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Men discuss imprecise probabilities January 14, 2014

Filed under: gendered conference campaign — Jender @ 8:49 pm


LMU Munich

27-28 June 2014



Imprecise probabilities offer a model of uncertainty that is more general, less idealised than the standard precise probability framework. Imprecise probabilities are receiving increasing attention in statistics (as well as in artificial intelligence and in economics). Recently, there has been a resurgence of philosophical interest in these generalised models of uncertainty. The aim of this workshop is to bring together philosophers and statisticians to see what we can learn from each other. We are sure that such interdisciplinary collaboration will be valuable both to philosophers and to statisticians. Topics on which we might expect fruitful discussions include:

- updating imprecise probabilities and dilation;
– foundations of imprecise probabilities;
– procedures for eliciting imprecise probabilities;
– decision making with imprecise probabilities.

We invite submissions of extended abstracts of 1500 words for contributed talks by 1st March 2013. Decisions will be made by 15th March 2014.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Fabio Cozman (São Paulo), James M. Joyce (Michigan), and Teddy Seidenfeld (CMU)

If you’re not sure why we’re posting this, go here.


Well, I suppose it’s a form of unity and coherence… January 10, 2014

Filed under: gendered conference campaign — Jender @ 2:28 pm

to have just one gender speaking at a conference.

The Düsseldorf Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (DCLPS) kindly
invites you to attend the upcoming one-day workshop ‘Unification and
Coherence’ which will take place at Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf
(Building: 16.11, Floor: 1, Sitzungssaal 1), January 16, 2014.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together scholars who work on the topics
of unification and/or coherence in the hope of fostering research at the
intersection of these two fields.


09:30 – 10:30 Ilkka Niiniluoto ‘Consilience and Abductive Confirmation’
10:30 – 11:15 Ioannis Votsis ‘Ad Hocness and Unification’
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:30 Victor Gijsbers ‘Pierre Duhem, Natural Classification and
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00 Dennis Dieks ‘Unification and Explanation in Recent Quantum
Gravity Research’
15:00 – 15:45 Gerhard Schurz ‘Unification and Causality’
15:45 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:00 Mark Siebel ‘Coherence and Consistency’
17:00 – 18:00 Jonah Schupbach ‘Isolating the Effects of Coherence’

This post is a part of the Gendered Conference Campaign.


Embodied Cognition and Sport Psychology, For Men January 3, 2014

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[Our sender notes that we might find it amusing to note that it is advertised (lower on the text) as 'the hottest conference of the year'.]

The Department of Philosophy of UAE University and Abu Dhabi Sport Council are happy to invite you to the

First International Conference in Embodied Cognition and Sport Psychology
24th-27th February 2014, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE

This academic conference aims at exploring important points of connection between the empirical studies of sport psychology and the embodied approach to the cognitive sciences. It will offer a unique occasion of interdisciplinary collaboration, and foster opportunities of reciprocal learning between theoretical and applied sport scientists, exercise and performance psychologists, cognitive neuroscientists, psycholinguists, philosophers of mind, phenomenologists, and practitioners who work in the sport environment, including coaches, trainers, and athletes of various disciplines.
Embodied cognition theory offers the most suitable paradigm to pursue this integration and cross-disciplinary collaboration: successful sport psychologists recognize that the results and the models of embodied cognitive science can allow them develop more effective training methods; reciprocally, attentive cognitive scientists can’t overlook sport and exercise psychology, as this field is one of the richest terrains for empirical exploration, experimental discovery, and epistemological validation of models and theories. Cooperation between these two fields promises immediate and tangible benefits, as it allows proving the correctness of the theoretical models by testing how effectively they can improve the athletes’ performances; at the same time, it raises the value of sport science for cognitive science, proving how the empirical study of athletic performance can inspire and validate new explanatory models of sensorimotor capabilities, control, attention, memory, and language-action interfaces. Sports can provide invaluable insights for the sciences of mind, telling how skills are actually enacted and controlled, through the body, defining dynamic boundaries between mind and world.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Tom Carr (Michigan State University)
Dan Hutto (University of Wollongong)
Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza (Linfield College)
Mauro Maldonato (Universita’ della Basilicata)
David L. Mann (Vrije University Amsterdam)
Albert Newen (Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum)
Thomas Patrick (ASPETAR, Doha)

This four-day long conference, co-organized and sponsored by UAE University (College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Education) and by Abu Dhabi Sport Council, is presumably going to be the hottest of the Winter (up to 25-30 degrees Celsius): it will be held in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in a unique landscape framed by the desert dunes, the shores of the Arabian Gulf, and the most futuristic skyscrapers. The first two days (February 24th-25th), dedicated to research themes and theory of the sport sciences, will be held on the brand new state-of-the-art campus of UAE University, the top ranking academic institution of the Gulf region, situated in the ancient oasis city of Al Ain; the remaining two days (February 26th and 27th), dedicated to applied issues related to training and coaching, will take place in Abu Dhabi city, the modern capital of the United Arab Emirates – situated just one hour from the multicultural and trendy metropolis of Dubai.

