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The Interactivist Summer Institute 2001
July 23-27, 2001
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

13th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information

The Interactivist Summer Institute 2001

July 23-27, 2001

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA


(This Call for Participation, along with related information, can
also be viewed at

It's happening: research threads in multiple fields scattered across
the mind-sciences seem to be converging towards a point where the
classical treatment of representation within the encodingist
framework is felt as an impasse. A rethinking of the methods,
concepts, arguments, facts, etc. is needed and, so it seems, is being
found in the interactivist approach. From research in human
cognition, motivation, and development, through consciousness,
sociality, and language, to artificial intelligence, post-behaviorist
cognitive robotics, and interface design, we are witnessing the
appearance of projects where the assumptions of interactivism are
embraced. More often then not, this is in an implicit manner, so that
at a superficial level those projects (the problems they deal with,
the methods they use) seem to be incommensurable. However,
underneath, one can feel their interactivist gist. The time is right
(and ripe) we felt, to articulate this "irrational" (in Feyerabendian
sense) pressure for change at a programmatic level, and this is what
we want to accomplish with the present workshop. The workshop will be
preceded by a Summer School in Interactivism featuring several
tutorials which are meant to provide the needed theoretical
background, based mainly on Mark Bickhard and his collaborators'
work. The intention is for this Institute to become a traditional
annual meeting where those sharing the core ideas of interactivism
will meet and discuss their work, try to reconstruct its historical
roots, put forward current research in different fields that fits the
interactivist framework, and define research topics for prospective
graduate students. People working in philosophy of mind, linguistics,
social sciences, artificial intelligence, cognitive robotics, and
other fields related to the sciences of mind are invited to send
their statement of interest for participation to the organizers (see
details below).


Mark Bickhard <mhb0 at>
John C. Christopher <jcc at>
Wayne Christensen <plwdc at>
Robert Campbell <campber at>
Georgi Stojanov <geos at>
Goran Trajkovski <gtrajkovski at>


* Foundations of Interactivism
* Naturalism
* Emergence
* Process metaphysics
* Cognition and Representation
* Representation emergent in action systems
* Dissolution of problems of skepticism, error, Chinese room, etc.
* Concepts
* Memory
* Learning
* Heuristic learning
* Metaphor
* Rationality and negative knowledge
* Agents
* Interaction
* Motivation
* Emotions
* Autonomous agents
* Persons
* Development
* Consciousness
* Sociality
* Language
* Ethics
* Social processes and realities


Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA
Institute for Interactive Studies
Cognitive Science Program
Humanities Research Center
SS Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia
West Virginia University at Parkersburg


Participation will be limited to 30 people and by invitation only;
People wishing to participate should submit a short curriculum vitae
and a statement of interest to Interactivist Summer Institute. Please
include e-mail address and/or fax number, if available. Applications
should be received by March 15, 2001. Notification of acceptance will
be provided by April 15, 2001.

The meeting will take place in the conference room The Governor's
Suite, Iaccoca Hall (tentative).

A small number of scholarships for partial financial support will be
provided by the organizers for graduate students or postdocs.


If you are interested in the issues mentioned above and wish to share
your thoughts and research results with like-minded people, please
submit an extended abstract or full paper via email with attached
files (in ASCII, RTF, or Word) to:

Interactivist Summer Institute (interact at

Abstracts and papers should be sent taking into account the following format:

1. Major theme of the paper, related to the major themes given above.
2. Paper title.
3. Extended abstract of 500 to 1500 words and/or paper drafts of 2000
to 5000 words, in English.
4. Author or co-authors with names, addresses, telephone number, fax
number and e-mail address.

All abstracts will be refereed by an independent panel of experts.
The judgments of the referees will determine the list of papers to be
presented at the conference.


Applications: March 15
Submission of papers: March 15
Notification date: April 15
Receipt of registration fee: May 1
On campus housing reservation (see below): June 30
Off campus housing reservation (see below): June 22


Standard registration fee: $150
Student registration fee: $100

Checks should be made out to: Interactivist Summer Institute.

Mail to:

Mark H. Bickhard
Interactivist Summer Institute
17 Memorial Drive East
Bethlehem, PA 18015

For wire transfers:

Wire address:
First Union National Bank
Funds Transfer Department
Attention: NC0803
1525 West W.T. Harris Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28288-0803
ABA # 031201467
Account # 2100012444293
Account Name: Lehigh University

For international wires, these additional identification numbers are required:

CHIPS Participant #0509

You must include your name and identify that the transfer is for the
Interactivist Summer Institute.


Housing is available both on campus and off campus.

Off campus housing is with Comfort Suites, and is within easy walking
distance of the main Lehigh campus. The rates are $80/night for a
single and $85/night for a double. Please contact:

Comfort Suites
120 W 3rd
Bethlehem, PA 18015

On campus housing is available both air-conditioned (Trembly Park)
and not air-conditioned (Gamma Phi Beta). For on campus housing,
please fill out and return the Interactivist Summer Institute housing
form.  This can be obtained from the Web site as a PDF file or a Word


The easiest way to get to Bethlehem is to fly into Lehigh Valley
International Airport (known as ABE, from Allentown, Bethlehem,
Easton - LVI is already taken by Las Vegas International Airport).
There are direct flights from Chicago, for example, for those coming
from the west, and also flights from the South (e.g., Atlanta).
Flying into New York, particularly Newark Airport, also works well.
There are buses to Bethlehem from Newark Airport and from the Port
Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. So, from Kennedy or LaGuardia,
you first go the Port Authority, and then get a bus to Bethlehem. The
bus company is:

