Aim of the lecture series
The goal of the 'Ouroboros Seminars' is to create an online research and discussion group centered around the work of Francisco Varela. The main activities of the group will consist in reading, presenting, and discussing Francisco's research spanning different time periods and different topics.
Francisco Varela was an extremely prolific and creative thinker whose interests encompassed many disciplines, ranging from biology and cognitive neuroscience to phenomenology and wisdom traditions. However, due to his untimely death, the many strands of his life and thought have never been integrated into a coherent, unified whole. This is unfortunate, as it has often led to some of his ideas being overlooked, misunderstood, or even distorted. The activities of the group will be geared towards achieving a better understanding of the various dimensions and implications of Francisco’s work, and discussing how they could be creatively explored and developed further in contemporary philosophical and scientific discussions.
- The group meetings will be held online (on Zoom). They will take place bi-weekly (in the first and the third Wednesday of each month), and will cover 12 pre-selected papers.
- At each session, a 20-to-40-minute presentation of the selected paper will be followed by a 60-minute discussion.
- Each paper will be presented by an expert in the field under scrutiny, preferably by one of Francisco’s friends, colleagues, or collaborators.
- The meetings will be live-streamed and uploaded on YouTube so that they may attract wider audience and instigate further discussion.
Please note: All lectures of the Ouroboros Seminars will be live-streamed on YouTube and will be available afterwards.
If you would like to join the Discord channel which has been created for further discussions and questions in the context of the 'Ouroboros Seminars 2021', please send an email to metanoia.ouroboros(at)gmail.com.
March - December 2021; starting time: 18:00 CEST (duration: 90-120 mins).
Sebastjan Vörös (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts), Metanoia (Slovenia).
|DATE||TOPIC / TEXTS||SPEAKER|
March 17, 2021
Varela, “A Calculus of Self-Reference” (1975) and Varela & Goguen, “The Arithmetic of Closure” (1978)
April 7, 2021
Varela, “Not One, Not Two” (1976)
April 21, 2021
Varela, “Autonomy and Autopoiesis” (1981) and Varela, “Steps to a Cybernetics of Autonomy” (1986)
May 5, 2021
Varela, Palacios, Thompson, “Ways of coloring: Comparative color vision as a case study for cognitive science” (1992)
May 19, 2021
Varela, “Organism: A Meshwork of Selfless Selves” (1991) and Varela, “Patterns of Life: Intertwining Identity and Cognition” (1997)
|Ezequiel Di Paolo|
June 2, 2021
Varela, “Whence Perceptual Meaning? A Cartography of Current Ideas” (1992)
June 16, 2021
Varela, “A Cognitive view of immune system” (1994)
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September 1, 2021
Varela, “Neurophenomenology. A Methodological Remedy for the Hard Problem” (1996)
September 15, 2021
Varela, “The Phenomenology of Sunyata. I” (1998)
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October 6, 2021
|Varela, Depraz, Vermersch, “The Gesture of Awareness. An account of its structural dynamics” (1999)||Claire Petitmengin|
October 20, 2021
|Varela, Weber, “Life after Kant: Natural purposes and the autopoietic foundations of biological individuality” (2002)||Andreas Weber|
November 3, 2021
|Varela, Depraz - “Steps to a Science of Inter-being: Unfolding the Dharma Implicit in Modern Science” (2000)||Hanne De Jaegher|
November 17, 2021
|Varela, Depraz, “At the Source of Time. Valence and the constitutional dynamics of affect” (2005)||Natalie Depraz|
December 1, 2021
|Final Session: Varela, “Intimate Distances - Fragments for a Phenomenology of Organ Transplantation” (2001)||Amy Cohen Varela|
Please note: All lectures of the Ouroboros series will be live streamed on YouTube.