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HELSINKI SEMINAR FOR GOVERNANCE AND INSTITUTIONS

 

You are cordially invited to attend our next seminar session with Prof. John Meyer (Stanford University) "Global Diffusion"


 

On Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 14:15-15:45 (refreshments from 14:00)

University main building (Unioninkatu 34), Auditorium XIV

The discussant is Prof. Henri Vogt (University of Turku).

 

Abstract:

Changes in world culture create contextual conditions increasing cross-national diffusion and structuring its character. Scientization disciplines the natural and social environments. Human empowerment and rights norms create a population of actors with much (standardized) agency. And an expanded (and standardized) educational system now at the center of social stratification everywhere links empowered humans with a common action frame. As a consequence, collective mobilizations of attitudes, opinions, and actions occur on an increasingly global scale. Institutionalized, this turns into a global expansion of formal organization in both domestic and international society. Both conflict and cooperation can readily shift to a global scale.


John W. Meyer is Professor of Sociology (and, by courtesy, Education), emeritus, at Stanford. He has contributed to organizational theory, comparative education, and the sociology of education, developing sociological institutional theory. Since the 1970s, he has studied the impact of global society on national states and societies. More recently, he completed a collaborative study of worldwide science and its national effects and a project on the impact of globalization on organizational structures. He now studies the world human rights regime, world curricula in mass and higher education, and the worldwide expansion of formal organization.

Please see the seminar website for the full biography of Prof. Meyer: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/governanceandinstitutions/schedule/

 

As refreshment will be served, we kindly ask you to confirm your participation by sending an email to the seminar coordinator: Caroline Werner, caroline.werner at helsinki.


Eettiset arvovalinnat ovat läsnä kaikessa ilmastoon liittyvässä päätöksenteossa, kulutuspäätöksistä ja taloustieteen metodologisista valinnoista aina kansainvälisiin neuvotteluihin.


Hallitustenvälisen ilmastopaneelin (IPCC) tuorein arviointiraportti hyväksyttiin viikonloppuna Kööpenhaminassa. Raportissaan ilmastopaneeli korostaa ensi kertaa ilmastonmuutokseen liittyviä eettisiä kysymyksiä. Keskustelu ilmastoetiikan ja taloustieteen välisistä suhteista rantautuu Suomeen heti tuoreeltaan, sillä marraskuun 11.-13. järjestetään Helsingin yliopistossa kansainvälinen työpaja 'Ethical underpinnings of climate economics'.


Työpajan toiseksi pääpuhujaksi saapuu yksi IPCC:n raportin kolmannen osan pääkirjoittajista, Oxfordin yliopiston etiikan professori John Broome. Broomen tausta on sekä taloustieteessä että filosofiassa ja hän julkaisi ensimmäisen ilmastonmuutosta käsittelevän teoksensa jo vuonna 1992. Hänen uusin kirjansa Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World (W.W. Norton & Comp) julkaistiin vuonna 2012. Broomen tiistaina 11.11. klo 9.00–11.00 pidettävän luennon otsikko on ”Climate change: life and death”. Luento on Metsätalon salissa 1, Unioninkatu 40.


Toinen pääpuhuja on Manchesterin yliopiston professori John O’Neill. O’Neill on osallistunut useisiin ympäristöpolitiikan arviointihankkeisiin Euroopan Unionissa ja Iso-Britanniassa. O’Neillin luennoi torstaina 13.11. klo 9.00–11.00 otsikolla ”Mapping climate disadvantage”. Luento on Athenan salissa 302, Siltavuorenpenger 3A.


Pääpuhujien luennot sekä keskustelutilaisuus ovat avoimia kaikille. Ei ennakkoilmoittautumista, tervetuloa paikalle kaikki kiinnostuneet! Huomaa, että luennot alkavat tasan yhdeksältä, ilman akateemista varttia.

Lisätietoja: blogs.helsinki.fi/climate-ethics/luennot


Tiistaina 11.11. klo 16-18 pääpuhujat keskustelevat AID-tilaisuudessa ilmastotalouden ja etiikan välisestä suhteesta Aalto yliopiston professorin Matti Liskin kanssa. Tilaisuuden otsikko on ”Integrating ethics and economics in climate policy assessment” ja puheenjohtajana toimii akatemiaprofessori Uskali Mäki. Tapahtuma on Metsätalon salissa 6, Unioninkatu 40. Lisätietoja: blogs.helsinki.fi/climate-ethics/aid


Lisäksi O’Neill pitää perjantaina 14.11. klo 12-14 luennon biodiversiteetin suojelun etiikasta. Luento on Metsätalon salissa 6, Unioninkatu 40.


