LINGUIST List 30.4318

Wed Nov 13 2019

Calls: Cog Science, Comp Ling, Ling Theories, Neuroling, Translation/Luxembourg

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 07-Nov-2019
From: Christoph Purschke <>
Subject: The Humanities And The Rise Of AI
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Full Title: The Humanities And The Rise Of AI

Date: 14-Jun-2020 - 18-Jun-2020
Location: Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Contact Person: Isabell Baumann
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Neurolinguistics; Translation

Call Deadline: 13-Dec-2019

Meeting Description:

Digitization and the rise of artificial intelligence forecast radical change on all aspects of human practice, especially given the ever-improving abilities of algorithms in tasks like pattern recognition and their practical application. Powerful technology arises from AI research, opening the gate for various forms of cultural and societal engineering, i.e., a reshaping of culture and society by dint of algorithmic models and “intelligent” applications. To date, however, even highly-trained algorithms are only outperforming humans in very specific tasks with limited scope (e.g., chess), as opposed to banal – yet cognitively highly complex – everyday actions like assessing the immediate consequences of a lie.

Thus, although the development of artificial intelligence is still in its beginnings, it has already triggered an enormous rush of utopian and dystopian thinking. While some dream of immortality and the vanquishing of poverty, disease, and warfare, others foresee a grim future for those parts of humanity that will find themselves outpaced by technology. Potential consequences of the changes imposed by technological advancement on human practice reach from the level of the individual, through cultural techniques, to the organization of society as a whole, raising fundamental questions, such as:

How does artificial intelligence impact our understanding of the human mind, especially in relation to the role of its computational equivalents that reach more and more aspects of everyday life (e.g., chatbots, driverless mobility, risk assessment software in the banking and insurance sector)?
What are the consequences of digitization and machine learning algorithms for education and our understanding of learning and creativity (e.g., in schooling through adaptive tutors, but also against the background of our current notion of creativity as a unique human ability)?
How will the increasing use of computational methodology change the ways we relate to the past and envision the future (e.g., by reading), both in academia and in society? How can the enrichment of algorithmic models with methods and results from the humanities shape and improve computational assessment of human practice (e.g., data mining of big text corpora, automated translation, racial bias in neural networks)?
How does the use of artificial intelligence in all domains of human practice influence how we deal with complexity (e.g., of society) and human control thereof? Can computational methods help to reduce, organize, and analyze cultural complexity, or do they pose a threat to human control over different aspects of the lifeworld (e.g., security and network technology, automation of industrial production, autonomous weaponry)?

Against the background of such questions, the conference aims to foster an open and critical reflection on the consequences of cultural and societal engineering. The conference will focus on the following areas of interest, each of which will assemble representatives of different disciplines:


Call for Papers:

A publication of the conference papers is planned.

Organiser: Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education, Prof. Dr Georg Mein, University of Luxembourg
Please download the CfP to find a detailed description of the individual sections.

Submission of abstracts (up to two pages) for paper presentations of 20 minutes by 13 December 2019 (

Conference language: English

Travel grants for early career researchers available. For further information, please visit

See the full call description on the conference website:

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