Stefano Canali at the Biological Interest Group – Monday 17th October, 2-3pm, Byrne House

October 12, 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 17th of October. 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 Stefano Canali, from Leibniz Universität Hannover, discussing the paper “Integration Data in EXPOsOMICS”. The author kindly provided us with a short introduction to the paper, and where we might help :

“This draft is essentially the starting point of the case-study research of my PhD thesis, which is on the use of data in the biomedical project called EXPOsOMICS. In the paper, I present EXPOsOMICS and I focus on its innovative approach to research on chronic disease and the role played by integration in the project. I was actually thinking that I may end up writing two papers on these issues, one on the innovations of EXPOsOMICS from the perspective of epidemiology and one on data integration. It would be great if you could tell me what you think about my presentation of EXPOsOMICS approach to disease as an innovation and its relation with genomics. Also, you will see that the points about integration are essentially questions: this is (also) because I’m going to interview scientists on these issues, and I would appreciate your thoughts on those questions and which points you think are worth discussing with them.”

If you’d be interested in joining the group and discussing Nils’ paper, please contact Thomas Bonnin [tb391 (at) exeter.ac.uk].

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Nils Güttler at the Biological Interest Group, Monday 10th October

October 5, 2016 Leave a comment

Dear all,

You are invited to this year’s first meeting of the Biological Interest Group. It will take place this coming Monday 10th of October. 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 Nils Güttler, from ETH Zurich, discussing the paper “Deceleration: Biogeography, Snails and Industrial Landscapes of Belonging before WW1”.

If you’d be interested in joining the group and discussing Nils’ paper, please contact Thomas Bonnin  [tb391 (at) exeter.ac.uk].

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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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