Welcome to our first event in our Open Research Spring Calender 2017, presented by Gunver Lystbæk Vestergård.
In her presentation Vestergård will talk about scientific news in the public sphere, with focus on her examination of science news in closed and open media markets, as well as print and online science news.
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Humanomics Open Research Seminars
New trends in the humanities
Venue: 15A.0.13 or 14.1.67, University of Copenhagen (KUA)
Where are the humanities heading? This is the question which the Humanomics Research Centre seeks to answer through this spring semester’s course of lectures.
In 2012, the Humanomics Research Centre was established with the aim to map the content and context of the humanities. Director of the Humanomics Research Centre Frederik Stjernfelt and Co-Director David Budtz Pedersen did, however, want to make this knowledge available and debatable to all humanities scholars. Therefore, the Humanomics Open Research Seminars: New trends in the humanities were established.
Thursday 5 February, 16.00-18.00
The course of lectures will be kicked off with a visit from the world-renown professor, Jack Copeland, who is a Distinguished Professor in Humanities at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he is Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing. Jack Copeland is widely recognised for his work on computer science pioneer Alan Turing, and he is one of the leading researchers when it comes to the nexus between computer science and philosophy – and in a wider sense, the nexus between IT and the humanities. He is currently functioning as Visiting Professor at the IVA at Copenhagen University and he will expand on his research through the seminar Transdisciplinarity: What could philosophy contribute to the history of engineering?
The talk will take its departure in Jack Copeland’s interest in interdisciplinarity, which, as Jack says, has always been his drive. This is also evident from his research, which spans a wide spectrum of different fields and disciplines. Through this seminar, he will focus on the importance of combining philosophy and engineering when exploring questions such as; what do we understand by engineering, what are the limits of engineering, what is the possibility of machines having free will and consciousness and in what sense may the human brain be a computer? This approach will bring us to the goal of discussing how philosophy, and the questions raised by philosophy, is essential to every field of research.
Is Islamism the fourth totalitarianism?
Researching on the frontier: How to deal with a new concept: Islam & Ism?
Thursday 19 February, 16.00-18.00
On the agenda for the next seminar is the political reality of today’s international society, which will be revisited by Professor Emiritus from Aarhus University Mehdi Mozaffari, who, until 1 January 2013, was Head of the Centre for Studies in Islamism and Radicalisation at Aarhus University.
Professor Mozaffari is Dr. d’Etat en science politique from the University of Paris (Sorbonne-Panthéon) and has been lecturer at the same university. He was a member of the academic staff at Tehran University until he had to flee from Iran in 1978.
He has been a visiting scholar at different universities (Geneva, Grenoble, MGIMO/Moscow) and senior fellow at Harvard University.
Mehdi Mozaffari recently published the book Islamism - an oriental totalitarianism (only in Danish), which received praise from the critics for its original and controversial ideas.
Through this seminar, Mehdi Mozaffari will share some of his experiences related to the methodology, data collection and finally editing and publication of his book: Islamisme: en orientalsk totalitarisme (2013-2014). He will present his interdisciplinary approach to this research field as well as how he overcame some of the obstacles encountered in the process.
The Politics of Literary Form: Franz Kafka in the Asbestos Industry
Isak Winkel Holm
Thursday 5 March, 16.00-18.00
According to the well-known notion of the 'Kafkaesque', the fictional world in Kafka's literary works is a world determined by fate-like bureaucracies, and hence an immutable world devoid of the political. In this talk, however, I will argue that political action in concert plays a vital role in Kafka. Kafka is not 'Kafkaesque', and in order to show why not, I have to suggest a rethinking of the relationship between literature and politics, shifting the theoretical focus from the political events depicted on the content-level of the literary work towards the political events triggered by the literary form.
Humanities World Report: Assessing the state of the humanities
Thursday 19 March, 16.00-18.00
Recently, Poul Holm has worked on The Humanities World Report. It is the first of its kind, and the 'Report' gives an overview of the humanities worldwide. Published as an Open Access title and based on an extensive literature review and enlightening interviews conducted with 90 humanities scholars across 40 countries, the book offers a first step in attempting to assess the state of the humanities globally. Through this seminar, Poul Holm will, based on the report, correct the stereotypical view of humanists as scholars locked away in their ivory towers, and instead show the emerging picture of humanists as deeply committed to the social value of their work and appreciative of the long-term importance it has for addressing global challenges.
Poul Holm is Trinity Long Room Hub Professor of Humanities at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and Director of the Irish Digital Arts and Humanities Structured PhD Programme. He is President of the European Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres. He has served on national and European committees such as the Danish Research Council for the Humanities, the European Society for Environmental History, the EU DG Research METRIS group, and the ESF RESCUE initiative on Climate Change Research.
