CfP: HaPoC 2019 in Bergamo

Call for Papers:
HaPoC 2019, 5th International Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing
October 28-30, 2019
Bergamo, Italy

Today more than ever computers have taken center stage in our lives: science, economy, politics, art, there is no single human endeavour that has been left unaffected by Information Technologies. Whether this impact is positive or negative, is still very much up for debate.

People connected to the Internet can enjoy an unprecedented amount of information and computing power at their disposal, but more and more negative side effects of a widespread use of computers are brought to our attention: automation bias, echo chambers, shortened attention spans, job displacement, election hacking are just a few examples. The latest AI-hype fuelled by computationally feasible machine learning techniques have brought to reality philosophical topics previously relegated to mental experiments and theoretical discourses. The trolley problem has never been more popular thanks to self-driving cars.

The need to conduct a systematic and well-informed discussion in a context ranging from theoretical and mathematical problems to labour and resource exploitation issues is evident. The broken dialogue between young and aggressively finance-oriented tech moguls and old-school politicians fumbling for regulation of little-known phenomena is not promising.

HaPoC’s appeal to historical and philosophical reflection aims at addressing this shortcoming. We aim to bring together researchers exploring the various aspects of computation: historians, philosophers, computer scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, designers, manufacturers, practitioners, artists, logicians, mathematicians, each with their own experience and expertise, all part of a society impacted by computation, and all necessary to the creation of a better discourse.

Keynote Speakers:
Deborah G. Johnson and Gerardo Con Diaz

Call for Abstracts
For HaPoC 2019, we welcome contributions from scholars who intend to participate in the debate on the impact of computers on culture, science, and society from the perspective of their area of expertise, and who are open to engage in interdisciplinary discussions across multiple fields. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • History of computation, computers, algorithms, programs, paradigms, software and hardware companies and communities, …
  • Philosophy of computation, philosophy of the mind in relation with computer science, ethics of computer science, epistemology of computer science, …
  • Foundational issues of computation, limits of computability, the Church-Turing thesis, formal systems,
    semantic of programs, …
  • Computation in the Sciences, experiments and simulations with computers, big data analytics, epistemological issues, …
  • Computation in Society, social networks, news and content distribution, automation, digital divide, privacy and security, …
  • Computation in the Arts, digital art, interactivity, computer games, affective computing, human-computer interaction, …

We cordially invite researchers working in a field relevant to the main topics of the conference to submit a short abstract of 180-200 words and an extended abstract of at most 1000 words (references included) through EasyChair at

Accepted papers will be presented in 30 minute slots including discussion. Abstracts must be written in English. Please note that the uploaded files must be in PDF format. Submissions without extended abstract will not be considered.

Submission deadline: April 30, 2019
Notification of acceptance/rejection: June 30, 2019
Conference dates: October 28-30, 2019