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Durham University

Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS)

CHESS Weekly Research Meetings

CHESS organises weekly research meetings for its members and interested colleagues. Meetings take place each Thursday during term time at 10:20am in the Philosophy Department Library (unless otherwise stated).

At meetings, academics and postgraduate students keep track of and help with each other's research, forge new projects and read and discuss new work together. All we ask is that attendees read the paper (circulated in advance) and come prepared to help think problems through with the group.

All welcome - please contact admin.chess@durham.ac.uk for more information or to be added to the mailing list.

Michaelmas Term 2019/20:

Date Author Paper Title
10/10/2019 N/a Department PhD Workshop (10.45am-2pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College)
17/10/2019 Nancy Cartwright The Tangle of Science: Reliability without Rigour
24/10/2019 Richard Williams Case Study 2: Anti-corruption
31/10/2019 Kyle Stanford Unconceived alternatives and conservatism in science
07/11/2019 Robin Hendry Trusting Atoms
14/11/2019 David Estlund Utopia-phobia
21/11/2019 Joseph Martin

The Tragedy of the Canon

28/11/2019 N/a Cancelled due to strike action
05/12/2019 James Fraser Taking Approximations Seriously
12/12/2019 Peter Vickers Expecting the Unexpected in the Search for Alien Life

Epiphany Term 2019/20:

Date Author(s) Paper Title
16/01/2020 Alexander Bird Knowing Science, Chapter 6
23/01/2020 Alexander Bird Knowing Science, Chapter 9
30/01/2020 Jonathan Livengood & Adam Edwards Calibrating Chromatography: How Tswett Broke the Experimenters’ Regress
06/02/2020 Arthur Fine Fictionalism
13/02/2020

Wendy Parker

*SPEAKER PRESENT*

Evidence and Knowledge from Computer Simulation

20/02/2020

Christian List

*SPEAKER PRESENT*

Group Agency and Artificial Intelligence

**VENUE: HOTEL INDIGO**

27/02/2020

William Peden

*SPEAKER VIA SKYPE*

Evidentialism, Inertia, and Imprecise Probability
05/03/2020

Peter Vickers

*SPEAKER PRESENT*

The Tiktaalik ‘missing link’ novel predictive success and the evidence for evolution

**VENUE: HOTEL INDIGO**

12/03/2020 John Shepherd

Tracing the Criminal Subject: Technologies of Detection, Identification and Data Comparison in the Berkeley Police Department, 1905-1930

**VENUE: HOTEL INDIGO**

19/03/2020 tbc tbc

Easter Term 2019/20 (via Zoom):

Date Author(s) Paper Title
08/04/20 Alisa Bokulich & Wendy Parker Data Models, Representation, and Adequacy-for-Purpose
23/04/2020 Nancy Cartwright The Tangle of Science: Reliability without Rigor
07/05/2020
21/05/2020 Alex Broadbent tbc
04/06/2020
18/06/2020 Omar El Mawas tbc

Contact CHESS

Department of Philosophy
Durham University
50 Old Elvet
Durham 
DH1 3HN, UK

Tel: 0191 334 6552
Fax: 0191 334 6551

admin.chess@durham.ac.uk