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Humanist Archives: Feb. 6, 2019, 6:22 a.m. Humanist 32.427 - events: ideas of language; SpaceTime

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 427.
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    [1]    From: Nathalie Gontier 
           Subject: CFA: Workshop on Ideas on Language Throughout the Ages (60)

    [2]    From: George Vlahakis 
           Subject: SLSAeu 2019 Conference- Deadline extension (110)

        Date: 2019-02-05 12:50:46+00:00
        From: Nathalie Gontier 
        Subject: CFA: Workshop on Ideas on Language Throughout the Ages

CFA: Workshop on Ideas on Language Throughout the Ages
Date: September 12th, 2019
Deadline for Abstracts: April 15th, 2019
Location: University of Lisbon, Portugal

We welcome scholars to participate in a one-day workshop on how language has
been defined and approached differentially throughout history within
philosophical, linguistic, psychological, and socio-anthropological schools
of thought. Possible topics can include but are not limited to:

. Origins and rationale of logic and semantics as areas of research
. Origins, histories, and methodologies of philology, diachronic and
synchronic linguistics, Chomsky’s linguistics, biolinguistics andcognitive
. Origins, histories, and methodologies of anthropological linguistics and
. The role of language in different cosmologies, religions and ideologies
. Language as order, knowledge and reason (logos theories, universalia
debates, rationalism)
. The social and political role of language as debated by social contract
theoreticians and moral philosophers
. The search for an “Adamic” language or the reconstruction of a “mother
language,” “primordial”- or “proto”-language
. Ideas on the “purification” of existing languages for purposes of
knowledge acquisition or communication
. Language versus communication
. The reference problem & the indeterminacy of translation
. Language as the limit of one’s world
. Language games, language as power, language as identity and nationality
. Signs and codes as defined in (bio)semiotics and their relation to
concepts of information, communication and language
. Evolutionary epistemology and language
. Language and consciousness, language and cognition
. Embodiment and language
. Body language
. Language as culture
. Language and art

General information
The workshop is organized by Marta Facoetti & Nathalie Gontier of the
Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab of the Centre for Philosophy of
Science that is part of the Department for History and Philosophy of Science
at the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon.
The workshop will be organized as a satellite event following the Protolang
6 conference (http://sites.google.com/view/protolang-6/).

Abstract submission by April 15th, 2019
Expressions of interest, questions, and 150 word long abstracts containing
author/s details, email/s, and full affiliation/s can be sent to Marta
Facoetti. Email address and more information is available at

The registration fee will be set at 75 euro and includes free access to
Protolang 6 when not presenting at that conference. When also presenting at
Protolang 6 the regular fees for that conference apply, but then
participation to this workshop is free.

        Date: 2019-02-05 09:20:13+00:00
        From: George Vlahakis 
        Subject: SLSAeu 2019 Conference- Deadline extension

Dear friends and colleagues,

Please be informed that the deadline for submission of a proposal to the
Society of Literature, Science and the Arts (eu) 2019 International
Conference has been extended until 15th of February 2019.
For your convenience please find some more information below

Best regards
George N. Vlahakis


                                                          Call for

The SLSAeu Conference 2019 is centered on SpaceTime, a theme open to
various multidisciplinary approaches from scientific, literary and
artistic perspectives. The notions of space and time separately or as
unique entity govern our lives throughout the history of the Universe.
We thought that SpaceTime would be a suitable theme for the SLSAeu
conference in Greece, the place where not only theoretical and
philosophical studies on space time have appeared since the antiquity
but also reliable instruments for their measurements. Since 1908 the
relativistic concept of spacetime sets a new theoretical framework
drawing new boundaries that are at odds with previous epistemic and
semiotic differentiations. It proposes the conceptual reorganisation of
space and  time as they fuse together to a four dimensional spacetime

Temporality and spatiality are also key concepts for narrativity, 
but what do we know about the cultural imaginations of 
spatiotemporality? What are the intrinsic cognitive, epistemic, 
cultural semiotic, pragmatic or narratological implications
of re-thinking space as interwoven with time? What about the
implications of central concepts of proper time, individual worldlines
or the relativity of simultaneity for the narrative organisation of
temporality? What about the organisation of narrative spacetime
configurations, when spacetime ceases to be a stage for actors on it,
but behaves itself like an actor, i.e. in general relativity theory?
Furthermore we hope that space, time and spacetime will be examined in
this conference also from views other than those prevailing in the
western civilization.

The SLSAeu 2019 Conference will be followed by a workshop on history of
science, philosophy and literature with the theme  “Travels and
Travelers” which will take place at Hermoupolis, Syros Island, 1-3
July 2019.


This conference invites participants to approach the notions of space,
time and spacetime from a variety of perspectives, including but not
limited to specific disciplines/fields or genres: history of Science and
scientific instruments, literature, art(s), philosophy, anthropology,
biology, physics, cosmology, sociology, science fiction, posthumanism
etc. Selected abstracts will then be grouped into paper sessions, panels
and roundtables on specific thematic streams.

Formats of presentations

Individual paper presentations (20-minute papers). Panels (120 minutes,
including a moderator and participants from at least two different
countries and/or disciplines). Interdisciplinary roundtables spanning
science/technology, humanities or social sciences, and the arts. (60-90

Confirmed plenary speakers

Prof. Dr. Klaus Mecke, Friendrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg

Dr. Efthymios Nicolaides, Director of Research, Institute of
Historical Research/National Hellenic ResearchFoundation

Dr. Tefkros Michailides, Mathematician, Author of books on science and
literature (the list will be updated after 15th of February)

Venue of the Conference

The main venue of the Conference will be the building of the National
Hellenic Research Foundation, Vassileos Kosntantinou 48, 116 35 Athens,
close to the centre of Athens (one metro station or 10-15 minutes
walking distance from Syntagma square). Additionally the nearby
historical building of the Marasleion Academy for Teachers, now
belonging to the Department of Primary Education of the University of
Athens may be used for parallel sessions and/orevents.


Details for the registration will be provided in due time. The early
bird fee is 200 Euros. There is a reduced fee for students, unemployed
and early career scholars. For more details please visit :

We encourage strongly the participation of Ph.D. students and early
career scholars. Plenary/Keynote Speakers will be announced in January 2019.

SLSAeu 2019 is organised by the Hellenic Open University, ELINAS Center
for Literature and Science at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität
Erlangen-Nürnberg, International Commission on Science and Literature
DHST/IUHPST, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Institute
of Historical Research/National Hellenic Research Foundation.

For questions regarding the Conference, suggestions for a stream topic
or other questions:

George Vlahakis: gvlahakis@yahoo.com
Aura Heydenreich:aura.heydenreich@fau.de

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