King’s College London is pleased to announce that Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy, Dr. Aaron James Wendland, has been appointed to the inaugural class of Media Fellows at the Marc Sanders Foundation. The Marc Sanders Foundation is committed to using philosophy to help the world approach larger personal and social issues with the thoughtfulness, care, and rigor needed to drive understanding and change, and their Media Fellowships are designed to increase the presence of philosophically inspired discourse in the public sphere. As a Media Fellow at the Marc Sanders Foundation, Dr. Wendland will sharpen his podcasting skills and build on his current public work for The New Statesman, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and The Centre for Philosophy and Art.
“Big Data’s hubristic claim that it understands humanity opens the door to dangerous forms of manipulation and control” –@Firdebrabander on Rationalism, Politics, and Big Data in @aj_wendland‘s Agora series @NewStatesman
Check out the latest from the Agora, “What is romantic friendship?” by Sukaina Hirji, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, and Meena Krishnamurthy, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s University: https://www.newstatesman.com/ideas/agora/2021/11/what-is-romantic-friendship
“Deep and lasting connections come in many forms. As we push the boundary beyond traditional romance, we need a new language to talk about love” –@hirjisukaina and @mkrishnamurthyX on Murdoch, Foot, and romantic friendship in @aj_wendland‘s Agora series @NewStatesman
You can read the article here!: https://t.co/gJcMe4FORm?amp=1
Abstract: “A virtuous circle: Academic expertise and public philosophy”
This essay examines the relationship between academic and public philosophy through the lens of Heidegger studies. Specifically, this essay: shows how Heidegger uses technical terminology within the context of the academy to break new philosophical ground; explains how suitably clarified technical terminology can be used to introduce people to Heidegger’s philosophy and to apply Heidegger’s ideas to current affairs; and illustrates how the application of Heidegger’s ideas to contemporary issues results in new forms of academic research. Ultimately, this essay argues that there is a dialectical relationship between academic and public philosophy: i.e., public philosophy translates esoteric ideas developed in the academy into publicly accessible prose and then applies those ideas to daily life; but in doing so, public philosophy inspires new lines of academic inquiry.
From Sivan: Over the last two years I have been collaborating with Dr. Sarah Fine in the development of a new dance work, Dance No 2°. This is the culmination of my research exploring migration, our relationship to our environment, and the climate crisis. I have worked with dance and student communities across the world, and with cultural and academic partners including King’s College London.
I am hugely grateful for your support and participation in the early development of this work when I was Artist in Residence at King’s, and I would love to see you at the première on Tuesday 2nd or Wednesday 3 November.
Dates and Time: 2 & 3 November 2021, 7:30 pm
Venue: The Place (17 Duke’s Road, London WC1H 9PY UK)
About Dance No 2°
Led by its cinematic soundtrack, a minimal setting, and danced with raw and sustainable fashion, Dance No 2° refers to the 2° tipping point in the rise of global temperatures and examines how the land we live on and the planet we inhabit shapes us.
Rediscover how human existence is influenced by the water, land, and elements we live with, Dance No 2° is set in an infinite landscape of waves and rolling hills, hypnotic oceans and vivid deserts.
Dance No 2° will premiere at The Place during the time the UK will host the COP26 UN Conference on Climate Change, offering a danced response to some of the issues the world will be discussing in a very important year for the planet.
Free Post-Show Talk, Tue 2 Nov: Join choreographer Sivan Rubinstein after the show for a discussion about the work, chaired by Christina Elliott, Senior Producer at The Place (approx. 20 mins)
Click HERE to read our interview with Sivan Rubinstein to find out more about the inspiration behind the creation of Dance No 2°.
About Sivan Rubinstein
Sivan Rubinstein is a London-based choreographer whose art uncovers contemporary cultural issues which facilitate creative public conversations. Her work is deeply rooted in collaboration with academics, artists, communities and methods of alternative learning. Sivan is a Work Place artist (2021-26), Artist in Residence at King’s College London (2019-20) and a Co-founder of OH Creative Space. Sivan was chosen as the UK artist for Pivot Dance commissioned by Creative Europe, selected by The Place for Exit Visa, right after she graduated from Trinity Laban with a First-Class Honours in 2013. Her work has been presented at Bloomsbury Festival (Wellcome Collection, London), Being Human Festival (London), Sotheby’s, Sadler’s Wells, Migration Museum, The Place, JW3 (London), Turner Contemporary (Margate), Dance4 & The Attenborough Arts Centre (Midlands), European Dancehouse Network, B.Motion Festival, (Italy), The Dutch Dance Festival (Netherlands) and the 2019 YAP Residency Program in Beijing, China. Sivan also shares her practice in academic conferences, teaches in university settings across the UK and creates new ways of collaborating with multimedia, fashion artists and researchers. Sivan Rubinstein is currently a Work Place artist at The Place.
The Sowerby Philosophy & Medicine Project is very pleased to announce that its
Annual Sowerby Lecture
will this year be given by Professor Neil Ferguson (Imperial)
Professor Ferguson is a leading epidemiologist and scientific adviser whose modelling and advice significantly influenced the U.K.’s Covid-19 response. He is the director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analysics (J-IDEA) and the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis.
You can register for the Annual Lecture HERE.
Date and time: Tuesday 2nd November, 18:30-20:00
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, New Hunt’s House, Guy’s Campus, King’s College London. There will also be an option to attend this event online.
The Annual Sowerby Lecture will conclude the 3rd Sowerby Interdisciplinary Workshop on “Policy and intervention in crises, disasters and emergencies: Covid-19 and beyond.”
Date and time: Monday 1st – Tuesday 2nd November, 09:30-17:00.
Venue: Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), King’s Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London. This event will take place both in-person and online, with the talks live-streamed. A link for the online event will be shared with registered attendees in advance.
You can register for the Sowerby Interdisciplinary Workshop HERE.
Monday 1st November:
9:30-10:00 Breakfast and coffee
10:00-10:15 Welcome and introduction by Sowerby Chair Professor Elselijn Kingma (KCL)
10:15-11:30 Dr. Katherine Furman (Liverpool)
11:30-11:50 Coffee break
11:50-13:05 Dr. Robert Northcott (Birkbeck)
14:05-15:20 Johann Go (Oxford): “Remedial Responsibilities and Interventions for Global Health Emergencies: Who Should Act?”
15:20-15:40 Tea break
15:40-16:55 Professor Trish Greenhalgh (Oxford)
Drinks and workshop dinner.
Tuesday 2nd November:
9:30-10:00 Breakfast and coffee
10:00-10:15 Welcome and introduction by Professor Elselijn Kingma (KCL)
10:15-11:30 Dr. Sridhar Venkatapuram (KCL)
11:50-13:05 Dr. Stephen John (Cambridge)
14:05-15:20 Professor Ashley Kennedy (Florida Atlantic University): “Science, Truth and Democracy”
15:20-15:40 Tea break
15:40-16:55 Professor Quassim Cassim (Warwick)
We in the King’s Philosophy Department are so very pleased to be joined by Dr. Aaron James Wendland (@aj_wendland), Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy at King’s, as well as Senior Research Fellow at Massey College, Toronto! Dr. Wendland launched and runs a philosophy column in The New Statesman called Agora, a space for academics to address contemporary social, political and cultural issues from a philosophical point of view.
Check out the latest from the Agora, “Why nation states struggle with social care” by Alison Gopnik, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley: https://www.newstatesman.com/ideas/agora/2021/10/why-nation-states-struggle-with-social-care
Created by playwright Amy Ng and Olivier-award winning Director Donnacadh O’Briain in collaboration with our very own Dr Sarah Fine, and supported by Arts Council England and King’s College London. We are very excited to announce tour dates for “We Like to Move It, Move It: Just Another Immigration Variety Show”! For more info and to book tickets, please visit Ice&Fire’s website: https://iceandfire.co.uk/project/wltmimi/
More about the show!
How do you solve a problem like immigration? Karaoke, moral philosophy and immigration controls come together in an all-immigrant variety show, serving up jokes, songs and plenty to chew over. There’s something for everyone! (But should there be?)
What is behind our collective acceptance of immigration control? What does it say about us and what do those who have come to the UK from somewhere else want to say about it? ice&fire theatre and Matthew Schmolle productions in collaboration with the Philosophy Department at King’s College London invite you to join the (very jolly) conversation.
Co-produced with Matthew Schmolle Productions
Written by Amy Ng and Donnacadh O’Briain
Produced by ice&fire theatre and Matthew Schmolle Productions
The Company – Jahmila Heath, Tomoko Komura, Gaël Le Cornec and Sergio Maggiolo
Director – Donnacadh O’Briain
Set and Costume Designer – Elizabeth Rose
Sound Designer – Tingying Dong
Stage Manager – Kayleigh Atkinson
The Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law, The London Medical Imaging & AI Centre for Value Based Healthcare and the Sowerby Philosophy & Medicine Project are very pleased to announce our jointly organized Special Legal-Themed Panel Discussion on Stereotyping & Medical AI, which will form the 5th instalment of the Philosophy & Medicine Project’s Stereotyping & Medical AI online summer colloquium series!
UPDATE: We are delighted to announce that chairing our talk will be Robin Carpenter, who is the Senior Research Data Governance Manager at the London Medical Imaging & AI Centre for Value Based Healthcare!
