Keynote Speakers

DR. JULIA TANNEY, UNIVERSITY OF KENT (UK)
“THE LOCATION OF THE MIND”

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Abstract: In this talk, I shall argue that two standard and commonsensical answers to the question, “Where is the Mind?” both lead to insoluble difficulties.  I shall explore a third approach which, I suggest, will lead to a better understanding of the relation between the mind, the brain, and behaviour.

Bio: Dr Julia Tanney is Reader in Philosophy of Mind and Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kent. Dr. Tanney is an international expert on the philosophy of Gilbert Ryle and the later Wittgenstein and has written numerous articles in philosophy of mind, focussing especially on reason explanation, normativity, rule-following, and self-knowledge.
Dr Tanney was educated at UCLA where she studied with David Pears and Philippa Foot, and at the University of Michigan where she wrote her Ph.D. dissertation under the supervision of Crispin Wright, Allan Gibbard, and David Velleman. She has taught Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations for over 15 years, in the UK as well as in France, where she has held visiting and guest professorships at the Université de Picardie (Amiens) and the Université de Paris-IV (Sorbonne). She is presently working with her students on a project that brings her Wittgenstein course to the virtual environment of Second Life.

More information on Dr. Tanney is available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/philosophy/staff/tanney.html

 

DR. JAYNE WALLACE, UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE (UK)
“DESIGN, SELF AND THE DIGITAL”

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Abstract: The opportunities that open up to us when we consider the interlacing of our experiences with digital technologies are wonderfully vast. Yet it seems from a design and experiential perspective that our assumptions of what characterises the digital often inhibit this potential – and that our relationships with each other and understandings of ourselves could be more meaningfully echoed, supported and realised through the digital artifacts that inhabit our lives. In addition to exploring what is revealed when we unpick our assumptions of the digital – focusing particularly on the potential of new forms of artefact such as digital jewellery to support self and connections to others – I would like to discuss an approach to digital design research that foregrounds the use of artefacts as dialogical tools through co-creative practice in participatory engagements. I will highlight the value of designing for the individual, the power of making as a co-creative participatory process and the potential of Propositional Objects. Central here are ways that creative practice and co-creation can enable people who often feel voiceless to participate, sense-make and create meanings that inform not only design outcomes, but wider understandings of particular contexts. The close relationship between dynamics of self, memory and jewellery will be highlighted as borne out across a number of research studies including some with persons with dementia, both at an individual level and also in a group context in a UK hospital environment.

Bio: Dr Jayne Wallace is a Digital Jeweller, Reader and Dundee Fellow at the Eclectric Research Studio, University of Dundee. She belongs to an emerging generation of designers from a contemporary craft background working with digital technologies to redefine conventions of how, why and with what things are made in our digital culture. The ways in which our bodies, and the objects that we associate with them, represent different facets of who we are, how we understand ourselves and our relationships with other people have long been a fascination for her. She develops hybrid forms of physical-digital artefact, such as digital jewellery, to serve as a platform both for the exploration of new ways for the digital to support our sense of self and also as a provocative lens on our current assumptions of the materiality and meaning of the digital. In recent years a key focus has been sense of self in dementia and she has worked closely with people who are living with dementia as well as specialist adult mental health units in the National Health Service, UK. She is co-founder of Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design conference – an experimental, discursive conference format physically foregrounding the artefacts stemming from the research.
More information on Dr. Wallace is available at: http://www.digitaljewellery.com/

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