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Talk at Bogazici, June 27, Paul Boghossian (NYU), “Intuitions and A Priori Knowledge”

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This Friday, from 3-5, there will be a talk at Bogazici University by Paul Boghossian, a major figure in epistemology and philosophy of mind. The talk will be at TB 130 (Anderson Hall 130). See you there!

 

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Written by markedwardsteen

June 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm

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Talk in Istanbul: Zoltán Somhegyi (Izmir) on ” Places and Concepts of Art Collecting ” 21/06/2014

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 Art collections at Akbank Sanat Beyoglu, tomorrow,  Saturday, 21 June at 14:30. Details can be found here.

Places and Concepts of Art Collecting 

Dr. Zoltán Somhegyi (Art Historian, İzmir University)

In the second lecture of the two-session series on the ways of collecting, the focus is on the places of acquiring artworks and on the concepts of building a collection. Why some prefer buying in a gallery, on an art fair or directly from the artist in the studio? Besides these questions, the possible concepts of a collection are also analysed: potential guidelines that can be helpful for both establishing a new art collection and for giving a characteristic profile to an already existing one. What are the advantages and disadvantages of focusing only on a certain period, on a group of artists, on a specific topic or on one medium?

The lecture is in English, and it is the continuation of the one on 24 May, it can be followed without attending the previous one.

No charge for admission

 

 

 

Written by Lucas Thorpe

June 20, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Workshop at Bogazici–Self and Other, Action and Interaction: Shaun Gallagher and Dan Zahavi

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Bogazici University Monday and Tuesday, June 16th and 17th All sessions will be in TB 310 (Anderson Hall 310) We’re delighted to have a two-day workshop on book manuscripts by both Shaun Gallagher (Memphis, Hertfordshire) and Dan Zahavi (Copenhagen). The manuscripts are entitled Action and Interaction (Gallagher), and Self and Other: Exploring Subjectivity, Empathy, and Shame (Zahavi). Faculty and graduate students from Istanbul and Ankara will comment on book chapters, with responses by the authors, followed by Q&A. Registration is free, and all are welcome. Details can be found here.

Written by markedwardsteen

June 10, 2014 at 4:25 pm

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CFP (Istanbul) : 8th International Conference on the Philosophy of Computer Games: Freedom in Play, 13-15 November 2014

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The 8th International Conference on the Philosophy of Computer Games: “Freedom in Play”  will take place in Istanbul  Istanbul, from 13-15 November 2014.

The call for papers can be found here.

The concept of freedom is central in the shaping of game experiences and game cultures. It is a lens through which we can critically evaluate the philosophical, cultural and political relevance of computer games, as an art form and as a way of life. This year we especially invite papers that address the following areas of philosophical investigation:

1. The nature of freedom in games. Which philosophical concepts can help us clarify ontological and metaphysical dimensions of freedom in games and gaming?
2. The experience of freedom in games. How do we describe and evaluate specific experiences of freedom in play? Are certain types of freedoms in games artistically or ethically more desirable than others? In what way may such evaluations collide when people play together, especially in an on-line context?
3. Games and existential concepts of freedom. In what ways are games capable of expressing truths about the human condition? Is there a way in which they are inherently more or less capable of expressing ethical and normative truths than cinema, photography or art? How do we account for the semantic underpinnings of how games can create this sort of knowledge?
4. Political and ethical freedom. In what way can game mechanics or the social roles of gaming provide normative reasons for decision-making with regard to political freedom, gender issues, etc? Do computer games have a particular potential for being either politically conservative, progressive or subversive?

Accepted papers will have a clear focus on philosophy and philosophical issues in relation to computer games. They will refer to specific examples from computer games rather than merely invoke them in general terms.

In addition to papers that are directed at the main theme we invite a smaller number of papers in an ?open? category. We are especially interested in papers that aim to continue discussions from earlier conferences in this series.

The abstracts should have a maximum 1000 words including bibliography. Please note if you intend your paper to fit in the open category. The deadline for submissions is Midnight GMT, 15 August, 2014. Please submit your abstract through http://review.gamephilosophy.org. All submitted abstracts will be subject to double blind peer review.

Notification of accepted submissions will be sent out by 15 September 2014. A full paper draft must then be submitted by 6th November 2014 and will be made available on the conference website.

