The Social Ontology Summer School

June 26, 2023 - June 30, 2023
Institute of Philosophy, University of Neuchatel

Espace Tilo-Frey 1
Neuchâtel 2000

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Stockholm University
Università degli Studi di Milano


Université de Neuchâtel
Université de Neuchâtel

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We are pleased to announce the first edition of The Social Ontology Summer School.

The event will be held in Neuchâtel, June 26-30, 2023. It aims at introducing important debates in social ontology to philosophers and scholars of other disciplines studying social phenomena. It is open to master students, PhD students and early postdoc researchers.

The lecturers are Åsa Burman (Stockholm) and Francesco Guala (Milan). Each lecturer will give classes for a total of 10 hours. Moreover, some participants will have the opportunity to present their work.

Students interested in participating to the Summer School are invited to submit the following two documents:

  1. an up-to-date resume (curriculum vitae), including a list of publications if any.

  2. a statements of purpose (maximum 500 words)

Additionally, participants interested in presenting their work during the event are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 500 words (excluding references) prepared for blind review. Contributions in any area of social ontology are welcome. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • The nature, evolution, and functioning of social norms

  • The metaphysics social kinds (e.g. race or gender) and social structures

  • The structure of institutions, firms, and organizations

  • The ontology of economics

  • The foundations of social ontology and its links with other areas of philosophy and the social sciences.

All documents should be sent in PDF format to the email address specified at by February 28, 2023.

Students will be notified of the organizers' decision by March 15, 2023. Accepted students who decide to attend the Summer School will be expected to pay the registration fee of 35 CHF. (The fee is waived for CUSO members.)

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Neuchâtel this summer !

Antoine Taillard & Marco Marabello

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