Työpajan järjestää Helsingin yliopiston käytännöllisen filosofian oppiaineessa toimiva 'Climate Ethics and Economics' -hanke yhteistyössä Yhteiskuntatieteiden filosofian tutkimuksen huippuyksikön (www.helsinki.fi/tint) kanssa.


Inaugural lecture by Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir, the Jane and Aatos Erkko Visiting Professor in Studies on Contemporary Society:


Being Indebted: From a Contractarian to a Care Ethical Approach


Date: Thursday 30 October 2014 at 16:15

Venue: Lecture Hall 13, University Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33 (3rd floor), Helsinki


Free admission. Welcome!


Short bio: Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir is professor of philosophy at the University of Iceland and presently Erkko Professor at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. She studied philosophy in Boston and Berlin. She has published books on the philosophies of Nietzsche and Arendt, feminist philosophy, Beauvoir, and women in the history of philosophy. Her current research project, “Transphilosophies”, is about philosophy as transformative knowledge in an individual and sociopolitical sense. She is member of the board of FISP (International federation of philosophical societies), chair of its gender committee, and she is one of the founders and first chair of board of the United Nations University GEST Programme, a transnational studies and training program in gender equality. She belongs to a group of Nordic philosophers who are presently preparing the establishment of a joint Nordic MA-program in feminist philosophy.


Lecture abstract: The current state of financial capitalism as a “debt-economy” (Lazzarato 2012, Graeber 2012, Offe 2013) is a significant factor in producing subjects through debtor-creditor relations. Individuals as well as states are burdened with problem debt, creating nationally and globally an inacceptable imbalance of wealth. Indebting of the younger and future generations endangers the generational contract as well as social reproduction. The understanding of the debtor-creditor relation among institutions of financial and political power is based on a contractarian idea that dates back to Hobbes idea of the free individual and Locke´s idea of property in the person (Pateman 2007). The idea of individuals that are free to make contracts with each other presuppose equality and free relations. I will argue that a materialistic, care ethical perspective that is based on the idea of embodied, relational subjects shows the limits and endangerments of the contractarian conception of the debtor-creditor relation. A care ethical approach accounts for interdependence and asymmetrical relations and is hence better suited to deal with problems of debt-economies. A care ethical perspective furthermore allows problematizing simplified oppositions of greed and generosity and scarcity and abundance.


About the Jane and Aatos Erkko Visiting Professorship: The Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation donated 2.92 million euros to the University of Helsinki Funds in 2008 for the establishment of a visiting professorship in studies on contemporary society at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. The research emphasis of the professorship will be on issues concerning social justice.


The first Georg Henrik von Wright Lecture: Sir Anthony Kenny on ”Anthropomorphism vs. Humanism”, June 17th 2014, Helsinki.

Venue: University of Helsinki, Main building/Small Hall (Pieni juhlasali\Lilla festsalen), Fabianinkatu 33, 4th floor, June 17th 2014, 14-16 (2-4 p.m.). Live stream at video.helsinki.fi.

For more information and Kenny's handout see:

http://www.helsinki.fi/wwa/poster.pdf

http://www.helsinki.fi/wwa/Kenny_handout.pdf

 

Kenny will also participate in a public discussion on the life and work of Georg Henrik von Wright and Ludwig Wittgenstein chaired by Ilkka Niiniluoto at Think Corner (Tiedekulma\Tankehörnan), Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3, Helsinki, June 16th, 16-18 (4-6 p.m.). Live stream at http://www.helsinki.fi/tiedekulma/live.html.


Professor PENELOPE DEUTSCHER (Nortwestern University):

‘That Death Which is Not One: Woman as Exception in Derrida’s The Death Penalty’

Time: Monday 16.6.2014 at 14-16

Venue: Main building, auditorium IX (Unioninkatu 34, University of Helsinki)

In his recently published Death Penalty seminar, Derrida describes death as distributed between the threshold states of termination of heart, brain and breath. He considers the death penalty in terms of a phantasmatic sovereign decision : the determination of the moment of another's death. But he also revisits a longstanding dialogue with Foucault. As Derrida returns to Discipline and Punish,  as he too considers the perversions of philanthropic, humanist cruelty, as both look back at the same passages  from Beccaria, an encounter takes  shape between Foucault and Derrida's treatments of sovereign power, disciplinary power, souls, cases, sovereign decisions, and biopolitical concerns. So too does an encounter take place between the images of  nation and progress  given (as Derrida observes) sexualized connotations, and images of the woman (sometimes reproductive)  before the sometimes deadly law of the nation (again, sometimes sexualized).  What kind of provocation to Foucault can we find in Derrida’s renewed interest in Death Penalty in sexual difference, and in the “sex which is not one” of the "death which is not one."

