BIG schedule 2016/2017

September 20, 2016 Leave a comment

You can find the provisional new schedule for the BIG meeting on the “Programme 2016-2017”.

If you would like to join the reading group mailing list (to access to the papers commented in the group), please contact Thomas (tb391@exeter.ac.uk).

Expressions of interest to present a paper on a currently unassigned spot is always welcomed.

 

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Ginny Russell and Steven Kapp at the Biological Interest Group – Monday 27th June, 2-3pm, Byrne House

June 21, 2016 Leave a comment

Dear all,

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group, which will be the final of this academic year. It will take place this coming Monday 27th of June. The meeting will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 2-3pm. Participants can bring food and drinks if they wish.

Next week we are very pleased to receive the visit of Ginny Russell and Steven Kapp, respectively from Exeter and UCLA, discussing their paper “‘The Outliers should not be normalised’: A thematic analysis of autistic adults’ understandings of Neurodiversity”. The authors kindly sent us a short description of the current state of the paper and how we might help:

“This draft (minus a discussion) uses thematic analysis to examine how the term ‘neurodiversity’ is understood by autistic adults. The initial idea was to define a core term before starting a series of more empirical research studies. The draft  is currently framed with reference to stigma and resistance identity but lacks a coherent underlying theoretical question and as currently configured is descriptive and lacks a strong rationale. We would welcome any thoughts or idea on how it might be taken forwards, even if not as a paper, how it might inform future work.”

Please contact Thomas Bonnin (tb391 [at] exeter.ac.uk) if you wish to join the group or for any other information.

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James Lowe, Sabina Leonelli and Gail Davies at the Biological Interest Group – Monday 6th June, 2-3pm, Byrne House

June 1, 2016 Leave a comment

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group. It will take place this coming Monday 6th of June. The meeting will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 2-3pm. Participants can bring food and drinks if they wish.

Next week we are very pleased to receive the visit of James Lowe, Sabina Leonelli and Gail Davies, from Exeter, discussing their paper “Experimental protocols and the translational imperative in pharmacology”. The authors kindly sent us a short description of the current state of the paper and how we might help:

“At the moment the paper is in an embryonic form, so one of the questions for BIG participants will be what audience the paper should aim at, and therefore what journal or journals should we be targeting. We are unclear at the moment how the section on ‘good practice’ fits into the paper as a whole, and how it relates to the preceding section on ‘soft collaboration’, so the thoughts of participants on this would be valuable as well as any other comments and questions they may have.”

Please contact Thomas Bonnin (tb391 [at] exeter.ac.uk) if you wish to join the group or for any other information.

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Shane Glackin at the Biological Interest Group – Monday 23rd May, 2-3pm, Byrne House

May 17, 2016 Leave a comment

Dear all,

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group. It will take place this coming Monday 23rd of May. The meeting will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 2-3pm. Participants can bring food and drinks if they wish.

Next week we are very pleased to receive the visit of Shane Glackin, from Exeter, discussing his paper “Rule-following and the Evolution of Public Language”. Shane kindly sent us a short description of the paper and how we might help:

“I gave a much earlier version of this paper at a Department seminar some time ago; apologies to anybody it seems overly familiar to. I had originally intended to present something else here, but it isn’t anywhere near ready.

To cut a long story short, I’m having trouble with journal referees. It keeps getting split reports, where one referee recommends acceptance, and the other rejection. The grounds for rejection have ranged from the hilariously vituperative (“as stupid as it is offensive”; the combination of anonymity and Chomskyans’ feverish defense of the Dear Leader doesn’t make for terribly pleasant reading) to the more reasonable. The big sticking point at present seems to be the amount of expository work the paper goes through. There’s a lot (occasionally, the same referee who complains will also ask for more…), but my feeling is that that is necessary; the paper brings together at least three different literatures, and few potential readers will be familiar with them all. Even with it all there, not really understanding the dialectical situation has been evident in a few reviewers’ comments. So that’s one thing feedback would be really helpful on; is it all necessary, and if not what might profitably be cut? And the other which arises from this; *is* the background, dialectical situation, etc. easy enough to follow?

The paper is also pretty long, which limits the number of journals available to it. So again, ideas on what might be taken out (and what should not) would be helpful.”

