PostCovid gathering of Swiss philosophers

workshop in Ligerz, Wednesday, September 9 (evening) – Sunday, September 13 (noon), 2020

As part of the Swiss Doctoral Programme in Philosophy, I am organising for ου̉σία, the Centre for the Philosophy and Theology of Being at the University of Lucerne, a small and informal workshop in beautiful Ligerz.

The main aim is to have an informal and productive exchange on research projects, journal publishing and the future(s) of Swiss philosophy.

In particular, the following thematic blocks are planned (suggestions very welcome):

  • the integration challenge (SNSF project under elaboration in Fribourg)
  • thetism (SNSF project under elaboration in Lucerne)
  • dltc academic portal: as part of the ongoing "dialectica-goes-OA" Spark project, some of us are developing a portal for academic philosophers in Switzerland... - what could be useful? what could be done? what would help dialectica and Swiss philosophy more generally?
  • academic publishing: what is blind refereeing good for? how should journals be managed? what should they publish? how (and how good) do philosophy journals do their job?

The exact programme will depend on the interests and the availabilities of the participants. Please register via the doodle poll.

Participants will have costs of simple accommodation and of food covered.

Participation. Ideally, participants arrive by Wednesday evening and stay until Sunday noon. Shorter stays are possible (please consider staying for the meals, they are very good).

Covid-19. For information about the Covid-19 situation in Switzerland and how it affects the Ligerz conferences, please see here.

Location. The conference takes place in the beautifully located bilingual village of Ligerz / Gléresse, on the shores of the lake of Biel/Bienne (also bilingual):

Talks and meals are at the Aarbergerhaus, where a beamer and facilities to print out handouts are available. Participants stay at the so-called "Louis Haus", where there's also a small bar for late-night drinks. When you get out of the train arriving either from Neuchâtel or from Biel/Bienne, and you face the mountain and the church (turning your back to the lake), the Aarbergerhaus is to your right (in the direction of Biel/Bienne), about 150 m along the main road. You reach it after passing by the hotel "Kreuz" and by going through a garden door located at your left (facing Biel/Bienne), just before there is a street for cars on your right going over a small bridge (in the direction of the lake). Please come there when you arrive. (The Louis-Haus, in contrast, is to your left, about 50m through the pedestrian street, on your right just before the fountain).

Reading material. It would be good if as much as possible of the reading material could be made available to participants in advance (via a dropbox folder, for which I will send participants an invitation). This includes (i) abstracts / drafts; (ii) background reading, e.g. articles by others specifically discussed or older texts not easily available.

Travel. Ligerz is mid-way between Biel/Bienne and Neuchâtel and reachable by train in 1h43 from Zurich Airport, in 1h50 from Geneva Airport and in 1h55 from Basel EuroAirport. Check the Swiss railways website for timetables.