Events

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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5 November 201415:00

Prof. Dominic Bartmanski, Yale. "Vinyl: The Analogue Record In the Age of Digital Reproduction"

SPA Research Seminar Recent years have seen not just a revival, but a rebirth of the analogue record. More than merely a nostalgic craze, vinyl has become a cultural icon. As music consumption migrated to digital and online, this seemingly obsolete medium became the fastest-growing format in music sales. Whilst vinyl never ceased to be the favorite amongst many music lovers and DJs, from the late 1980s the recording industry regarded it as an outdated relic, consigned to dusty domestic corners and obscure record shops. So why is vinyl now experiencing a 'rebirth of its cool'? Dominik will present his continuing research on the above topic. He has sent the following link to his article with Ian Woodward on the subject published last year in the Journal of Consumer Culture which you may find a useful background reading: http://joc.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/07/13/1469540513488403 Dominik Bartmanski complted his M.A. in Exeter in 2005. He earned his PhD in sociology at Yale University, USA and currently teaches at Bard College Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, both Germany, and Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. Full details
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12 November 201415:00

"Biomimetic science and the politics of pluripotent life" - Dr Elizabeth Johnson (University of Exeter)

This talk presents an overview of my current book manuscript on the implications of the growing but controversial field of biomimicry. Biomimeticists bridge the biosciences with technological engineering, finding inspiration for innovation in nonhuman life forms. In doing so, I suggest that the field creates a new class of natural resources through experimentation with biological organisms, opening up new interfaces between socio-political institutions and biological systems. Among other examples, I’ll explore the study of gecko foot adhesion, which has advanced the development of commercial adhesives and inspired ‘Geckoskin,’ military gear that enables urban soldiers to scale walls. The paper works to illustrate how this and other projects remake life as a set of what I call ‘pluripotent’ capacities—capacities that can be redistributed within global networks of economic production and geopolitical security. I’ll discuss the political implications of these transformations, particularly at the changing interface between ‘life’ and ‘production.’ Full details
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20 - 21 November 20149:00

"Process Philosophy of Biology" - Prof John Dupre and Dr Dan Nicholson

This is the first workshop for the EU grant project PROBIO organised by Professor John Dupre. http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/sociology/research/sts/egenis/projects/aprocessontologyforcontemporarybiology/ Full details
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26 November 201415:00

“The epistemological problem of cryptic genetic variability in Waddington’s canalization of development.” - Ms Flavia Fabris (La Sapienza University of Rome/University of Exeter)

The concept of canalization, coined by Waddington to illustrate the complex functioning of all developmental processes, is now subject to some neopreformationist interpretations centered on the role of the notion of cryptic genetic variability. Waddington attributed to this concept the evidence of the genetic assimilation of the acquired characters, claiming that all organisms developed specific abilities to influence their evolutionary pathways through the regulation of buffering mechanisms of genetic variability. However, the contemporary approach of biotechnology has misrepresented the original content of the concept of cryptic genetic variability, transforming its sense to a mere genetic informationism. Consequently, the heuristics value of the concept of canalization has been reduced to a static representation of an “a-contextual developmental system”, closed with respect to its environment. The following presentation will analyze the contemporary assumptions of canalization in Molecular Biology researches with the aim to recover the original whiteheadian meaning of the concept as an open process of interaction between the organism and its environment. Full details
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27 November 201417:00

Book launch - Michael Schillmeier's "Eventful Bodies: The Cosmopolitics of Illness"

‘Bodies may indeed be everywhere in contemporary social theory, but rarely are they articulated with such feeling and conceptual rigour as in this beautiful and insightful book. The cosmopolitical approach to bodies under challenge that Schillmeier develops here looks certain to set the agenda for social approaches to embodiment for some time to come.’ Steven D. Brown, University of Leicester, UK Full details
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28 - 29 November 2014

"Concerning Relations: Sociologies of Conduct, Care and Affect" - Prof Michael Schillmeier

This interdisciplinary symposium, funded by Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness (FSHI) and Exeter University, aims to interrogate the implications of shifting the focus of health care away from delivery towards care as an ongoing everyday accomplishment. This symposium examines spaces of collisions, elisions or alignments of social worlds, within which the affective dimension of social life in healthcare may be fruitfully examined. Drawing upon relational concerns as a distinct and distinctive mode of sociological inquiry, the symposium seeks to develop an understanding of care and its consequences that help us get beyond the economics of care as a commodified and managed form of engagement with the other. Full details
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3 December 201415:00