Penelope Deutscher is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and an affiliate of  the  Comparative Literary Studies and Gender and Sexualities programs at Northwestern University. She is the author of The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Ambiguity, Conversion, Resistance (Cambridge U.P, 2008),  How to Read Derrida (Granta/Norton 2005), A Politics of Impossible Difference: The Later Work of Luce Irigaray (Cornell U.P., 2002) and Yielding Gender: Feminism, Deconstruction and the History of Philosophy (Routledge 1997). She co-edited Repenser le  politique: l’apport du féminisme. (co-edited, with Françoise Collin, Campagne première/Les Cahiers du Grif, 2004) and  Enigmas: Essays on Sarah Kofman.,co-edited, with Kelly Oliver ( Cornell U.P. 1999). In 2000 she was guest editor of a special issue of Hypatia, Contemporary French Women Philosophers. She is the coeditor of a forthcoming volume of essays on Foucault and Derrida with Columbia University Press, and completing work on Foucault's Children: Biopolitics, Thanatopolitics, and Reproductive Futurism.

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The doctoral programme Gender, Culture and Society (Sukupuoli, kulttuuri ja yhteiskunta, SKY) is a multidisciplinary programme based at Gender Studies at the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies in the University of Helsinki. The guest lecture is arranged by SKY together with Academy of Finland project Philosophy and Politics in Feminist Theory.

http://www.helsinki.fi/sky/

The first Georg Henrik von Wright Lecture: Sir Anthony Kenny on ”Anthropomorphism vs. Humanism”, June 17th 2014, Helsinki


Venue: University of Helsinki, Main building/Small Hall (Pieni juhlasali\Lilla festsalen), Fabianinkatu 33, 4th floor, June 17th 2014, 14-16 (2-4 pm).

Sir Anthony Kenny

Sir Anthony Kenny has written books on the philosophy of human action and questions concerning free will and determinism. He is also known for his writings on Aristotle, Descartes and Wittgenstein. In addition, Kenny has published a series of books on the history of western philosophy, which are widely used as university course books. Georg Henrik von Wright nominated Kenny as his successor as trustee of the Wittgenstein Nachlass.

Kenny’s lecture ”Anthropomorphism vs. Humanism” will deal with the question of how the use of anthropomorphic concepts in biology, IT, politics and theology undermines genuine humanism, or the study of human beings in human terms.

Kenny will also participate in a public discussion on the life and work of Georg Henrik von Wright and Ludwig Wittgenstein chaired by Ilkka Niiniluoto at Think Corner (Tiedekulma\Tankehörnan), Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3, Helsinki, June 16th, 16-18 (4-6 pm).

 

The Georg Henrik von Wright Lecture

The Georg Henrik von Wright Lecture is funded by a donation to the University of Helsinki made by the von Wright family 2013. It is intended as a recurring event with the purpose of promoting research and debate relating to the philosophical work of the Finnish philosopher Georg Henrik von Wright (1916–2003).

Additional information is provided by Bernt Österman.

FD Bernt Österman

Curator

The von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives (WWA)

University of Helsinki

http://www.helsinki.fi/wwa/



HELSINKI SEMINAR FOR GOVERNANCE AND INSTITUTIONS

You are cordially invited to attend a guest lecture by

Professor DIANA COOLE (Birkbeck, University of London)

"From Population Control to Behaviour Modification: Liberty, Coercion and Behaviour Modification in Pursuit of Sustainable Wellbeing"

On Wednesday, 7 May 2014, 14:15-15:45 (refreshments from 14:00)

Main building (Unioninkatu 32), Auditorium XIV


Diana Coole is Professor of Political and Social Theory at Birkbeck, University of London. She has published widely on critical theory, existential phenomenology, poststructuralism and feminism and gender. Her key publications include 'Women in Political Theory' (1993), 'Negativity and Politics' (2000), 'Merleau-Ponty and Modern Politics after Anti-Humanism' (2007) and most recently 'New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics' (2010, edited with Samantha Frost). Her current research on the ethics and politics of the population question has been published in journals such as Contemporary Political Theory, Politics, and Environmental Politics, and it is also the subject of her forthcoming book.

Please see the seminar website for the full abstract of Professor Coole’s talk: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/governanceandinstitutions/schedule/

As refreshments will be served, we kindly ask you to confirm your participation by Wednesday, 30 April by sending an email to the seminar coordinator: Caroline Werner, caroline.werner at helsinki.fi

If you would like to be added to the seminar mailing list, please contact the coordinator as well.

