Philosophy Department News Fall Semester 2015
MUN Hosts The North American Schelling Society
MUN re-confirmed its reputation as the place for the study of German Idealism by hosting the fourth annual meeting of The North American Schelling Society from the 17th to the 19th of September with over fifty participants from all over the world. The keynote was given by Professor Paul Franks of Yale University. The conference ended with a memorable party at Sean McGrath’s house. For the full program see http://schellingsociety.org/
Staging an Ecological Intervention: Future of Nature, Gros Morne Park September 2015.
From September 10th to the 13th, several members of the philosophy department, led by the principle investigator, Dr. Sean McGrath, convened the Future of Nature, a four day festival of ideas on the West Coast of Newfoundland. With over seventy participants from aboriginal communities, the natural and social sciences, the humanities, and the visual and performing art, and moving between four venues in Corner Brook, Norris Point and Woody, The Future of Nature was the first in a series of ecological interventions planned by For a New Earth, an international research initiative in environmental thought and action. The event featured lectures by prominent scholars and scientists, a visual art show of new works by Peter Wilkins, Gerry Squires, and Will Gill, an evening Gala of dance (Sarah Joy Stoker, Candice Pike, and Lori Clarke), story (Lisa Moore, Gerry Squires) and song (Esther Squires and Pam Morgan), and a evening of music with Gros Morne Summer Music’s ensemble Dark by Five.
And if that was not enough, the transdisciplinary group hiked the Tablelands and took a boat tour of Western Brook Pond. For more details on this extraordinary event and to hear about more upcoming events, see futureofnature.ca
Faculty and Graduate Research
The summer semester of 2015 saw the members of the Department of Philosophy travelling to Argentina, Iceland, Athens (Georgia), Athens (Greece), Paris, Malta, Italy, Germany, and Ireland to deliver papers at various conferences and international meetings.
Second Annual Kant Conference: Why Faith? 21-22 May
This past spring, the second annual Kant meeting was held at Memorial with a keynote lecture by George Di Giovanni and papers by Suma Rajiva, Joel Madore, and Scott Johnston.
MESSP 16-19 June ,2015: Freiburg, Germany
Memorial European Summer School in Philosophy (MESSP) ran from the 16th to the 19th of June at the University of Freiburg with a seminar entitled, “Questioning the Secular.” Nine MUN graduate students and faculty members joined a group of doctoral students from Freiburg and faculty from various European universities for an intense three days of paper presentations and scholarly exchanges. Plans were made for next years’ MESSP—in Krakow, Poland! Stay tuned.
New Graduate Students
We welcomed three new doctoral students, David Tracey, Zachary Fouchard, and Adam Haaga, as well as seven new MA students: Stephanie Butera, Maliheh Deyhim, Christopher Herbert, Ali Mahdi Karbalei, Ashkan Parchizadeh, Benedikt Rottenecker, Marlana Dugger.