CFP: Events. New Work on Their Ontology and Semantics

Submission deadline: March 30, 2024

Conference date(s):
June 18, 2024 - June 19, 2024

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Conference Venue:

Laboratoire BCL: Bases, Corpus, Langage / CNRS, Université Côte d’Azur, Nice
Nice, France

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Workshop: New Work on the Ontology and Semantics of Events

Université Côte d’Azur, Nice,

Date: 18-19 June 2024

 Events (in the broad sense) play a fundamental role in our interaction with the word: actions, events, processes, states are crucial components of the reality as we represent it. Research on events comprises disciplines as diverse as natural language semantics, the syntax-semantic interface, analytic metaphysics, applied ontology and conceptual modeling.

Events have come to play a central role in natural language since Davidson’s highly influential proposal and has to a great range of developments including, in its Neo-Davidsonian version in the syntax-semantic interface. There are a range of challenges to its have received little attention, such as the distinction between events and acts, events and abstract states, events and situations (as truthmakers). Moroever there are alternatives to Davidsonian events semantics that have been proposed, but ask for further developments, such as truthmaker semantics, force semantics and radical decomposition of verbs in syntax. Finally, there are a great range of interesting issues regarding events and syntatcic structure, including the decomposition of event predicates in syntactic structure and the relevance of cartography for event semantics. 

Recently, also the metaphysics of events have seen renewed interest. Several issues have been addressed such as that concerning nature of, and the internal structure of, processes and events, the related issue that concerns the modal profile and the essential properties of events (and whether these features differ from the ones possessed by processes), the question of whether a theory concerning these entities has a descriptive or prescriptive import, as well as the issue concerning the relations between events, dispositions, and causation, and that concerning the nature of negative events and actions.

Finally, the notion of event is pervasive and play a key role in applied ontology and conceptual modeling. It is a general category of the most widespread foundational ontologies such as UFO, DOLCE, and BFO. On the one hand, these ontologies recently provided insightful accounts concerning the nature of events, their part-whole structure, and their difference from, e.g., situations, states, and processes. On the other hand, the notion of events played a key role in elucidating notions such as those of prevention, risk, production, money, and many others.

This workshop aims to bring together new research on events from the different perspectives.

Submission: If you want to contribute, please submit an abstract of approximately 1000 words suitable for a 30-minutes presentation that should be prepared for blind review and include a cover page with the full name, institution, and contact information. Abstracts should be sent in PDF format to: [email protected]

Further information:

Conference Fees: 60€ regular; 40€ students/unemployed


Informal queries: [email protected]

Deadline for submission: 30 March 2024

Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2024


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A. Williams (2021): ‘Events in Semantics’. In P. Stalmaszscuk (ed.): Cambridge Handbook of the Philosophy of Language. Cambridge UP.

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