Summer 2023 Programs in Philosophy for Graduate Students and/or PhDs


Please use the comments section on this post to share information about 2023 Summer Programs in Philosophy for graduate students (postgraduates) and/or philosophy PhDs.

If you are organizing such a program, please add a comment to this post that includes:
– program name
– dates
– location (is it currently planned as an online event, physical event, physical event with some online participation, physical event with an online contingency plan?)
– contact information
– application deadline
– a description of the program
– link to further information

Here’s an example:

Journal of the History of Philosophy Summer Seminar: “Ancient Origins of Renaissance and Early Modern Feminism”
Dates: May 15 – May 19, 2023
Location: McGill University, Montreal
Contact: Prof. Mariska Leunissen ([email protected])
Deadline: February 15, 2023
Description: Mindful of the challenges facing young scholars working in the history of philosophy, the Board of Directors of the Journal of the History of Philosophy has established a Summer Seminar in the History of Philosophy. The central idea of the program is that a senior scholar who works primarily in some area of the history of philosophy would undertake to direct an intensive week of summer classes for the benefit of a small group of recent PhDs whose main research and teaching are in the relevant area. Normally, the classes will focus on one or more texts that are typically not part of material that the participants would have studied as graduate students. The goal of the program is the enhancement of the expertise and understanding of the young scholars in their area of specialization. The JHP will select up to six individuals from among those who apply to participate in five days of intense classes on the announced subject. All travel and housing and food for the duration of the classes will be paid by the JHP up to $1,750.
The topic for the upcoming summer program is “Ancient Origins of Renaissance and Early Modern Feminism.” The history of feminist philosophy often begins in the late 17th century, neglecting important earlier works. This seminar will focus on a feminist work from 1601, Lucrezia Marinella’s La nobiltà et l’eccellenza delle donne co’ diffetti et mancamenti de gli uomini (The Nobility and Excellence of Women and the Defects and Vices of Men), with two aims in mind. The first is to consider the ancient sources of Marinella’s arguments, and their transmission and transformation in Renaissance and early modern pro-woman works. The second is to consider how the concepts that emerged from this reworking of ancient sources, e.g. dignity, rationality, liberty, body, virtue, were foundational to later feminist projects.  A third aim is methodological: to explore research (and teaching) with non-academic works and genres usually excluded from philosophy. This seminar will be useful to those interested in the history of feminist philosophy, in the reception of ancient philosophy in the Renaissance, and in the development of egalitarian concepts. The readings will be available in English, but any knowledge of Italian, Greek, or Latin will be helpful.
Further information: https://jhp.wisc.edu/summerseminar.html


Related:
Summer 2023 Programs for Undergraduates
Summer 2023 Programs for High School Students

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John Basl
1 month ago

Summer Training Program to Expand the AI and Data Ethics Research Community
Dates: early June through mid-August
Location: Boston
Contact information: John Basl [email protected]
Application Deadline: January 10th
Description:
This summer school is intended for graduate students with advanced training in applied ethics, ethical theory, philosophy of science, or other areas with potential research applications to AI and big data who would like to develop research capacities in the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI), data ethics, and the philosophy of technology. Designing AI and machine learning systems to promote human flourishing in just and sustainable ways will require a robust and diverse AI and data ethics research community. However, there are few graduate programs that train students in these areas. The aim of this summer long, in person training program is to supplement resources in students’ home universities with ethical and technical skills necessary to research in this area.

Link: https://cssh.northeastern.edu/ethics/summer-grad-training-program/Report

Christian Panzer
1 month ago

Oxford Global Priorities FellowshipDates: 12 June – 7 July 2023
Location: Oxford, UK
Contact information: Christian Panzer (gpi-office @ philosophy.ox.ac.uk)
Application deadline: 15 January 2023 (midnight UK time)
Description: The fellowship aims to support graduate students (Master and PhD) and early-career post-doctoral researchers in philosophy and economics in contributing to global priorities research, with a particular focus on issues of relevance to improving the well-being of future generations over the very long term.

Fellows will participate in the Global Priorities Fellowship Programme. The programme takes place in Oxford for four weeks in the summer of 2023 (12 June – 7 July) and participants will have the opportunity to develop a new research project under the guidance of a supervisor and to learn more about global priorities research in the course of developing their project. Each participant will focus on developing a research proposal, outlining a plan for a research project on a topic of central importance to the question of how to do good effectively. Topics for these research projects may be taken from the Global Priorities Institute’s (GPI) research agenda, although participants are also encouraged to pursue other projects that are consistent with GPI’s vision and mission.

The programme will end with a workshop at which participants present these proposals to one another and receive feedback on their plans. Participants are encouraged to continue their proposed course of research following the programme’s end and to meet with their supervisor sometime during the course of the next year. Participants who complete their research project or a closely related research project inspired by their experience in the programme will have the opportunity to present their research at GPI’s June workshop the following year. A prize will be awarded for the best such paper. All participants will be invited to a reunion event to coincide with the June workshop in the following year. This will give participants a chance to reconnect with GPI staff and their Fellowship cohort, see and discuss the research that has been done over the past year, and meet the next Oxford Global Priorities Fellows cohort.

Unless they are no longer pursuing graduate study, all fellows will also receive a stipend of GBP 5,000.
Further information: https://globalprioritiesinstitute.org/oxford-global-priorities-fellowship/Report

Avi Sommer
1 month ago

God and Fine Tuning
Dates: July 3 – July 21, 2023
Location: Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Contact: Avi Sommer email: rcpr (at) philosophy (dot) rutgers (dot) edu
Deadline: January 1, 2023
Description: Rutgers Center for Philosophy of Religion is hosting a three-week summer seminar, Fine-tuning Arguments and their Theological Presuppositions. It will focus on three kinds of fine-tuning argument, featuring some of their primary advocates and best critics. Thoughtful physicists find themselves astonished by the fact that the initial conditions, cosmological constant, and certain other features of our universe had to satisfy narrow constraints if anything interesting was to emerge from the big bang. Some are led to posit a multiverse, and a few engage in theological speculation. Here, philosophers and theologians can help, by introducing some sophistication in the use of Bayesian probabilistic reasoning and in the appeal to divine reasons and action. To usefully contribute to such discussions, philosophers and theologians must have a basic understanding of the physical theories that drive such thinking — something this summer school will provide. It will bring together some of the best scientists defending fine-tuning arguments — Luke Barnes (Western Sydney University), cosmologist and co-author of A Fortunate Universe (Cambridge, 2016), and Aron Wall (Cambridge), high-energy physicist — as well as philosophers of science critical of fine-tuning arguments, such as Barry Loewer (Rutgers), Neil Manson (U. of Miss.), and Hans Halvorson (Princeton). The seminar will also feature numerous philosophers with expertise in the kind of Bayesian reasoning appealed to in fine-tuning arguments; and philosophers of religion prepared to reflect upon the kind of God posited by those who appeal to fine-tuning.
The three varieties of fine-tuning argument that will be represented are: (i) Luke Barnes’s description of the way in which the tiniest differences in quark masses, basic forces, and the cosmological constant would have made a cosmos with large scale structure impossible; (ii) the joint work of Aron Wall, John Hawthorne, and Yoaav Isaacs (to appear in a forthcoming co-authored book) in which high-energy physics is used to look beneath the apparent fine-tuning pointed out by Barnes and other cosmologists; and (iii) Robin Collins’s appeal to fine-tuning for discoverability.
The seminar will conclude with presentations by participants. They will receive helpful feedback from one another and from a panel of experts on philosophy of physics (Aron Wall, Luke Barnes, Hans Halvorson, Robin Collins, and Elizabeth Miller), formal/Bayesian epistemology (Lara Buchak, John Hawthorne, and Yoaav Isaacs), and philosophy of religion (Zimmerman, Collins, Buchak, and Hawthorne).
Further information and to apply: https://philosophy.rutgers.edu/rcpr/god-and-fine-tuning/god-and-fine-tuning-summer-schoolReport

Edouard Machery
1 month ago

Pittsburgh Summer Program 7: A Summer Program in Philosophy of Science for Underrepresented Groups. The Summer Program, to take place at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, will feature two daily graduate seminars about core issues and cutting-edge topics in general philosophy of science and philosophy of the special sciences (e.g., physics, biology, cognitive science and neuroscience, social sciences). The seminars and lectures will be given by internationally recognized faculty in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh as well as in the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. Application deadline: March 15, 2023. July 10 – 14, 2023.Report

PhilMath
Reply to  Edouard Machery
1 month ago

Edouard you should post this also on the undergraduate summer school page. Here: Summer 2023 Programs for Undergraduates | Daily Nous.Report

David Marshall Miller
20 days ago

Summer School on the History of Space in Mathematics and Physics
July 24 – 29, 2023
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (Leipzig)
Contact: Antje Vandenberg ([email protected])
Deadline: March 6th, 2023

The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig organizes a Summer School on the History of Space in Mathematics and Physics. The School deals with the history of the notion of space and its uses in the sciences. It will address topics such as the development of the concept of space from the Renaissance to the modern age, the birth of the notion of a mathematical space, the Newton-Leibniz debate on the nature of space, Kant’s theory of space and the foundations of physics, the further debates on non-Euclidean geometry and absolute space in the 19th century, the role of space in relativity theory and the epistemological discussions in the 1920s and 1930s, space in quantum mechanics, and some contemporary perspectives on cosmology and astrophysics. The School is open to PhD students writing a dissertation in any of the related field, as well as to Master students in their final years who have a strong interest in the discipline, and post-doctoral researchers who obtained their PhD at most five years ago and whose main field of research are the theory and history of space (in mathematics, physics, philosophy).

https://www.mis.mpg.de/calendar/conferences/2023/space2023.htmlReport

Zarah Weiss
16 days ago

Climate Science: Historical, Philosophical and Sociological Issues
Dates: July 10-19, 2023
Location: Vienna, Austria
Contact: Zarah Weiss ([email protected])
Deadline: March 15, 2023

Description: Climate science, understood as an interdisciplinary field of study of the Earth’s climate and the causes and effects of climate change, is clearly of central importance today. The summer school will explore climate studies from a historical, philosophical, and sociological perspective. Topics to be covered will include: foundations and methodological issues relating to climate science, including various definitions of climate change, different types of models of climate change, and the use of simulations; further, historical roots and the development of climate science before and after the “computer age”; finally, issues concerning science policy and the communication of findings of climate science to a general public.

Further information: https.//summerschool-ivc.univie.ac.at/Report

Heather Reid
15 days ago

Siracusa Summer Seminar on Ancient Greek Philosophy, topic: “Plato’s Symposium”
Dates: July 24-August 4, 2023
Location: Exedra Mediterranean Center, Siracusa, Sicily
Contact: Susi Kimbell [email protected]
Deadline: March 15, 2023 (for financial aid); May 15 (for abstracts); July 15 (registration)
Description: Plato’s Symposium is the topic of this year’s seminar, which mixes the best aspects of a philosophy conference and a classical language summer school. The program combines cultural activities and ancient Greek language study (at least two levels) with academic lectures, participant presentations, and philosophical discussion. Participants study in the historic Palazzo Francica Nava on the picturesque island of Ortigia, just steps from the 5th century BCE Temple of Athena, and a short walk from the 6th century Temple of Apollo—or the Cala Rossa beach, in case you are in the mood for a swim.
More information, application, and fees are available at https://www.exedramc.com/course/siracusa-summer-seminar-2023/Report

Jorge Bonet (student assistant)
13 days ago

Instituto di Studi Filosofici di Lugano Summer School: “Reality+”
Dates: June 9 — June 13, 2023
Location: Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Lugano, Switzerland
Contact: [email protected]
Deadline: February 15, 2023
Further information and to apply: https://www.usi.ch/en/reality

Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) devices have a range of applications, from transporting users to wholly virtual environments, to incorporating virtual objects and overlays into the real world, and even faciliating trans-continental telepresence. And it is clear that this technology behind is quickly becoming integrated into our everyday lives.

Description: As regards of the revolutionary technological changes that are arising nowadays, new questions concerning those world transformations follow. Addressing to them, Lugano’s Philosophical Insititue has organized this Summer School on the subject of Virtual and Augmented Reality. It deals with issues in the Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind related to these topics.

The aim of this summer school is to discuss these and related questions. In so doing, we will focus on how this emergent techonology impacts debates in metaphysics, philosophy of perception, epistemology, and philosophy of mind. The main outcome of the school will be a better understanding of the philosophical import of AR/VR.
USI’s Summer School on Reality+ is open to graduate students and early career researchers. Participants are kindly invited to read in advance the relevant parts of the book Reality+ by David Chalmers.

Yet AR/VR raises a number of striking philosophical questions. Are the virtual worlds we seem to experience in VR real? Is our experience of these worlds verdicial, or perhaps something more akin to an illusion? Can we learn from virtual experiences? Is a life lived within a virtual world less valuable than one lived outside it?
Please feel free to reach us at [email protected] with any questions.Report

Robin Celikates
11 days ago

International Critical Theory Summer School 2023: Radical Social TransformationJuly 3-7, 2023, Berlin

Classical Critical Theory was characterized by a dichotomy. On the one hand, only fundamental change could overcome the wrongs of existing society. Yet, on the other hand, the social revolution predicted by Marxist thinkers failed to materialize. In our time, multiple crises again intensify the need for social transformation; but in many fields, capitalist societies seem far too slow in their ability to change, despite their inherent dynamic. Against this background, the summer school will explore the drivers of and obstacles to radical social transformation today with a focus on the role of social activism and the material preconditions of change.
The summer school will involve plenary lectures and discussions, reading sessions, small group discussions and panel debates. Only the panel debates will be open to the broader public. We will explore classical approaches, such as Karl Marx’s and Walter Benjamin’s conception of historical change and Herbert Marcuse’s analysis of new revolutionary subjects while also engaging with the work of leading contemporary theorists: Sally Haslanger, Verónica Gago, Gianfranco Casuso and Alex Demirović will participate and discuss their work. On the occasion of Marcuse’s 125th birthday, the public round table with Gago, Demirović, Eva von Redecker, and Rahel Jaeggi on Wednesday evening (July 5, 2023) will be dedicated to actualizing his quest for alternative revolutionary subjectivities.
Organizers: Rahel Jaeggi, Robin Celikates, Christian Schmidt, Zveta Pauly (Centre for Social Critique Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Alice Crary (The New School for Social Research)
For more information, please see
https://criticaltheoryinberlin.de/en/summer_school/2023/
or contact [email protected]Report

Asya Passinsky
7 days ago

CEU Summer Course on “Contemporary Issues in Ontology and Social Ontology”

Dates: July 17–28, 2023
Location: Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (in person)
Contact: Mark Balaguer ([email protected])
Deadline: February 14, 2023

Description: Philosophers are becoming increasingly interested in real-world problems and in how their discipline is relevant to these problems. The recent explosion of interest in social ontology is part of a movement in philosophy to come down out of the ivory tower and engage with issues that actually matter—issues concerning, e.g., race, gender, and social justice. This course will introduce students to ontology, and to social ontology in particular, by delving deeply into numerous important issues in the field. Specific topics to be covered in the course include the following: social justice, social construction, groups, social structures, ideal vs. non-ideal social ontology, social power, essentialism as it relates to social groups and genders, metaphysical grounding in the social realm, issues pertaining to mental health and moral responsibility, social theories of art, rationality, and mental content, and issues in meta social ontology. The faculty for the course includes Mark Balaguer (Cal State LA), Talia Bettcher (Cal State LA), Åsa Burman (Stockholm), Esa Díaz-León (Barcelona), Alex Grzankowski (Birkbeck), Ferenc Huoranszki (CEU), Michaela McSweeney (Boston), and Asya Passinsky (CEU). We invite applications from graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in philosophy. A few places for advanced undergraduate students will also be available. Some financial aid is available.

Further information: https://summeruniversity.ceu.edu/courses/contemporary-issues-ontology-and-social-ontologyReport

Deniz Sarikaya
4 days ago

Title: Masterclass in the Philosophy of Mathematical Practices 2023 
Dates: 21–23 June 2023 
Location: Brussels, Belgium 
Contact information: For any questions write an email to [email protected]  
Application Deadline: With talk: April 1, Registration without a talk: May 15.  

Description:The Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science (CLPS) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will host its fifth Masterclass in the Philosophy of Mathematical Practices on June, 21–23 with Jean Paul Van Bendegem (CLPS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel). We intend the masterclass to be a fully interactive in person event, with the twofold objective to understand in depth the materials presented in the lectures, and to provide early career researchers (PhD students and Postdocs) with an opportunity to discuss their ongoing work in a helpful and constructive environment. The lectures by Jean Paul Van Bendegem will take place in the mornings, and will be followed by afternoon sessions with presentations by early career researchers in the Philosophy of Mathematical Practices. The exact titles of the lectures will be communicated at a later stage. 

We are happy to announce that we are able to offer a small number of travel grants (up to 300 Euro) for those who do not have other sources of funding to attend the event. To apply, please send a short description of your situation to [email protected]. Priority will be given to speakers, but all attendees may apply for a travel grant.

The masterclass is supported by the Centre for Logic & Philosophy of Science (CLPS) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Doctoral School of Human Sciences (DSh) of the VUB


Further information: https://sites.google.com/view/mc-pmp-brussels-2023/Report

Kylie Shahar
1 day ago

Call for Applications: Center for Canon Expansion and Change (CCEC) 2023 Summer Program
Dates: June 5-9, 2023
Location: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis)
Contact: Kylie Shahar ([email protected])
Application Deadline: March 1, 2023

Description: The Minnesota Center for Canon Expansion and Change (CCEC) seeks applications for participants in its 2nd annual Summer Program. Participants will take part in a week-long collaborative workshop, in which they learn about figures in an expanded canon of early modern philosophy (such as Anton Wilhelm Amo, Margaret Cavendish, and Anne Conway) and cutting-edge research on them; discuss inclusive, student-centered, and equitable pedagogy (with 2 sessions dedicated to teaching a predominantly white subject in predominantly white institutions); and collaboratively craft their own early modern course syllabus. After the workshop, participants and guides will meet regularly and continue to communicate as their courses (and future versions of it) are implemented. Participants will also receive an award from CCEC attesting to their experience with canon expansion and inclusive teaching.

For more information on applications, visit: https://www.minnesotaccec.com/summer

To check out last year’s inaugural Summer Program, check out Twitter: @MNCCECReport