2011-02-28 | Call for papers First International Conference of IACAP

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 14 feb 2011, 1:01 por Lola Fernández Santos   [ actualizado el 14 mar 2011, 4:17 ]
International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP)
First International Conference of IACAP:
celebrating 25 years of Computing and Philosophy (CAP) conferences
Conference Theme: “The Computational Turn: Past, Presents, Futures?”
Aarhus University – July 4-6, 2011

Important dates
Feb 15, 2011: Abstract submission deadline
March 15, 2011: Notification of acceptance
April 15, 2011: Early registration deadline
NB: Up to six bursaries of $500.00 each will be awarded to authors of the best PhD student or
post-doc extended abstract, in support of travel and related costs for attending IACAP‟11.
Organizing Chair
Charles Ess (Department of Information- and Media Studies, Aarhus University)

Presidential address: Tony Beavers, “Is Ethics Computable, or What Other than Can Does
Ought Imply?”
Covey Lifetime Achievement Award: Terrell (Terry) Ward Bynum, Professor of Philosophy at
Southern Connecticut State University; Director of the Research Center on Computing &
Society. Lecture title: “Information and Deep Metaphysics”

Conference Theme, “The Computational Turn: Past, Presents, Futures?”

In the West, philosophical attention to computation and computational devices is at least as
old as Leibniz. But since the early 1940s, electronic computers have evolved from a few
machines filling several rooms to widely diffused – indeed, ubiquitous – devices, ranging
from networked desktops, laptops, smartphones and “the internet of things.” Along the way,
initial philosophical attention – in particular, to the ethical and social implications of these
devices (so Norbert Wiener, 1950) – became sufficiently broad and influential as to justify the
phrase “the computational turn” by the 1980s. In part, the computational turn referred to the
multiple ways in which the increasing availability and usability of computers allowed
philosophers to explore a range of traditional philosophical interests – e.g., in logic, artificial
intelligence, philosophical mathematics, ethics, political philosophy, epistemology, ontology,
to name a few – in new ways, often shedding significant new light on traditional issues and
arguments. Simultaneously, computer scientists, mathematicians, and others whose work
focused on computation and computational devices often found their work to evoke (if not
force) reflection and debate precisely on the philosophical assumptions and potential
implications of their research. These two large streams of development - especially as calling
for necessary interdisciplinary dialogues that crossed what were otherwise often hard
disciplinary boundaries – inspired what became the first of the Computing and Philosophy
(CAP) conferences in 1986 (devoted to Computer-Assisted Instruction in philosophy).
Since 1986, CAP conferences have grown in scope and range, to include a bewildering array
of intersections between computation and philosophy as explored across a global range of
cultures and traditions. In keeping with what has now become a significant tradition,
IACAP‟11 will accept presentations across this array and range. At the same time, in order to
recognize and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the CAP conferences, we specifically
encourage submissions that include attention to the past, present(s), and possible future(s) of
their foci as expressions of this computational turn.

SUBMISSIONS – due February 15, 2011

Authors should submit an electronic version of an extended abstract (total word count
approximately 1000 words) to the chair of the track most closely affiliated with the proposed
paper topic(s): see list of tracks and chair(s) below. The file should also contain a 350 word
abstract that will be used for the conference web site/booklet.
NB: if you are a PhD- or post-doc student who would like for your extended abstract to be
considered in the competition for the travel bursaries, be sure to indicate this in your

VIII. IT, Culture and Globalization
Chair: Soraj Hongladarom (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok:
Chair: Philip Brey (Twente: <P.A.E.Brey@utwente.nl>)
This track focuses on a web of problems that emerge as a result of the interaction among IT,
cultures and globalization. IT has been a powerful engine of globalization; not only is
information itself moving at the speed of light, but the information embodies ideas,
worldviews, as well as huge amount of funds. It also embodies either powerful way of
keeping governments in line or potential threats to security in the case of Wikileaks, whose
influence clearly is not limited only to the US. This flow of information does not respect
national borders or cultural boundaries. It is very interesting to learn how we can come to
terms with this phenomenon, especially in the philosophical, normative sense.
So we look for abstracts that deal, for example, with ethical implications of globalizing
information as well as theoretical analysis of the phenomenon in terms of whether local
cultures will be obliterated or whether they can retain their identities in one way or another.
Papers dealing with IT, culture and globalization in other ways will be considered too.