Konferenser - Conferences

The 2nd NWS Conference: May 19, 2011 at Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland

Culture and Context

Call for Abstracts:

Members of the Nordic Wittgenstein Society are welcome to submit abstracts (200-250 words) related to the overall theme of the conference. Send them to Martin Gustafsson (martgust(a)abo.fi) no later than April 12. Letter of acceptance/rejection will be sent out no later than April 15. The presentations should be 30 minutes, discussion included.

The Nordic Wittgenstein Society was founded in 2009 in Turku, and is a continuation of the Nordic Network of Wittgenstein Research. It has ca 110 members, from all of the Nordic countries and from many other parts of the world.

The Phalén Picnic is named after Adolf Phalén (1884-1931), professor of theoretical philosophy at Uppsala University. It is organized annually, and is a long-standing collaboration between the philosophy departments at Uppsala University and Åbo Akademi University.

Preliminary Program

Presentations that have been accepted through the NWS call for papers will be appointed 30 minutes each. Talks should be 20 minutes long, and 10 minutes is reserved for discussion. The time frames may be revised.

Thursday May 19

[8.00 Breakfast at the department for hungry travellers]

10.00–11.00 Phalén presentation: Francis Jonsson (Uppsala)
Viktigt och oviktigt med avseende på skeptisk teism
11.00-12.00 Phalén presentation: Göran Torkulla (Åbo)
Leenden på bild
12.00-13.00 Lunch (and registration)
13.00-13.45 Invited speaker: M. A. Numminen (blivande hedersdoktor, ÅA):
Mina bestyr med Ludwig Wittgenstein
13.45-14.15 NWS presentation: Anne-Marie Søndergaard Christensen (Syddansk Universitet, Odense)
What Matters to Us: Wittgenstein's Weltbild, Rock and Sand, Men and Women [Commentator: Camilla Kronqvist]
14.15-14.45 NWS presentation: Ingeborg Löfgren (Uppsala universitet)
Imagined Sense and Sense in Imagination [Commentator: Niklas Forsberg]
15.00-16.00 The Annual Meeting of the NWS (with coffee): ASA C building/Långvågen (we walk there together)
16.15-16.45 NWS presentation: Alberto Arruda (New University of Lisbon)
Referring to Circumstances [Commentator: Lars Hertzberg]
16.45-17.15 NWS presentation: Olli Lagerspetz (Åbo Akademi)
My Pain in Your Leg? [Commentator: Martin Gustafsson]
17.15-17.45 NWS presentation: Thord Svensson (Lunds universitet)
Rule-Following and Its Need for a Social Context According to the 'Strong Community-Thesis' [Commentator: Richard Sörli]
19> Dinner at Teini.


Organizing Committee

The NWS board
Yrsa Neuman (Åbo Akademi University) (Yrsa.Neuman(a)abo.fi)
Martin Gustafsson (Åbo Akademi University (Martin.Gustafsson(a)abo.fi)
Antony Fredriksson (Åbo Akademi University)

Invited Speakers

M. A. Numminen (Finland)
M.A. Numminen is not only a renowned Finnish musician, but a cultural nestor who despite his days with jazz also has found time to engage in and with philosophy. He studied for Erik Stenius at the University of Helsinki in the 60s and in 1966 he composed and produced the famous Tractatus Suite. It was re-recorded in 1989, 100 years after the birth of Ludwig Wittgenstein. In May 2011 M. A. Numminen is appointed Doctor Honoris Causa at Åbo Akademi and he has been invited to talk about his philosophical interests under the title "Mina bestyr med Ludwig Wittgenstein".

In 2010, he released a "rhapsodic song suite" Musikverk Verliebte Philosophen about Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. Read about M.A.N. on his website.


We recommend booking your accommodation at one of the following places. We recommend not waiting too long with that because of the Åbo Akademi University Promotion arrangements May 20.

1. Domus Aboensis is located within five minutes of walking distance from Arken, Åbo Akademi.
This is the Åbo Akademi University Guesthouse. Prices are low (single room 30€/night) and the standard is not high, but the rooms are clean and there is a common kitchen in the hallway. Contact information here.

2. Hotel Centro is a bit further away from the conference venue, but it is only a 10-15 minute walk.
Contact information here.

3. Hotelli Helmi or "the Pearl" is also comfortably close, next to the Turku Buss station. It is only a 15 minute walk.
Contact information here.

4. Villa Hortus is the Turku University guesthouse. It is on campus.
Contact information here.

How to Get There?

Most of you will arrive at Turku Airport (TKU). The local bus (no 1) leaves outside of the terminal and it will take you to the market square in less than 20 minutes. A taxi ride to the centre costs perhaps 20€.
The pdf of the time table will be found here. The Brahe route planner contains the bus time table.

If you take the plane to Helsinki airport, there is a direct bus connection from the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to Turku. The bus trip takes around 2h and 50 minutes. In Turku, it passes the Cathedral and you can get off there. The bus timetables are found here. Search from "Helsinki-Vantaa airport" to "Turku bus station". Note that some of the departures are slow.

A map link to the venue here!