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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29 April 201515:00

"Is there a duty to re-contact patients in light of new genetic findings?" - Dr Daniele Carrieri (University of Exeter)

“A new gene is discovered, which when mutated, is the explanation for a group of previously undiagnosed patients. Each genetic service in the UK probably has about 50 patients they have seen over the years who might have this diagnosis. Whilst a clinical team bear this new diagnosis in mind with any new referral, they do not have the time/funding/IT support to track back through patients seen over the years who might have this diagnosis.” The vignette above provides an example of a possible re-contacting scenario. What would the clinical team do in this case, and why? Is the problem quantitative? Does it make a difference if 1-2 patients may have this diagnosis? Does the disease make a difference? The talk will give an overview of the ethical, legal, sociological (including psychological) issues in relation to re-contacting former patients in light of new genetic information – and will discuss an ongoing ESRC project which is addressing some of these issues. Full details
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6 May 201515:00

Prof. Rob Hagendijk, Amsterdam. "The politics of rare diseases and orphan drugs"

SPA Research Seminar Full details
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13 May 201515:00

"Pathogenicities and the spatialities of disease situations" - Prof Steve Hinchliffe (University of Exeter)

What would a geography of emerging infectious diseases look like? A familiar answer to this question is based on a map or surface upon and across which diseases emerge and travel. The language is one of hotspots and viral traffic. It’s a contagionist as well as topographical disease imagination. In this paper I want to trace out alternatives that are based on what can be called a disease situation. In social theory, situations borrow from what might be called site ontologies. Situations link sites, but in ways that are non-coherent, and certainly fall short of any free-floating whole or emergent property. Situations are, I will argue, spatially and materially composite; they are, after Stengers, ecologies of practices that may well be eventful. To illustrate, I engage with a particular disease situation called avian flu. The aim is to demonstrate the spatial multiplicity that is involved when the object of concern flips between a pathogen and pathogenicity. The latter is a configurational issue, and invites a range of topological sensibilities. These sensibilities in turn seem to invite a form of abductive logic, a tacking back and forth between evidence and speculation. Whether this abductive logic reproduces a security neurosis or opens up new ways of addressing the emergence of disease emergencies is, I argue, an empirical question and requires engaging with disease events as reconfigured situations. Full details
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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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27 May 201515:00

"Things are Material Processes" - John Pemberton (London School of Economics)

I suppose an ontology, such as that of Aristotle, in which powers in suitable contact over some period give rise to changing over that period within the bearers of the powers, and hence a process of change, e.g. a star gravitationally attracting a planet (giving rise to its movement through an elliptic orbit), a fire heating a kettle, a heart pumping blood. I show how this ontology of change fits well with contemporary science, and how it licenses an account of things (e.g. organisms, atoms, molecules, larger chemical structures, bundles, mechanisms, artefacts, stars) as being material processes: functional parts performing functional roles at each stage so as to bring about the next stage of the process. This process view stands in opposition to the received view that things can be adequately characterised by a list of properties, e.g. things are co-instantiated universals, bundles of properties, collocated tropes, bare particulars with properties, collections of powers, etc. The list-of-properties view offers a static and discretised reconstruction (often reifying point-in-time entities) which misrepresents the complex inter-twining of dynamic processes apparent in the world, I argue. I show how recognising that things are processes provides a solution to van Inwagen’s ‘Special Composition Question’, and helps to address some major challenges within the philosophy of science. Full details
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3 June 201515:00

Dr. Sam Liao, Singapore/Leeds

SPA Research Seminar Full details
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10 June 201515:00

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

Egenis seminar Full details
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13 - 14 June 2015

The Seventh British Wittgenstein Society Annual Conference: Wittgenstein and the Social Sciences

Speakers: Jeff Coulter (Boston) John Dupré (Exeter) Raimond Gaita (Melbourne / King's College London) John Gunnell (UC, Davis) William Kitchen (Belfast) Sabina Lovibond (Oxford) Albert Ogien (CNRS Paris) John Searle (UC Berkeley) Wes Sharrock (Manchester) James Thompson (Halle-Wittenberg). Full details
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17 June 201515:00

Dr Ginny Russell

Egenis seminar Full details
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