We also invite proposals for panels/workshops on October 12th. Please contact the programme committee chair if you are interested in organising one.

 

Written by Lucas Thorpe

June 9, 2014 at 4:42 pm

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Talk at Bogazici: Suleman Shahid (Tilburg) on “Child-robot Interaction: A cross-cultural perspective” (10/06/2014)

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Boğaziçi University Cognitive Science Program cordially invites you to a lecture by Dr. Suleman Shahid (Tilburg)

Child-robot Interaction: A cross-cultural perspective

DateJune 10, 2014 Tuesday

Time: 11.00-12:00

Location: Boğaziçi University South Campus – Vedat Yerlici Conference Centre, Room 5

ABSTRACT: In this study, we investigates how children from two different cultural backgrounds (Pakistani, Dutch) and two different age groups (8 and 12 year olds) experience interacting with a social robot (iCat) during collaborative game play. We propose a new method to evaluate children’s interaction with such a robot, by asking whether playing a game with a state-of-the-art social robot like the iCat is more similar to playing this game alone or with a friend. A combination of self-report scores, perception test results and behavioral analyses indicate that Child-Robot Interaction in game playing situations is highly appreciated by children, although more by Pakistani and younger children than by Dutch and older children. Results also suggest that children enjoyed playing with the robot more than playing alone, but enjoyed playing with a friend even more. In a similar vein, we found that children were more expressive in their non-verbal behavior when playing with the robot than when they were playing alone, but less expressive than when playing with a friend. Our results not only stress the importance of using new benchmarks for evaluating Child-Robot Interaction but also highlight the significance of cultural differences for the design of social robots.

Short Bio: Suleman Shahid received the PhD degree in communication sciences in 2011. He is currently an assistant professor at the Tilburg Centre for Cognition and Communication (TiCCC), Department of Communication and Information Sciences, Tilburg University. Before joining Tilburg University in 2007, he received the professional doctorate in engineering degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology. During his stay in Eindhoven, he also spent almost a year at Philips Research, Eindhoven. He has a background in media computing, but in the last few years, he has been involved in interaction design and social aspects of affective computing, particularly in a cross-cultural setting.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

June 9, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Posts in Political Theory at Istanbul Technical University

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The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (http://www.itb.itu.edu.tr) is looking for well qualified candidates in the following areas:

Social Thought, Social Theory, Social Philosophy

AND/OR

Art and Politics, Philosophy of Art, Aesthetics

The number of vacancies is subject to funding. In accordance with Turkish law, these positions are open to foreign (non-Turkish) nationals only.

Faculty members in the department are expected to teach courses as part of the undergraduate program Humanities and Social Science as well as the MA Program in Political Studies, and the Ph.D. Program in Political and Social Thought (http://www.siyaset.itu.edu.tr/english/). Thesis supervision and committee work is also expected. The language of instruction is English, and the teaching load is 3/2. Salaries are standard for the public sector in Turkey. Research and Conference Travel funds are available.

Minimum requirements for an Assistant Professor position are a doctorate in the relevant field from an institution of international standing, teaching experience and a publication record that includes a minimum of one ISI/AHCI journal article.

Candidates should send a letter of application, indicating their availability to visit the department in the event that they are short-listed for a position, as well as attaching a CV and a writing sample (max 5000 words). The deadline for applications is open, but we would hope to short list candidates for interviews in Fall 2014. As the hiring procedures are lengthy, early application is recommended.

According to the standard procedures of public universities in Turkey, short-listed candidates should travel to the department at their own expense to give a research paper, in support of their application.

Istanbul Technical University (http://www.itu.edu.tr) (est. 1773) is one of the leading research universities in Turkey, with an increasing number of international faculty. ITU is part of the Erasmus program of student and faculty exchanges between European universities. ITU ranks high internationally and has connections with universities around the world. It is spread over a number of campuses throughout Istanbul. Istanbul is a major European and world city, with one of the richest histories of any city in the world, and one of the most beautiful locations in the world. The city has a rich and diverse culture in music, art, theatre, and a wealth of library collections and museums.

Application materials should be sent via email to Dr. Geoff Bove (geoffrey.bowe@gmail.com).

Written by Sandrine Berges

June 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm

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