Western tradition's conception of space and time could be reconsidered. There are at least three senses of topologies we seek to address: as the places in which bodies are and become, as ideal spaces of conceptualization, and as the designation of specific contexts. These contexts include, but are not limited to sexuality, “race”/ethnicity, gender, class, posthumanism and the animal, new materialisms, and sovereignty.
We welcome engagements with topologies after Irigaray in fields such as politics, philosophy, aesthetics, visual culture, linguistics, literature, media and cultural studies, psychoanalysis, religious studies, music, sound studies, architecture, education and legal studies.
The conference will feature the following keynote speakers:
- Professor Elizabeth Grosz, Duke University, USA
- Professor Pheng Cheah, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Further keynote speaker to be confirmed.
In addition to the plenary sessions, the conference will organize parallel sessions and an exhibition of visual art. Abstracts (200 words max.) are sought for papers proposed for the parallel sessions (20 minute paper/10 minute discussion). Proposals for the exhibition must include visual support material, submitted via jpegs (low res) and/or urls. Please provide an accompanying abstract (200 words max) and short description of support material. All submissions must be received by February 15th, 2014.
We welcome submissions from graduate students as well as faculty. Responses from the organizing committee as to whether or not the paper or exhibition proposal has been accepted will be given by March 30th, 2014. If you require earlier confirmation of acceptance for funding purposes, please contact the conference organizers.
Information about conference registration will be posted by 30th April 2014.
Dr Rebecca Hill
Senior Lecturer in Literature and Philosophy
School of Media and Communication
Dr Louise Burchill
Visiting Lecturer in Contemporary French Philosophy, Aesthetics, & Feminist Thought
Centre for Ideas, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts
University of Melbourne
Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts
University of Melbourne
Authority and Knowledge: People, Policy, Politics - UniMelb - 13-14 Feb
Authority and Knowledge: People, Policy, Politics
An Interdisciplinary Conference.
The University of Melbourne
Thursday 13th & Friday 14th February 2014
There is a fundamental relationship between authority and knowledge: the entitlement to know, to speak, and to act relies upon claims of expertise, power and experience. Forms of authority pervade our social relationships, from teachers and students, to parents and children, and the various public roles undertaken by politicians, journalists and researchers. Past and present, the relationship between authority and knowledge has placed ‘knowledge-making’ institutions at the centre of the struggle for social, cultural, and political authority. Like many other nation states, Australia’s concern to buttress and develop its ‘knowledge economy’ has brought the role of educational institutions into greater focus. The current reforms engulfing ‘knowledge-making’ institutions throw into sharp relief the premium placed on knowledge production, and the various claims to authority that follow. This includes, for example, the framing of the purpose of research as providing an ‘evidence-base’ for policy; the centralisation of knowledge claims through federal-level curricula stipulation at all levels of education; shifting relationships between students and teachers; and the centralisation of research funding and governance mechanisms. These changes have significant effects upon the ways in which authority is expressed, through and over knowledge, socially, culturally and politically, in the media and public discourse, through schools and universities, and within social life.
Perspectives and Limits of Dialogism in Mikhail Bakhtin - Waikato - 15-17 Jan
The Fourth International Interdisciplinary
Conference on Perspectives and Limits of Dialogism in Mikhail Bakhtin
"Dialogue at the Boundaries"
The University of Waikato (Te Whare Wananga o Waikato) in collaboration with Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development, and the Centre for Global Studies in Education at Waikato, is delighted to be hosting a major international conference, 'Perspectives and Limits of Dialogism in Mikhail Bakhtin', commencing Wed 15 (from 5pm) until Friday 17 January, 2014.
The conference will be followed by the Dialogic Pedagogy Institute running over Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January 2014.
The increased interest in the work of Mikhail Bakhtin and members of the Bakhtin Circle(s), among Western scholars have been particularly evident since the 1980s. Bakhtin's ideas about dialogism have been a source of inspiration for various approaches within different disciplines and across diverse communities. The scopes of the conference include dialogism within and between the following disciplines:
Early years Law
Anthropology Literature Psychology
Art Medicine Rhetoric
Education in /
out of schools Technology Religion
Economy Pedagogy Semiotics
Gender Philosophy Sociology
History Political science Speech pathology
Linguistics Psychoanalysis Theatre
The conference is however not limited to these themes, but welcomes proposals within any academic field, that focus on theoretical, empirical and methodological aspects of dialogism.
