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Dear ISH Colleagues,
   Here are the announcements for October. 

1. LISTSERVE MODERATOR – Please consider serving as the Listserve Moderator.
It is an excellent way to be involved in ISH and to satisfy your
institution’s Service to your Intellectual Community. It takes a only a few
hours per month and has a great impact on the viability of our institution.
Email [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>  for more
information.

Seminars

2. TODAY: PhilInBioMed Seminar, Alan Love (Minnesota) and Gunter Wagner
(Yale), "The Hierarchical Basis of Serial Homology and Evolutionary
Novelty", October 18th, 2023, 5pm (Paris time, UTC+2) 

***This talk will be online. 

 <https://sites.google.com/umn.edu/alan-c-love/home> Alan Love is John M.
Dolan Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota (USA) and
Director of the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science. His research
focuses on conceptual issues in biology and has concentrated on evolutionary
developmental biology (Evo-devo), developmental biology, molecular biology,
and paleontology.

 <http://campuspress.yale.edu/wagner/> Günter Wagner is a Professor of
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at
<https://medicine.yale.edu/bbs/people/gunter_wagner-2.profile> Yale
University, USA and at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of
Vienna. His main research interest is the evolution of gene regulation as it
pertains to the origin of evolutionary novelties.

Both are members of the  <https://www.philinbiomed.org/network/>
PhilInBioMed Network.

All details here:
<https://www.philinbiomed.org/event/alan-love-gunter-wagner/>
https://www.philinbiomed.org/event/alan-love-gunter-wagner/ 

Abstract

Given the pervasiveness of gene sharing in evolution and the extent of
homology across the tree of life, why is everything not homologous with
everything else? The continuity and overlapping genetic contributions to
diverse traits across lineages seem to imply that no discrete determination
of homology is possible. Although some argue that the widespread overlap in
parts and processes should be acknowledged as “partial” homology, this
threatens a broad base of presumed comparative morphological knowledge
accepted by most biologists. Following a long scientific tradition, we
advocate a strategy of “theoretical articulation” that introduces further
distinctions to existing concepts to produce increased contrastive
resolution among the labels used to represent biological phenomena. We
pursue this strategy by drawing on successful patterns of reasoning from
serial homology at the level of gene sequences to generate an enriched
characterization of serial homology as a hierarchical, phylogenetic concept.
Specifically, we propose that the concept of serial homology should be
applied primarily to repeated but developmentally individualized body parts,
such as cell types, differentiated body segments, or epidermal appendages.
For these characters, a phylogenetic history can be reconstructed, similar
to families of paralogous genes, endowing the notion of serial homology with
a hierarchical, phylogenetic interpretation. On this basis, we propose a
five-fold theoretical classification that permits a more fine-grained
mapping of diverse trait-types. This facilitates answering the question of
why everything is not homologous with everything else, as well as how
novelty is possible given that any new character possesses evolutionary
precursors.

If you'd like to attend, please contact
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> Thomas Pradeu.

Sincerely, Thomas.

 

--

Thomas Pradeu
CNRS Research Director in Philosophy of Science

Immunology Unit ImmunoConcEpT, UMR5164, CNRS & University of Bordeaux

Presidential Fellow, Chapman University, CA, USA

Team Leader  <https://immunoconcept.cnrs.fr/conceptual-biology-medicine/>
Conceptual Biology and Medicine Team

Coordinator of the  <https://www.philinbiomed.org/> Philosophy in Biology
and Medicine Network (PhilInBioMed)

Université de Bordeaux

Bâtiment Bordeaux Biologie Santé, 3ème étage 

2, rue Docteur Hoffman Martinot

33076 Bordeaux

 

3. The History, Philosophy and Biology Teaching Lab (LEFHBio) will continue
its 2023 seminar cycle in the month of November!

At November 7th 2023 at 08:30 AM BRT, Michela Massimi (University of
Edinburgh, UK) will speak about epistemic communities and their situated
practices, discussing how questions about scientific realism are treated
when we consider a plurality of scientific perspectives.

LEFHBio is associated with the Institute of Biology/ Federal University of
Bahia and the National Institute of Science and Technology in
Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Studies in Ecology and Evolution
(INCT IN-TREE), Brazil. Since 2022, it began organizing its seminar cycle
with invited speakers coming both from academic and a diversity of other
environments.

WHAT? 

Event of the Seminar Cycle of the History, Philosophy and Biology Teaching
Lab (LEFHBio)

TITLE: 

Epistemic communities and their situated practices. Perspectival Realism: a
primer

SPEAKER: 

Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Language: English

WHEN?

November 7th 2023, 08:30 AM BRT

(For conversion, use https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html,
choosing Salvador, Bahia - Brazil)

WHERE?