Michael Halewood's guest lectures also in Helsinki (Turku, see:http://filosofia.fi/node/6780)


Michael Halewood, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Essex (UK)

Friday 9. 5. 201412 pm – 4 pm

Porthania, University of Helsinki, Yliopistonkatu 3

 

"The Social is Natural"

Lecture Hall Porthania 723, Friday 9. 5. 2014, 12 pm

Bruno Latour has, notoriously, seemed to undermine some of the most important concepts and assumptions of sociology. He has questioned the very existence of “the social” itself, as well as the validity of purely “social” explanations. Many elements of his argument could be seen as aimed at the work and approach of Durkheim.

In this talk, I aim to present some of my thoughts based on a recent re-reading of Durkheim in the light of Latour’s critique. My aim is not to defend Durkheim against Latour, nor do I want to say that Durkheim is “right”. However, I do want to suggest that Durkheim may have been maligned. He does get things wrong (to my mind) but in an interesting way. We may have underestimated the strangeness of Durkheim’s argument.

In order to outline this strangeness I will insist that, for Durkheim, society and nature are not opposed for the social is natural. Furthermore, I will argue that the concept of society is a problematic one for Durkheim and he never manages to define it. It seems that not only can animals have societies (in the Durkheimian sense) but that societies are based on association. This will bring us back to Latour, in that he wants to set out his own “sociology of associations”.

 

Toward a “Philosophy of the Social”: Sociology, Philosophy and Speculation

Lecture Hall Porthania 723, Friday 9. 5. 2014, 2 pm

In recent years there has been something of a resurgence in interest in the relationship between philosophy and sociology. This has involved a shift away from the traditional philosophy of social science. Even more recently, there has been a suggestion that we should, or could, use speculation as an important tool within sociology.

In this lecture, I will not talk about speculative realism. Instead, I will suggest that we can learn from the late work of Durkheim (The Elementary Forms of Religious Life), that such concerns have a long history. I will argue that Durkheim developed a kind of philosophy of the social, though he did not refer to his work in such terms. I will look at: Durkheim’s approach to “Things” and “Force”; whether his categories are Social or Natural; his discussions of Collectivity and Totality.

Rather than argue that we should somehow agree with Durkheim, I will suggest that he points up the kind of problems which endure within sociology and which still need addressing philosophically. I will conclude by building on the work of Isabelle Stengers and Bruno Karsenti in order to sketch my own approach which I have termed “the philosophy of the social” and the opportunities and constraints that are offered by speculation.

 

Michael Halewood is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex (UK). http://www.essex.ac.uk/sociology/staff/profile.aspx?ID=132

His research covers the intersection between philosophy and social theory and he has written on topics such as the work of A. N Whitehead, the concept of the social and its relation to the natural, the body, sexual difference, contemporary theorizations of subjectivity and materiality, and the work of Marx, Gilles Deleuze, Judith Butler and John Dewey in various journals such as: 'The British Journal of Sociology'; 'Theory, Culture and Society' and 'Configurations'. His last book "A. N. Whitehead and Social Theory. Tracing a Culture of Thought" has recently been reprinted in paperback. Currently, he is working on a book titled "Rethinking the Social. Towards a Philosophy of the Social" which revisits the work of Durkheim, Marx and Weber in light of contemporary concerns. He will base his lectures on some of the material developed in the preparation of this text.


For further information concerning the guest lectures please contact

Seppo Poutanen (seppou at utu.fi – tel- 0407238993).


Rethinking Emile Durkheim: Two Guest Lectures

Michael Halewood, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Essex (UK)

Thursday 8. 5. 2014

10 am – 2 pm

 

Calonia (Faculty of Law)

University of Turku

Caloniankuja 3

20500 Turku

 

“The Social is Natural”

Thursday 8. 5. 2014, 10 am, Lecture Hall Calonia 2

 

Bruno Latour has, notoriously, seemed to undermine some of the most important concepts and assumptions of sociology. He has questioned the very existence of “the social” itself, as well as the validity of purely “social” explanations. Many elements of his argument could be seen as aimed at the work and approach of Durkheim.

 

In this talk, I aim to present some of my thoughts based on a recent re-reading of Durkheim in the light of Latour’s critique. My aim is not to defend Durkheim against Latour, nor do I want to say that Durkheim is “right”. However, I do want to suggest that Durkheim may have been maligned. He does get things wrong (to my mind) but in an interesting way. We may have underestimated the strangeness of Durkheim’s argument. In order to outline this strangeness I will insist that, for Durkheim, society and nature are not opposed for the social is natural. Furthermore, I will argue that the concept of society is a problematic one for Durkheim and he never manages to define it. It seems that not only can animals have societies (in the Durkheimian sense) but that societies are based on association. This will bring us back to Latour, in that he wants to set out his own “sociology of associations”.

