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Current Visiting Scholars

Lise Guilhamon

University of Versailles-Saint Quentin

Lise Guilhamon’s research interests focus primarily on the intersections between English literature, coloniality, and multilingualism in fiction. After writing her PhD dissertation on the poetics and politics of language and multilingualism in Indian English fiction, her work focused on the novels and essays of Amitav Ghosh and on colonial fiction (Kipling, Conrad, E.M. Forster). In 2021-22, she will be working on the question of the representations of the Indian landscape, framed in an ecocritical perspective, in colonial and postcolonial fiction. This project, focusing on narrative representations of Indian landscape, climate and ecology, aims at exploring issues of environmental justice through the overlaps between ecological and postcolonial concerns.

Guilhamon is an associate professor of English literature at the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin, one of the components of the Paris-Saclay University cluster. She was formerly an assistant professor at the University of the Sorbonne (2007-09), and a visiting scholar at Northwestern University in 2007. She is an alumna of the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris.

Caleb Liang

Philosophy

National Taiwan University

Caleb Liang studies the relationship between bodily experience and the self from the interdisciplinary perspective. He is the principal investigator of the NeuroPhilosophy Lab (http://homepage.ntu.edu.tw/~yiliang/neurophilosophy/eng/lab.html), where he investigates various aspects of bodily self-consciousness, including body ownership, self-location, double-body effect, experiential ownership, etc. He recently designed experiments to induce new types of bodily illusions, such as “self-touching illusion” and “four-hand illusion.” In 2021-22, he will be applying VR technologies to the study of bodily self-consciousness. He will investigate three key issues: (1) Can we experience full-body ownership not only from the first-person perspective but also from the third-person perspective in a virtual environment? (2) Is it possible for us to experience ownership of two bodies at different locations in a VR environment? (3) Can we make perspective-shift during the experience of virtual double-body ownership? The goal is to integrate philosophical and VR research to achieve a deeper understanding of bodily experience and self-consciousness.

Liang is professor of philosophy at National Taiwan University. He is also associated with the Institute of Brain and Mind Sciences. He completed his PhD at Indiana University Bloomington in 2001 and was a visiting scholar at Harvard-Yenching Institute. He has published in both philosophical and interdisciplinary journals.  For more information, visit: http://homepage.ntu.edu.tw/~yiliang/neurophilosophy/eng/index.html

Scott Page

Complexity, Social Science, and Management

University of Michigan

Scott Page will be working on two projects.  The first, with Jenna Bednar (CASBS fellow 2021-22), considers institutional choice and design from a systems perspective.  The extant literature on mechanism design largely focuses on allocation and decision tasks in isolation: namely, does this mechanism produce outcomes that are efficient, fair, individual rational, and balanced (in budget or resources).  Such analyses ignore the fact that institutions influence individual preferences, beliefs, behaviors, and capabilities as well as social norms and networks.  In this research project, they examine ensembles of institutions: how each institution builds off the capacities generated by previous institutions.  The second project seeks to understand the contributions of diversity to collective intelligence.  Page is an editor of a new, open access interdisciplinary journal called  Collective Intelligence and will be encouraging people to submit.

These projects build from previous research on complexity, diversity, mechanism design, and collective problem solving and prediction, as well as a methodological interest in models.  Page’s work on models has emphasized the value of many model thinking.  Page’s Twitter handle is @Scott_E_Page. He tweets sporadically, speaks to public audiences on the value of diversity and on the value of many model thinking,  and makes garage band quality Google sites on projects.  Here are two recent efforts: The Choice, which address how we choose among markets, hierarchies, democracies, self organized communities, and algorithms and Emergent Inequality: a foray into the complexities of creating effective policy to improve society. 

Page is currently the John Seely Brown Distinguished University Professor of Complexity, Social Science, and Management at the University of Michigan and the Williamson Family Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan with courtesy appointments in complex systems, economics, and political science (website).  Page is also an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute. Page was a fellow at CASBS in 2007-08.

Vibeke Sorensen

Art, Design, and Media

Complexity Science Hub Vienna

Vibeke Sorensen is an artist and professor working in digital multimedia and experimental animation, immersive multimedia, interactive architectural installation, and visual music. Her research at CASBS will include explorations of musical and calendrical polyrhythms from Bali to Kauai using digital media, and on the emergence of Jungian archetypes from dream networks.

Sorensen was professor at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore from 2009- 2021, where she served as chair of the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) from 2009- 2019. She also served as founding director of the ADM Centre for Asian Art and Design (CAAD). She was founding director of the Computer Animation Lab at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) from 1984-1994, and professor and founding chair of the division of animation and digital arts (DADA), in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California (USC) from 1994-2004. She was a consultant for Disney and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA, and co-founded the Advanced Scientific Visualization Laboratory (ASVL) at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In 2007, she was the chair of the ACM SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, Global Eyes. Sorensen’s research in new technologies has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the USC Annenberg Center for Communication, Intel Corporation and NTU Singapore. In 2020 her work on the color music of the Balinese calendar was the focus of an exhibition by a team of architects, artists and researchers from ETH Zurich at the Sharjah Architecture Triennial. She is associate faculty at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna since May 2021. For more information, please see http://vibeke.info/about/

Katia Vavova

Philosophy

Mount Holyoke College

While at the Center, Katia Vavova’s primary focus will be on a project about moral agency. Through a close examination of circumstances that limit our moral agency — such as addiction, illness, and systemic injustice — Vavova aims to challenge one dominant and commonsense conception of the relationship between moral responsibility and blameworthiness and develop an alternative according to which limited or disordered agency is compatible with full responsibility.

Vavova is an associate professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke College. She is interested in how to understand belief and action for rational but fallible creatures like us. An important theme of her work is that we can make theoretical progress by focusing on everyday problems that lay bare our rational or moral faults and weaknesses. Her published work thus far has been in epistemology (on the significance of disagreement), metaethics (on moral skepticism), and philosophy of action (on how to deliberate in light of weaknesses and failures).