Thinking (about) groups

Conference on Collective Intentionality and Social Ontology
International Conference
Center for Subjectivity Research 
University of Copenhagen

Organizers: Alessandro Salice, John Michael 

In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to the ontology of groups, and also to the circumstances under which it might be legitimate and/or fruitful to ascribe to groups such properties as agency, consciousness, responsibility and personhood. The conference aim is to structure and constrain this ongoing debate by examining the theoretical and practical uses to which the concept of a group is put in philosophy, social science, psychology, biology, and to consider how philosophical reflection can contribute to integrating the different accounts offered within these domains.

Confirmed speakers:

Dominic Abrams (University of Kent)
Michael Bratman (Stanford University)
Felix Brodbeck (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Brian Epstein (Tufts University)
Marion Godman (Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Science, Helsinki; Cambridge University)
Mads G. Henriksen (University of Copenhagen)
Onni Hirvonen (University of Jyväskylä)
Arto Laitinen (University of Tampere)
John Michael (CEU, Budapest, University of Copenhagen)
Josef Parnas (University of Copenhagen)
Carol Rovane (Columbia University)
Alessandro Salice (University of Copenhagen)
Axel Seemann (Bentley University) 
John Sutton (Macquarie University)
Andras Szigeti (University of Tromsø) 
Deborah P. Tollefsen (University of Memphis)
Dan Zahavi (University of Copenhagen)

1st Day, October 8th
2nd Day, October 9th
3rd Day, October 10th
Download programme here.

Download speakers' abstracts here.

Download poster abstracts here.

The conference is free and open to all, but prior registration is required. To register, send an email to Adele-France Jourdan,, mentioning your name and main discipline. Please mark the subject field with “Registration”.

If you need a place to stay in Copenhagen, you can use this list of hotels and youth hostels. 

The event is open to all: everyone is welcome!

For information, please contact Adele-France Jourdan: 

Click here to download the conference poster