Prof. Malcolm Cowburn "Ethical Issues in Research with sex

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10 December 201415:00

Prof. George Marcus, UC Irvine. title tbc

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15 - 16 December 20149:00

"DARK DATA: ABSENCES, INTERVENTIONS AND DIGITAL WORLDS" - Organised by Sabina Leonelli, Gail Davies, Brian Rappert, Kaushik Sunder Rajan and Neal White

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17 - 19 December 201412:30

"What is Data-Intensive Science?" - Dr Sabina Leonelli

This workshop is the first event in the project DATA_SCIENCE (www.datastudies.eu ). It brings together the key participants in the project, with the aim to start long-term discussions around what constitutes data-intensive science, compare the ways in which different scholars and fields conceptualise and enact data practices, and agree on the set-up, methods and themes to be pursued by the project team and collaborators over the next four years. Speakers will be presenting the specific sciences that they are researching, the methods that they use and the themes that they are interested in exploring in the future. The workshop is meant to provide an informal occasion for discussion, and will therefore not showcase full papers except from the keynote lecture provided by Professor Luciano Floridi, which will target the intersections between philosophy of science and philosophy of information in ways that will stimulate data-related discussions. Full details
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7 January 201515:00

Dr. Rachel Jarvie, Exeter. 'Obese babies, morality and maternal identity'

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14 January 201515:00

Dr Jennifer Cuffe

Egenis seminar Full details
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21 January 201515:00

Prof. XiaoWei, Tsinghua University, Beijing. Title tbc

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28 January 201515:00

Prof John Dupre

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4 February 201515:00

Prof. Ilana Loewy, Paris. title tbc

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11 February 201515:00

Dr Ann Kelly

Egenis seminar Full details
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18 February 201515:00

Dr Christine Hauskeller and Dr Nicole-Kerstin Baur, Exeter. Title tbc

Egenis Research seminar Full details
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25 February 201515:00

Dr Stephan Guttinger

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4 March 201515:00

“Causation, Convention and Individuation” - Dr Amber Carpenter (University of York)

This paper will consider two rival accounts of the relationship between causation and individuation. On both accounts, familiar individual things have a reality relative to purposes and conventions, making our everyday metaphysical presumptions matters of moral import. On one view, there are pre-conventional individuals which cause, and thus warrant, our practices of everyday individuation. On the other view, there are no such realities, and causation is itself merely conventional. Through contrasting the two views, we will assess the viability of tying individuation to causation, exploring the theoretic advantages and principle pitfalls. Full details
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11 March 201515:00

Dr. Mattia Galotti, University of London, Exeter PhD

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18 March 201515:00

"Stress and the Midlife Crisis" - Prof Mark Jackson

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29 April 201515:00

Dr Daniele Carrieri

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6 May 201515:00

Prof. Rob Hagendijk, Amsterdam. Title tbc

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13 May 201515:00

Prf Steve Hinchliffe

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20 May 201515:00

"Triebhaftes Fähigsein – Heidegger’s crypto-vitalist concept of organism" Dr Anne Sophie Spann (University of Exeter)

In his early lecture “The fundamental concepts of metaphysics” (1929/30), Heidegger develops a concept of organism which stresses the functional wholeness of organisms and the ontological priority and primitiveness of life. His arguments thereby heavily rely on ideas and experiments of Uexküll and Driesch. Nevertheless Heidegger denies being a vitalist. Instead, his concept of organism is meant to be an alternative not only to the mechanistic paradigm but also to contemporary versions of vitalism. In my talk, I want to explore whether Heidegger is right in telling us this. In particular, the key notion of the organism’s driven capacity (‘triebhaftes Fähigsein’) might make us worry about whether the difference to vitalism is actually as deep as Heidegger suggests. Full details
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3 June 201515:00

Dr. Sam Liao, Singapore/Leeds

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10 June 201515:00

"Data sharing in low resource settings: a capabilities approach." - Dr Louise Bezuidenhout

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17 June 201515:00

Dr Ginny Russell

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