Remote event, Zoom

Short URL: https://tinyurl.com/3w5zrnv7

Long URL:
<https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87901616549?pwd=crGnj5J3547avFPUGbR4Auiz4YIDgY.1>
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87901616549?pwd=crGnj5J3547avFPUGbR4Auiz4YIDgY.1 

In case Zoom asks: 

Meeting ID: 879 0161 6549

Password: 094797

Epistemic communities and their situated practices. Perspectival Realism: a
primer 

Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Abstract: I present the rationale, motivation, and some of the highlights of
my recent book Perspectival Realism (Oxford University Press, 2022) by
looking at how the realist question in philosophy of science can be
reconsidered once a plurality of scientific perspectives is taken on board.

Short bio: Michela Massimi is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the
University of Edinburgh (UK), having previously taught in the Dept of
Science and Technology Studies at University College Londres (UCL, UK). She
works in the area of history and philosophy of science (especially modern
physics). She was the PI on an ERC Consolidator Grant called Perspectival
Realism (2016-21). She currently serves as President of the Philosophy of
Science Association (PSA, 2023-24).

Previous events of the Seminar Cycle of the Teaching, Philosophy and History
of Biology Laboratory (LEFHBio) are available in the LEFHBio channel on You
Tube:

Kostas Kampourakis, Students’ “teleological misconceptions” in evolution
education: why the underlying design stance, not teleology per se, is the
problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg_mz_0rDLc

Adela Molina, Matriz compreensiva da educação científica com uma abordagem
intercultural

 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWu8TR3KAoA>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWu8TR3KAoA

 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leDjwz3NGt8>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leDjwz3NGt8

Maël Montévil, How should we think scientifically about biological objects?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGsRqIpm7TI 

Celso Sánchez, A pesquisa em educação ambiental e a perspectiva
comunitarista na pesquisa em educação

 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIZP791n_9A>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIZP791n_9A 

Luiza Machado e Ahypunã Gwa Tawato, Povo Maraguá: Vida e Luta

 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwg7yzzl5z4>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwg7yzzl5z4 

Eduardo Solari, Anna Simão, Maria Bandeira, Insurgências em prol da
Autogestão Comunitária

 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VSnVRNiVgk>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VSnVRNiVgk

Antoine Dussault, On the possibility of generalized selected effects
ecological functions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr94thGKuZI 

Fábio Nunes, Projeto de Conservação do Periquito Cara-Suja

 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_mZdi5HUyw>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_mZdi5HUyw 

André Junqueira, Ecologia Histórica da Amazônia

 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws_T7zPwqNs&ab>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws_T7zPwqNs&ab 

Sabina Leonelli, Globalizing plant knowledge beyond extractive
epistemologies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qlhajdGoDU
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qlhajdGoDU&ab> &ab 

Hilton Japyassu, Cognição estendida: fechamento organizacional e ecologia da
individualidade

 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=161srUCM6AA&ab>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=161srUCM6AA&ab

Ana Teixeira de Melo & Leo Caves, Environ-ings: Epistemically potent
environments for complex knowings

 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcP-fbAqCDs&ab>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcP-fbAqCDs&ab 

Julia Turska, Back by popular demand, ontology! Productive tensions between
anthropological and philosophical approaches to ontology

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFucXS6BUB4
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFucXS6BUB4&ab> &ab 

 

Fellowships

 

4. Visiting Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science, University of
Pittsburgh 

 

Accepting Applications for Visiting Fellowship - Fall and/or Spring 2024 -
2025 Academic Year - Deadline December 10th

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Start Date: 9/1/2024

Job Description:  Visiting Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science,
University of Pittsburgh

 

The Center for Philosophy of Science invites applications for a visiting
fellowship during the fall and/or spring term of the 2024-2025 academic
year.

Visiting Fellowships enable philosophers of science to spend a fall and/or
spring academic term working in the Center for Philosophy of Science on a
project in philosophy of science that they nominate. Ten Visiting
Fellowships are offered each year. Most Fellows stay for a semester,
although some stay for a whole year.

Visiting Fellows must have a doctoral degree. It is expected that the
doctorate will be in philosophy, in history and philosophy of science, or
that the applicant has an established position in the professional community
of philosophy of science. We particularly welcome submissions from members
of underrepresented groups.

The Center expects a Visiting Fellow’s research to be supported by his or
her own university, or by a foundation or governmental agency. The monthly
stipend ($2,500/month) is intended to defray extra costs of dislocation.

 

Visiting Fellows have no formal duties. They are expected to reside in
Pittsburgh, to undertake research full time in an office in the Center for
Philosophy of Science, and to participate in the life of the Center by
attending and giving talks, contributing to discussion groups, etc.

