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Norman Fiering

Nov 19, 2010, 5:37:57 PM11/19/10
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Dear Friends, 

If I read this announcement right, a matter of the highest importance to ERH will be given a great deal of attention next August, at a conference held in both Germany and the U. S. , sponsored by the National Humanities Center in the U. S.  The topic is "The Second Person: Comparative Perspectives."  The description is so abstract and dispersed, it is hard to know exactly what is meant here by "second person," but the second person is grammar is surely included.

We have to hope that someone knowledgeable in the work of ERH, in either Europe or the U. S.,will apply for this summer institute and represent his thought.  Does Prof. Rödi at Basel know of ERH's work?


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From: National Humanities Center <cko...@nationalhumanitiescenter.org>
Date: November 16, 2010 11:10:25 PM EST
Subject: SIAS Summer Institute

SIAS Summer Institutes
This program is made possible by grants from
the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
scenes from the National Humanities CenterSIAS Summer Institutes* are designed to support the development of scholarly networks and collaborative projects among young scholars from the United States and Europe. Led by distinguished senior scholars, the institutes are open to recent postdocs (PhD not earlier than 2005) and PhD candidates who are now studying or teaching at a European or American institution of higher education. The program seeks to explore theoretical, methodological, and empirical issues; promote the integration of approaches and interpretations from various disciplines into the participants' research; review the state of research in an institute's field; and identify promising areas for further research.

Each institute will accommodate twenty participants, ten European and ten American, and will meet twice, once in the United States and once in Europe. Participants will present their research and collaborate on new projects at the seminars and between the two meetings. Participants will be expected to attend both meetings. The program will provide stipends and cover travel and lodging expenses for both the American and European sessions.

*Some Institutes for Advanced Study
James Conant, Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities, Professor of Philosophy,
and Professor in the College at the University of Chicago
Sebastian Rödl, Professor of Philosophy, Universität Basel

August 7-19, 2011: National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA

This seminar proposes to examine the concept of the second person, which has recently moved into the center of research in a number of distinct fields, though not necessarily under that description. Researchers within each of these fields are largely unconscious of the parallel developments within the other fields. This is due chiefly to the fact that the level at which the topic is conceptualized, and thus the terminology employed to designate it, varies tremendously from one field to the next, ranging over topics apparently as diverse as "joint intention," "bipolar relations," "trust," "authority," "recognition," and "acknowledgment," to mention just a few of the relevant candidates. The primary aim of the seminar is to do justice to the particularities of the phenomena appearing in these different guises, while at the same time to reveal a common problematic, thus uncovering the ubiquity of a certain conceptual structure.

The seminar will examine the topic of the second person comparatively -- that is, across a variety of contexts of disciplinary inquiry--with a special focus on the following five disciplines: (1) practical philosophy, (2) theoretical philosophy, (3) jurisprudence, (4) primatology, and (5) theology. It will also explore the historical evolution of thought about this topic across all of these disciplines in both the Anglo-American and German intellectual traditions, for certain historical junctures had a decisive influence in shaping current understandings of the possible scope and nature of the second-person concept within each of these traditions.

The seminar's secondary aim is to overcome a number of disciplinary and institutional divides that have plagued inquiry into this topic, not only between these fields, but also within them. Discussion will focus on the following four divides: (1) between historians of ideas and contemporary theoreticians, (2) between European-Continental and Anglo-American theoretical traditions, (3) between traditions of empirical inquiry into and a priori reflection on the capacities of higher animals, and (4) between theorists of the foundations of practical agency and theorists of the foundations of theoretical cognition. "The Second Person" aims to foster the desperately needed communication and interdisciplinary cross-fertilization between these five disciplines and four sorts of institutional divides.

To apply, send the following, in English, to the appropriate address below:
  1. A completed application (»forms available online)
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. A statement of up to 1,000 words (not counting cited references) detailing current research interests and past research and writing related to the institute topic
  4. A list of not more than five background readings potentially relevant to all participants of the summer institute
  5. One letter of recommendation
Applications should be postmarked by February 28, 2011.

Candidates should note that they are applying for two summer workshops: one in the United States, and another in Germany and that successful applicants will be expected to attend both workshops. The working language of the institute is English.

SIAS Summer Institutes
c/o Richard R. Schramm
Vice President for Education Programs
National Humanities Center
7 Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2256, USA
Tel.: 919-549-0661
Fax: 919-990-8535
E-mail: rsch...@nationalhumanitiescenter.org

SIAS Summer Institutes
c/o Martin Garstecki
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Wallotstrasse 19
Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 30 / 89001 - 255
Fax: +49 30 / 89001 - 400
E-mail: gars...@wiko-berlin.de

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Participants will have individual apartments in a residence hotel within ten minutes of the Center. The Center will provide bus service to and from the hotel.

The program will cover the cost of travel, meals, lodging, and texts for both the United States and European meetings. Fellows will also receive a stipend of $600 for the workshop taking place in the United States as well as €500 for the workshop in Europe.

Applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2011.


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