Monday, February 25, 2013

Conference with a difference

Conference registration and hotel reservations for Modes of Explanation May 21-25 in Paris are now open.  Updated information at

To register please visit:

For more conference information please visit:

Modes of Explanation
Three days to discuss and learn about advances in modes of explanation. A look at how our mode of explanation affects our affordances for action.

Modes of Explanation is a discussion conference, the actual presentations of attendee's work will occur on-line and only a five minute or less synopsis will precede the discussion session during which the work is discussed.

The challenge to prospective attendees is to prepare a presentation which can evoke meaningful discussion amongst the attendees. One's presentation could, for example, focus on: 1) how we go about explaining and the limitations/strengths of our approach, 2) what kinds of explanations "work" and which kinds "fail" 3) the context dependency of explanatory  form 4) the differences in use between "good enough explanation" and "truth claims" 5) the need for/use of mechanisms and "narratives" as a meaning of "explaining" (making understandable  in a coherent way) some aspect of complexity or of a real in life complex system 6) how a reliance on sameness or of category as a simplifying reduction was inadequate to the situation being examined or 7) how modes of explanation vary by discipline.

Keynotes: Paul Thagard, Nancy Nersessian, David Snowden, Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Sandra Mitchell, Kevin Kelly, Hugo Letiche, Timothy Allen, Zack Kopplin & more
Michael Lissack
Executive Director and ISCE Professor of Meaning in Organizations

Please consider attending the Modes of Explanation conference in Paris May 21-25, 2013.  I am sorry not to be going but will be at a conference in Bonn 'Water and the Anthropocene' which runs at the same time.  We have two papers scheduled to be presented at the Bonn Conference.

No comments: