The Institute for Philosophy and the New Humanities

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Organizers

Markus Gabriel

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Chair for epistemology, modern and contemporary philosophy. Markus is the director of the International Centre for Philosophy at the University of Bonn, and is also running the Center for Science and Thought

 

Email – philoerk@uni-bonn.de

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Paul Kottman

Paul A. Kottman is a Professor of Comparative Literature at the New School for Social Research in New York City, where he is Chair of the Committee on Liberal Studies, and is affiliated with the Philosophy Department.

 

Email – kottmanp@newschool.edu

Zed Adams

Zed Adams is Associate professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at the New School for Social Research.

 

Email – zed@newschool.edu

Forum Humanum Lecturer

Stuart Russell

Stuart Russell

Stuart Russell is Professor of Computer Science and Smith-Zadeh Professor in Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and the founder of the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHAI). The recipient of numerous awards, Professor Russell is one of the most renowned figures in contemporary computer science and AI research, and his Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach has since become one of the standard textbooks on artificial intelligence.

Keynote Speakers

Brian Cantwell Smith

Brian Cantwell Smith

Brian Cantwell Smith is the Reid Hoffman Professor of Artificial Intelligence and the Human at the University of Toronto. He received his BS, MS and PhD degrees from MIT. He has also taught at Stanford, Indiana, and Duke. He is the author of The Promise of Artificial Intelligence: Reckoning and Judgment (MIT 2019) and On the Origin of Objects (MIT 1996).

Jessica Riskin

Jessica Riskin

 Jessica Riskin is Professor of History at Stanford University. She received her PhD from Berkley and her AB from Harvard. She has also taught at MIT and Sciences Po, Paris. She is the author of The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Argument over What Makes Living Things Tick (Chicago 2016) and Science in the Age of Sensibility: The Sentimental Empiricists of the French Enlightenment (Chicago 2002). 

Susan Schneider

Susan Schneider

Susan Schneider is a leading philosopher of mind, cognitive scientist and public intellectual. Amongst several other appointments, she holds the NASA-Baruch Blumberg Chair at Library of Congress and NASA and is Pofessor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at the University of Connecticut. Her most recent book is the hugely acclaimed Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind.

Nell Watson

Nell Watson

Eleanor “Nell” Watson is a Machine Intelligence engineer and faculty at the Singularity University. A pioneer of Deep Machine Vision, she is also a prominent voice on the ethics and politics of AI technology, serving multiple advisory roles and holding multiple fellowships. Amongst her many roles, she serves as Chair of the IEEE’s ECPAIS Transparency Experts Focus Group and Vice-Chair of the P7001 Transparency of Autonomous Systems committee on AI Ethics & Safety, which is dedicated to safeguarding algorithmic trust.

Jens Schröter

Jens Schröter

Jens Schröter has Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Bonn since 2015, having previously been the director of the DFG Research Training Group ‘Locating Media’ in Siegen. A leading media theorist, his areas of specialization include the history and theory of digital media and photography, intermediality and the interaction of media studies and value theory. Amongst his many books and publications are 3D. History, Theory and Aesthetics of the Technical-transplane Image and Verdrahtet. The Wire und der Kampf um die Medien.

Forum Humanum Fellowship Holders

Natalie Dederichs

Natalie Dederichs

Natalie Dederichs is a doctoral candidate at the University of Bonn, where she also works as a research assistant at the RTG 2291: Gegenwart / Literatur. Her thesis discusses the affective agency of (uncanny) literary atmospheres in contemporary ecofiction. Her research interests include material ecocriticism, theories of reading, post- and transhumanist discourse, and anglophone literatures and cultures of the 20th and 21st century.

 

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Sergio Genovesi

Sergio Genovesi

Sergio Genovesi is a Ph.D. student and a research associate at the University of Bonn. His dissertation focuses on the contemporary philosophy of events. His main research interests are epistemology, ontology, aesthetics, and ethics of technology.

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Ying Huang

Ying Huang

Dr. Ying Huang is a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Studies (CGS)/the Chair of International Relations at the University of Bonn. In 2019, she received her doctoral degree with the thesis: “The China policy of the Federal Republic of Germany after the reunification: value-oriented or interest-led?”, published by Springer VS. Her field of expertise includes the analysis of international relations and foreign affairs, the impact of Artificial Intelligence on international politics, the German foreign Policy and Chinese security and foreign policy.

 

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Mara Nogai

Mara Nogai

Mara Nogai is a PhD student of Italian Linguistics at the University of Bonn. Her main research interest is the connection between language and cognition. She studied German and Italian Studies in Perugia, Bonn, Florence, Turin and Düsseldorf.

 

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Tobias Keiling

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Tobias Keiling is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Bonn. Working on questions in metaphysics, epistemology, and aesthetics. Working with authors in the tradition of hermeneutics and phenomenology (Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer).

 

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Charlotte Gauvry

Charlotte Gauvry

Charlotte Gauvry is a postdoctoral fellow in philosophy at the University of Bonn (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin at the chair of Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy) and is currently working on the philosophy of mind, specifically on different strategies in the project of naturalizing phenomenal consciousness.

 

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Christoph Ernst

Christoph Ernst

Christoph Ernst, PD Dr., is a research associate within the project “Van Gogh TV. Multimedia Documentation and Analysis of their Legacy” (Prof. Anja Stöffler & Prof. Dr. Jens Schröter) funded by the German Reserach Foundation (DFG) at the Department of Media Studies of the University of Bonn. His main research interests include diagrammatic reasoning & media aesthetics of information visualization; theories of tacit knowledge & digital media, esp. interface theory and artificial intelligence; media theory & media philosophy, esp. media and imagination.

 

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Max Alt

Max Alt

Max Alt is research assistant in Musicology/Sound Studies at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn. A trained audio engineer, he studied Musicology and Cultural Studies at the Humboldt-University Berlin and the University of Copenhagen. His current project (PhD) covers the discourses around the datafication of music listening and personalized listening technologies.

 

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Sonja Dobkowitz

Sonja Dobkowitz

Sonja Dobkowitz is a PhD candidate at the Bonn Graduate School of Economics and a member of the Research Training Group 2281 The Macroeconomics of Inequality. Besides her PhD, she studies Philosophy and History Studies at the University of Bonn intending to integrate philosophical considerations into her economic research. Her work focuses primarily on the meaning of inequality for the individual and its effects on aggregate outcomes.

 

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Dana Bönisch

Dana Bönisch

Dana Bönisch is a staff member of the Comparative Literature department, University of Bonn. Her postdoc project explores entanglements of literature and physics, as well as the figure of entanglement itself. Her research interests include visual theory and the relationship between fiction and ethics.

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