Julie Zahle – University of Copenhagen

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Julie Zahle

Julie Zahle

Assistant Professor

Department of Media, Cognition and Communication
Karen Blixens Vej 4
2300 København S

Office: 14-3-22
Phone: +45 353-28876
Phone (Reception desk): +45 353-28100
E-mail: jzahle@hum.ku.dk


Research Profile

  • Areas of      specialization: Philosophy of anthropology and sociology, philosophy of      the social sciences, general philosophy of science.
  • Areas of competence:      Philosophy of mind, ethics.

 

Employment

  • Assistant professor/post-doctoral fellow, Section of Philosophy, co-financed by the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen and Carlsbergfonden as part of the research project “The Role of Science in Liberal Democracy” awarded to Klemens Kappel (December 2012-March 2015).
    • Project: Values in Social Science: The Methods of Participant Observation and Interviewing.
  • Assistant professor, Section of Philosophy, co-financed by the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen and The Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities (FKK) (September 2009-December 2012).
    • Project: Emergence Revisited: Breaking with the Traditional Individualism/Holism Debate.

 

Education

  • Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, USA (1999-2009).
    • Dissertation: “Practices, Perception, and Normative States.” Committee: Robert Brandom (Co-director), Peter Machamer (Co-director), John McDowell, James McGuire and Sandy Mitchell.
    • Maternity leave: July 2005 – July 2006 and October 2008 – September 2009.
  • MA in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, USA (1999-2009).
  • MA in Anthropology, University of Copenhagen (1998-2006).
  • MA in Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, USA (1999-2009).
  • MSc in Philosophy of the Social Sciences, London School of Economics, England (1997-1998).
  • BA in Anthropology, University of Copenhagen (1991-1998).
  • BA in Philosophy, University of Copenhagen (1992-1995).

 

Research Management

  • Founder and head of the interdisciplinary research priority area “Methods in the Human and Social Sciences” in the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen, together with Rasmus Helles (2014 -).
  • Member of the steering committee of the interdisciplinary research project “Social Fabric” headed by David Dreyer Lassen, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen as PI (2013 -).
  • Founder, together with Petri Ylikoski (University of Helsinki), of the Helsinki-Copenhagen Colloquium in Evidence in Social Enquiry.” The colloquium is a series of workshops that will take place in Copenhagen and Helsinki, (2013 -).
  • Co-founder, and member of, the steering committee of the European Network for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (ENPOSS) together with Alban Bouvier (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris), Byron Kaldis (Hellenic Open University, Athens), Eleonora Montuschi (University of Venice Ca’Foscari), and Jesús Zamora-Bonilla (UNED, Madrid). See www.enposs.eu (2011 -).
  • Research project manager of the project “The Role of Science in Liberal Democracy” (February 2011 -).
  • Founder of Forum for Samfundsvidenskabernes Filosofi (Forum for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences) which organizes series of lectures on topics within the philosophy of the social sciences. Head of the steering committee that includes Anders Blok (Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen) and Ayo Wahlberg (Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen). See www.samfil.dk (2009 -).

 

Editorial Boards

  • Guest co-editor of a yearly annual special issue of Philosophy of the Social Sciences featuring papers from the ENPOSS conferences.
  • Member of the editorial board of the book series “Philosophical and Historical Perspectives on the Social Sciences (PHPSS)” published by Springer.
  • Member of the editorial staff of ”Tidsskriftet Antropologi,” i.e. ”Review of Anthropology”, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen (1994-1997). Editor-in-chief of volume 33.

 

Invited Presentations

  • “Tacit Knowledge and Participant Observation,” guest lecture, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (February 2014).
  • “Nyt fra Individualisme-Holisme Debatten,” guest lecture, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (November 2013).
  • “Methodological Holism and Emergence,” conference on Social Complexes: Parts and Wholes, Lund University, Sweden (October 2013).
  • “Anti-Naturalism, Norms, and Participant Observation,” Philosophy Lecture Series, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Austria (June 2013).
  • “Bourdieu, Practice, and Habitus” guest lecture, Royal Danish Defense College, Denmark (May 2013).
  • “Holism, Emergence, and the Crucial distinction,” Finnish Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland (April 2013).
  • “Individualism versus Holism: How to Distinguish,” conference on Philosophy and the Sciences – Old Visions, New Directions, University of Cambridge, UK (November/December 2012).
  • “Nyt fra Individualisme-Holisme Debatten,” guest lecture, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (November 2012).
  • “Methodological Anti-Naturalism,” Finnish Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland (October 2012).
  • “Anti-Naturalism, Norms and Participant Observation,” conference on Naturalism and Normativity in the Social Sciences, University of Hradec Kralowe, Czech Republic (May 2012), plenary speaker.
  • “Participant Observation and Objectivity in Anthropology,” workshop on The Philosophy of the Sciences that Philosophy Neglected, University of Montpellier, France. (November 2011).
  • Practical Norms and Participant Observation” conference on Current Topics in the Philosophy of the Human Sciences, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany (June 2010).
  • “Fineness of Grain and Varieties of Conceptualism,” workshop on Perception and Knowing, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (May 2010).
  • “Holism and Supervenience,” The 2004 Loemker Conference. Atlanta, USA (August 2004).

