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International Symposium on Mythology

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Although, for modern societies, the term “myth” stands for a tale, an untrue story, a legend, a superstition etc., for archaic societies who existed prior to written culture, myths were narrations of “the ultimate origin of reality” and, in that respect, they were not tales but true stories based on Reality.[1] Therefore, a great philosopher like Plato appealed to muthos as a pedagogical means for telling his views through the Dialogues. On the other hand, along with the transition from mythopoetic thought to cosmological arguments, an irreversible diffraction occurred in the history of ideas, and philosophy parted ways with mythos for a certain while.[2] Centuries later, however, many theorists in both clinical psychology and contemporary philosophy made use of the myth as a symbolic means of expression and pioneered a “mythic-turn” in the social sciences. This fact indicates that mythology remains an essential area of interest for humanities like philosophy and psychology. This is also the case for the disciplines of sociology and socio-cultural anthropology, whose practices developed within the framework of rituals, myths, customs and traditions, indicating that myth and mythology have pervaded into daily life, that they have turned into a reference guide, sometimes due to their guiding spirit and sometimes by being a tool for social control.

[1]Catalin Partenie, Plato’s Myths, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2009, 1.

[2]Çiğdem Dürüşken, Antikçağ Felsefesi: Homeros’tan Augustinus’a Bir Düşünce Serüveni, Alfa Yayınları, 2013, 6-8.
The symposium will be held in Ardahan University on 2-5 May, 2019. The detailed information about the symposium (such as deadlines for submissions, registration fees, symposium program, symposium topics…etc) can be found in the web site of the symposium below:

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July 24, 2018 at 11:25 pm

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A Talk on Philosophy by Dr. Nazım Keven, Bilkent University; “Events, Narratives and Memory” at Koç University on 11th of May, 4 p.m. at SOS 143

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“Events, Narratives and Memory”

Date: Friday, May 11, 2018-

Place: SOS 143 at 16:00- 18:00 at Koç University.

Abstract: Whether non-humans animals can have episodic memories remains the subject of extensive debate. a number of prominent memory researches defend the view that animals do not have the same kind of episodic memory as humans do, whereas others argue that some animals have episodic-like memory- i.e., they can remember what, where and when an event happened. Defining what constitutes episodic memory has proven to be difficult. In this talk I propose a dual systems account and provide evidence for a distinction between event memory and episodic memory. Event memory is a perceptual system that evolved to support adaptive short-term goal processing, whereas episodic memory is based on narratives, which bind event memories into a retrievable whole that is temporally and causally organized around subject’s goals. I argue that carefully distinguishing event memory from episodic memory can help resolve the debate.

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May 10, 2018 at 4:38 pm

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Workshop at Koç University: Political Subjectivity and the End of Neoliberalism

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The workshop aims to intervene into ongoing debates on the constitution of political subjectivity in neo-liberal regimes, at a time in which many of the latter’s founding principles (international free trade and movement of people, the global spread of democracy, the protection of human rights and the rights of ethnic, sexual and religious minorities, etc.) appear under siege. The guiding hypothesis of the event is not, to be sure, that the ‘end of neoliberalism’ – as a rationality of global governance – is an accomplished fact. Rather, its goal is to stir a discussion over the forms of political subjectivity that are or may emerge as a result of its current transformations; where the term ‘subjectivity’ is to be understood in its duplicitous meaning, i.e. at the intersection between processes of subjection (political control) and subjectivation (autonomous self-constitution). If, as it has been suggested, the production of subjectivity is one of the main strategic ‘ends of neo-liberalism,’ its examination will hopefully contribute to shedding light on the latter’s present mutation and on what may come after its crisis, decline and ‘end’.

Important note: The workshop is free and open to all. There is no need to register in advance.

The workshop is of an interdisciplinary nature and counts, amongst its confirmed speakers, philosophers, cultural, political and literary theorists from some of the most prestigious Universities in Istanbul.Political Subjectivity - poster-page-001.jpg


Friday 4th May, 13:00 – 17:30 (Koç University, Rumelifeneri Campus, Founders Hall)

13:00 – 13:30. Introduction

13:30 – 14:15 – Ferda Keskin (Comparative Literature, Bilgi University). Neoliberal Subject and Entrepreneurial Authorship In Academia

14:30 – 15:15 – Andrea Rossi  (Philosophy, Koç University). Neoliberal Askesis

15:30 – 16:15 – Ebru Cigdem Thwaites (Social Sciences, Bilgi University). Digital Surveillance, New Media and the Neo-liberal Subject

16:30 – 17:15 – Mert Bahadir Reisoğlu (Comparative Literature, Koç University). Fear and Loathing in Social Media: Paranoia and Narrativity in Networks

Saturday 5th May (10:00 – 17:00, ANAMED Centre, Istiklal Cad. No:181)

10:00 – 10:45 – Terence Holden (Philosophy, Boğazici University). Recognition between Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity

11:00 – 11:45 – Umur Başdaş (International Relations, Koç University). Adorno and Hegel on the Colonization of Life by the Civil Society

12:00 – 12:45 – Ozgur Gursoy (Media and Communication, İzmir University of Economics). Politics or Ethics: Inclusive Disjunction as a Figure for Critical Reflection Today

13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:45 – Georgia Axiotou (Comparative Literature, Koç University). The “Life-in-Death” Limit as a Political Form of Life

15:00 – 15:45 – Emre Şan (Philosophy, Istanbul 29 Mayıs University). Political Dissidence and Solidarity: Thinking Today with Jan Patočka

16:00 – 16:45 – Zeynep Direk (Philosophy, Koç University). Ethics, Social Bond, Solidarity

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April 29, 2018 at 4:42 pm

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A Talk on Philosophy of Biology by Özlem Yılmaz (ITU and Konrad Lorenz Institute) at Koç University on 30th of March (Friday), 2018

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“What is Phenome?” -(An issue in Philosophy of Biology)

Date: Friday, March 30, 2018-

Place: SOS 277 at 15:30 at Koç University.

Abstract: In this talk, phenome, which is one of the main concepts in Biology, will be explained through a process philosophy. I will give examples from, plant physiology and I argue “thinking life as processes rather than things (Dupre, 2012)” is a good way for our understanding of plant life. Organisms are constituted from a hierarchy of many processes which are in constant interaction. There is also a very dynamic interaction between an organism and its environment and organisms express themselves through this interaction that causes a rearrangement of internal processes and sometimes results in a different kind of stability. We can say: an organism is a kind of flow that is very dynamic, complex and actively interacting with its environment. I will talk on how we do research on this flow and how we give explanations about it. Also I will emphasize the importance of the individual organism, that is why I tend to use the concept of “phenome” more than the phenotype.

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March 27, 2018 at 1:53 pm

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