Superdeep #27: “What’s Wrong With Illegal Immigration?” (Jeesoo Nam, USC) | Thu May 2, 6:08pm

6:08pm  |  IB 2026

Nobody will be barred also from our final Superdeep Workshop this academic year, where Jeesoo Nam (Assistant Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Southern California) will help us raise & settle the question “What’s Wrong With Illegal Immigration?”. The session our second collaboration with the HRC’s Citizenship Lab as well as with DKU Pre-Law (Office & Student Society).
Thu May 2 | 6:08pm | IB 2026.

Snacks & drinks will be served at the Workshop.

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The Workshop is Superdeep‘s venue for philosophical work-in-progress research & practice. For more info or to submit proposals for the Workshop, follow this link; for more info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

 

Superdeep #26: “Social Values & Expert Disagreement in Psychiatric Classification: the Case of Gaming Disorder” (Wang Yafeng) | Thu Apr 25, 5 pm

5 pm | IB 2028

It doesn’t take an expert to agree on this one being a Superdeep treat: Wang Yafeng (Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Sciences) joining the Workshop to present on “Social Values & Expert Disagreement in Psychiatric Classification: the Case of Gaming Disorder”. Thu Apr 25 | 5 pm | IB 2028

Snacks & drinks will be served at the Workshop.

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The Workshop is Superdeep‘s venue for philosophical work-in-progress research & practice. For more info or to submit proposals for the Workshop, follow this link; for more info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

 

Superdeep #25: “On Polyamory and its Viability” (Yixuan Cao) | Fri Apr 5, 6:04pm

6:04pm | IB 2026 | Zoom 6979897969

What’s not to love about our next Superdeep Workshop by Yixuan CaoOn Polyamory and its Viability” — Friday 6:04pm IB2026. (Note that, to observe Tomb Sweeping Day, we are meeting Friday this week, not Thursday.)

Snacks & drinks will be served at the Workshop.

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The Workshop is Superdeep‘s venue for philosophical work-in-progress research & practice. For more info or to submit proposals for the Workshop, follow this link; for more info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep #24: “Personal Identity & Selfhood: Recent Perspectives from French Philosophy” (Nicolas Voeltzel) | Thu Mar 21, 6:04pm

6:04pm   |   IB 2026

Join Superdeep for another authentic Workshop experience, with Nicolas Voeltzel (Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, DKU A&H) presenting on his current work on “Personal Identity & Selfhood: Recent Perspectives in French Philosophy” (…& food & drink). Thu Mar 21, 6:04pm IB 2026.

Snacks & drinks will be served at the workshop.

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The Workshop is Superdeep‘s venue for philosophical work-in-progress research & practice. For more info or to submit proposals for the Workshop, follow this link; for more info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep #23: “Gender Orientation” (Nathan Hauthaler) | Feb 22, 8:04pm

6:04pm   |   LIB 2001

 

Join Superdeep for our first Workshop collaboration with DKU’s Gender Studies Initiative: Nathan Hauthaler will present on his research on “Gender Orientation”. Thu Feb 22, 6:04pm LIB 2001.

Snacks & drinks will be served at the workshop.

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The Workshop is Superdeep‘s venue for philosophical work-in-progress research & practice. For more info or to submit proposals for the Workshop, follow this link; for more info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep #22: “Wild Experiment: Feeling Science & Secularism After Darwin” (Donovan Schaefer, UPenn) | Jan 11, 6:04pm

IB 2026

What’s better than to start the new year & semester on a Wild Experiment? Join Superdeep in welcoming Donovan Schaefer (University of Pennsylvania) for a discussion of his eponymous monograph (Wild Experiment: Feeling Science & Secularism After Darwin), & comments by James Miller (…& food & drink).
Thu Jan 11, 6:04pm, IB 2026.

For companion events with Prof Schaefer that week, consider also his:
– University Colloquium: Feeling is Believing: A New Approach to Conspiracy Theory (Tue Jan 9, 4:00-5:30pm AB 1087), and
– (for faculty or staff members) Faculty Development and CTL Workshop: The Affective Academic: Reflecting on Embodied Research and Pedagogy. Thursday 3:30-4:30pm, Library Tea House. For the latter Professor Schaefer asks that you kindly read the circulated text on cogency theory and the intellectual passions in preparation for the workshop.

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The Workshop is Superdeep‘s venue for philosophical work-in-progress research & practice. For more info or to submit proposals for the Workshop, follow this link; for more info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Feeling is Believing, Professor Donovan Schaefer, January 9-11, 2024

The Humanities Research Center is pleased to invite students and faculty to meet with our scholar-in-residence, Professor Donovan Schaefer, from the University of Pennsylvania, who will be at DKU during the first week at of the spring semester.

Professor Schafer is well known for his work on affect theory and has published two major monographs on the relationship of religion, science and affect.

His first book, Religious Affects, draws on affect theory and evolutionary biology to explore the extent to which nonhuman animals have the capacity to practice religion, linking human forms of religion and power through a new analysis of the chimpanzee waterfall dance as observed by Jane Goodall. In his compelling case for the use of affect theory in religious studies, Donovan Schaefer provides a new model for mapping relations between religion, politics, species, globalization, secularism, race, and ethics.

His recent award-winning monograph, Wild Experiment, challenges the conventional wisdom that feeling and thinking are separate. Drawing on science studies, philosophy, and affect theory, Schaefer reconceptualizes rationality as defined by affective processes at every level. The fact that cognition is felt, Schaefer demonstrates, is both why science succeeds and why it fails. He concludes that science, secularism, atheism, and reason itself are not separate from feeling but comprehensively defined by it.

While at DKU, Professor Schaefer will lead three events.

University Colloquium

Feeling is Believing: A New Approach to Conspiracy Theory

Tuesday, January 9, 4pm-5:30pm, AB1087

What makes people believe? How do science and disinformation battle to convince us? And why has the apocalyptic discourse of conspiracy theory risen to prominence in the current political moment in America? This talk considers a new way of assessing the relationship between thinking and feeling, suggesting that we see them as deeply interrelated rather than fundamentally separate. Shifting our frame of reference allows us to draw a clearer map of how and why conspiracy theories have managed to gain such a powerful hold in contemporary society.

Jointly organized with the University Colloquium Committee

Faculty Workshop

Thursday, January 11, 3:30-4:30pm, in the Library Tea House

The Affective Academic: Reflecting on Embodied Research and Emotional Pedagogy

In this workshop, participants have the opportunity to explore the emotional dimension of research and teaching. How does affect/emotion affect the process of research discovery and publication? How does affect/emotion shape faculty pedagogy  positively or negatively? How can paying attention to the affective dimension of faculty life help to strengthen well-being and performance?

This event will be followed by faculty happy hour from 4:30-5:30pm.

Jointly organized with the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Faculty Development

Superdeep Seminar

Thursday, January 11, 6-7pm, IB2026

Wild Experiment: Feeling Science and Secularism after Darwin

In this seminar, Professor Schaefer will discuss the main ideas of his recent book that defines rationality as a process shaped by affect. Professor Miller will respond with a discussion of Chinese philosophical ideas of the heart/mind  (xin 心) and Daoist theories of embodied knowledge. All participants are invited to contribute their own ideas to the conversation.

Jointly organized with Superdeep.

Superdeep #21: “Behind the Text: AI’s Absent Subjectivity” | Thu Dec 7, 6:04pm

IB 2026 | Zoom 6979897969

Superdeep ends the semester with yet another such Workshop session, with Siyu (Sue) Wang helping us see “Behind the Text: AI’s Absent Subjectivity” (…& food & drink). 6:04pm, IB 2026 | Zoom 6979897969.

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The Workshop is Superdeep‘s venue for philosophical work-in-progress research & practice. For more info or to submit proposals for the Workshop, follow this link; for more info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep #19: “Defying Displacement: The Case of Philadelphia Chinatown” (Caroline Aung) | Tue Oct 24, 5:30 & 6pm

5:30pm IB 1008 (IB Auditorium)
6:00 pm IB 2028 | Zoom 6979897969

The Superdeep Workshop returns on a chord of high notes: on Tue Oct 24, Caroline Aung of Philadelphia’s Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) will join us for a presentation and interactive workshop for “Defying Displacement: The Case of Philadelphia Chinatown“. The event is Superdeep first collaboration with DKU’s HRC Citizenship Lab and the Center for the Study of Contemporary China (CSCC) Meanings, Identities, & Communities Cluster.
As an auftakt to the event we will screen the Philly Chinatown documentary “Look Forward & Carry on the Past” (Dornfeld, Kodish, & Wei’s 2002; accessible here).

Screening: Tue Oct 24, 5:30pm IB 1008.
Workshop: Tue Oct 24, 6:00pm IB 2028.

Snacks & drinks at the screening & workshop.

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The Workshop is Superdeep‘s venue for philosophical work-in-progress research & practice. For more info or to submit proposals for the Workshop, follow this link; for more info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep Nighthawks: “Free Solo” (Vasarhelyi & Chin 2018) | Thu Oct 12, 8pm

IB 1008 (IB Auditorium)

A week 7 screening of Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin‘s 2018 Free Solo (& food & drink) is the Nighthawks‘ way of saying: hang in there… ✊  Thu, Oct 12, 8pm c.t., IB 1008 (Auditorium).

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Superdeep Nighthawks meet on Thu eve (8pm till late).
2023 Session  1 theme: the Mind.

For more info or proposals for the Nighthawks follow this link, for Superdeep more generally this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.