Please contact Thomas Bonnin (tb391 [at] exeter.ac.uk) if you wish to join the group or for any other information.

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Tom Roberts and Giovanna Colombetti at the Biological Interest Group – Monday 9th May, 2-3pm, Byrne House

May 17, 2016 Leave a comment

Dear all,

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group. It will take place this coming Monday 9th of May. The meeting will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 2-3pm. Participants can bring food and drinks if they wish.

Next week we are very pleased to receive the visit of Tom Roberts and Giovanna Colombetti, from Exeter, discussing their paper “Affecting Perceptual Experience”. The authors kindly sent us a short description of the paper and how we might help:

“This short paper is a work in progress in which we discuss the question of whether, and how, an individual’s affective states – including her emotions and moods – can help to determine how she perceptually experiences the world around her. Drawing on an ecological approach to perception, according to which living agents perceive their surroundings in terms of the opportunities for action that it affords them, we argue that there are cases in which a subject’s affective condition can influence perceptual experience in a deep and non-trivial way. There are cases in which a person’s affective condition is strongly associated with a particular profile of embodied characteristics (such as tensed muscles, increased heart-rate, and postural changes). These features alter what she is able to do within her environment, and so transform the opportunities for action she perceives her surroundings as affording.

We would be especially interested to hear what the group thinks about our examples (and to gather more suggestions!), and to receive general advice on how to improve the paper. This version has a few sections taken out, as we haven’t settled on the scope and structure of the final piece, and we’d be very happy to discuss the overall construction of the paper.”

Please contact Thomas Bonnin (tb391 [at] exeter.ac.uk) if you wish to join the group or for any other information.

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CANCELLED – Tim Lewens at the Biological Interest Group

April 21, 2016 Leave a comment

Dear all,

Unfortunately, the next scheduled BIG meeting on April 25th with Tim Lewens has been cancelled, sorry for the late notice.
The next BIG meeting will take place on May 9th with the visit of Giovanna Colombetti and Tom Roberts (Exeter).

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Susan Kelly at the Biological Interest Group – Monday 21st March, 2-3pm, Byrne House

March 16, 2016 Leave a comment

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group. It will take place this coming Monday 21st of March. The meeting will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 2-3pm. Participants can bring lunch and drinks if they wish.

Next week we are very pleased to receive the visit of Susan Kelly, from Egenis, discussing her paper “Recontacting in clinical practice: an investigation of the views of healthcare professionals and clinical genetic scientists in the United Kingdom”. Daniele Carrieri, who works with Susan on her project, kindly sent us instructions and descriptions for the two papers they are circulating:

“Dear BIG group,

During the 21st of March BIG meeting Susan Kelly will give an overview of the ‘MAINSTREAMING GENETICS: Recontacting patients in a dynamic healthcare environment’ project.
To help this presentation, and the discussion we are submitting to the BIG group 2 papers (both attached): Paper 1- the main one for you to read, and Paper 2 – the optional one. Both papers should be quite descriptive and simple to read.

Paper 1
This paper is a DRAFT. It is based on interviews conducted with healthcare professionals (HCPs) we haven’t finished all these interviews yet, but, since we have conducted quite a lot already (26/30), we started drafting this paper.
The target journal is Genetics in Medicine – therefore the audience is mainly HCPs , international readership, but mainly from the US.
We would appreciate any comment on the readability and coherence of the paper. In particular any feedback on parts of the text we could cut (given that the draft is currently around 2000 words above the word limit) and/or suggestions for other journals.
We are also aim to write other articles from this data which will be more sociological and ethical. Please do let us know if you find anything in this current draft that feels like a good candidate for a ‘sociological/ethical expansion’.

Paper 2
This paper is published in Genetics in Medicine and is based on a survey of recontacting practices we conducted across genetics centres in the UK. I think this is a very useful reading as it provides more background to Paper 1 and to the whole project ,and it probably explains what ‘recontacting’ is about better than Paper 1.
For even more background information on the research project, please visit: http://ex.ac.uk/mgcc

I have an interview on Monday 21st (with a HCP!). I should hopefully be able to be back before the BIG reading group starts.
Thank you very much in advance, and I look forward to discussing this work with you!”

Please contact Thomas Bonnin (tb391 [at] exeter.ac.uk) if you wish to join the group or for any other information.

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