Interdisciplinarity: goals and conditions

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paradigmi_big“Our view of interdisciplinarity takes very seriously the long training any specialist has to undertake in order to acquire the huge knowledge and the tuned epistemological attitudes necessary to master his or her research methods and protocols. Indeed, we think that a successful interdisciplinary project would educate its participants into this respectful view of anyone else’s training, getting rid of the naïve idea that others’ jobs are useless or easy to do. For sure, the expected result is not that one researcher ‘absorbs’ the others who become superfluous.”

Brambilla R, Serrelli E (2016). The goals and conditions of successful interdisciplinarity. Some critical guidelines in planning, managing and evaluating interdisciplinary projects. Paradigmi. Rivista di critica filosofica 2/2016: 151-169. ISSN 1120-3404 [DOI 10.3280/PARA2016-002012]
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International Meeting “Evolutionary Theory: A Hierarchical Perspective”

Presentation of:

Eldredge N, Pievani T, Serrelli E, Tëmkin I, eds. (2016). Evolutionary Theory: A Hierarchical Perspective. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

With Telmo Pievani, Ilya Tëmkin, Warren D. Allmon, Gregory Cooper, T. Ryan Gregory, Stefan Linquist, William Miller III, Mihaela Pavlicev, Andrea Parravicini, Francesco Suman, Alejandro Fabregas Tejeda.

Organized by: The Hierarchy Group

Venues: National Academy of Sciences and NOVA Northern Virginia Community College

See event program on Academia.

Evolutionary Theory: A Hierarchical Perspective

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Eldredge N, Pievani T, Serrelli E, Tëmkin I, eds. (2016). Evolutionary Theory: A Hierarchical Perspective. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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Cultural Traits. A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Cultural Diversity

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9783319243474Understanding Cultural Traits: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Cultural Diversity, Edited by Fabrizio Panebianco and Emanuele Serrelli.

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Structures of Deep Time in the Anthropocene

Emanuele Serrelli presents:

2016, Jun 10 (h.16-19) – 6th Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference, University of Bergamo, Italy: Structures of deep time in the Anthropocene. With Elena Bougleux organizer of the session “Diffracting ethnography in the anthropocene”. Conference talk. [Ac]

Talk abstract “Structures of deep time in the Anthropocene”

Anthropocene puts incommensurable time scales in contact with each other, to show the relevance of what humanity has been realizing in historical times, and to emphasize the impact of our everyday behaviours and choices. To enable cross-referencing of geologic formations and events from different places on the planet, geologists have subdivided the Earth’s history in periods and eras. Among the concluded periods, the shortest one, Neogene, lasted for more than 20 million years, while the longest periods amounts to over 200 million years. The enormity of these time intervals is hard to imagine, yet necessary to capture and define all the phenomena that are meaningful for the history of such a huge and old system as the Earth.

A different logic – the logic of “deep time” and “macroevolution” – is necessary to reflect on a time scale where the history of not only species, but whole Families and Groups, is nothing but the blink of an eye. The current period, Holocene, has started only 11.700 thousand years ago, at the end of the last glacial Age, but a serious scientific proposal was advanced to consider that a different period, the Anthropocene, has already taken over from the Holocene. What are the dilemmas, paradoxes, challenges, and implications of this mental operation, that implies the contaction of temporal scales, and the comparison of everyday life time with deep evolutionary time? Continue reading Structures of Deep Time in the Anthropocene

From everyday life to deep evolutionary time: Anthropocene and contacting temporal scales

New forthcoming talk:

2015, Dec 19 (h.11-13) – III Convegno Nazionale SIAA Società Italiana di Antropologia Applicata, Polo Universitario Città di Prato: From everyday life to deep evolutionary time: Anthropocene and contacting temporal scales (Session “Mitigation, Adaptation, Vulnerability. Analisi di strategie, pratiche e retoriche delle comunità nel contesto dell’Antropocene”). With Enrico Giustiniano Micheli, Elena Bougleux, Nadia Breda et al. Conference Talk. [Ac]

To enable cross-referencing of geologic formations and events from different places on the planet, geologists have subdivided the Earth’s history in periods and eras. Among the concluded periods, the shortest one, Neogene, lasted for more than 20 million years (My), while the longest periods amount to 200+ My. The enormity of these time intervals is hard to imagine, yet necessary to capture and define all the phenomena that are meaningful for the history of such a huge and old system as the Earth. A different logic – the logic of “deep time” and “macroevolution” – is necessary to reflect on a time scale where the history of not only species, but whole Families and Groups, is nothing but the blink of an eye. The current period, Holocene, has started only 11.700 thousand years (Ky) ago, at the end of the last glacial Age, but a serious scientific proposal was advanced to consider that a different period, the Anthropocene, has already taken over from the Holocene. Homo Sapiens as a biological species is 200 to 150 Ky old. The beginning of cognitively modern humans and their diffusion on global scale is even more recent: 80 to 60 Kya (the period traditionally described as the Palaeolithic Revolution or the “great leap forward”). Rhetorically, Anthropocene puts incommensurable time scales in contact with each other, to show the relevance of what humanity has been realizing in historical times, and even of our everyday behaviors and choices. What are the dilemmas, paradoxes, challenges, and implications of this mental operation?

Catholic Theology and Biology: Origin of Life, Chance and Necessity, and the Place of Homo sapiens in the Living World

A dialogue in four steps between theology and biology, with a particular focus on evolutionary biology. The first meeting will explore the differences and similarities between biological and theological knowledge, calling into play the respective knowledge communities and their own way of “progressing”. We will talk about the necessity of a dialogue, especially from the biographical point of view of believers who want to benefit from both sources of knowledge with an open but not cynical mind. In the subsequent three meetings we will examine some of the most fascinating and difficult issues for both biology and theology: the origin of life on Earth, the often artificially emphasized opposition between chance and necessity, and the place of man – or, biologically speaking, Homo sapiens – in the living world and its dynamics. Emanuele Serrelli, philosopher of science, will interact with experts in theology such as don Ettore Colombo, Gianni Cervellera e Dario Gellera. The perspective of curiosity and research will join biological and theological knowledge, without hiding the different ways of interpreting and the paradoxes of a dialogue which seems, at times, difficult.

Lunedì 05 ottobre 2015, ore 21
Non guardarmi non ti sento
Il senso di un dialogo tra scienza e teologia Relatori: Emanuele Serrelli e Don Ettore Colombo

Lunedì 12 ottobre 2015, ore 21
A casa nell’universo? Conoscenze e questioni aperte all’origine della vita
Relatori: Emanuele Serrelli e Don Ettore Colombo

Lunedì 19 ottobre 2015, ore 21
Gli alberi non crescono fino al cielo: Caso, necessità, predestinazione
Relatori: Emanuele Serrelli e Gianni Cervellera

Lunedì 26 ottobre 2015, ore 21
L’uomo è una scimmia nuda? Dati scientifici e riflessioni sul posto dell’uomo nella natura
Relatori: Emanuele Serrelli e Dario Gellera


Look for it in the Talks page (with additional links):

2015, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 (h.21:00) – Oasi di Preghiera Santuario S. Maria, Cernusco sul Naviglio (MI): Scienza e fede: dialogo tra biologia e teologia. With don Ettore Colombo, Gianni Cervellera, Dario Gellera. Conference.