Guerilla Science: The need for a new research strategy
Pelle Guldborg Hansen
Thursday 16 April, 16.00-18.00
Pelle Guldborg Hansen (1977) is behavioural scientist, at Roskilde University. He is also the Director of ISSP – The Initiative of Science, Society & Policy at Roskilde University and University of Southern Denmark; a member of the Prevention Council of the Danish Diabetes Assoc; Chairman of the Danish Nudging Network; founder of TEN - The European Nudge Network, and a pioneer of guerilla research.
Pelle Guldborg Hansen specialises in Applied Behavioural Science with the direct aim of creating social change.
In his talk on Guerilla Research he will explore the potentials, problems and pitfalls regarding support and engineering of social and behavioural change as integral parts of what it is to do research. In particular he will focus on what it is to create a genuine exchange between researchers and the surrounding societal institutions; as well as why modern society calls for the addition of this research strategy in order to advance research, society and policy.
Interdisciplinary Humanities: The borderology of friendship
Thursday 30 April, 16.00-18.00 Room 14.1.67
In this seminar, interdisciplinarity will be discussed through borderology as a mapping of the disciplinary structure of knowledge and different styles of inquiry.
As an illustration, a comparative study of friendship as a human universal, a cultural construct, a biosocial behaviour pattern, a form of love, a value bestowal, a power relation, an identity constituent, ‘another self’, a family resemblance concept, a reification, etc., will be introduced.
Claus Emmeche is an Associate Professor at the Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, and part of the Humanomics Research Group. His research interests have focused on philosophy and sociology science, ontology, biosemiotics, and interdisciplinarity. As part of the Humanomics project he is mapping discursive borders between the natural, the human and the social sciences.
Presence - or How the Eternal Crisis of the Humanities Can Come to an Ending
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
Thursday 7 May, 16.00-18.00 Room 23.0.49
The proverbial "Crisis" of the Humanities has not only been existing since their first emergence, discussions triggered by it soon also became of a way for them to survive. For a change, the question should be asked, in the present situation and without any duplicity, whether, as an institution with a historical beginning, it is not preferable to declare the Humanities dead and look for a fresh start. In other words: can "presence" occupy the place of "meaning" in an intellectual environment that finds itself both in discontinuity and in continuity with the Humanities.
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is the Albert Guérard Professor in Literature in the Departments of Comparative Literature and of French & Italian (and by courtesy, he is affiliated with the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures/ILAC, the Department of German Studies, and the Program in Modern Thought & Literature). In Europe and in South America, Gumbrecht has a presence as a public intellectual; whereas, in the academic world, he has been acknowledged by nine honorary doctorates in six different countries: Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, and Russia. He has also held a number of visiting professorships, at the Collège de France, Zeppelin Universität (Friedrichshafen), University of Manchester, and the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, among others.
Transdisciplinary and transmedial research: Documentary filmmaking as collaborative knowledge production
Phie Ambo, David Budtz Pedersen, and Kristian Moltke Martiny
Friday 19 June, 14.00-16.00
Niels Bohr Institute, Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen, Room: Kc7
For several years, research collaboration has emerged as one of the primary tools for stimulating high-impact research and industrial R&D. Public research programmes, such as Horizon 2020, and private research foundations have formulated comprehensive strategies for nurturing cross-disciplinary projects.
Many of the most exciting developments in contemporary research and innovation are seen as cross-disciplinary, for example cognitive neuroscience, nanotechnology, or synthetic biology.
This SiV mini-seminar takes the idea of collaboration one step further, widening the current scope and understanding of collaboration in research and innovation, and exploring how art and film-making can contribute to new trans-medial modes of research.
This edition of SiV will take the form of a mini-seminar with three short presentations by
- Danish documentary filmmaker Phie Ambo (director of e.g. Mechanical Love and Free the Mind),
- PhD Fellow Kristian Moltke Martiny, a researcher in cognitive science, who tries to answer in a new documentary what it means to live with cerebral palsy (CP) and
- Associate Professor David Budtz Pedersen, a philosopher of science who specializes in cross-disciplinary and cross-medial collaboration.
Together, the three presentations will discuss and invite reflections on how documentary filmmaking, art and new forms of collaboration can be used to drive co-creation of knowledge and ideas among scientists, artists, citizens and new media.
The seminar is organised by Associate Professor David Budtz Pedersen in collaboration with Claus Emmeche, director of the Copenhagen Open Seminar in Science Studies (SiV). The workshop is open to everybody and free of charge.
