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AISB event Bulletin Item

2nd CALL FOR PAPERS: "History and Philosophy of Computing", 7-10 Nov 2011, BELGIUM

Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the famous 1936 Papers by A. Church, E.L. Post and A.M. Turing.

From 7-10 November 2011 the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Ghent University organizes
an International Conference on the History and Philosophy of computing.

The number of researchers working in fields related to computing is growing rapidly in many 
different directions. As Mahoney once stated, ?the computer is not one thing but many different 
things, and the same holds true of computing?. As a consequence, the computing sciences collect
the most diverse complex of experts: philosophers, logicians, historians, mathematicians, computer
scientists, programmers, engineers.

The number of involved subjects grows accordingly: from the foundational issues to their applications;
from the philosophical questions to problems of realizability and design of specifications; from the
theoretical studies of computational barriers to the relevance of machines for educational purposes.
Given the significance of computing for modern society, the relevance of its history and philosophy 
can hardly be overestimated. The aim of this conference is to bring together these two streams: 
we are strongly convinced that an interplay between researchers with an interest in the history and 
philosophy of computing can crucially add to the maturity of the field.

Topics of the conference include but are not restricted to:

? The history of computing
? Philosophical, foundational and practical issues of computability in logic, mathematics and computer science ? Computation in the sciences

For a more detailed list of possible topics see


We cordially invite researchers working in a field relevant to the main topics of the conference 
to submit a short abstract of approximately 200 words and an extended abstract of at most a 1000 words (references
included)  to

Abstracts must be written in English. Please note that the format of uploaded files must be .pdf or
 .doc.  In order to access the submission page, the creation of an EasyChair account will be required.
Please notice that what is called ?abstract? in the EasyChair ?Title, Abstract and Other Information?
section corresponds to the short abstract of this call, and what is called ?paper? in the EasyChair ?Upload Paper?
section corresponds to the extended abstract of this call.


Submission deadline: May 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance: July 20, 2011 Deadline for Registration: 23 October, 2011

Bill Aspray (University of Texas)
Martin Davis (New York University, UC Berkeley) Fairouz Kamareddine (Heriot-Watt University 
Edinburgh) Sybille Krmer (Freie Universitt Berlin) Giovanni Sambin (Universita' di Padova) 
Raymond Turner (University of Essex) Stephen Wolfram (Wolfram Research)

Liesbeth De Mol and Giuseppe Primiero

Liesbeth De Mol, Giuseppe Primiero, Dagmar Provijn, Jean-Paul van Bendegem

G. Alberts (Amsterdam); S. Artemov (New York); M. Campbell-Kelly (Warwick); L. Corry (Tel Aviv) 
M. Denecker (Leuven); A. Eden (Essex); L. Floridi (Oxford &  Hertfordshire); R. Kahle (Lisbon); 
B. Loewe (Amsterdam); J. Meheus (Ghent); E. Myin (Antwerp); S. Negri (Helsinki) V. de Paiva 
(Palo Alto); S. Smets (Groningen); G. Sundholm (Leiden); C.Toffalori (Camerino); J.-.P. van 
Bendegem (Brussels); M. van Dyck (Ghent); B. van Kerkhove (Brussels & Hasselt); E. Weber (Ghent)


The registration to the conference will soon be opened at the following

Note that it is required for all attendees to register. It has been our policy to keep registration
fees as low as possible. IACAP members also have a 10% discount on the fee.

The following fees apply:

Regular fee: 150 EUR
IACAP members: 135 EUR
Graduate Students: 100 EUR

This includes coffee breaks, the conference dinner and the book of abstracts.

Accompanying persons: 50 EUR (dinner only).

The International Association for Computing and Philosophy  will fund a 0 
travel grant for an IACAP graduate student to attend. IACAP graduate students who would like to 
apply for this grant need to send a copy of their submission to Tony Beavers 
(, executive director of IACAP. The Association also offers a 10% 
discount on the conference fee for IACAP members.

Student members of the Association for Symbolic Logic
also may apply for ASL travel support. Applications have to be addressed directly to the ASL. 
For more information and application details on ASL student travel awards see
Note that the deadline for application is 7, 2011.


A selection of papers will be published as a special issue of the journal Philosophy&  Technology 

We also intend to publish a selection of papers in a special issue of History and Philosophy of 
Logic  (Taylor&  Francis)

More details will follow later.

For further information please contact us at:

or have a look at our website: