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DFI Visiting Fellowship for Junior Scholar 

The Department of Philosophy at Tilburg University invites applications for a junior visiting fellowship for the Fall of 2023 (i.e. a period of your own choice, sometime in September-December 2023).

The fellowships are intended for advanced Ph.D. students, postdocs or junior faculty (within five years after their PhD was awarded). Applicants should be keen on being an active part of a lively research community and on intellectual exchange with the members of the department at Tilburg and with other fellows. The planned work of applicants should relate to one (or more) of the research areas covered by members of TiLPS or PHC&E research groups.

TiLPS and PHC&E sustain a full calendar of research events, such as weekly seminars, work in progress meetings and other workshops and conferences. The Visiting Fellow will be hosted by a member of TiLPS or PHC&E and will be expected to actively participate in these activities.

The Visiting Fellow receives a tax-free reimbursement of up to € 1,000/month, with a maximum of € 2,500 for the total stay. This can be used to get travel and housing expenses reimbursed.

To apply, please send your application (everything in one pdf file) to b.engelen@tilburguniversity.edu no later than April 17, 2023. The applications will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of Dr. Jimena Clavel Vazquez, Dr. Paolo Santori, and Dr. Bart Engelen. We will notify you about our decision by the end of April or beginning of May 2023. 

Your application should contain the following documents (in one pdf file, please only mention your initials, not your full first name):

  • a motivation letter (max. 2 pages), explaining how your proposed research project relates to the research strengths of the Department of Philosophy at Tilburg, and stating your preferred period of visit and preferred host(s);
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a research project outline (max. 1000 words);
  • a letter of recommendation, which may be sent directly by the letter writer to b.engelen@tilburguniversity.edu.

For further information, please contact Dr. Bart Engelen at b.engelen@tilburguniversity.edu.

Visiting Fellows 2022

  • Dario Mortini has recently finished his PhD at the University of Glasgow. He works primarily in epistemology, but he also has wide-ranging interests in legal philosophy and general philosophy of science. At the moment, he is thinking and writing about modal theories of knowledge, the analogies between scientific explanation and legal proof, and the etiological theory of functions within and outwith epistemology.
    For more information about his work, you can visit his website: https://www.dariomortini.com/
  • Eugenia Stamboliev
    Eugenia is an Austro-Bulgarian media scholar and philosopher situated at the University of Vienna (AT). She has an educational background in legal studies, media studies and philosophy from the Free University Berlin (DE), University of Arts Berlin (DE), and the European Graduate School (CH), and holds a PhD from the Marie-Curie program 'CogNovo' previously based at the University of Plymouth (UK). At the moment, Eugenia works as a postdoctoral fellow in the project 'Interpretability and Explainability as Drivers of Democracy
    By connecting normative, material and empirical concerns around topics like technological trust, 'emotion' technology, and explainability of Artificial Intelligence (XAI), she aims to foster a transdisciplinary techno-ethics with more political weight. Her visiting research stay at the Philosophy Department at Tilburg University (September-November 2022) will focus on technological (dis)trust and platform labour. In a collaboration with Tim Christiaens, they will expand on trust frameworks in philosophy of technology by incorporating labour conditions and the worker’s position in debates on trustworthiness (and distrust). More information on Eugenia’s background, work and teaching can be found on her profile
  • Bernardo Andrade (Emory University Atlanta) is visiting PHC&E as a junior scholar from February to May 2022. Bernardo is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Emory University, in Atlanta, specializing in phenomenology and ancient philosophy. His dissertation focuses on Levinas’s philosophy of time. He is particularly interested in the concept of diachrony, and in how Levinas develops this concept through highly original retrievals of Plato and Descartes. In Tilburg, he is investigating the platonic roots of the notion of an “immemorial past,” especially in Plato’s and Plotinus’s mysterious and aporetic claim that the Good is ‘older’ than Being. The hope, ultimately, is to assess the role of diachrony in Levinas’s phenomenology. The contention is that Levinas uses diachrony to describe a mode of phenomenal manifestation whereby ‘absolute otherness’ can acquire meaning for thought without losing its alterity.
  • Stephen Gadsby is a postdoctoral fellow of the Flanders Research Foundation (FWO), working at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp. His research employs both theoretical and empirical methods to explore a range of topics within philosophy, psychology, and psychiatry, including eating disorders, imposter syndrome, delusions, rationality, and body representation. His postdoctoral fellowship project aims to understand self-deception from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining insights and techniques from both analytic philosophy and behavioural economics. Further information can be found on his website: https://www.stephengadsby.com/
  • Anthony V. Fernandez  (University of Southern Denmark) has accepted our invitation to be our 2022 senior fellow in the autumn of 2022, next academic year. His primary research is in phenomenology, with a focus on interdisciplinary applications. Originally, his research focused on phenomenology’s applications in health care, including psychiatry (esp. issues of classification and diagnosis) and nursing (esp. the role of conceptual clarification in qualitative health research). His current project, addresses broader issues in the phenomenological study of human particularity and difference—including studies of racial identities, gender and sexual difference, and health and illness. The project therefore engages not only with classical and contemporary work in phenomenology, but also with work in feminist philosophy, philosophy of the cognitive sciences, and philosophy of psychiatry. You can find more information on his work on his website: http://www.anthonyvfernandez.com/
  • Arianne Shahvisi (Brighton and Sussex Medical School) has accepted our invitation to become our 2023 senior fellow in the spring (04-06)  of 2023, next academic year.Arianne is a philosopher with research interests in feminist philosophy, social epistemology, philosophy of science, and bioethics. She received her PhD in philosophy of physics from the University of Cambridge in 2013, and worked for two years as an assistant professor of philosophy at the American University of Beirut before returning to the UK to take up her current post. She now works within a small team of philosophers at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, where she is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Ethics and a researcher within the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics. She is also an associate editor for the Journal of Medical Ethics, and serves on the humanities and social science committee for the Wellcome Trust. In Tilburg, she will extend and deepen her work on what the ethics of genital cutting can teach us of making choices in an unjust world and to  consider some philosophical complexities that have been neglected within this literature. The legislation around genital cutting in the Netherlands is very similar to that within the UK, therefore Tilburg is a good home for this research. In addition to her academic writing, she write regular blogs for the London Review of Books and has also written for The Guardian, The Independent, Aeon, and The Economist. Over the past year, she has been working on a popular philosophy book which tackles a range of issues in the philosophy of social justice, which will be published by Penguin in early 2023. It draws on social epistemology, philosophy of language, and the philosophy of race and gender to answer some of the questions that animate the most  prominent political and cultural divides of our times. You can find more information on her work on her website: https://www.bsms.ac.uk/about/contact-us/staff/dr-arianne-shahvisi.aspx