Applications are due by December 10th, 2023, and must be submitted
electronically on the University of Pittsburgh jobs portal. Appy Here:
https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_faculty_external/jobdetail.ftl?
job=23006889
<https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_faculty_external/jobdetail.ftl
?job=23006889&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York>
&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

Further information and specific requirements can be found here: Program
Overview -
https://www.centerphilsci.pitt.edu/programs/visiting-fellows/program-overvie
w/

Please make sure to read thoroughly.

 

Required Documents:

· A cover letter that indicates a Visiting Fellowship is sought and
describes: the period of proposed residence in the Center; any previous
Fellowships at the Center; the source and amount of likely funding; and an
indication of need for supplementary funds.

· Description of project to be undertaken during residence (500-1000 words)

· Curriculum Vitae

· Sample of your written work

· Letters of reference from three knowledgeable scholars. We recommend
letters whose content is blinded to the applicant. Email all letters
directly to [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> .

 

5. Post-Doc position in history and philosophy of the life sciences,
Freudenthal Institute, Utrecht University

The Freudenthal Institute at Utrecht University seeks applications for a
postdoctoral research position. It will be part of the NWO-VIDI research
group “Microbiome research and race in the Local South”, PI Dr. Abigail
Nieves Delgado.  

* Duration: 3 years
* Planned starting date: January/February 2024
* Deadline for the application: November 6, 2023

For details on the call, please visit:
https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrecht-university/jobs/postdoc
-in-history-and-philosophy-of-the-life-sciences-08-10-fte 

For further inquiries please contact [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 

6. PhD position in history and philosophy of the life sciences, Freudenthal
Institute, Utrecht University

The Freudenthal Institute at Utrecht University seeks applications for a PhD
position. It will be part of the NWO-VIDI research group “Microbiome
research and race in the Local South”, PI Dr. Abigail Nieves Delgado.  

* Duration: 4 years
* Planned starting date: January/February 2024
* Deadline for the application: November 6, 2023

For details on the call, please visit:
https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrecht-university/jobs/phd-pos
ition-in-history-and-philosophy-of-the-life-sciences-10-fte
For further inquiries please contact [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 

Abigail Nieves Delgado

Freudenthal Institute

Utrecht University

https://www.uu.nl/medewerkers/ANievesDelgado

 

Research Project & Survey

 

7. ISHPSSB Perspectives on Function in Biology and Bio-Inspired Design

 

The
<https://www.biologicalpurpose.org/subaward-project/function-biology-and-bio
-inspired-design> ‘Function’ in Biology and Bio-Inspired Design project
group associated with the Agency, Directionality, and Function cohort
program <https://www.biologicalpurpose.org/>  invites you to participate in
a research study led by the PhD student Dimitri Smirnoff (
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask]) that seeks to understand how
people from different professional backgrounds (e.g., biology, engineering,
architecture, chemistry, history of science/biology, philosophy of
science/biology, etc.) perceive the biological accuracy and design value of
biological statements commonly used in nature inspired innovation (e.g.,
biomimetics). The long term goal is to inform how these statements are used
and how to navigate collaborations between disciplines.

 

The survey is 15-20 min long and is best completed on a computer. You can
participate by clicking here
<https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6qXD3bWZYb8bn2m>  or following this
link: https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6qXD3bWZYb8bn2m. For this
research project to be successful, we need to gather a large and diverse
sample. Thus, please feel free to forward this message to others you think
might be interested and/or willing to participate. You could share the text
in this email and/or this flier
<https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XctTaclo9VPwi55_zUklSQ93LeIYqT2_/view?usp=
sharing>  (also attached) with your friends, colleagues, department,
organizations, professional societies, and listservs.

 

Thank you for engaging in whatever way you choose! We're grateful for your
support.

 

If you have any questions, please let us know.

 

Alan Love ([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> )

Emilie Snell-Rood ([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> )

--

Alan C. Love

Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts
<https://cla.umn.edu/news-events/news/alan-love-places-evo-devo-front-and-ce
nter> 

Distinguished McKnight University Professor
<https://scholarswalk.umn.edu/faculty-awards/mcknight-awards/distinguished> 

Department of Philosophy & Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science

University of Minnesota
http://umn.edu/~aclove

 

Current Project: Agency, Directionality, and Function: Foundations for a
Science of Purpose <https://www.biologicalpurpose.org> 

New Publications: (i) Reflections on the study of biological agency and its
evolution <https://www.spontaneousgenerations.com/love>  (open access); (ii)
Stress, harshness, and evolutionary history
<https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2023.05.013> ; (iii) Telling stories about
unseen ancestors <http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2023.06.006>   

 

Best regards, Lloyd

 

Lloyd Ackert, Ph.D.
Department of History

Drexel University

ISH Listserve Moderator
https://www.ishpssb.org/

NEWS: https://www.ishpssb.org/news

 

 



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