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        Date: 2020-02-18 14:34:10+00:00
        From: lidemol 
        Subject: Second CfP HaPoP-5, 27 May 2020, Paris

Dear all,

it is my greatest pleasure to send you the second call for papers for
the fifth symposium on the history and philosophy of programming,
organized by the DLMPST/DHST commission HaPOC (www.hapoc.org) and to be
held in Paris on 27 May 2020.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me
or Tomas Petricek (my co-chair),

with best wishes,
Liesbeth De Mol

HaPoP 2020
Second call for papers

Fifth international symposium on the History and Philosophy of programming
27 May 2020, Paris, France

Co-located with NewCrafts 2020, 28-29 May 2020


In a society where computers have become ubiquitous, it is necessary to
develop a deeper understanding of the nature of computer programs, not
just from the technical viewpoint, but from a broader historical and
philosophical perspective. A historical awareness of the evolution of
programming not only helps to clarify the complex structure of
computing, but it also provides an insight in what programming was, is
and could be in the future. Philosophy, on the other hand, helps to
tackle fundamental questions about the nature of programs, programming
languages and programming as a discipline.

HaPoP 2020 is the fifth edition of the Symposium on the History and
Philosophy of Programming, organised by HaPoC, Commission on the History
and Philosophy of Computing. As in the previous editions, we are
convinced that an interdisciplinary approach is necessary for
understanding programming with its multifaceted nature. As such, we
welcome participation by researchers and practitioners coming from a
diversity of backgrounds, including historians, philosophers, computer
scientists and professional software developers.

/Programming as an art, a craft or a science/

This edition of the symposium will be colocated with NewCrafts, an
international software development conference for professional
developers who care about quality code and improving their practices. In
recent years, NewCrafts featured many talks on software craftsmanship,
programming paradigms, architecture, but also ethics and philosophy and
history of computing.

To initiate an inspiring conversation between the NewCrafts and HaPoP
communities, we are particularly looking for talk proposals that discuss
the question in how far programming can/has been/should be understood as
an art, a craft and/or a science and what that implies both for the
practice of programming as well as for our understanding of computer
programs. We may not be able to answer this question, but we believe it
will lead to useful insights about the nature of programs and programming.

We also welcome papers with a broader scope.

/Selected topics of interest for the symposium/

Possible and in no way exclusive questions of relevance to this
symposium are:

     Can/has been/should be programming understood as an art, a craft
and/or a science?
     Are we getting better at writing programs that solve the given problem?
     Is programming a specialist discipline, or will everyone in the
future be a programmer?
     What are the different scientific paradigms and research programmes
developed through the history of computer programming?
     Is it possible to eliminate errors from computer programs?
     What is a program? How did the notion of a program change
throughout the history?
     How are programs and abstractions born, used and understood?
     What was and is the relationship between hardware and software
     How did theoretical computer science (lambda-calculus, logics,
category theory) influence the development of programming languages and
vice versa?
     What are the novel and most interesting approaches to the design of
     What is a correct program? Historical and philosophical reflections
on issues in formal specification, type checking and model checking.
     What is the nature of the relationship between algorithms and programs?
     What legal and socio-economical issues are involved in the
creation, patenting and free-distribution of programs?
     How do we understand the multi-faceted nature of programs combining
syntax, semantics and physical implementation?
     How is programming to be taught?

/Dates, format and submissions/

For the symposium, we invite submission of two-page extended abstracts
(including footnotes, but excluding references). Accepted papers will be
given a 30 minute presentation slot including discussion. As with the
previous editions, we also intend to submit a proposal for a special
issue of a suitable journal for publication of full papers based on the
symposium presentations.
Important dates

     Submission deadline: 20 March 2020
     Author notification: 20 April 2020
     HaPoP symposium: 27 May 2020

/Important links/

     Submission web site:
     Financial support: Coming soon
     Registraton site: Coming soon

/Program committee/

Liesbeth De Mol (co-chair, CNRS – UMR 8163 STL Université deLille)
Tomas Petricek (co-chair – University of Kent)
Arnaud Bailly (Aleryo)
Martin Carlé (Ionean University)
Andrea Magnorsky (Independent)
Ursula Martin (Oxford University)
Baptiste Mélès (CNRS, UMR 7117 Archives Henri-Poincaré
Pierre Mounier-Kuhn (CNRS & Université de Paris-Sorbonne)
Romeu  Moura (Independent)
Mark Priestley (Independent)
Giuseppe Primiero (University of Milan)


Program committee of the symposium, as well as registration information
will be announced soon. Please check this page regularly for updates. We
will be also sharing updates via the HaPoC Comission web page (register
to get updates via email) and on Twitter at @HaPoComputing.

HaPoP-5 co-chairs are Liesbeth De Mol and Tomas Petricek. If you have
any questions regarding suitability of a topic or format of the extended
abstract, please contact Liesbeth at liesbeth.de-mol@univ-lille.fr or
Tomas at tomas@tomasp.net. For quick questions, you can also use
@tomaspetricek on Twitter.

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