Final CFP: Scientific Realism 5-9 Aug 2014 Cape Town

FINAL Call for Papers

New Thinking about Scientific Realism 5-9 August 2014 Cape Town, South Africa

Due date for Abstracts:     31 January 2014

The Philosophy Departments at the University of Pretoria and the University of Johannesburg invite scholars working on scientific realism to submit abstracts for a conference on new thinking about scientific realism.

The aim of the conference is to reconsider and re-evaluate the status quo of debates about scientific realism and to investigate, articulate and open up the possibilities for realising promises of new directions of thought about scientific realism.

Format of the conference:

Our keynote speaker is Anjan Chakravartty from the University of Notre Dame.

 

Contributed Sessions & Invited Speakers:

Session 1: General Scientific Realism – Michael Devitt (City University of New York)

Session 2: Truth, Progress, Success and Scientific Realism – Ilkka Niiniluoto (University of Helsinki)

Session 3: Selective Realisms – Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh)

Session 4: The Semantic View and Scientific Realism – Steven French (University of Leeds)

Session 5: Scientific Realism and the Social Sciences – Uskali Mäki (University of Helsinki)

Session 6: Anti-Realism – Kyle Stanford (University of California, Irvine)

A unique feature of our programme: Symposia between leading international scientists and conference participants. Participating scientists include:

Quarraisha Abdool Karim [Epidemiology, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Columbia University]

Jannie Hofmeyr [Biochemistry, University of Stellenbosch]

Don Ross [Economics, University of Cape Town]

Bruce Rubidge [Paleontology, University of the Witwatersrand]

Mark Solms [Neuropsychology, University of Cape Town]

Heribert Weigert [Physics, University of Cape Town]

We also plan a conference dinner and a wine tasting event (details to appear soon on the conference website). The conference dinner is included in the conference fee, but the wine tasting will carry an additional fee.

Abstracts & Important Dates (Note that there has been a change in dates)

Abstracts of 750-1000 words must be submitted to the conference email address: new.scientific.realism@gmail.com. Please indicate clearly in which session you see your paper as falling. Please prepare abstracts for blind review.

Due date for abstracts:        31 January 2014

Announcement of accepted papers:                 3 March 2014

 

Venue:

The venue for the conference is the Villa Via Hotel in Gordon’s Bay in the Western Cape (about 45 minutes from Cape Town): http://www.villa-via.com/.

Participants can book accommodation in the hotel, or in one of the guest houses close to the hotel in Gordon’s Bay. More detail with regards to accommodation is available on the conference website.

 

First Round Bookings:         15 March 2014 to 15 June 2014

  • R6,860.00 – Conference Package: This includes registration, 5 nights single accommodation in Villa Via Hotel  including dinner, bed, and breakfast plus 2 soft drinks (1 per meal), the conference dinner, and transfer to and from the airport (provided there are two or more passengers).
  • R5,260.00 – Conference Package: This includes registration, 5 nights sharing accommodation in Villa Via Hotel including dinner, bed, and breakfast plus 2 soft drinks (1 per meal), the conference dinner, and transfer to and from the airport (provided there are two or more passengers).

Second Round Bookings:  16 June 2014 – 31 July 2014

  • R7,000.00 – Conference Package: This includes registration, 5 nights single accommodation in Villa Via Hotel including dinner, bed, and breakfast plus 2 soft drinks (1 per meal), the conference dinner, transfer to and from the airport (provided there are two or more passengers).
  • R5,400.00 – Conference Package: This includes registration, 5 nights sharing accommodation in Villa Via Hotel including dinner, bed, and breakfast plus 2 soft drinks (1 per meal), the conference dinner, transfer to and from the airport (provided there are two or more passengers).

 

NOTE that participants finding alternative accommodation (thus not in the Villa Via Hotel) must pay a conference fee:

Registration before 15 June 2014:     1500 ZAR (approximately 101 EUR, 140 USD, 85 GBP according to current exchange rates)

Registration between 16 June and 31 July:      1700 ZAR.

Information on possible financial aid to postgraduates and other delegates will be given on the website as soon as possible.

Conference Website: www.newscientificrealism.up.ac.za

Publication of Conference Proceedings

We are planning an exciting publication based on conference papers. There will be more detail on this on the website when our plans have been confirmed.

We look forward to hosting the conference.

Please feel free to contact us for any clarification at new.scientific.realism@gmail.com.

Organising Committee:

Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem (University of Pretoria) – Chair

Alex Broadbent (University of Johannesburg)

HPP (Hennie) Lötter (University of Johannesburg) 

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