27 March 2012

IASH Fellowships

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) fellowships are a major site of IASH intellectual exchanges. IASH offers Faculty Fellowships, Graduate Students Fellowships, Undergraduate Students Fellowships, and Visiting Faculty Fellowships. All IASH fellowships are residential and involve a commitment to attend a Fellows Seminar that is open to the public and present one's work in the seminar. The seminar meets on Wednesdays, noon to 1:30pm in the IASH Conference Room, LN-1106.

Please visit the IASH website for more information http://www2.binghamton.edu/iash/index.html

Application Deadlines

March 29, 2012 .............
 BU Graduate Student Fellowships
 BU Undergraduate Student Fellowships
 Visiting Fellowships

Graduate Student Fellowships

IASH offers two types of of Graduate Students Fellowships to Binghamton University Ph.D. students. Up to two stipended Graduate Student Fellowships a semester fund a competitive merit based Dissertation Fellowship (DF). Students applying for the IASH DF will be ABD, their funding from Binghamton University including the IASH DF will not exceed 12 semesters if entered with BA/BS, or 8 semesters if entered with MA/MS, and expect to be working full time on their dissertations in the semester of the fellowship. Up to two unstipended Graduate Students Fellowships are available to students who are released to full time research by a departmental DF or an external grant.

26 March 2012

apartment hunting tip

surprising and sadly, this story from the Press and Sun Bulletin ...

refers, strangely, to people who own horses, rather than to horses who own property.

so if you you are looking for an equine landlord*, you are probably out of luck.

that is my apartment hunting tip.

(*they would probably smell like the inside of Lisa's car, anyway)

25 March 2012

SPEL colloquium


David Lefkowitz
University of Richmond

"Climate Change and Corrective Justice: A Partial Defense"

location: UUW 324
Tucker Sechrest will be commenting

Important information about Dissertation Assistantships

1) The application deadlines for 2013-14 Dissertation Assistantships:

- if you entered SPEL with an M.A. in Philosophy and this is your fourth semester: May 25th, 2012
- if you entered SPEL with a B.A. and Fall '12 is your seventh semester: Feb 1st, 2013

You must of course be ABD to apply. See the Handbook for more details.

2) To be eligible for Dissertation Assistantships in the future, you must have already applied for at least two external fellowships. See details below.


For appointments to dissertation semester/academic year fellowships funded by Binghamton
University (i.e., any source of internal funds) for academic year 2013-14 and beyond:
To receive an internal dissertation fellowship, students must show evidence of having applied for
at least two external fellowships (not funded by Binghamton University), one of which must be
for a year of funding. To count, submissions must be registered with the Office of Scholarship &
Fellowship. It is the responsibility of the graduate program to make sure internal fellowships are
only awarded to eligible students.

It can take as much as a year to identify appropriate fellowships and prepare the application.
Students must start well in advance. Applications must be submitted by the deadline. The Office
of Scholarships & Fellowships can provide assistance in identifying funding sources and advice
about applications. Provided that the students register with that office, the office will also track
who submitted what and when, and so verify individuals’ and graduate programs’ track records.

Nietzsche's Hunger Games name

I came up with "Helmapfel B. Gehenpetra"

source: here

23 March 2012

Jessie Payson at IASH

March 28, 2012
Jessica Payson, Graduate Fellow, Philosophy
IASH Fellows’ Speaker Series:  “Structural Justice and the Objects of Responsibility”
Structural injustice presents unique problems for determining what individuals can be said to carry responsible for.  In the most straightforward applications of a causal responsibility model, what individuals are responsible for can be determined by calculating deviations from a given baseline.  An individual who causes a certain amount of harm is thought to owe that much in return.  In a role-based responsibility model, the content of individuals’ responsibilities can be specified by reference to the tasks and expectations associated with the role.  An individual’s responsibility is determined by reference to her position in a structure, and the content of the responsibility is typically meant to perpetuate this structural framework.  Both causal and role-based models of responsibility suggest that the meaning of individuals’ responsibilities is self-contained: what an individual is responsible for can be explained only in reference to the individual’s own doings or positioning, as measured against either a stable baseline or given structural framework.  Efforts towards structural justice, in contrast, aim to question and amend such background structures.  Additionally, changes to this background are not brought about by individuals acting discretely, but instead by individuals acting together.  The meaning of individual responsibilities is not entirely self-contained, but instead is explicable only through reference to what others are doing to collectively intervene in structural functioning.  The topic of this paper is to explain the content of individual responsibilities in this context.  If an individual, despite her limited causal effects, can do something meaningful towards justice, what is the “something” that can appropriately be said to carry value?  How does an individual contribution become meaningful?
12:00pm, IASH Conference Room (LN 1106)

19 March 2012

18 March 2012

some kind of dessert

from the Times' Whit Stillman profile:

“I detest Parfit,” said Echikunwoke, with bred-in-the-bone conviction.
“I agree,” Gerwig replied.
“What is Parfit?” Smith asked. “Some kind of dessert?”
Nobody, including the actors, had any idea what Parfit was. Or to put it properly, who Parfit was, for Parfit was not a dessert but the renowned ethicist and philosopher Derek Parfit, white-haired author of “Reasons and Persons,” whose vogue among academics Stillman found irksome.
“You want to do one more?” Smith said after a few takes.
Persons unsure of their reasons fired a final volley at poor Parfit.