Social Ontology 2020

The 12th Biennial Collective Intentionality Conference

July 13–16, 2020, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

In July 2020, the University of Neuchâtel will host the biennial social ontology conference. This major conference will bring together international leaders across fields studying the nature of the social world and how to improve our models of it.

Keynotes by:

  • Malinda Carpenter, Professor in Developmental Psychology, St. Andrews (website)
  • Jonathan Schaffer, Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers (website)
  • Amie Thomasson, Professor of Philosophy, Dartmouth College (website)

  • Achille Varzi, Professor of Philosophy, New York (website)

  • Dan Zahavi, Professor of Philosophy, Copenhagen/Oxford (website)

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Collective Intentionality and Social Cognition
  • Group Action
  • Shared Emotions
  • Psychopathological Disturbances of Social Behaviour
  • Approaches to the Metaphysics of the Social World
  • The Nature of Institutions, Firms, and Organizations
  • The Nature of Law and Legal Applications of Social Ontology
  • The Ontology of Economics
  • Collective and Distributed Responsibility


Norms and commitments in human-robot cooperative interactions


Elisabeth Pacherie (Institut Jean Nicod, PSL, Paris)


  • Ingar Brinck (Lund University). "Social norms in Human-Robot interaction"
  • Raul Hakli (University of Helsinki). "Trusting a robot collaborator"
  • John Michael (CEU, Vienna). "The Sense of Commitment in Human-Robot Interaction".

Learn more

Call For Abstracts

Abstract submission is now closed. Thank you for your participation.

Abstracts of 300-500 words (prepared for blind review) should be submitted to the conference EasyChair website.

For the submission, only an abstract (not a full paper) is required.

Interdisciplinary contributions are strongly encouraged.

Deadline for submissions: March 2nd, 23:59 CEST

Notification of acceptance: May 5th, 2020


Olivier Massin (Neuchâtel, Chair), Alessandro Salice (Cork, Chair)

Organizing Committee (Neuchâtel)

Agnès Baehni, Sylvain Bovard, Mina Brigljevic, Jämaelle Corrado, Alexandre Ducommun, Thaïs Oviedo, Rachel Prêtre, Antoine Taillard, Antoine Vuille, Judith Würgler

The Conference Series

The Collective Intentionality conferences are a biennial series sponsored by the International Social Ontology Society. The previous events in this series have been held at Tufts University (2018), Delft University of Technology in Den Haag, Netherlands (2016), Indiana University Bloomington (2014), and the Universities of Manchester (2012), Basel (2010), Berkeley (2008), Helsinki (2006), Siena (2004), Rotterdam (2002), Leipzig (2000) and Munich (1999).


Registration opens: TBA

CFP: October 17th, 2019

Deadline for submissions: March 2nd, 2020

Notification of acceptance: May 5th, 2020

Conference: July 13-16, 2020

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