Metaphysics of Pregnancy – Two Post-Doctoral Research Positions, Southampton

>Two Post-Doctoral Research Positions in association with ERC-funded
>’Metaphysics of Pregnancy’ Project, Southampton
>
>Salary:   £28,982 to £35,609 per annum
>Full Time Fixed Term – 3 years 7 months
>Closing Date:   Friday 29 July 2016
>Reference:  752416F4
>
>Applications are invited for two fixed term (3 years, 7 months)
>post-doctoral research fellowships in association with Dr Elselijn
>Kingma¹s ERC-funded research project ŒBetter Understanding the
>Metaphysics of Pregnancy¹.  [
>http://www.southampton.ac.uk/philosophy/research/projects/bump.page ] The
>post-holders will be expected to devote the majority of their time to the
>research project, and teach one course per year.
>The successful candidate will have excellent research skills; an
>enthusiastic and collaborative personality; and the ability to carry out
>a programme of research that falls within the scope of the proposed
>research project. There is a defeasible preference for candidates with an
>AOS in metaphysics and/or philosophy of biology/the life-sciences and/or
>feminist philosophy, but any candidate who can make a case for their
>background and/or envisioned research contributing to the research
>project will be given full consideration, and is warmly encouraged to
>apply.
>The successful candidate will ideally have a PhD in a relevant subject
>area by the date of appointment, or at least will have submitted their
>thesis. It is hoped that the candidate will be able to take up the post
>on the 26th of September 2016, but this is negotiable.
>
>For enquiries, please contact Elselijn Kingma
>(e.m.kingma@soton.ac.uk<mailto:e.m.kingma@soton.ac.uk>)
>
>The closing date for applications is 29th July 2016.
>
>Application procedure:
>
>You should submit your completed online application form at
>www.jobs.soton.ac.uk<http://www.jobs.soton.ac.uk/>. The application
>deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need
>any assistance, please call Geraldine Lewis (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0)
>23 8059 2507. Please quote reference  752416F4 on all correspondence.
>
>Applicants are advised to closely read the short and long versions of the
>present project proposal, available at the bottom of the research project
>page: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/philosophy/research/projects/bump.page
>
>As part of their application, applicants will be expected to upload
>(1)  a CV;
>(2)  a list of publications;
>(3)  the contact details of two referees, who will be contacted at the
>shortlisting stage.
>
>Applicants are also expected to concisely answer the following three
>questions as part of the application process, in 1-4 paragraphs each.
>
>1.     Please demonstrate how your existing research expertise will
>contribute to the research project and the research team.
>
>2.     Please outline what your proposed research plans will be under the
>auspices of the project, and explain how they relate to the rest of the
>proposed working program and the overall project aims. (Existing research
>proposal available at the bottom of this page:
>http://www.southampton.ac.uk/philosophy/research/projects/bump.page.)
>Please note that whilst your plans can be similar to the work packages
>presently proposed, they need not be; creativity is encouraged.
>
>3.     Please explain what skills other than your research expertise you
>bring to the project, in particular skills that are relevant to
>collaborative research, outreach, planning & management, initiative,
>interdisciplinary engagement, and team-work.
>
>At shortlisting stage, applicants will be asked to provide one writing
>sample.
>
>A link to the online application and the full job description and person
>specification can be found here:
>https://jobs.soton.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=752416F4
>
>
>Elselijn Kingma
>
>Associate Professor in Philosophy
>University of Southampton

Aristotle 2016 Colloquium: First Call for Papers

“Aristotle 2016 Colloquium
ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
21 NOVEMBER 2016

Papers are invited for a colloquium organised by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pretoria in celebration of Aristotle’s 2400th birth year.

Details of abstracts:

  • All areas of Aristotle’s work may be covered, but preference will be given to papers on his metaphysics, logic and ethics
  • Submissions from faculty and graduate students welcome
  • Abstracts (350 words) should reach Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem (emma.ruttkamp-bloem@up.ac.za) on or before 15 October 2016
  • Acceptance letters will be sent by 21 October 2016
  • There will be 20-30 minute slots, depending on the number of papers selected
  • There are only 12-14 slots available

Venue & Fee

  • The venue will be on the University of Pretoria Hatfield Campus in Pretoria, and will be specified in the second CFP
  • The colloquium fee will be minimal to cover coffee/tea and lunch and will be announced in the second CFP

General:

  • Accommodation is participants’ own responsibility (information with regards to accommodation close to the university will be given in the second CFP)
  • For reasons of space non-participants must also please inform us (emma.ruttkamp-bloem@up.ac.za) of their intention to attend”

CFP: INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY AND STUDIES (ISAPS) 2016 CONFERENCE

CALL FOR PAPERS:

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY AND STUDIES (ISAPS) 2016 CONFERENCE

Venue: University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, Ghana

Date: August 11-12, 2016

Duration: Two days with possibility of tour of Ghana’s major tourist destinations at weekend

Theme: Democracy, Justice and Development in Africa, 50 years after independence.

Thematic Areas

Democracy

Which democracy for Africa? The experience of post-colonial Africa in identifying and applying different approaches to government. Western partisan democratic models in the African context and its challenges. Is this the best system for Africa? What alternatives and what is the way forward?

Justice

Which justice and justice for who? Is there an African standard for justice? This opens up the debate on human rights, on the definition and conception of corruption, on inclusion and marginalization, etc.

Development

African nations are often referred to as developing countries. What does this really mean? What concept of development? Are there any societies that are not developing countries?

The topic is open to philosophers and thinkers from various fields who would like to carry out a historical analysis of any of the above topics or to offer perspectives on how to move forward in the future.

Five decades of independence in many African countries offers a good background to be able to look at how certain models have been applied and the successes and failures that have been recorded so far.

Philosophical and inter-disciplinary papers will contribute to a rich discussion and debate on these topics.

Interested participants should send their abstracts to isapslegon2016@ug.edu.gh

Abstract format: Times New Roman 12 point. Maximum 500 words

Deadline for abstract submission: End of April, 2016

Early submissions are encouraged, especially for those interested in seeking conference travel/accommodation grants.

Arrangements are being made with a major journal of philosophy for a special edition focusing on especially well written and significant papers that will emerge from this conference. Arrangements are also being made for a book chapter with a reliable publisher for other papers that may not fit into this special edition.

Suggestions for keynote speakers for ISAPS Legon 2016 should be sent to isapslegon2016@ug.edu.gh.

Colloquium: Reflecting on being thankful after the death of God – Prof Paul van Tongeren, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen & KU Leuven

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Pretoria cordially invites you to a colloquium:
Reflecting on being thankful after the death of God – Prof Paul van Tongeren, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen & KU Leuven
We are faced with a certain embarrassment when it comes to being thankful in our time. The embarrassment does not relate so much to the thankfulness over against someone who gave us something, but the thankfulness for our existence, for those things “given to us” by chance and maybe even “for everything”. This thankfulness we cannot express well anymore, because we do not know whom we should be thankful to. I try to explain the connection of this thankfulness with what Nietzsche calls nihilism, and try to find a way which would enable us to be “thankful” even without God. With this in mind I twice make a journey through the history of reflection on thankfulness: the first time to trace the origin of the prevalent concept of thankfulness, the second time to identify aspects which have become or remained hidden. I draw on these hidden aspects to coin an alternative concept of thankfulness, which I then illustrate with reference to the well-known imagery of the Three Graces.
Venue: University of Pretoria, Humanities building, 20-4
Date: Friday, 12 February 2016
Time: 11:30-12:30