To learn about the Gendered Conference Campaign, go here.


Gender-Inclusive Conferences Session January 1, 2014

Update: Now with John Protevi’s talk: 2013 APA Eastern session final draft

Another bit of the APA I was sad to miss was the session on Gender-Inclusive Conferences, which featured Kate Norlock, John Protevi and Jason Stanley.  (It was organised by Nancy Bauer.)  It sounds awesome– standing room only and really great papers and discussion.  I’m very pleased, though, to be able to post Kate’s powerpoints, the draft talks that Jason and John presented.

Here’s Kate’s talk: Why and How to Organize a Gender-balanced Conference

Here’s Jason’s talk: apacomments



More on gender at NYU November 22, 2013

Filed under: gendered conference campaign — magicalersatz @ 4:50 pm

We recently posted about a very striking lineup of gendered events at NYU’s New York Institute of Philosophy. Several of NYU’s faculty (Paul Boghossian, David Chalmers, Don Garrett, Beatrice Longuenesse, Sharon Street, and David Velleman) have written a letter in response to this post, which is now up on NYU’s website:






Lots and lots of men are speaking at NYU November 16, 2013

Filed under: gendered conference campaign — magicalersatz @ 5:05 pm

NYU is hosting a lot of gendered events. A lot. So many that I’m not going to create separate posts for all of them, because I have other things to do with my time. Scroll through these pages for all the details:



Some of the gendered events aren’t particularly problematic – for example, those that only involve two speakers. But the overall picture is pretty striking (on the ‘Research Workshops’ page I counted 34 events, only 8 of which, by my quick count, involved any women), as is the number of multi-speaker events with no women speaking.


UPDATE: Several people have asked that we clarify this post to emphasize that it is the New York Institute of Philosophy, and not the NYU philosophy department, which is hosting these events. (NB: The original post doesn’t mention the NYU philosophy department. It just says that lots of men are speaking at NYU. Which they are.) So just to be clear: these events are put on by the NYIP, and hosted at NYU, but not organized by the NYU philosophy department. According to their website, “The New York Institute of Philosophy is a research center housed within the NYU Department of Philosophy. It funds multi-year research projects on particular themes, as well as public lectures, conferences and workshops.”


Women and professional philosophy in continental Europe

Over at New APPS, a discussion about the situation of women in academic philosophy in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy:



Men Talk About Suffering November 15, 2013

Filed under: gendered conference campaign — magicalersatz @ 10:53 am

Conference announcement for a gendered conference on suffering:


Registration is now open for a one day workshop on Suffering and Normativity.

The workshop will be held on 18 January, 2014, and is hosted by Philosophy at the University of Glasgow.

What is suffering’s place in our rational lives? Suffering is traditionally taken to be an impediment to reason, but what roles might suffering play in supporting and assisting rational activity? Suffering arguably provides reasons for actions and beliefs, but might suffering also respond to reason? If so, might we sometimes be rationally criticizable for suffering or for failing to suffer?

Our aim at this workshop is to explore what and how suffering rationalizes and whether and how suffering itself is rational or irrational.

The day will be organized around the research of the following presenters:

Bastian Brock (Psychology, University of Queensland)

Jonathan Cohen (Philosophy and Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego)

Matthew Fulkerson (Philosophy and Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego)

Tom Johnstone (Psychology and Affective Neuroscience, University of Reading)

Manolo Martinez (Philosophy, Universitat de Barcelona)

The workshop is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and is part of the larger project: The Value of Suffering: An Interdisciplinary Investigation of the Nature, Meaning, and Role of Affective Experiences. The Value of Suffering Project is an international, interdisciplinary research project whose aim is to foster multidisciplinary exploration of the roles that affective experiences—suffering in particular—play in our lives.

Though our website is currently under construction, more information about the Value of Suffering Project and our research team can currently be found at: http://www.davidbain.org/value-of-suffering-project


13 Invited Speakers, All Men November 6, 2013

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Logical Consequence and Paradox, Bochum. (h/t NewAPPS.)

Highly illogical.

(Obviously, the lyrics need some tweaking.)

To forestall the standard questions, here’s why we’re doing this. And here are quite a lot of women who work on logic and philosophy of logic.


Men Construct Logical Space October 25, 2013

Filed under: gendered conference campaign — magicalersatz @ 2:00 pm

MIT is hosting a conference on ‘The Construction of Logical Space’ at which all named speakers are male. The lineup is:

John Burgess
Princeton University

Brian Weatherson
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Agustin Rayo
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tom Donaldson
Harvard Society of Fellows

David Boylan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Proseminarians
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Some of ‘The Proseminarians’ may be female  – we don’t know. But all named speakers are male, and all faculty speakers are male.



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