Managing Multilingualism and Multiethnic Societies and Institution


MANAGING MULTILINGUAL AND MULTIETHNIC SOCIETIES AND INSTITUTION (Faculty of Humanities, Tito Square 5, 5000 Koper – Capodistria, Slovenija, 20-21 June 2011)

Globalisation promotes some devolution of governance to regions and makes international cooperation for resolving crises imperative. Sovereignty is undermined and new ways of managing diversity are needed as new spaces for language and identity open up. Individuals are freed from the institutional integration that structured their identity and relationship to language and culture. Individual freedom makes integration with collectivities a voluntaristic phenomenon. It’s a case of personal meanings and connotation related to the languages and cultures we have learned or we are aware of. New contexts for the revitalisation of regional languages emerge, and there is a demand for global lingue franche, and state non-lingue franche become diglossified. So, technological development for business and the information society and new educational perspectives on multilingualism and interculturalism need to be considered.

At the symposium the following themes will be focussed on in particular:
1. The multilingual policy in European contact areas: language policy at the level of state with special regards to border areas, minority and regional languages and immigrants
2. Managing language diversity at work: global economy and local dimension of language use. Regional languages and “lingue franche” today: demand in global scale and response in local dimension to the language use
3. Languages and identities: Multiple identities within global vision of political, social and cultural cooperation. New spaces for language and identity.

The conference will bring together EUNoM-partners, university teachers and students, researchers from universities and research institutions and other key players in the process – employers; language planners; trade unions; public authorities at local, regional, member state, and supranational levels.

1. Prof. Paolo Balboni, University Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy; Chair of Language Teaching Research, researcher in language teaching research, intercultural communication, language policy.
2. Lid King, National Director for Languages. The Languages Company, United Kingdom; specialist in language learning, adviser and materials developer, information and advice services developer to business.
3. Colin H Williams, School of Welsh – Cardiff University, UK; expert on ethnic and minority relations, language planning and policy.

The regular symposium fee for external guests is set at €150 and includes:
– programme materials;
– the book of abstracts;
– admission to all sessions;
– coffee breaks and snacks;
– the social dinner.

Information: and in the EUNoM’s website

Information Systems: Why History Matters


Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Journal of Information Technology

Information Systems: Why History Matters

Senior Editors:
Antony Bryant
Alistair Black
Frank Land
Jaana Porra

Any discipline or field of professional practice has a history. A proper understanding of the discipline needs to be based on a widespread awareness of that history. The field of information systems (IS) is no different in this regard. As the IS field matures, it needs to evolve a historical perspective on its own subject matter.

Although there has been some significant work within IS studies that relies upon and uses historical data, there is little by way of information historiography to guide further work and future research. This is ironic given that information systems themselves are now the fons et origo of contemporary (richly demonstrated by the recent WIKILEAKS affair) and future archives. In addition, there is significant reliance upon case studies, and other forms of historical narrative, in IS research and general IS literature. So it is essential that those working within IS studies understand the role and nature of archives and other historical sources, both in terms of a resource for research into information history, and as a topic for discussion amongst archivists, historians, and other information and information system researchers and professionals: Also developing an awareness of the processes underlying the development of archives as social artefacts.

The interest in producing IS history encompasses many disciplines and varying perspectives on IS. The IS discipline itself is closely related to other disciplines or research domains, such as information studies, information science, library history, organizational studies, business studies, software engineering (including requirements engineering), HCI, AI, CAD/CAM, criminology, social studies, behavioural sciences, economics and communication studies – although all too often these links are ignored or simply forgotten. In so doing, the IS community is missing an opportunity to engage with, and learn from, others with differing perspectives on topics of common interest. Furthermore, this engenders an uneasy feeling that many current IS issues and concerns might be at least partially resolved with a better knowledge and understanding of ‘information history’ in its broadest sense.

The purpose of this special issue is to provide a broad based platform for an IS historical discourse. Thus, we welcome contributions from all fields that are concerned with the IS subject matter. While many aspects and areas of IS studies rely on historical data, evidence and archives, the common goal is to produce a body of IS history. In this spirit, we invite contributions on a variety of topics related to IS history. Such topics may touch upon fundamental philosophical questions such as: What is IS history? At a more practical level, they may include areas such as:
the development of information history as a multidisciplinary research effort
an analysis of historical approaches and methods and what these can provide for the IS researcher
the existence of primary sources for IS history, and associated problems of access and methodology
the nature of the archive
good examples of the use of historiographic approaches to IS studies
previously unpublished histories
the study of the evolution of the IS disciplines
how the boundaries of the discipline were set and defined
the study of the evolution of IS organization, practice and management, including such practices as outsourcing
the study of the evolution of the IS profession
the study of the evolution of the role of information systems and professionals in organizations
the study of the evolution of IS design methodologies
the study of evolution of IS applications
exploring the management of change
the importance of understanding the pre-history of IS as currently defined, including continuities or contrasts with earlier pre-computer phases, technologies and systems
the study of IS innovation and diffusion including: stages of growth models; the study of IS success and failure; use and policies around public and private archives
information archives in the age of Freedom of Information legislation, PR and spin
the use of history as an instrument for understanding the present and planning the future; and the consequent dangers of ‘presentism’
the inevitability of the ‘double hermeneutic’ in unravelling the historical record


