Social Ontology 2020
The 12th Biennial Collective Intentionality Conference
July 13–25, 2020, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Conference website is live!
We are pleased to announce that the website hosting this year’s conference is now online. You can access it at:
The talks are accessible to the general public and comments can be posted by all ISOS members. The programme of keynote talks and symposia is also available on the website.
Kindly note that we are finalizing the programme for the live Q&A sessions. The registration for these sessions will open soon. If you are a speaker at the conference, this is when you will be able to see the timeslot assigned to your talk.
If you submitted a video but do not see it on the website yet, do not worry. We are still processing some of the videos, so yours may not be up yet. (This is especially probable if you submitted after June 28th.)
We are very excited about this new conference format and we are looking forward to e-meeting you very much indeed.
Alessandro & Olivier
Social Ontology 2020 is almost here!
We have an exciting update for you. The Social Ontology 2020 Conference website that will host this year event will go live on
July 6, 2020
This website will host the videos of the talks submitted by this year's speakers and act as a platform for discussing these talks.
The videos will be freely accessible to the general public. Attendees that wish to access the comment section and participate in the live Q&A sessions are required to be ISOS members and to register for the conference (more details coming soon).
We look forward to e-meeting all of you very much indeed.
Antoine Taillard, on behalf of the SO2020 organizing committee
Social Ontology 2020 to be held online
Every year, the social ontology and collective intentionality conferences have been wonderful and productive opportunities for us to get together, talk with one another, discuss new work, and push forward this exciting and growing area of philosophy. This year, the current state of the pandemic makes it impossible for us to have the meeting in person. We’d been greatly looking forward to seeing you all in Neuchâtel, and are disappointed not to be able to have the conference in person.
For this year, however, the organizers of Social Ontology 2020 and the executive and steering committees of ISOS have agreed that we will hold the conference online. There are many details to work out. We want to put together as interesting and productive a conference as possible, which will mean rethinking and redesigning it so that it works for people around the world.
We know that this is not ideal, but hope that you’ll bear with us and that you’ll join us online in July. The process of refereeing abstracts is still going on, and we’ll try to keep you in the loop as plans get solidified.
Brian Epstein, Tufts University; President, International Social Ontology Society
Olivier Massin, University of Neuchâtel; co-organizer, Social Ontology 2020
Alessandro Salice, University College Cork; co-organizer, Social Ontology 2020
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.
MONDAY, July 13th, 1500-16.30 (CEST).
TUESDAY, July 14th, 1500-16.30 (CEST).
WEDNESDAY, July 15th, 1500-16.30 (CEST).
THURSDAY, July 16th, 1500-16.30 (CEST).
FRIDAY, July 17th, 1500-16.30 (CEST).
Jonathan Schaffer, Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers (website)
MONDAY, July 13th, 1000-1200 (CEST). "Joining forces: The nature and norms of collective efforts”. Learn more.
FRIDAY, July 17, 1300-1500 (CEST): "Norms and commitments in human-robot cooperative interactions”. Learn more.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
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, 2019Deadline for submissions: March 2nd, 2020
Notification of acceptance: May 10th, 2020
Deadline for videos submission: June 26th, 2020
Conference website opens: July 6th, 2020
Online Conference: July 13-25, 2020