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Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar Schedule

Several of our Sawyer Seminars will involve both a public event and a prior small workshop run in conjunction with two PhD seminars, one for students in the Division of Emerging Media at BU (Prof. James E. Katz) and another in the Philosophy Department (Prof. Juliet Floyd).  Commentators are sought for specific events, as well as interested faculty and graduate students from the Boston Area, upon application.  Please contact us if you are interested in participating.

April 3rd 2017

April 3rd 2017

The Documedial Revolution. Prof. Maurizio Ferraris

April 23rd - 25th 2017

April 23rd - 25th 2017

Journalism and the Search for Truth in an Age of Social Media: Implications of "Fake News" and Internet Trolling for Democracy, Politics and Citizen Inclusion.

September 25th - 26th 2017

September 25th - 26th 2017

The Future of Philosophical Interpretation, Open Access, and Hypermedia Platforms: Neitzche, Wittgenstein, Arendt.

October 23rd - 24th 2017

October 23rd - 24th 2017

Philosophy of Popular Culture: Skepticism and Ordinary Life — A Lecture by Professor Sandra Laugier

November 27th - 28th 2017

November 27th - 28th 2017

Big Data and the Philosophy of Science

December 11th - 12th 2017

December 11th - 12th 2017

The Turing Test in the Context of Our “Cultural Search"

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS

Recipients of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Grant, “Humanities and Technology at the Crossroads, 2016-2018"

Juliet Floyd

Professor of Philosophy, Boston University

James E. Katz

Director, Division of Emerging Media Studies, Boston University

Russell Powell

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Boston University

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

About

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminars were established in 1994 to provide support for comparative research on the historical and cultural sources of contemporary developments. The seminars, named in honor of the Mellon Foundation's long-serving third president, John E. Sawyer, have brought together faculty, foreign visitors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from a variety of fields mainly, but not exclusively, in the humanities and social sciences, for intensive study of subjects chosen by the participants. The Mellon Foundation’s support aims to engage productive scholars in comparative inquiry that would (in ordinary university circumstances) be difficult to pursue, while at the same time avoiding the institutionalization of such work in new centers, departments, or programs. Sawyer Seminars are, in effect, temporary research centers.




Sponsor of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar at Boston University, 2017-2018, "Humanities and Technology at the Crossroads: Where Do We Go From Here?"

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