A joint UO-OHSU interdisciplinary team was selected for funding to organize a series of workshops on topics in “Responsible Data Science: Social Impacts and Ethical Challenges”. The team includes Colin Koopman, Department of Philosophy; Nicolae Morar, Department of Philosophy & Environmental Studies; Kristen Bell, Law School; Ramon Alvarado, Department of Philosophy; and graduate student Paul Showler, Department of Philosophy. The OHSU side of the collaboration is headed up by bioethicist and neurologist Eran Klein along with computer scientist and ethicist Steven Bedrick. The team will deliver workshops for research faculty and their lab researchers on both campuses beginning this spring term. Topics will include: algorithmic bias & discrimination, data privacy, and the impacts of information systems in human agency & identity. Other projects funded through the Data Science Initiative are noted at AroundtheO: https://around.uoregon.edu/content/six-uo-researchers-awarded-data-science-seed-funding-grants?utm_source=ato01-21-20&utm_campaign=workplace.
Ramón Alvarado, assistant professor of Philosophy and an affiliate of UO’s Data Science Initiative, discusses his work in data ethics. He defines the concepts of big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence; and talks about the bias of algorithms and the emergence of surveillance capitalism.
At the end of Fall 2019, Annie Ring (philosophy doctoral student) and Audrey Saltarelli-Fayad (philosophy master’s student) succeeded in establishing a MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) Chapter here at the University of Oregon. Although MAP is primarily an organization for graduate students, the effort here will be to more fully integrate our undergraduate and graduate students.
The first event hosted by the chapter is scheduled to be held on Thursday January 16 from 4-5pm in 250C Susan Campbell Hall. ALL undergraduate philosophy students are invited to attend and participate. This will be the first meeting of a weekly reading group. The text being considered tonight is an article by Professors Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang titled “Decolonization is not a metaphor.”
You can read about the international MAP organization at http://www.mapforthegap.com/
Audrey has described the mission of the UO Chapter this way:
“Our goal with Map is two fold:
1) our goal is to amplify more marginalized voices in the field of philosophy and create a space for multicultural and intersectional discussions in relation to the field. Every week we will we will have a different article lead by a different grad student. The goal is to create a comfortable space were we are all able to discuss ideas as equals.
2) our second goal is to build better connections between grads and undergrads. The goal is to create a strong community among the students here at UO and to learn from each other and support each other in new and exciting ways.”
The goal of the chapter is one of inclusion, so everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. If you share the goal of a strong and inclusive community in our department, regardless of whether you come from an underrepresented group or not, please come and be assured that you will be entirely welcome.
Beata Stawarska has been appointed a 2020 Fellow at in South Africa (for Winter and Spring 2020). Stawarska will be working on a research project titled: The Morality of Martiality: Beyond Good and Evil in Liberation Struggles. More information is available at: https://stias.ac.za/fellows/beata-stawarska/
Beata Stawarska has been awarded the 2020-21 Robert F. and Evelyn Nelson Wulf Professorship in the Humanities by the Oregon Humanities Center at the University of Oregon. Stawarska will be developing an upper division undergraduate course: African Philosophies (PHIL 399), and she will teach the course in Fall 2020. She will also sponsor lectures by distinguished contemporary African philosophers in Fall 2020.
The DOI for the article can be found at: https://www.pdcnet.org/radphilrev/content/radphilrev_2019_0999_10_3_100
How We Became Our Data (https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/H/bo38181810.html) tracks the history of how data became a site of political and ethical concern from social media profiles to election hacks to warrantless mass dataveillance. Koopman is traveling to New York City for an East Coast book launch event at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge on 11/25 (https://ipk.nyu.edu/events/book-talk-how-we-became-our-data/). For local readers, there will be a West Coast launch event at UO’s own Wayne Morse Center for Law & Politics early next year, on the evening of Thursday February 27th (details to be announced).
We are excited to announce that the second issue of Puncta: Journal of Critical Phenomenology, is now available. The open-access issue can be found by following the following link, http://journals.oregondigital.org/index.php/pjcp, and selecting “current issue.” The second issue features pieces by Johanna Oksala and Beata Stawarska, among others.
As you may know, Devin, Sarah, Shannon, Kaja, Amie, and Martina launched the journal in 2017. Puncta is an open-access, peer-reviewed philosophical journal established with the specific intention of redirecting phenomenological intentionality. It is our belief that phenomenology is not a mere descriptive practice, but an enactment of critique, that is, an ongoing process of revealing and interrogating the concrete conditions, institutions, and assumptions that structure lived experience, phenomenological inquiry, and thinking. If you are not foamier with the journal and its mission, and would like to learn more, you can find more information here: http://journals.oregondigital.org/index.php/pjcp.
This fall, we moved to a rolling submissions policy. To continue generating visibility for the journal, we invite you to share the issue with colleagues to whom you think the work here would be of interest, as well as to submit to the journal.
We also are pleased to inform you that a special issue on Critical Phenomenology and Disability is forthcoming in 2020.
If you would like to get involved with the journal, do not hesitate to contact one of us.
We thank Daniela and, more broadly, the department for the support they have given us.
The Editors of Puncta