Frank Bannister, Trinity College, Dublin

Rudy Hirschheim, Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at the EJ Ourso College of Business Administration at Louisiana State University, USA

Nathalie Mitev, Department of Information Systems, LSE, UK

Neil Pollock, Reader in e-business, University of Edinburgh, UK

Neil Ramiller Professor of Management, School of Business Administration, Portland State University

Boyd Rayward, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois, USA

Burt Swanson, Professor and Area Chair for Information Systems at the UCLA Anderson School, USA

Toni Weller, Visiting Research Fellow in History, Department of Historical and Social Studies, De Montfort University, UK


Information about JIT, including formatting requirements, can be found at

Questions about the special issue can be directed to Tony Bryant [a.bryant at]

Papers should be submitted to JIT [JITedoffice at] with the title of the Special Issue in the Subject Line.

December 31 2011 Articles submitted
July 31 2012 Reviews returned to authors
October 31 2012 Revised version of articles due

December 31 2012 Final papers selected
June 2013 Publication of Special Issue

Workshop Language, Nation, Identity: the “questione della lingua” in an Italian and non-Italian context


Workshop Language – Nation – Identity: the “questione della lingua” in an Italian and non-Italian context

29 -30. September, 2011
University of Oslo

Call for papers

In 2011 Italy is celebrating 150 years of Unification. This is a very
important date not only for the history of the Italian State but also for
the history of the Italian language.

The debates on an Italian standard language that is accessible to everyone
(“questione della lingua”) began in the 13th century with Dante and his
“De vulgari eloquentia” and have continued for almost seven centuries. The
political unification (in 1861) marked a new phase in the discussion on
the language: did it amount to a victory of standard Italian and the
defeat of all other languages present on the territory of the new Italian
state, was it a fortuitous coexistance of different languages?

Is the language one of the main parts of national identity? – This is the
crucial question we would like to explore.
What kind of relationship can there be between political and linguistic
unification? What was the process in other countries?
Does a strong centralized state actually need to have one language?
Can a language actually unify a nation?
What is happening nowadays, as the migration process seems to be leading
us towards plurilingualism?
These are the questions that we will put to the workshop participants.

The discussion will be developed from two perspectives: diachronically, we
will describe the creation of a standard language and its role in the
political centralization and unification; on the other hand,
synchronically, we will analyse the situation in a modern society where
two opposing tendencies coexist. On the one hand, the aspiration to
integrate in a new society and/or to be a world citizen impels us to use
one standard language, while on the other, the desire to conserve a
distinct identity and to ensure the survival of the small languages
explains the opposite movement.

We think that the topic of the workshop will be interesting not only for
specialists but also for the general public concerned with problems of
identity and nation. This is why we plan to contact a publishing house
interested in the topic and to publish the papers delivered at the
workshop. We also see the workshop as a step towards future research on
these issues.

Deadline: 1. of April

Working language: English.

Organized by: Italian section of ILOS

For more information please contact: Elizaveta Khachaturyan, Sergio Sabbatini

International Conference: The Collective Dimension of Science


International Conference: The Collective Dimension of Science

Nancy, France
date: December 8-10th 2011

Keynote speakers

– John Greco (Saint Louis University)
– Philip Kitcher (Columbia University)
– Paul Thagard (University of Waterloo)
– John Woods (University of British Columbia)
– Jesus Zamora-Bonilla (UNED, Madrid)

Program Committee

Anouk Barberousse (IHPST, University Paris 1-ENS), Alvin Goldman (Rutgers), Gerhard Heinzmann (Archives Poincaré, University Nancy 2), Cyrille Imbert (Archives Poincaré, University Nancy 2), Johannes Lenhard (University of Bielefeld), Olivier Roy (Ludwig-Maximilians-
Universität München), Roger Pouivet (Archives Poincaré, University Nancy 2), Jan Sprenger (Tilburg University), John Woods (University of British Columbia).

