Listed below are forthcoming events in Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology.

See also all events in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies.

Any college staff or postgraduates may always attend. Anyone else should contact the department or the centre in question.

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9 May 201615:30

"Pluralism in Psychiatric Classification" Anke Bueter (University of Hannover)

Psychiatric classification is considered by many to be in a state of crisis, and the controversial status of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has only been amplified by its latest revision. A central concern in these controversies is that the DSM lacks validity, which is often attributed to its atheoretical, syndromal approach. Shortly before the release of the DSM-5, the NIMH has therefore announced to replace the DSM with a theory-driven alternative, the Research Domain Criteria project (RDoC). RDoC presents a change in heuristic strategy that is well justified by the history of DSM-led research. However, it does not by itself end the classification crisis and leads to the important question of the DSM’s future. I argue that to enhance the trustworthiness of psychiatric classification, a combination of strategies is needed. These revolve around different kinds of pluralism: theoretical pluralism (1), nosological pluralism (2), and participatory pluralism (3). Full details
Byrne HouseAdd this to your calendar
11 May 201615:30

SPA seminar: Chandré Gould (Institute for Security Studies) & Brian Rappert (University of Exeter) “The Dis-eases of Secrecy”

SPA seminar: Chandré Gould (Institute for Security Studies) & Brian Rappert (University of Exeter) “The Dis-eases of Secrecy” Full details
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16 - 17 May 201613:00

"Pace Science:Data, Acceleration, Duration"

The handling and management of time is a crucial aspect of research environments and of expectations around the processes and outputs of scientific research, including how scientific evidence is marshalled in trials and policy-making. And yet discussions of the garnering of evidence and data sharing tend to forgo the temporal aspect in favour of static requirements and time-independent guidance on best practice. This workshop highlights and critically examines assumptions and implications of focusing on research as a historical process, whose various stages inhabit different temporal expectations from researchers, funders, governments, regulatory agencies, and relevant publics. In particular, we focus on situations where the temporality associated with research environments—for a variety of reasons ranging from material infrastructures to interpretations of value and efficiency— varies substantially, to the point of making research carried out under different temporal regimes practically incommensurable (e.g. data collection in the qualitative social sciences versus genomics; management of evidence in publicly funded versus commercial research; data sharing in developed and developing countries). Through this we will be able to understanding the demands and limitations raised by the increasing uses of controlled trials and other forms of evidencing across diverse settings. Full details
Byrne HouseAdd this to your calendar
16 May 201615:00

“Troubling Genealogies: Conceptualizing Race, Belonging and Political Subjectivity in South Africa” Katharina Schramm (Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg)

SPA Research seminar Full details
Amory B316Add this to your calendar
23 May 201615:30

"Evaluation, Participation and Social Learning, the Korean Case of TA" Prof Sang-Wook Yi (University of Cambridge/Hanyang University, Seoul)

I shall talk about the annual TA(Technology Assessment) of South Korean government, which has been performed by changing Ministries and governmental agencies since 2003. After surveying the aims of the TA and its overall executive structure, I will examine one of the most recent TAs in 2015 as regards so-called ‘genetic scissor’ technology from its initial stage of choosing the scope of its target technology to its final stage of producing the official report. I will discuss a number of controversial junctures of the entire procedure including the sensitive debate on the exact wording of the target technology and the thorny issues of the applicability of the current regulations to this frontier technology. I shall add what I think could be some general implications of Korean TA for the democratic control of scientific and technological research. Full details
Byrne HouseAdd this to your calendar
2 - 3 June 20169:00

Biological Identity

Recent debates in metaphysics on personal identity and material constitution have seen a rise of theories which appeal to a biological understanding of identity. So-called animalists claim that the puzzles of standard psychological theories of personal identity can be avoided by the insight that we are essentially animals or organisms rather than persons and that the necessary and sufficient conditions of our identity over time therefore are purely biological in character. Moreover, it has been argued (most famously by Peter van Inwagen) that if there are any composite objects at all in the world, then these are those studied by biology. According to this view, there are no inanimate things like stones or cars, strictly speaking, as these turn out to be just collections of particles; but there are living organisms, due to a special unity making them each one rather than many. It is time to investigate whether, and if so how, the concept of biological identity can indeed serve the functions metaphysicians attribute to it. For that purpose, the conference will aim to confront the metaphysical motives for proposing biological conceptions of identity, diachronic as well as synchronic, with the scientifically informed research on biological identity which has been carried out within the philosophy of biology but which so far has been little noticed by the metaphysics community. The conference seeks to connect these two hitherto largely separate debates so as to put future metaphysical allusions to biological identity on more solid grounds and, at the same time, to raise awareness for the metaphysical implications of the empirically founded models of biological identity developed in philosophy of biology. Full details
Institute of Philosophy, LondonAdd this to your calendar
6 June 201615:30

Dr Niccolo Tempini (University of Exeter)

Egenis Seminar Full details
Byrne HouseAdd this to your calendar
20 June 201615:30

Postponed until Autumn 2016, Date to be confirmed. Niels Güttler (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Egenis Seminar Full details
Byrne HouseAdd this to your calendar
4 - 5 July 2016

British Society of Aesthetics Connections Conference: Aesthetics and the 4E mind

Call for papers now Full details
Reed HallAdd this to your calendar
7 - 8 July 2016

Moral Enhancement: The Annual Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference 2016

The annual Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference is taking place this year at the University of Exeter, with the topic of moral enhancement. Full details
Reed HallAdd this to your calendar