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Structure Workshop: Thinking ecologically about policy and structure

31st October 2017, 13:00 to 17:00, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University

Thinking ecologically about policy and structure (IAS Theme 2017/18: Structure)

Organised by Nancy Cartwright, Durham and Hakan Seckinelgin, LSE and funded by K4U (ERC project) and Durham's IAS

Workshop One: Learning how to affect change in stable structures

This workshop will look at the philosophical foundations of ecological structure as an explanatory mechanism and aims to explore 1) methods for studying the causal pathways that different social structures afford and 2) how far one can intervene in social settings without altering their basic structures.


Florian Fischer (Universität Bonn)
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Peter Simons (Trinity College Dublin)

Variant Configurations
A configuration is an arrangement of parts or elements of a whole or system, where the structural relations may be spatial or functional or both. Variant configurations exist when the elements of a common structure can be configured in more than one way, whether temporarily or permanently. Such variants are important in engineering and manufacturing as they permit efficient flexibility of production and operation. We will explore the conceptual geography of variant configurations and consider how the notions may carry over to social wholes.

Jacob Stegenga (University of Cambridge)
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