 

Presentations

  • “Non-Epistemic Values and Participant Observation,” Workshop on the Roles of Values in Social Inquiry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (December 2013).
  • “The Roles of Values in Data Collection,” International Conference on The Special Role of Science in Liberal Democracy, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (November 2013).
  • “Individualist vs Holist Explanations,” The annual meeting of the Danish Philosophical Society, Odense, Denmark (March 2013).
  •  “Holism and Emergence: How to Convince an Individualist,” Workshop on Individualism, Holism, Explanation, and Emergence, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (November 2012).
  • “Practices and the Direct Perception of Norms,” The Annual Roundtable Conference of the Social Sciences, Paris, France (March 2011).
  • “Participant Observation: Finding out about Practical Norms,” The annual meeting of the Danish Philosophical Society, Copenhagen, Denmark (March 2011).
  •  “The Argument from Fineness of Grain, Standard Conceptualism, and Beyond,” The annual meeting of the Danish Philosophical Society, Copenhagen, Denmark (March 2010).
  •  “Menger’s Impact on Weber’s Methodological Individualism,” European Society for the History of the Human Sciences. 22nd Annual Conference. York, UK (August 2003).
  • “A Discussion of the Argument from Multiple Realization as Applied to the Social Science Debate on Reduction,” The Annual Roundtable Conference of the Social Sciences, St. Louis, USA (March 2002).

 

Professional Service and other relevant activities

  • Reviewer for various book projects and journals including Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Synthese and International Studies in Philosophy of Science.
  • Reviewer for FWO, the Research Foundation, Flanders (June 2013).
  • Visiting fellow at the Finnish Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland (March 2013 and September/October 2013).
  • Invited participant in University of Copenhagen’s Talentlaboratoriet (Laboratory for Talents) – a course in research management, coaching of Ph.D. students, etc. (March 2010 -February 2011).
  • Course in research project management, Part I, University of Copenhagen (June 2013)

 

 

Conference/Workshop Organization

  • Organizer, together with Petri Ylikoski (University of Helsinki), of workshop “The Role of Values in Social Enquiry,” the 1st workshop in the Helsinki-Copenhagen Colloquium in Evidence in Social Enquiry (2013).
  • Organizer, together with Klemens Kappel, of International Conference on The Special Role of Science in Liberal Democracy (2013).
  • Organizer, together with Klemens Kappel, of workshop on Democratizing Science (2012).
  • Organizer of workshop on Individualism, Holism, Emergence and Explanation (2012).
  • Organizer, together with Finn Collin, of the inaugural ENPOSS 2012 Conference (2012).
  • Organizer, together with Klemens Kappel, of workshop on The Role of Science in Liberal Democracies (2012).
  • Workshop facilitator at the Conference on Innovation and Creativity in Research and Education within the Humanities, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (2012).
  • Organizer, together with Finn Collin, of Conference on the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (2011).

                          

Teaching Experience:

  • Teaching, the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen (2010 -):
    • “Scientific Integrity,” Ph.D.-course co-taught with Klemens Kappel (November 2012, May 2013, November 2013).
    • “The Role of Science in Liberal Democracy” Ph.D.-course co-taught with Klemens Kappel (March 2012).
    • Examiner, Practical philosophy (January 2011 and 2012).
    • “The Role of Science in Liberal Democracy,” MA course in philosophy of science, political philosophy and epistemology, co-taught with Klemens Kappel (spring 2011).
    • “Theoretical Philosophy,” BA course in philosophy of science, epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind (spring 2010 and 2011).
    • Examiner, Theoretical philosophy (June 2011).
    • “Practical Philosophy” BA course in ethics, political philosophy and metaethics, lectures co-taught with Erik Bendtsen (fall 2010).
  • Teaching fellow, the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, USA (2001-2003 and 2004-2005):
    • “Explanations of Humans and Society,” BA course in Freud, Skinner and Piaget’s theories of psychology (summer 2001 and 2002).
    • “Magic, Medicine and Science,” BA course in the history of science from the pre-Socratics to the scientific revolution (fall 2001, spring 2002, summer 2003 and 2005).
    • ”Morality and Medicine,” BA course in medical ethics focusing on such topics as euthanasia, the doctor/patient relation, abortion, and medical experiments (fall 2002 and summer 2003).
    • ”Principles of Scientific Reasoning,” BA course in deductive and inductive logic (fall 2004).
    • Philosophy of the Social Sciences,” BA course focusing on such topics as naturalism, the individualism/holism debate, objectivity, Bourdieu’s theory of practice, feminist theory and critical theory (spring 2005).
    • “Philosophy of the Social Sciences” MA course focusing on various topics within philosophy of the social sciences, co-taught with Sandra Mitchell and Dan Steel (Spring 2001).
  • Teaching assistant, the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, USA (1999-2001):
    • “Morality and Medicine,” BA course in medical ethics focusing on such topics as euthanasia, the doctor/patient relation, abortion, and medical experiments (fall 1999).
    • “Explanations of Humans and Society,” BA course in Freud, Skinner and Piaget’s theories of psychology (spring 2000 and 2001).
    • “Concepts of Human Nature,” BA course in philosophical conceptions of human nature from Plato to Sartre (fall 2000).

 

Teaching Related Activities

  • “Teaching Practicum” (Adjunktpædagogikum), University of Copenhagen (fall 2010 and spring 2011).
  • ”Practicum on University Teaching,” University of Pittsburgh (fall 2001). Received an A+.
  • Twice recipient of the best student evaluations among the teaching fellows in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (spring 2003 and spring 2005).

 

Ph.D. Supervision

  • Secondary Ph.D. supervisor for Sarah Egeberg Bendtsen. Project: “Norms of Interaction in Social Media” (September 2013 -).
  • Secondary Ph.D. supervisor for Nana Cecilie Halmsted Kongsholm. Project: Ethics in Intercultural Biobanking” (September 2013 -)
  • Secondary Ph.D. supervisor for Stine Djørup. Project: “Scientific Expertise and Bureaucracy” (February 2011 -).
  • Secondary Ph.D. supervisor for Karin Jønch Clausen. Project: Legitimacy, Disagreement and the role of Established Science in the Public Realm of Liberal Democracy” (January 2011 – January 2012).