Conferences and Workshops

INDIGENOUS/SCIENCE: PARTNERSHIPS IN THE EXPLORATION OF HISTORY AND ENVIRONMENTS

A monthly seminar and lecture series that showcases projects dedicated to building equitable, respectful and transparent research partnerships with Indigenous communities. This is a project of the UBC-based Indigenous/Science initiative, the aim of which is to explore foundational questions about how, through community-engaged work, university-based researchers can act on the directives of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Co-convened with Eric Simons and with the support of colleagues in the Indigenous/Science network.

     September 2019 – April 2020

     Green College, University of British Columbia

     Indigenous/Science seminar series program

 

PSA2018 PUBLIC FORUM: “FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD? VALUES AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN AI AND DATA SCIENCE

A Public Forum sponsored by the Philosophy of Science Association at its 2018 biennial conference. As PSA vice-president I organized this public forum as a panel discussion of pressing issues raised by the ways in which Artificial intelligence (AI) and data-intensive science are transforming our lives. Panelists included several prominent philosophers of science who study data science and AI as well as the Director of Microsoft Research Labs.

     November 1, 2018

     Seattle Public Library

     Public Forum program | Video documentary

 

INDIGENOUS/SCIENCE WORKSHOP

A two-day working meeting convened by the UBC-based Indigenous/Science Research Cluster that brought together over 60 researchers and community partners. Our aim was to chart a path for the research cluster’s future, informed by Indigenous leaders and researchers who have experience working in partnerships that illustrate the challenges and benefits of collaboration.

     October 10, 2018

     Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre

     Indigenous/Science workshop

 

MATERIAL EVIDENCE: KNOWING THE PAST

A conference session co-organized with Alia Al-Saji for Evidence on Trial, for which we assembled presentations by philosophers, archaeologists, and science studies scholars on the complexities of putting material evidence to work in the context of research programs that typically rely on ‘interactive’ methods.

     July 12-14, 2015

     Durham University Institute for Advanced Study

     Conference website

 

PHILOSOPHY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE ROUNDTABLE
An annual conference, initiated in St. Louis 1999 with Roundtable co-founders, Paul Roth and James Bohman. The Roundtable brings together an intellectually diverse and international community of philosophers and social scientists who share an interest in philosophical questions that arise in and about the social sciences. In 2011 the Roundtable met in Paris, and catalyzed the formation of the European Network for the Philosophy of Social Science (ENPOSS) which now meets annually in Europe; since 2013 the Roundtable has met jointly every second year with the European Network for Philosophy of Social Science. From its inception the journal Philosophy of the Social Sciences has published a selection of Roundtable papers as an annual special issue.

      Spring meetings – in North America and typically in March or April

      PoSS Roundtable website

      ENPOSS website

 

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY IN QUESTION: ASSESSING THE ROLE OF HUMAN AND SOCIAL SCIENTISTS
A two-day workshop co-organized with Gaymon Bennett, sponsored by Biological Futures in a Globalized World and hosted by the Simpson Center for the Humanities, with support from the Center for Biological Futures (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center).
    November 13-14, 2012
    University of Washington, Seattle       
    Workshop description: PDF

 

MATERIAL CULTURE AS EVIDENCE
A one-day workshop co-organized with Robert Chapman, supported by the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor program.
    June 4, 2010
    Department of Archaeology, Reading University
    Workshop progress: PDF

CONSTRUCTIVE ENGAGEMENT: ABORIGINAL AND SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITIES IN COLLABORATION 

A public panel organized for the conference, “Objectivity in Science: What is it? Why does it matter?”
    June 18, 2010
    University of British Columbia       
    Objectivity in Science

 

FEMINIST LEGACIES / FEMINIST FUTURES
Hypatia has been published as an independent journal of feminist philosophy since 1986; volume 25 appeared in 2010. In celebration of this significant anniversary, the editors of Hypatia and the Simpson Center for the Humanities hosted a major conference at the University of Washington to honor the accomplishments of Hypatia–its founders, editors, and contributors–and to consider where feminist philosophy is headed in the next 25 years.  
    October 22-24, 2009
    University of Washington
    Conference notice: The Philosopher’s Eye    
    Plenary sessions and interview with Hypatia Founders: podcasts
    Hypatia 25th Anniversary Special IssueVirtual Issue

 

EXPANDING INTERDISCIPLINARITY FROM CAMPUS TO COMMUNITIES: EXPLORING INNOVATION IN COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH
An exploratory workshop on strategies and epistemic implications of community-based collaborative research (CBPR) in community forestry, collaborative archaeology, and public health/genetics. Co-organized with Kelly Fryer-Edwards and sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities.
    University of Washigton
    June 5-7, 2008

 

WHEN DIFFERENCE MAKES A DIFFERENCE: EPISTEMIC DIVERSITY AND DISSENT
EPISTEME: Journal of Social Epistemology
The 2006 annual Episteme conference co-organized with James Robert Brown (local arrangements) and Alvin Goldman (journal editor). A special issue of Episteme based on the proceedings of this conference appeared as Volume 3, Issues 1-2 (2006). 
    University of Toronto
    June 2-3, 2006
    Conference Program
    Episteme website

 

WOMEN, WORK & THE ACADEMY: RESPONDING TO ‘POST-CIVIL RIGHTS ERA GENDER DISCRIMINATION
A public panel and working conference on workplace environment issues for women in the academy, co-organized with Janet Jakobsen and sponsored by the Gildersleeve Foundation and the Barnard Center for Research on Women. A conference report has been published in the BCRW series, New Feminist Solutions.
    Barnard College
    December 9-10, 2004 
    BCRW conference website
    Plenary panel with Nancy Hopkins, Claude Steel, Virginia Valian: video
    Conference report