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Social Ontology 2019

The 6th Biennial ENSO Conference

August 22-24, 2019, Tampere University, Finland

In August 2019, Tampere University will host the biennial social ontology conference. This major conference will bring together leading philosophers and other theorists studying the nature of the social world and how to improve our models of it.

DEADLINE: March 16, 2019

Submit 300-500 word abstracts to:



Topics include:

  • Approaches to the metaphysics of the social world
  • Collective intentionality and group action
  • The nature of institutions and social structures
  • Philosophy of race and gender
  • Metaphysics of money and markets
  • Collective and distributed responsibility
  • Societal and philosophical aspects of social robotics
  • Ontological aspects of critical social theory

Interdisciplinary contributions are encouraged.

Basic conference fee (TBC) for ISOS members is ca. €50, and a voluntary supporter fee is ca €100. For others, $90/45 annual ISOS membership fee on top of that. Details about registration will be added in due time. 

Notification of acceptance by April 15, 2019

Keynotes by:

Conference registration opens: May 15, 2019


Tampere University, Philosophy (Facultty of Social Science).

The Organizing Committee:  Arto Laitinen (Chair, Tampere), Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere), Raul Hakli (Helsinki), Onni Hirvonen (Jyväskylä), Säde Hormio (Helsinki), Risto Koskensilta (Tampere), Lauri Lahikainen (Tampere), Pekka Mäkelä (Helsinki), Mikko Salmela (Helsinki), Jaana Virta (Tampere).

For more information on the conference or abstract submission, please contact socialontology2019@gmail.com

The conference series:
The International Social Ontology Society (ISOS)  organizes two series of conferences. This conference is the sixth in the series of The European Network on Social Ontology conferences, whence the subtitle ENSO VI.  Previous ENSO and Collective Intentionality conferences were held at Tufts, Boston (2018); Lund (2017); The Hague (2016), Palermo (2015); Indiana University Bloomington (2014), Helsinki (2013), Manchester (2012), Rome (2011), Basel (2010), Konstanz (2009), Berkeley (2008), Helsinki (2006), Siena (2004), Rotterdam (2002), Leipzig (2000), and Munich (1999).


Timeline (TBC)

November 20th: Call for Papers available, abstract submission opens

March 16th, 2019: Deadline for submissions

April 15th, 2019: Notification of acceptance

May 15th 2019: Registration opens

June 30th 2019: Last day for updating accepted abstracts

August 1st 2019: Last day of registration

August 22 - August 24, 2019: Conference!




"International Social Ontology Society" is registered as a non-profit organization in Austria.

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