• Group Know-How and Joint Expertise

    Interdisciplinary workshop, Sept 4-5, 2023. 

    Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp

    Call for Papers:

    People act together in all kinds of collaborative work and performance. Dyads and small groups, in particular, exhibit rich forms of joint intelligence in action, both in everyday skills and in the striking forms of expertise found in sport, music, and many domains of professional activity.

    Conceptual work on joint action and shared agency is increasingly responsive to and suggestive for empirical research, especially in cognitive neuroscience and experimental psychology. Yet there has been less coverage in social ontology of the topics of know-how, expertise, and skill. This workshop focuses on this topic, bringing together researchers with different approaches to this topic. Questions include, but are not limited to:

  • v  What grounds the ways that some groups move or perform effectively together? 
  • v  Is there group know-how, and (if so) how does it relate to individual know-how? 
  • v  Is there a solid notion of joint expertise, and (if so) how can we best study its nature and its component processes?
  • v  What is the connection between group abilities and (group) know-how?
  • v  What specific forms of cognitive, affective, motor, social, and/or communicative capacities or knowledge are shared, or need to be shared, for collaborating dyads and groups to produce emergent or otherwise striking performances?
  • v  What are the affective components of joint expertise, and how do they operate in practice?
  • v  What forms of attention and communication operate in expert groups?

  • Invited speakers

  • v  Jonathan Birch (London School of Economics)
  • v  Sarah Bro Trasmundi (University of Southern Denmark)
  • v  Michael Kimmel (University of Vienna)
  • v  Judith Martens (University of Antwerp)
  • v  S. Orestis Palermos (University of Ioannina)
  • v  John Sutton (Paris Institute for Advanced Study/ University of Stirling)

Call for Papers

We will accept a small number of peer-reviewed papers. 

We invite contributions representing a broad variety of approaches, methods, and directions, and welcome philosophers who can make links to other fields.

Researchers working on empirical or theoretical approaches to group know-how and joint expertise are invited to submit  an abstract (max. 800 words), making thesis and argument transparent, by submitting on EasyChair by June 1st, 2023.

Accepted submission will be notified by the end of June.

The presenters will receive financial support for travel and accommodation: within Belgium 100 euro, rest of Europe 200 euro, rest of the world 300 euro.

More information can be found here. Poster here.

Organization: Judith Martens & John Sutton

This workshop is supported by the International Social Ontology Society workshop grant.

"International Social Ontology Society" is registered as a non-profit organization in Austria.

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