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11th British Wittgenstein Society Conference: Wittgenstein and AI

July 29, 2022 @ 8:00 am - July 31, 2022 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0

11th British Wittgenstein Society Conference: Wittgenstein and AI
New College of the Humanities (London), 29-31 July 2022
Call for Abstracts

The New College of the Humanities (NCH) will host the 11th British Wittgenstein Society (BWS) Conference, on the theme of Wittgenstein and AI. The conference will be held in London, at the New College of the Humanities (Devon House), from the 29th to the 31st of July 2022.

The Conference will feature keynote addresses, invited symposia (on the topics indicated below), and contributed papers, selected in response to the present Call for Abstracts. We invite submissions of abstracts suitable for presentation in a parallel session concerning any topic related to the overarching theme of the conference. We especially encourage submissions from members of underrepresented groups in philosophy and contributions that are aimed at an interdisciplinary, or general audience.

Keynote Speakers: We are pleased to announce that our keynote speakers are
Juliet Floyd (Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics, Boston University)
A. C. Grayling (Theory of Knowledge, Metaphysics and Logic, New College of the Humanities)
Paula Sweeney (Philosophy of AI, University of Aberdeen).

Invited Symposiasts include:
Tony Belpaeme (Cognitive Systems and Robotics, University of Ghent/University of Plymouth)
Joe Di Castro (Data Engineering and Data Visualisation Development)
Simon Hewitt (Philosophy of Language, Logic and Mathematics, University of Leeds)
David Kenyon (Research Historian, Bletchley Park)
Mark Martin (EdTech, New College of the Humanities)
Alois Pichler (Digital Humanities, University of Bergen)
Diane Proudfoot (Philosophy of Logic and AI, University of Canterbury, NZ)
Paul Standish (Education, Practice and Society, University College London)
Ioannis Votsis (Philosophy of Science, New College of the Humanities)
Fintan Mallory (Philosophy of Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Language, University of Oslo)
Elena Kochina (Natural Language Processing, Queen Mary University of London/ Alan Turing Institute)
Serena Villata (Computational Argumentation, Université de Nice)
Elmar Unnsteinsson (Philosophy of Language and Linguistics, University College Dublin)
Barbara McGillivray (Computational Linguistics, King’s College London).
Annette Zimmermann (Ethics of AI and Machine Learning, University of York and Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University)
Symposium 1: Digital Humanities and Wittgenstein
Symposium 2: Online Language Games
Symposium 3: Wittgenstein, Logic and Computation
Symposium 4: Wittgenstein and Turing
Symposium 5: Wittgenstein, AI, and Education
Symposium 6: Wittgenstein and AI Regulation
Symposium 7: Colour and AI
Symposium 8: Colour Hackathon!

Submission requirements: Submissions should include a title, an abstract of max. 500 words (including foot- and endnotes, excluding the bibliography), and a list of 3-5 keywords. Submissions should be suitable for a presentation of 30 minutes, followed by a 10 minute Q&A, and be suitable for blind review. All submissions should be sent through EasyChair: easychair.org/my/conference?conf=wai22#

Submission deadline: April 1, 2022.
Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2022.
Registration: Participation in the conference requires registration. The registration fee is £100, or £50 for those on concession (e.g., students, and the underemployed), and includes the costs of all lunches, coffee, and refreshments in the conference venue. Day rates are £50, or £25 on concession.

Bursaries: Up to 5 bursaries of £100 or more will be available on a competitive basis to cover accommodation costs for student participants. Students whose submissions are accepted and would like to be considered for a bursary should then email specifying their institutional affiliation and programme of study.
For further enquiries, please email

We look forward to reading your submissions!

The Wittgenstein and AI Conference is generously sponsored by Society for Applied Philosophy, the Analysis Trust, and the Mind Association.