Presentation of the conference

The goal of the conference is to discuss philosophical issues related to the collective aspects of science, especially within computational science and “big science”. While studies within social epistemology already investigate the social dimension of the production and validation of beliefs and knowledge, science is not their core object of study. This conference will be devoted to examining to what extent a too individualistic and resource-insensitive philosophical perspective about scientific practices and the making of scientific knowledge is insufficient and conversely to what extent a focus upon extended and/or social agents is needed. We wish to create fruitful interactions between researchers from different fields or subfields such as philosophy of science, (social) epistemology, epistemic logic, formal epistemology, philosophy of economics, philosophy of logic but also mathematics, computer science or cognitive science (especially distributed cognition).

Though this conference mainly addresses philosophical questions, submissions in history or sociology of science that are clearly connected with some of the research questions will also be considered.

The conference language is English.

A few travel grants will be available for students presenting a paper at the conference. To apply for a travel grant, please send an email to after submitting your abstract and include a CV with description of status and affiliation.

– Anouk Barberousse (CNRS, IHPST – University Paris 1 – ENS) 1
– Cyrille Imbert (CNRS, Archives Poincaré – University Nancy 2)

Information about submissions

We invite submissions of extended abstracts. Submissions should take the form of an extended abstract of 1000 words. All submissions must be made electronically through our automatic submission system (see the submission page) by May 30, 2011 at the latest. Papers should be suitable for a presentation of around 30 minutes with a 15 minute question-and-answer session. Decisions will be made by June 30, 2011 and authors notified by the beginning of July. All enquiries about the call for papers should be addressed to

Questions of interest include, but are not limited to:

– Similarities and differences (definitional, epistemological, etc.) between individual and collective or computer-based scientific knowledge
– Description and analysis of collective and/or computational scientific agents and their capacities
– Role and epistemology of various types of computer (personal computers, giant computers, parallel computers, etc.)
– How is collective scientific work achieved in practice?
– Scientific understanding within collective and computational science
– Role and modalities of scientific communication within collective and computational science
– Transmission and diffusion of scientific results: role of images, formats, summaries, versions of results, etc.
– The epistemology of scientific storage: (open) encyclopedias, public databases, scientific archives, etc.
– Division and distribution of scientific work, modularity of tasks and scientific optimality
– Empiricism, conventionalism and pragmatism at the age of collective and computational science
– Individual and collective scientific rationality
– Tacit knowledge within scientific interactions and practices
– Traditional questions within social epistemology (e.g. expertise, testimony, judgment aggregation, organization of knowledge communities, etc.) applied to science
– Comparative approaches between formal and empirical sciences about the listed topics
– Epistemological issues within “big science” e.g. climate science, explorative biological research programs (HGP, barcoding of life), collective science in high-energy physics, etc.

Dates and Deadlines

– May 30 2011: Abstract submission deadline
– June 30 2011: Notification of acceptance
– November 1 2011: Registration deadline
– December 8-10 2011: Conference

Financial support for the conference is provided by the MSH Lorraine, the Archives Poincaré and the IHPST.

CfP: Philosophy & Engineering. Formal knowledge facing history, technology and materiality


Workshop “Philosophy & Engineering. Formal knowledge facing history, technology and materiality.”
(Atelier “Philosophie & Ingénierie. Le formel face à l’histoire, la technologie et la matérialité.”)

IC 2011 – 22nd French national conference on Knowledge Engineering
(22èmes Journées francophones d’Ingénierie des Connaissances)

Chair: Alexandre Monnin
Location and date: Chambéry (France), May 16-17, 2011
Hosted by the AFIA joint Conferences in Artificial Intelligence.

Knowledge engineering has a tradition of reusing concepts belonging to the philosophical tradition. In a sense, one could go as far as to say that it is a “continuation of philosophy through other means and methods”. As a consequence, the objects it inherits undergo many deep transformations. What is conversely at stake for philosophy is to understand how its concepts are modified in a context where technology is paramount. The Web exemplifies this trend and yet adds another layer of complexity, as betokens the expression “philosophical engineers” forged by Tim Berners-Lee himself to describe the people who created the Web and characterize their work. This workshop would like to explore the links between philosophy and engineering both from a theoretical and practical point of view and reconsider the activity of practicing philosophy at the present time.

Alexandre Monnin
Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne/CNAM/Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation
Email: alexandre dot monnin at malix dot univ-paris1 dot fr
Deadline: 17 April
Submissions in English are welcome

McLuhan’s Philosophy of Media Centennial Conference


McLuhan’s Philosophy of Media
Centennial Conference – Contact Forum
26-28 October 2011 – Brussels

Keynote Speakers:
Eric McLuhan, Robert K. Logan, Paul Levinson, Graham Harman, Peter-Paul Verbeek

Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980): media theorist, cultural critic, provoker. Undoubtedly influential. Pitching phrases like ‘the medium is the message’ and ‘the global village,’ McLuhan rose to stardom in the 1960s, only to see his fame decay during the last decade of his life. Since the early 1990s however, his ideas have been gradually rediscovered by academics and pop culture alike. The digital revolution made him, retrospectively, a quite accurate analyst of the information era, even a visionary in the eyes of some. Within communication studies, cultural studies, sociology, and philosophy, his insights remain fertile ground for anyone trying to understand the interactions of humans, technologies, and media environments.

In 2011, McLuhan would have celebrated his 100th birthday. A perfect moment to look back as well as ahead. During this interdisciplinary conference, we will discuss McLuhan’s ideas from different perspectives and traditions. At the same time we wish to highlight an aspect of McLuhan that until now has been underexposed: his philosophy of media. Inasmuch as he reflected upon the workings and forms of media, McLuhan truly was a philosopher of technology, very much in the style of contemporary Anglo-American philosophers of technology: weaving together ontology, phenomenology, critique, and cultural observations into an eclectic patchwork bent on understanding media dynamics. And “media,” in McLuhan’s sense, could be anything made by humans, ranging from cars over political systems to ideas. Throughout this centennial celebration, we seek to investigate McLuhan’s “media philosophy,” in particular its relation to, relevance for, and place in philosophy and media studies. More specifically, but not exhaustively, the following topics could be discussed:

– McLuhan’s media theory and its relevance in the context of today’s media research
– General concepts in McLuhan’s theory of media, e.g., causality, rationality, spatiality, temporality, corporeality, extension
– “Is the medium still the message in the 21st century?”
– Metaphysics in McLuhan
– “Technologies-as-Extension” theories
– McLuhan’s use/critique of logic
– Parallels and connections between McLuhan’s media theory and other philosophical or philosophically inspired schools, e.g., phenomenology, structuralism, Thomism, idealism, linguistics
– The scope of McLuhan’s media analysis
– McLuhan’s interpretation and reading of philosophers and writers, e.g., Francis Bacon, Vico, Aristotle, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Shakespeare, the Bible
– The relevance and usability of the ‘tetrad’

Since we aim at an interdisciplinary conference, we welcome contributions from all academic fields.

A selection of the presented papers will be published afterwards.

Philosophy of Engineering and Artifact in the Digital Era) international conference


3rd PHEADE (Philosophy of Enginnering and Artifact in the Digital Era) international conference
Bukovina, Romania – October 13-16

The 2011 edition’s theme is:
From Natural to Artifacted. Trends and challenges in/of the philosophy of information in the Knowledge Society

Romanian Society for Philosophy Engineering and Technoethics (ROSPHET/SFRIT)

Romanian Academy
Indian Institute of Science and Religion
“Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava – Romania

Objectives of the conference
The Philosophy of Information became one of the most dynamic philosophical approaches of the 21 century, because information “is a much cruder and more fundamental concept than that of knowledge on which philosophers have concentrated so much…” (Michael Dummett, 1993).
The philosophical study of information “evolves out of the analytic movement, but does not seem to belong to it. It attempts to expand the frontier of philosophical research, not by putting together pre-existing topics, and thus reordering the philosophical scenario, but by enclosing new areas of philosophical inquiry – which have been struggling to be recognised and may not yet found room in the traditional philosophical syllabus – and by providing innovative methodologies to address traditional problems from new perspectives” (Luciano Floridi, 2008).
This is why the philosophy of information, as a brand new branch of the philosophical research, “promises to be one of the most exciting and fruitful areas of philosophical research of our time” and to establish a fruitful and full of sense dialogue with the science of information and the theology of information, in the Knowledge Society, just before the Singularity Era.

Submissions of presentations, papers and posters are invited to not exclusively relate to the following tracks:
Information, complexity and semiosis. Debating the nature of information
Philosophy of information vs science and/or theology of information
The information turn in philosophy: trends and challenges (open problems)
Information, intelligence, artifacts (robots). Toward the “robot(ic) sophia”?

Extended abstracts (1000-1200 words) are to be submitted by March 31 2011.
Double-blind review’s result (acceptance/rejection) will be sent until April 31.
Registration no later than June 15.

The conference working language is English.
Accepted papers will be published in the conference’s Proceedings.
Organizers run discussions with several leading publishing houses about an edited title, too – a thematic special selection that will be published as a separate book.
The ROSPHET & the partners will select the best 3 papers, the author(s) of which will be announced and awarded during the Conference Dinner.