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Eleanor Bisbee, early analytic philosopher from Istanbul.

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Originally posted on Feminist History of Philosophy:

A colleague in Boğazici, Istanbul, alerted me to the fact that an early American analytic philosopher once worked there.

Eleanor Bisbee, born in 1893 in New Jersey began her career as a philosopher in the US, studying for a PhD at the University of Cincinatti in 1929, and then working there as assistant professor and later acting chair in the Philosophy department from 1930 to 1931. Around 1931, she took up a job as Professor of philosophy at Robert College and the American College for Girls, Istanbul (Robert College is now Boğazici). She worked there till 1942, and during that time published a number of articles in analytic philosophy. 

In 1942, she returned to the US and wrote several books on Turkish politics, until her death in 1956. Her papers including correspondence are hosted at the Hoover Institution Archives in Stanford, California. Their webpage contains an inventory as well as…

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July 22, 2015 at 2:44 pm

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Originally posted on Feminist History of Philosophy:

I’m announcing this conference a bit late  as the CfA  is past, but I’m posting it as there a section on the history of feminism, gender and women’s studies so might be of interest to those readers who find themselves in Ankara this coming october.

Here is the poster:


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Written by Sandrine Berges

July 15, 2015 at 11:43 am

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UNILOG 2015 – Istanbul 25-30 June

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The 5th World Congress on Universal Logic is being held in Istanbul, starting tomorrow.

See here for more details including how to register. You can register on arrival but it’s a lot cheaper if you do it online.

Written by Sandrine Berges

June 24, 2015 at 4:19 pm

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World Refugee Day event at Koç, 20 June.

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On Saturday, June 20th, in the occasion of the “World Refugee Day”, the Migration Center “Mirekoç”, Koç University will hold a special event “PhotoShow and Documentary Premiere” to critically engage with Turkey, EU and other States and main actors’ responses to the Syrian refugee crises.

According to the latest inter-country report of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), issued on May 7th, 2015, the humanitarian crisis has reached an unprecedented scale: 7.6 million people are internally displaced in Syria, while more than 3.9 million are seeking protection in neighboring Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.

The recent Syrian refugee critical situation presented unprecedented challenges and intensified the debates on migration law in Turkey: What is the status of refugees and asylum seeker? Whose responsibility is it to help them? What rights do they have? And how should the financial responsibility be shared?

The event will feature a Photo Show and a Documentary focusing on the impact of the Syrian crisis on Turkey, as a neighboring country, and Turkey’s response to it, followed by a Q&A discussion.

Photoshow: “N-either Refugees, N-or Guests. Refugees in Camps and in the Urban Space in the Turkish Context” directed by Georgiana Turculet

Documentary Premiere: “We don’t Stay in Camps” directed by Yahya Al-Abdullah and Max Harwood

Registration is free and available by RSVP at giorgi82@gmail.com or by “Attend” at the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/465207063642275/ . Refreshments will be provided for all who register.

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Written by Sandrine Berges

June 19, 2015 at 6:43 pm

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Interactivist Summer Institute 2015 at Bilkent, June 20-23.

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ISI, Summer Workshop: June 20th – 23rd, Bilkent University. For more information, please visit http://www.lehigh.edu/~interact/
If interested, please contact Dr. Jedediah Allen to register.

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June 12, 2015 at 10:37 am

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Turkish-European Network for the study of women in the history of philosophy

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Originally posted on Feminist History of Philosophy:

It is with great pleasure that I would like to inform you of the creation of a Turkish-European Network for the study of women in the history of philosophy.

The purpose of this informal network is to encourage greater exchange between scholars working in Turkey and other European countries on women philosophers at any period in history, and to enable them to join in with the great debates currently taking place in the rest of the world. We will build on existing connections between Yeditepe in Istanbul and Paderborn in Germany and exchange news and ideas about workshops, conferences, resources, publication projects and grant proposals.

We hope that this will encourage researchers to pursue their interests in women philosophers, and perhaps enable the recovery of Turkish and other European women philosophers who have not yet come into the limelight.

So far the following individuals and institutions have volunteered to be…

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June 4, 2015 at 3:55 pm

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Ataraxia in Assos 6-9 July

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July 6-9, 2015

The Concept of Ataraxia in Stoicism, Epicureanism and Scepticism

July 6 Monday

19:00 Temple of Athena: Welcome, Blue Waters, Wine and Sunset

21:30 Dinner at the Village (Assosyal Hotel Restaurant)


July 7 Tuesday

13:30 Monte R. Johnson (University of California San Diego): “Ataraxia and Euthumia: Democritus’ Influence on Hellenistic Philosophy”

15:00 Gisela Striker (Harvard University): “Ataraxia and the Stoics”

16:30 Carlos Levy (University of Paris-Sorbonne): “The Stoic Ataraxia and Its Middle Platonic Sequels”

18:00 John Sellars (King’s College London): “Ataraxia in the Post-Hellenistic Stoicism of Marcus Aurelius”

20:30 Dinner at the Harbour (Nazlıhan Hotel Restaurant)

July 8 Wednesday

13:30 David Wolfsdorf (Temple University): “Epicurus on the Telos of the Mind”

15:00 Richard Bett (Johns Hopkins University): “What’s So Special About Ataraxia?”

16:30 Svavar H. Svavarsson (University of Iceland): “The End of Scepticism According to Sextus Empiricus”

18:00 Örsan K. Öymen (Isik University): “Doubt and Anxiety”

19:30 Dinner (Assos Terrace Hotel Restaurant)

22:30 Classical Music in the Ancient Theater (Anne Monika Sommer-Bloch)


July 9 Thursday

14:00 Visit to the Ancient City of Troy

21:00 Farewell Dinner (Assos Terrace Hotel Restaurant)

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May 17, 2015 at 11:34 am

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