For further information please contact
Philosophy of Cyber Security Workshop - Auckland - 12-13 Dec
Thursday, December 12 2013 - Friday, December 13 2013
Department of Philosophy, University of Auckland
Grafton Road, Auckland
University of Auckland
Cyber security is of increasing in importance for individuals, businesses, and nation states. Yet the ethical and social aspects of cyber security are not well understood.
With the increase of internet use world wide and the rise of the 'digital generation', the future evolution of this area is becoming important from a philosophical, and political and legal perspective. A key question is the sort of digital society that we want. Hence, the evolution of the internet and its security poses new questions for social philosophy, ethics, personal identity and epistemology.
This workshop aims to bring together practitioners in the field of cyber security with a philosophical audience, from the viewpoint that both may benefit from such a confrontation.
Philosophers will benefit from a better understanding of the current state of security in cyber space and the capabilities of modern surveillance tools, the structure of the underground economy, attack tools and malware.
Practitioners will benefit from philosophical reflection on various aspects of cyber security where these inform action plans in security planning, incident response, and policy development.
The purpose of this workshop is primarily to act as a forum for information sharing, discussion and reflection. The leading idea is that there is value in bringing together philosophers and cyber security experts to further develop (and reflect on) some of the issues that are part of the cyber security landscape. The papers presented at the conference will be published as part of an edited collection.
Topics for discussion include:
•Cyberspace as a public sphere
•Characterisation of friends, enemies and adversaries in cyberspace
•Cyber security policies: could a dash of philosophy improve them?
•Big data, freedom, security and surveillance
•Cyber conflicts, cyberwar and the Talinn manual
The format of the conference will be based on written papers, which will be distributed prior to the conference, followed by on-conference presentations with ample room for discussion.
Authors should submit their paper proposals to EasyChair on the following link
Accepted and contributed papers will be published as part of an edited collection.
21st Annual conference of the Australian Society for French Studies - UQ - 9–11 Dec
9–11 December 2013
University of Queensland
D i s t a n c e/proximité
Sponsored by the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies
Professor Marc Augé
The anthropological gaze and fieldwork of Marc Augé has focussed on societies from the Ivory Coast to Paris. The celebrated author of Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity, In the Metro and Oblivion, Augé coined the term “non-places” to designate ambivalent transit spaces (airport lounges, hotel rooms, supermarkets) that do not inspire feelings of belonging or lasting social relations among the majority of those who pass through.
Charlotte Dejean-Thircuir of Université Stendhal - Grenoble 3 is an expert in the fields of teaching French as a foreign language (FLE) and distance education. She is the director of Stendhal's two programmes in FLE which are taught in distance mode. She has researched and published on student-tutor interaction online; learner communities online; peer-guided learning online.Other keynote speakers to be confirmed
Call for papers (VERSION FRANÇAISE)
Distance, proximity: two terms referring to the space, literal or metaphoric, between things, people, moments in time. The conference focuses on a polarity used both spatially and temporally across a range of academic fields such as communication, art, psychology, cinema, postcolonial studies, intercultural studies, anthropology, and language learning. Its ubiquitousness hides, however, a certain degree of complexity. Not only is each term marked by the other, but they are perhaps not as far apart as we think: “in the long term, proximity creates a strange kind of distance” writes Quebec journalist Nathalie Petrowski.How are proximity and distance presented, interpreted and deployed at different historical moments and in different cultural and disciplinary contexts related to the French-speaking world?
We invite proposals (in French or in English) for papers, panels and posters which interrogate the problematic of distance/ proximity, its potential and its limitations, in (for example):
- Anthropology: the local and the distant- Computer
- mediated communication
- Intercultural studies
- Pedagogy: teaching in “face-to-face” and “distance” modes
- Postcolonial studies
- Literature, cinema, visual arts
- Translation: Exoticism and domesticization
Proposals (in French or English) may be for:
- Papers: 20 minute presentation plus 10 minutes of discussion- Panels: three or more presenters, one and a half hours, including discussion
- Posters: all posters will be displayed during a one hour session during which their presenters will be in attendance to discuss their work with other delegates.
As is customary, the conference organizing committee welcomes proposals in any other field of French studies, subject to the availability of places on the programme.
Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Conference 2013 - Unimelb - 6-9 Dec
PESA Conference 2013
The Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) Conference site:
The conference will take place in Melbourne from Friday 6 – Monday 9 December 2013
The venue for the conference is the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. PESA acknowledge the generous support provided by The University of Melbourne in conducting the conference.
The theme for this year’s conference is Measuring Up in Education
We live and work in a time when the issues facing education, many of which have been with us for a considerable period, are being approached primarily through measurement – classroom assessment, research methods, standardized testing, international comparisons. Yet we do not often stop to consider what counts – and alternatively, what doesn’t count – in a climate where measuring up to a standard is the name of the game. At a deeper level, we rarely raise questions about measurement itself. What is measurement? What is a standard? How does measurement of education articulate with the purposes and potential of education? Questions such as these are sometimes expressed but seemingly never heard in the discourses which dominate. The aim of this conference is to create a space for such questioning by inviting an exchange of views around the issues pertaining to measurement as this influences the various discourses of education.
Important Dates to be aware of:
- Abstract submissions are due – 26 July (an extension from 5 July)
- Notification of success of abstracts – 2 August (an extension from 26 July)
- Full papers for reviewing are due – 4 October
- Responses to reviewers comments are due – 29 November
- Conference – 6-9 December
The PESA conference steering and organising committee for 2013:
David Beckett (University of Melbourne), Jennifer Bleazby (Monash University), John Quay (University of Melbourne), Steven Stolz (La Trobe University), Maurice Toscano (University of Melbourne), Scott Webster (Deakin University).
Deleuze. Guattari. Schizoanalysis. Education - Murdoch - 9-11 Dec
Deleuze. Guattari. Schizoanalysis. Education.
Where: Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
When: Monday 9th December –Wednesday 11th December 2013
Abstracts Due: Monday 29th July 2013
We’re in the midst of a general breakdown of all sites of confinement – prisons, hospitals, schools, families. The family is an “interior” that’s breaking down like all other interiors – educational, professional and so on. (...) Educational reforms, industrial reforms, hospital, army, prison reforms; but everyone knows these institutions are more or less in terminal decline. (...) It is not a question of worrying or hoping for the best, but of finding new weapons.Gilles Deleuze, “Postscript on Control Societies” p.178
2013 New Zealand Philosophy Conference - Auckland - 8-12 Dec
2013 New Zealand Philosophy Conference
(hitherto 'AAP NZ Division Conference')
8-12 December, The University of Auckland
The conference is designed to give academics and postgraduate students in philosophy and related subjects the opportunity to present and discuss their papers. All areas of philosophy are welcome. Choose between 60-minute and 90-minute long sessions.
Use this opportunity to showcase your work, get feedback from your peers, and network. It is also a great opportunity to visit Auckland in the summer.
The opening address will be given by Prof Stephen Davies (Auckland) on Sunday, 8 December.
On Tuesday, 10 December, Dr Karen Jones (Melbourne) will give this year's Solomon Lecture to which conference guests are warmly invited.
We provide limited funding to assist postgraduate students who present at the conference and who need to travel from outside New Zealand's North Island (but from within New Zealand, Australia, or Singapore), courtesy of the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP). Follow the 'Student Travel Support' link in the menu for more details.
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On the Friday immediately after the conference (13 December), we are hosting a workshop on The Philosophy of Cyber Security: Confronting Practice with Reflection. Click here for more information.
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Annual Conference of the Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia - ANU - 5-8 Dec
Annual Conference of the Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia
5 – 8 December 2013
The Australian National University
Confirmed keynote speakers:
- Professor WJT Mitchell, Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago
- Dr Honni van Rijswijk, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University Technology, Sydney
- Professor Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Director of Westminster International Law & Theory Centre
The annual conference of the Association invites scholarly and
creative research from academics and graduate students working at the
crossroads of law, justice, and culture, whether based in legal theory
or in disciplines such as literature, art, film, music, history,
continental philosophy, anthropology, psychoanalysis, visual culture,
or cultural studies. Contributions may take a variety of forms from
traditional academic papers to poster presentations, video, or other
genres or media.
Contributors should provide a title and an abstract of 200 words or
. Please include your name and the word Interpellations in the subject line.
For more information on this year’s program: