[FOM] CfP: Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing, Ghent 7-10/11/2011

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International Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing
7―10 November 2011
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 http://www.computing-


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

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

Liesbeth De Mol and Giuseppe Primiero


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 

The International Association for Computing and Philosophy http://ia-cap.org/ 
will fund a $500 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 (executivedirector at ia-cap.
orgexecutivedirector at ia-cap.org), 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
http://www.aslonline.org/index.htmhttp://www.aslonline.org/index.htm   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  
org/studenttravelawards.html. Note that the deadline for application is 7, 


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

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:

computing.conference at ugent.be

or have a look at our website:

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