Special Legal-Themed Panel Discussion on Stereotyping and Medical AI
Jointly Organized by the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law, The London Medical Imaging & AI Centre for Value Based Healthcare & the Philosophy & Medicine Project
Dr. Jonathan Gingerich (KCL)
Lecturer in the Philosophy of Law at theYeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law
Dr. Reuben Binns (Oxford)
Associate Professor of Human Centred Computing
Prof. Georgi Gardiner (Tennessee)
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Prof. David Papineau (KCL)
Professor of Philosophy of Science
Robin Carpenter (The London Medical Imaging & AI Centre for Value Based Healthcare)
Senior Research Data Governance Manager
When: Thursday 29th of July, 5pm BST
Understanding “statistical stereotyping” as forming beliefs about individuals on the basis of statistical generalizations about the groups to which the individuals belong, can it be legally problematic to statistically stereotype patients in medicine, either when these beliefs are formed by medical AI/artificial agents or by medical professionals? In this Special Legal-Themed Panel Discussion, we’ll hear from relevant experts in law, computer science, and philosophy on this and related questions around the legal aspects of stereotyping in medicine, by both human and artificial agents.
* For those unable to attend these colloquia, please feel free to register for our events in order to be notified once recordings of previous colloquia become available! You can also subscribe to the Philosophy & Medicine Project’s newsletter here, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook. Follow the YTL Centre at King’s on Twitter here and the London Medical Imaging & AI Centre for Value Based Healthcare here. Previous colloquia will also be posted to the Philosophy & Medicine Project’s YouTube channel.
About the Stereotyping and Medical AI Summer Colloquium Series
The aim of this fortnightly colloquium series on Stereotyping and Medical AI is to explore philosophical and in particular ethical and epistemological issues around stereotyping in medicine, with a specific focus on the use of artificial intelligence in health contexts. We are particularly interested in whether medical AI that uses statistical data to generate predictions about individual patients can be said to “stereotype” patients, and whether we should draw the same ethical and epistemic conclusions about stereotyping by artificial agents as we do about stereotyping by human agents, i.e., medical professionals.
Other questions we are interested in exploring as part of this series include but are not limited to the following:
- How should we understand “stereotyping” in medical contexts?
- What is the relationship between stereotyping and bias, including algorithmic bias (and how should we understand “bias” in different contexts?)?
- Why does stereotyping in medicine often seem less morally or epistemically problematic than stereotyping in other domains, such as in legal, criminal, financial, educational, etc., domains? Might beliefs about biological racial realism in the medical context explain this asymmetry?
- When and why might it be wrong for medical professionals to stereotype their patients? And when and why might it be wrong for medical AI, i.e. artificial agents, to stereotype patients?
- How do (medical) AI beliefs relate to the beliefs of human agents, particularly with respect to agents’ moral responsibility for their beliefs?
- Can non-evidential or non-truth-related considerations be relevant with respect to what beliefs medical professionals or medical AI ought to hold? Is there moral or pragmatic encroachment on AI beliefs or on the beliefs of medical professionals?
- What are potential consequences of either patients or doctors being stereotyped by doctors or by medical AI in medicine? Can, for example, patients be doxastically wronged by doctors or AI in virtue of being stereotyped by them?
We will be tackling these topics through a series of online colloquia hosted by the Sowerby Philosophy and Medicine Project at King’s College London. The colloquium series will feature a variety contributors from across the disciplinary spectrum. We hope to ensure a discursive format with time set aside for discussion and Q&A by the audience. This event is open to the public and all are very welcome.
Our working line-up for the remainder of this summer series is as follows, with a few additional speakers and details to be confirmed:
June 17 Professor Erin Beeghly (Utah), “Stereotyping and Prejudice: The Problem of Statistical Stereotyping”
July 1 Dr. Kathleen Creel, (HAI, EIS, Stanford) “Let’s Ask the Patient: Stereotypes, Personalization, and Risk in Medical AI” (recording linked)
July 15 Dr. Annette Zimmermann (York, Harvard), “ “Structural Injustice, Doxastic Negligence, and Medical AI”
July 22 Dr. William McNeill (Southampton), “Neural Networks and Explanatory Opacity” (recording linked)
July 29 Special Legal-Themed Panel Discussion: Dr. Jonathan Gingerich (KCL), Dr. Reuben Binns (Oxford), Prof. Georgi Gardiner (Tennessee), Prof. David Papineau (KCL), Chair: Robin Carpenter (The London Medical Imaging & AI Centre for Value Based Healthcare) (link to register)
August 12 Professor Zoë Johnson King (USC) & Professor Boris Babic (Toronto), “Algorithmic Fairness and Resentment”
August 26 Speakers TBC
September 2 Dr. Geoff Keeling (HAI, LCFI, Google)
September 9 Professor Rima Basu (Claremont McKenna)
All best wishes, and we very much hope you can join us!
The Organizers (Dr. Jonathan Gingerich, Robin Carpenter, Professor Elselijn Kingma, Dr. Winnie Ma, and Eveliina Ilola)