Trans Bridge Lines
2012 Industrial Drive

The Industrial Drive terminal is the main bus terminal, and taxis are
available to the Lehigh campus.
Lehigh Valley Taxi: 610-867-6000
Quick Service Taxi: 610-434-8132
Airport Taxi Service: 610-231-2000

There is also a South Bethlehem terminal that is within walking
distance of Comfort Suites and of campus (though it would a little
long with luggage), but fewer buses make that stop. Philadelphia
airport is closer than Newark airport, but getting to Bethlehem from
there is harder than from Newark. You get to the Philadelphia bus
station (probably by taxi, though there is a train to downtown
Philadelphia), and then take a bus (Bieber Tours) to Bethlehem: it's
roughly the equivalent in complication of coming through Kennedy
Robert L. Campbell
Professor, Psychology
Brackett Hall 410A
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-1355 USA
phone (864) 656-4986
fax (864) 656-0358


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          13th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
                                   ESSLLI 2001

                             University of Helsinki
                               August 13-24, 2001


                ** Early registration deadline: 30 April 2001 **


The 13th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI'01)
will take place at the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, during two
weeks in August, from August 13 until 24.

The ESSLLI Summer Schools are organised under the auspices of FoLLI
(, the European Association for Logic, Language and

The main focus of the European Summer Schools is the interface between
linguistics, logic and computation. Foundational, introductory and advanced
courses, workshops and special events cover a wide variety of topics within
six areas of interest:

  * Logic
  * Language
  * Computation
  * Logic and Language
  * Logic and Computation
  * Language and Computation

The number of courses offered is over 50. Previous summer schools have been
highly successful, attracting around 500 students from Europe and elsewhere.
The school has developed into an important meeting place and forum for
discussion for students, researchers and IT professionals interested in
the interdisciplinary study of Logic, Language and Information. In addition
to courses, workshops and evening lectures there will be a Student Session
and a social program.


The full scientific program can be found at our home page. Evening
Lectures are given by

 * Edward L. Keenan "Spinoza Lecture" (UCLA)
 * Yannis Moschovakis "Vienna Circle Lecture" (UCLA)
 * Keith Devlin (Saint Mary's College, California)
 * Jaakko Hintikka (Boston & Helsinki)
 * Bonnie Webber (Edinburgh)


There are currently several Calls for Workshop Papers. Please visit our
home page for detailed information.


By plane to Helsinki airport and then a 30-minute nonstop coach or taxi
service to the main railway station. From the railway station 5-minute walk
to the university.

A gateway between East and West, the city of Helsinki (population 1M) is
the capital of Finland and one of the nine European Cities of Culture for
the millennium. It is located at the warm and sunny south coast of Finland,
within an easy reach from the main airports worldwide, or inside Europe by
car or regular train services, or using the ferry services operating within
the Baltic region.

The scientific program of ESSLLI'01 will be held in the University Main
Building, located on the University city campus at the very centre of
Helsinki. The accommodation will be arranged at the University Summer Hotel
close to the city campus. The accommodation includes sauna and breakfast.


ESSLLI 2001 is now open for registration. The registration fee for students
is just ECU 190, for scholars ECU 350, and for industrial affiliates ECU 600.
Please visit our home page for the on-line registration form and detailed

** Early registration deadline: 30 April 2001 **

All participants will get a letter of invitation to facilitate the procedure
of getting a visa.


There will be a limited number of grants available, to partially support
travel, registration and accommodation for ESSLLI'01. Instructions for
grant applications are found at our home page.

** Deadline for grant applications: 31 May 2001 **


During ESSLLI, special "Finnish for Foreigners" language courses will be
organised, as well as various excursions and other social events. Helsinki
Summer School ( will offer special deals for
ESSLLI participants who want to choose some of their courses and earn


The Association for the Mathematics of Language will stage its annual meeting
(MoL7) in conjunction with ESSLLI'01 in Helsinki, in the weekend preceding
ESSLLI in August 10-12, and the affiliated Formal Grammar Conference will be
held in conjunction with the Mathematics of Language Conference. ESSLLI
participants are entitled to reduced registration fees.


    Marcus Kracht        (Chair) <kracht at>
    Jouko Väänänen       (Logic)
    Bonnie Webber        (Language)
    Claude Kirchner      (Computation)
    Michael Moortgat     (Logic and Language)
    Steffen Hölldobler   (Computation and Logic)
    Claire Gardent       (Language and Computation)


Please visit ESSLLI'01 Home Page

for updated information concerning the scientific program, registration fees
and procedures, grants, accommodation, satellite events, and other practical
information. For further enquiries concerning ESSLLI'01, please contact the
Organising Committee at <esslli at>, or write to

  ESSLLI 2001 Secretariat
  C/o Department of Philosophy
  P.O. Box 24
  00014 Helsinki University

ESSLLI'01 is organised by the Department of Philosophy (coordinator), the
Department of Mathematics, the Department of General Linguistics, and the
Department of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki.


    Gabriel Sandu       (Chair, Philosophy)
    Jouko Väänänen      (Mathematics)
    Fred Karlsson       (General Linguistics)
    Ilkka Niiniluoto    (Philosophy)
    Martti Tienari      (Computer Science)
    Ahti Pietarinen     (Philosophy, secretariat) <esslli at>

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