CFP: Conference on Computational Methods and the Future of Science

Submission deadline: February 1, 2019

Conference date(s):
June 14, 2019 - June 15, 2019

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, University of Kansas
Lawrence, United States

Topic areas


The widespread use of computing technologies in inquiry has changed the way we come to know, understand, and manipulate our world. As scientists and engineers continue to develop and integrate these instruments into a growing range of contexts, questions about their role and influence arise for philosophers, historians of science, and others in the humanities. This conference welcomes contributions from all disciplines, but especially from philosophy – that address ethical, epistemological, and methodological aspects of the influence of technology on science.

We are especially open to contributions that address fundamental questions about the nature of inquiry and computation.

We are inviting abstracts of around 500 words for 35-minute talks with 15 minutes of additional time for discussion. We hope to publish a selection of the accepted papers in an edited volume or a special issue of a journal.

This conference features keynotes fromGualtiero PiccininiandPaul Humphreys.

Among the events currently planned is an interdisciplinary round-table discussion of computational methods in science from early career researchers from across the sciences.

We are also inviting papers for a special session on the nature of analog computation organized by Corey Maley (

Analog computation special session:

Analog computation seems to have little to do with Turing computation, and from that perspective, may not qualify as computation at all. Yet if we take seriously the fact that analog computers were used to do many computational tasks decades before digital computers were used to do those same tasks, it seems unreasonable to reject the former as computational while accepting the latter. What, then, is computational about analog computation?  Abstracts submitted for this topic should be labeled ‘Analog computation special session.’

We strongly encourage individuals of underrepresented groups to participate in the conference.  Graduate students, early career researchers, and adjunct faculty will be granted discounted or waived conference fees upon request. The organizers will have some financial support available to defray the cost of attendance for some accepted papers.


John Symons

Ramón Alvarado



KU Department of Philosophy

The Hall Center for the Humanities

Important Dates

Deadline for 500 word abstracts (Feb 1 2019)

Notification of acceptance (March 1 2019)

Deadline for accepted complete papers (May 1 2019)

Conference June 14-15 2019

University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

A selection of the accepted papers will be published in a journal special issue or in an edited volume.

Decision on acceptance for publication (August 1 2019)

Please send inquiries and submissions to ramon[dot]alvarado[at]ku.edusubject line: Future of ScienceRegister Here

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