Visiting Fellows 2021

  • Urte Laukaityte visited TiLPS from  September 12-November 12, 2021
    Urte is working within philosophy of psychiatry, aiming to formulate a broadly mechanistic account relevant to phenomena like psychogenic conditions, placebo/nocebo, culture-bound syndromes, transient mental illness, mass hysteria, hypnosis, and suchlike. The ultimate goal is to offer a novel testable hypothesis with the potential to contribute to moving psychiatric classificatory and diagnostic practices towards precision medicine. A good deal of her thinking draws from empirical research within the so-called predictive processing/active inference framework, which has recently produced stimulating new ways of conceptualising cognition more broadly and mental illness more specifically. In addition, Urte is readily excitable about issues in philosophies of mind, cognitive science, psychology, biology as well as the history and philosophy of medicine generally.
  • Dilek Kadioglu  visited TiLPS on a EU grant (Erasmus+) in October, November and December, 2021

Former visiting fellows

Senior Fellowships

Visiting Fellowships for Senior Scholars 2022 at the Department of Philosophy at Tilburg:

The Department of Philosophy, Tilburg, the Netherlands, invites applications for senior visiting fellowships for the year 2022. The fellowships are intended for advanced scholars (more than 5 years after obtaining their PhD’s) who work in the domain of our research Center for Moral Philosophy, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS, see https://bit.ly/30PgwYJ) or the research group Philosophy of Humanities Culture and Ethics (PHCE, see: https://bit.ly/3llLIea). Note that we also have junior fellowships intended for Ph.D. students, postdocs or junior faculty, see for more information our website.

Applicants are expected to dedicate their time doing research (and acknowledge the support of the Center or group in any relevant publication or lecture). They should be keen on being an active part of a lively research community and on intellectual exchange with the resident fellows at Tilburg. DFI sustains a full calendar of research events, such as regular seminars, workshops and bi-annual conferences. The visiting fellows are expected to actively participate in and contribute to these activities. We consider it to be of added value when the candidate is willing to provide a masterclass for our master-students about their work.

The Visiting Fellow receives a tax-free reimbursement of € 2,000 month, which can be used only for covering travel and housing expenses, with a maximum of € 6,000 for the total stay. The stays can be in any part of the academic year except for the months of January, July and August.

To apply, please send your application (in a single pdf file) to m.m.s.k.sie@tilburguniversity.edu with a cc to tilps@tilburguniversity.edu no later than January 5, 2022. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of 4 members of the department: Alfred Archer, Hanne Jacobs, Maureen Sie and Nathan Wildman. The criteria for evaluation are academic merit of the proposal, fit with existing research expertise or projects at the department and academic strength of the candidate. We will notify you about our decision before the end of January 2022.

Your application should contain (in one pdf file):

(1) A cover letter including personal details, a specification of the preferred period of fellowship, and a description of the ways the candidate intends to collaborate with members of TiLPS/PHCE;

(2) curriculum vitae, including list of publications;

(3) a proposal for a focused research project to be undertaken during the term of the Fellowship (500-1000 words).

For further information, please contact one of the members of the committee. Please also feel free to contact those whom you would be interested in working with.