Interdisciplinary and International PhD Conference on Evidence and Imagination 2016 Graz

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  • The Karl-​Franzens-​Universität Graz is hold­ing an Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary and Inter­na­tional PhD Con­fer­ence on “Evi­dence and Imag­i­na­tion” on Novem­ber 35, 2016 in Graz, Aus­tria. You are kindly invited to con­tribute and participate.

    Con­fer­ence Theme

    Ques­tions of evi­dence and imag­i­na­tion are cen­tral to the human­i­ties and the social sci­ences. How­ever, their respec­tive con­cep­tu­al­iza­tions and inter­re­la­tions vary across dis­ci­plines. Phi­los­o­phy, for instance, is known for rely­ing exten­sively on intu­ition and thought exper­i­ments. In philo­soph­i­cal inquiry, intu­ition and arguably even imag­i­na­tion are thus treated as (sources of) evidence.

    In dis­ci­plines with an empha­sis on empir­i­cal inves­ti­ga­tion, evi­dence can be gath­ered through sur­veys and inter­views or gained through the analy­sis of ancient doc­u­ments, pho­tographs, and wit­ness reports. Build­ing on these kinds of evi­dence, empirically-​oriented dis­ci­plines are often expected to make pre­dic­tions and to imag­ine future realities.

    Addi­tion­ally, ques­tions of how evi­dence is cre­ated through empir­i­cal mate­r­ial and how the qual­ity of data is assessed are cru­cial in empir­i­cal research. Thus, issues of evi­dence are closely con­nected to ques­tions of hegemony.

    In this con­text, mean­ings and inter­pre­ta­tions of evi­dence are nego­ti­ated in acad­e­mia but also in law and pol­i­tics, for exam­ple. Works of art and lit­er­a­ture, how­ever, can help to fore­ground these nego­ti­a­tions, chal­lenge estab­lished regimes of evi­dence and explore the rela­tions between fact and fic­tion as well as between inner expe­ri­ences and the out­side world.

    Keynote Speakers

    • Julia Jansen (KU Leu­ven, Leuven)
    • Kim Saw­chuk (Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­sity, Montréal)

    Con­fer­ence Top­ics /​Call for Abstracts

    Build­ing on these thoughts, we are inter­ested in papers address­ing ques­tions such as:

    • What is evi­dence, what is imag­i­na­tion, and what is their rela­tion­ship? How do they relate to con­cepts such as truth or intu­ition? Can imag­i­na­tion be a source of evi­dence? What role does imag­i­na­tion play in var­i­ous dis­ci­plines? Is there such a thing as objec­tive evidence?
    • How is evi­dence cre­ated in var­i­ous dis­ci­plines? What counts as evi­dence in phi­los­o­phy, soci­ol­ogy, his­tory, the nat­ural sci­ences etc.? What counts as imag­i­na­tion? Who deter­mines what evi­dence con­sists of? What role does (media) tech­nol­ogy play in these con­texts? What role can lit­er­a­ture and art play in these contexts?
    • How do research meth­ods dif­fer across dis­ci­plines? Are cer­tain research meth­ods out­dated and should be replaced? Are there promis­ing new research meth­ods that will likely shape future research?

    By bring­ing together emerg­ing schol­ars from var­i­ous dis­ci­plines, this con­fer­ence aims at shed­ding light on evi­dence and imag­i­na­tion from dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives and at high­light­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research. Accord­ingly, we are not only inter­ested in con­tri­bu­tions on meta-​theoretical or philo­soph­i­cal top­ics such as the nature of evi­dence and imag­i­na­tion, but also in all con­tri­bu­tions in which char­ac­ter­is­tic research meth­ods are exem­pli­fied or applied. More­over, we invite con­tri­bu­tions that chal­lenge tra­di­tional meth­ods and/​or pro­pose new ones.

    Sub­mis­sions should not exceed 250 words, must be in Eng­lish (con­fer­ence lan­guage) and should include a short CV. We wel­come sub­mis­sions for both talks and posters from PhD stu­dents from all fields of research. Please spec­ify whether your con­tri­bu­tion is a talk or a poster. Talks and posters can be inde­pen­dently sub­mit­ted and will be inde­pen­dently reviewed.

    Orga­ni­za­tional Committee

    • Philipp Berghofer
    • Bar­bara Ratzenböck
    • Lukas Waltl
    • Markus Wurzer
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