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Joana Serrado at Bilkent – 30 October 2018

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“Can a Female Slave be a Philosopher? Rosa Maria, the Transatlantic Black Slave and Immanuel Kant”

Date: Tuesday, 30 October, 2018

Time: 1240 – 1330

Place: H-232

Organized by the Society for Women in Philosophy of Turkey.

Abstract: The 21st century is witnessing a democratisation of the history of philosophy and, particularly the recovery of women authors. But even then the angst of influence is still most prevalent. Anne Conway is included because of her connection to Leibniz, Emile du Chatelet because she translated and commented Isaac Newton´s Principia, Elisabeth of Bohemia because of her correspondence with Descartes.

The role played by elitist only serves to reinforce the role of privileged women in the history of philosophy, failing thus the basic purpose of feminism itself- which is a social and political transformation that enables women and men in their plurality to be full agents in their own right in the construction of a society according to the values of justice, diversity and inclusivity. A de-colonialist turn, therefore.

Here I focus on the works of Rosa Maria Egipcíaca da Vera Cruz, an eighteenth century slave who lived in three different continents: born and captured in Benin, West Africa, trafficked to Brazil, and persecuted in Lisbon. My goal is this paper is discuss her work in relation to Kant’s however improbably this might seem.

About the speaker:  Joana Serrado (BA, Coimbra 2001, MA, Porto 2005, Phd Groningen 2014) is currently a researcher at the Instituto de Filosofia, University of Porto. Previously she was the Gordon Milburn Junior Research Fellow in Mysticism at the University of Oxford (2013-2017) and Fulbright Fellow at Harvard Divinity School (2010). Her research focuses on medieval and early modern history of ideas, philosophy and theology, in dialogue with feminist theory. Serrado´s work has appeared at Early Modern Women and Medieavalia: Textos e Estudos and she has forthcoming books in the  series “Other Voices in Early Modern Europe”,  and with Routledge. Her doctoral thesis on anxiousness in the Cistercian Joana de Jesus (1617-1681) is included in Bernard McGinn’s History of Christian Mysticism.

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Written by Sandrine Berges

October 29, 2018 at 5:24 pm

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Joana Serrado’s talk at Bosphorus on Nov 2, Friday (17:00) in JF 507

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Can a Female Slave be a Philosopher? Rosa Maria, the Transatlantic Black Slave answers to Immanuel Kant

In the 21st century demand democratisation of history of philosophy and, and most particularly the recuperation of feminist lineages, the angst of influence is still most prevalent. Anne Conway must be included insofar she influenced Leibniz, Emile du Chatelet because she translated and commented Isaac Newton´s Principia, or Elisabeth of Bohemia due to her correspondence with Descartes. However, insisting on the networks of elitism, power only serve to reinforce the role of privileged women in the history of philosophy, failing thus the basic purpose of feminism itself- which is a social and political transformation that enables women and men in their plurality to be more than represented be full agents in their own right in the construction of a society based on values of justice, diversity and inclusivity. A decolonial turn therefore When researching on the subtle archive of former enslaved women, Rosa Maria, a Egipcíaca, who lived during the eighteenth-century in three diferente continental and cultural worldviews: born and captured in Benin, West Africa, trafficked to Brazil, and persecuted in Lisbon, Kant would be an improbable philosophical partner to choose from. However this is my goal in this paper . I would like to reflect upon diverse themes that constitute a ‘slave subjectivities’. – the records of inquisition as a memory or archive for the ‘slave subjectivity’ and test this textual artifact as a product of negotiating ideas; – The ‘poaching’ or trafficking tactics (Michel de Certeau) that are used back and forth from the mystical and scholastic tradition – Rosa´s mystical practices and teachings of healing which unveil Rosa Maria not only as a theologian as a proto-ethicist of care.Joana Serrado

 

Joana Serrado (BA, Coimbra 2001, MA, Porto 2005, Phd Groningen 2014) is currently researcher at the Instituto de Filosofia, University of Porto. Previously she was the Gordon Milburn Junior Research Fellow in Mysticism at the University of Oxford (2013-2017), visiting lecturer at Cambridge (2016), assistant Professor in Oslo (2012/13) Fulbright Fellow at Harvard Divinity School (2010). Her research focus on medieval and early modern history of ideas, philosophy and theology, in dialogue with in feminist theory. Serrado´s work has appeared at Early Modern Women and Medieavalia: Textos e Estudos and forthcoming is an edition at the series “The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe” and a chapter Routledge. Her doctoral thesis on anxiousness in the Cistercian Joana de Jesus (1617-1681) forthcoming at Brill was reviewed included in the latestthvolume of Bernard McGinn´s History of Christian Mysticism. This research is part of her next book “Touch me Closer. The God of Women Philosophers in Portuguese Baroque World” under contract with Amesterdam University Press.