Nature and Culture in the Mirror of Knowledge
Tuesday 23 June, 14.00-16.00
According to the „two cultures“ thesis, the natural sciences and the humanities have, in the course of the 20th century, grown apart into fields of knowledge that do not understand each other anymore. In this lecture, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger destabilizes the contours of this black-and-white thinking and presents the history of disciplines as dramatically ever-changing formations. Contrasting respective positions of Cassirer, Mannheim, Bachelard and Bourdieu, he discusses concepts of nature and culture on the one hand, and formations of knowledge beyond disciplines on the other.
The gaze beyond – or better, below – the disciplines can be understood as a reaction to the fact that the disciplinary dichotomy between nature and spirit has started to be fundamentally transformed throughout the 20th century. This plea from the point of view of a science historian, instead of looking backwards, aims at promoting a new culture of mutual „call-out-and-in” to deal with an epistemic universe henceforth no longer comprehensible in a dual but in an irreducibly plural mode.
Professor HANS-JÖRG RHEINBERGER is a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. He is also a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. His research is centrally concerned with the history and the epistemology of experimentation. He has published books such as Toward a History of Epistemic Things. Synthesizing Proteins in the Test Tube (1997), An Epistemology of the Concrete (2010) and On Historicizing Epistemology: An Essay (2010), and co-authored (with Staffan Müller-Wille) Heredity Produced: At the Crossroads of Biology, Politics, and Culture, 1500-1870 (2007) and A Cultural History of Heredity (2012). Currently, he is working on a book about the philosopher of science Gaston Bachelard and the copper engraver Albert Flocon.
The seminar is organized in collaboration with:
Jens Hauser from Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen http://artsandculturalstudies.ku.dk/staff/?pure=en/persons/47593
Medical Museion http://www.museion.ku.dk/da/
Goethe Institut Denmark http://www.goethe.de/ins/dk/kop/daindex.htm
Workshop on Applied Philosophy
Monday 29 June, 14.00-16.00
Professor Robert Frodeman (University of North Texas, Author of the Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity) will give an open lecture on Applied Philosophy in the Humanomics Research Seminars.
The applied philosophy literature is full of insights about practical problems. But in a new survey of the literature, there are essentially no accounts of how a philosopher is supposed to ensure that these insights have an impact. It’s a bias rooted in the discipline: one has exhausted one’s intellectual task and professional obligation when one deposits a peer-reviewed publication in a reservoir of knowledge. Absent is any reflection about how to actually get involved with the stakeholders in particular policy processes, how to effectively interject insights into conversations, or how to track the impacts of one’s efforts. Together with a team of researchers, Robert Frodeman has studied the literature in applied philosophy in order to improve the impact of philosophical work on both the STEM disciplines and society. As part of this work the team surveyed 4,500 articles published in five applied philosophy journals for (a) accounts of success (or failure) in affecting ongoing social concerns, and (b) accounts of ‘best practices’ for how to have an impact. In this seminar, Professor Frodeman will present the major findings and discuss their implications for the philosophy discipline.
David Budtz Pedersen, University of Copenhagen
The seminar is organised by Associate Professor David Budtz Pedersen, Humanomics Research Center.
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Attendance is free and open for everyone with an interest in the future of philosophy.
For more information about applied philosophy:
David Budtz Pedersen's review of Robert Frodemans's book "Sustainable Knowledge" (2014):
2015-2016 MA-course at University of Copenhagen in applied philosophy:
The intention of this course is to approach the theory of science of the humanities in novel ways. Instead of studying traditional schools of thought, such as structuralism, Marxism, hermeneutics etc, we aim at covering the field thematically, giving students an overview of contemporary issues and problems in the practice and discussion of the humanities.
The course is related to the current Velux Research Project "Humanomics: Mapping the Humanities" located at the Department of Culture and Arts. MA students will gain first-hand insight and access to the ongoing results and debates of this interdisciplinary project.
The course begins by introducing classic ways of conceiving the humanities, then presents new methods and strategies of mapping and understanding knowledge production in the humanities (using e.g. large questionnaire-based surveys, social network analysis and bioliometric micro-data).
Issues concerning the contemporary development of scholarship and education in the humanities will be introduced and discussed, including the use of data, methods and digital technologies in the humanities as well as new cultures of interdisciplinarity research and education that lies at the border between the human, social and natural sciences.
A further bundle of issues to be explored in the course relates to the role of abstraction in the humanities, the confusing plethora of culture concepts in current human sciences, and the naturalization of propositions, etc.