 

 

“Toward a “Philosophy of the Social”: Sociology, Philosophy and Speculation”

Thursday 8. 5. 2014, 12 pm, Lecture Hall Calonia 2

 

In recent years there has been something of a resurgence in interest in the relationship between philosophy and sociology. This has involved a shift away from the traditional philosophy of social science. Even more recently, there has been a suggestion that we should, or could, use speculation as an important tool within sociology.

 

In this lecture, I will not talk about speculative realism. Instead, I will suggest that we can learn from the late work of Durkheim (The Elementary Forms of Religious Life), that such concerns have a long history. I will argue that Durkheim developed a kind of philosophy of the social, though he did not refer to his work in such terms. I will look at: Durkheim’s approach to “Things” and “Force”; whether his categories are Social or Natural; his discussions of Collectivity and Totality. Rather than argue that we should somehow agree with Durkheim, I will suggest that he points up the kind of problems which endure within sociology and which still need addressing philosophically. I will conclude by building on the work of Isabelle Stengers and Bruno Karsenti in order to sketch my own approach which I have termed “the philosophy of the social” and the opportunities and constraints that are offered by speculation.

 

Michael Halewood is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex (UK). http://www.essex.ac.uk/sociology/staff/profile.aspx?ID=132

 

His research covers the intersection between philosophy and social theory and he has written on topics such as the work of A. N Whitehead, the concept of the social and its relation to the natural, the body, sexual difference, contemporary theorizations of subjectivity and materiality, and the work of Marx, Gilles Deleuze, Judith Butler and John Dewey in various journals such as: 'The British Journal of Sociology'; 'Theory, Culture and Society' and 'Configurations'. His last book "A. N. Whitehead and Social Theory. Tracing a Culture of Thought" has recently been reprinted in paperback. Currently, he is working on a book titled "Rethinking the Social. Towards a Philosophy of the Social" which revisits the work of Durkheim, Marx and Weber in light of contemporary concerns. He will base his lectures on some of the material developed in the preparation of this text.

 

For further information concerning the guest lectures please contact Seppo Poutanen ( – tel- 0407238993).


SIMON CRITCHLEYN LUENTO "TRAGEDY'S PHILOSOPHY"


Filosofi Simon Critchley vierailee Suomessa Kuvataideakateamian kutsusta. Hän pitää yleisöluennon aiheesta "Tragedy's philosophy" torstaina 20.3.2014 klo 18–20 Kiasma-teatterissa, Mannerheiminaukio 2. Luento on englanninkielinen, vapaa pääsy.

Simon Critchley (s. 1960) on brittiläinen filosofi, joka toimii professorina The New School -yliopistossa New Yorkissa. Critchley väitteli tohtoriksi Essexin yliopistossa vuonna 1988, ja hän on julkaissut lukuisia teoksia 1990-luvun alusta lähtien. Critchleyn tutkimusten taustana on usein saksalaisen ja ranskalaisen modernin filosofian perinne, esimerkiksi Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Martin Heidegger ja Emmanuel Levinas. Critchleyn tutkimusaiheet vaihtelevat filosofian historiasta, oikeusfilosofiasta, poliittisesta teoriasta ja kirjallisuuden ja teatterin filosofiasta uskontoon, etiikkaan, huumoriin, psykoanalyysiin ja nykypäivän yhteiskunnallisiin kysymyksiin.

Simon Critchleyn julkaisemiin teoksiin kuuluvat The Ethics of Deconstruction: Derrida and Levinas (1992), Continental Philosophy: A very short introduction (2001), In Humour (2002), Very Little… Almost Nothing (2004), Things Merely Are – Philosophy in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens (2005), Infinitely Demanding – A Political Ethics (2007) ja The Faith of the Faithless (2012).

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http://www.kuva.fi/fi/ajankohtaista/uutiset/filosofi-simon-critchley-vierailee-kuvataideakatemiassa-ja-pitaa-yleisoluen

Simon Critchley on Thu March 20 Kiasma Theatre, Mannerheiminaukio 2

Professor Simon Critchley visits the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki in March. Critchley gives an open lecture on Thu March 20 at 6 p.m. in Kiasma Theatre, Mannerheiminaukio 2. Free entrance. In English.

Simon Critchley is an English philosopher currently teaching at The New School In New York, who writes primarily on the history of philosophy, political theory, religion, ethics, and aesthetics, especially literature and theatre. Critchley works from within the tradition of continental philosophy. He argues that philosophy commences in disappointment, either religious or political.

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