Pub Night

Wednesday 6 July

Racecourse Hotel, 895 Dandenong Road

(across from Monash Caulfield/AAP Conference)

 6pm doors open, drinks and food available (at own expense)


7 - 8pm


A vibrant, stylish and versatile ensemble of experienced jazz musicians centred around the effervescent, red wine-infused vocals of double bassist Liz Frencham and trumpeter Vincent Bradley with the masterful guitar work of Robbie Melville


8 - 10pm

Sami Shah hosts a line-up of local and visiting philosophers

Sally Haslanger (MIT) Social justice and social movements

Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women's & Gender Studies at MIT. She specialises in metaphysics, epistemology, feminist theory, and critical race theory. Her book Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique (Oxford 2012) won the Joseph B. Gittler award for work in philosophy of the social sciences.

David Chalmers (NYU / ANU) Are we living in a computer simulation?

University Professor of Philosophy and co-director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness at New York University, and also Distinguished Professor of Philosophy (part-time) at the Australian National University.  He is well-known for his work on consciousness, especially for his formulation of the "hard problem" of consciousness.  His 1996 book The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory was successful with both popular and academic audiences.  Chalmers co-founded the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness and has organised some of the most important conferences in the field.  He also works on many other issues in philosophy and cognitive science, and has articles on the possibility of a "singularity" in artificial intelligence and on philosophical issues arising from the movie *The Matrix*.

Marina Oshana (UC Davis) Philosophy of Harry Potter

Professor of Philosophy at University of California, Davis. She specialises in normative moral philosophy, with a deep interest in the issues of personal autonomy, moral responsibility, identity, and the nature of the self.  Her teaching centres in these areas as well as in Philosophy of Law and Political Philosophy.  She is actively involved in u-POW, the mentoring group for undergraduate women in philosophy.

 Rob Sparrow (Monash) Should sex robots consent to sex?

Researcher and lecturer in the Philosophy Program, a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, and an adjunct Professor in the Centre for Human Bioethics, at Monash University, where he works on ethical issues raised by new technologies. He also publishes in political philosophy. He is a co-chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Robot Ethics and was one of the founding members of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control.

  Karen Jones (Melbourne) Trust and trustworthiness 

Senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Melbourne. She has written extensively on trust, what it is and when it is justified. She also works on the emotions and rationality, as well as on topics in epistemology. Much of her work is from a feminist perspective.

Patrick Stokes (Deakin) Do the dead live on in Facebook?

Senior lecturer in philosophy at Deakin University. He works on a range of issues related to selfhood, time, death, and memory. He is a regular contributor to The ConversationNew Philosopher, ABC 774 Melbourne and other outlets.


10pm - LATE  mingle, drink etc.

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