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October 29, 2018 at 1:33 pm

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Ancient Philosophy Day at Koç Univesity – October 26th, Friday, 1:00-6:00 pm

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October 22, 2018 at 11:55 am

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SWIP-TR Conference 25-27 October

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Conference by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (SWIP-TR)

The Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey is proud to announce the 1st Annual Conference and Meeting of SWIP-Turkey between 25-27 October, 2018 at Bilkent University, Turkey.

Keynote Speakers

Zeynep Direk (Koç University, Istanbul)

Hatice Nur Erkızan (Muğla University, Muğla)

Hülya Şimga (Maltepe University, Istanbul)

Şerife Tekin (University of Texas at San Antonio)

 

Date of conference: 25-27 October 2018

Place: Bilkent University, Ankara, Room: H-232.

Registration: click here.

Program: click here.

Poster: click here.

Contact: swipturkey@gmail.com.

About the conference: The conference is organized by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (SWIP-TR)  with the support of Hypatia Diversity Grant and Bilkent University’s Department of Philosophy.

The goal of the event is to create a forum for women in philosophy to meet and help each other. More specifically, we wish to foster exchanges between women philosophers studying or working in Turkey as well as women from Turkey who study or work in philosophy abroad and want to stay in touch with the developments here.

The conference will consist of panels in Turkish and English on any area of philosophy, with two panels dedicated to students (one undergraduate, one graduate) spread over three days.

Written by Sandrine Berges

October 17, 2018 at 11:57 am

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Sehir Philosophy Talks 41 /Christian J. Emden on Nihilism/24 Oct 2018

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October 16, 2018 at 10:40 am

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Reading Seminar (17-18/10/2018) and Workshop (19-20/10/2018) on Hegel’s Logic at Boğaziçi

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Themes from Hegel’s Science of Logic – Workshop (October 19-20) and a Pre-workshop Reading Seminar (October 17-18)

Istanbul, Boğaziçi University

There will be a one and a half day workshop centered on Hegel’s Science of Logic in Boğaziçi University Philosophy Department on October 19-20. The workshop is open for everyone interested.

Right before the workshop, professor Cinzia Ferrini (University of Trieste) and post-doctoral researcher Preston Stovall (University of Hradec Králové) will lead a two-day reading seminar concentrating on selected themes arising from Science of Logic. The participants of the reading group are expected to have read the material that will be covered in the reading seminar (see the list of readings below). The maximum number of participants in the reading seminar is 15 and we give priority to Boğaziçi University students and faculty in case the quota is full. Please register for the reading seminar and in order to get a link to access the readings, by sending an email to ville.paukkonen@helsinki.fi

Details of both events can be found below the fold.

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

October 5, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Bilkent: MBB Seminar, Jedediah WP Allen

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Jedediah WP Allen (Bilkent, Psychology)

“iToM: An Explicit Action-based Approach for an Implicit Theory of Mind”

Date: Friday, 12th October, 2018

Time: 1240 – 1330

Place: A-130

Organized by the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Group at Bilkent University.

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Abstract:  It has become increasingly clear over the last half century that there are multiple important changes in children’s abilities taking place at around age 4. These changes span social, emotional, and cognitive domains. While some researchers have argued that a domain-general development explains some of the changes, such a position is a minority view. In the current article, we provide some evidence for the development of an age 4 domain-general enabling constraint on children’s ability to reflect. In turn, the development of reflection is argued to enable the transitions that we see within and across developmental domains. The model of reflection being offered is part of a broader action-based model of cognition and mind – interactivism (Bickhard, 1973, 1978, 2009a, b). We use this broader action-based model to weigh in on a recent controversy in the early development of children’s social-cognitive abilities.

In particular, there is growing support for the conclusion that infants possess a rudimentary understanding of other people’s (false)beliefs based on research that uses looking time studies (Onishi & Baillargeon, 2005). However, the ability to reason about another person’s (false)beliefs has traditionally been assumed to develop around age 4 (Wellman, Cross, & Watson, 2001). Therefore, a new theory of mind debate exists about whether these early looking time studies involve the need to attribute false beliefs to others or not. We argue that children cannot reason about another person’s (false)beliefs without reflection; and therefore, that infant abilities only demonstrate an interactive knowledge of other people.

About the speaker: Jedediah WP Allen is an assistant professor of Psychology and co-director of the BIL-GE developmental lab at Bilkent University. He is an associated editor for New Ideas in Psychology and recently received a national grant. He pursues theoretical and empirical issues within the area of Developmental Cognitive Science with a focus on the nature of representation, learning, and development across the domains of social-cognitive and cognitive development. Specific areas of research and publication include: (over)-imitation, development of trust and deception, theory of mind development, infant research methodology, the nativist-empiricist debate, and the role of action-based frameworks for the study of developmental psychology.

Written by Sandrine Berges

October 4, 2018 at 9:14 am

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