The Fifth Conference of the European Network on Social Ontology

Lund, Sweden

August 30 – September 1, 2017

About the conference

ENSO V is an interdisciplinary conference concerning social ontology. Possible topics include but are not limited to

  •   The metaphysics of social reality
  •   Team reasoning, coordination problems, preference and value aggregation
  •   The nature of collective intentionality and agency
  •   Moral and legal aspects of collective agency
  •   Social conventions, norms, and power
  •   Non-human sociality

 (More information on these topics)

Keynote Speakers

Stephen Butterfill (University of Warwick)

Sara Rachel Chant (Tulane University)

Christian List (London School of Economics)

Karen Mccomb (University of Sussex)

Julie Zahle (University of Copenhagen)

Book symposia

Kirk Ludwig, From Individual to Plural Agency: Collective Action 1, Oxford U P 2016


Sara Rachel Chant, Tulane University

Kirk Ludwig, University of Indiana

Michael Schmitz, University of Vienna

Raimo Tuomela, University of Helsinki


Francesco Guala, Understanding Institutions: The Science and Philosophy of Living Together, Princeton U P 2016


Francesco Guala, University of Milano

Rico Hauswald, Technische Universität Dresden

Elisabeth Pacherie, Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS

Wlodek Rabinowicz, Lund University


The European Network on Social Ontology was founded in 2007 with the goal to provide a platform for discussion and exchange of ideas, future research activities at European level and the organisation of a biennial international conference focusing on social ontology. Attendance to the conference allows participants to join the International Social Ontology Society (ISOS). The conference will be organised by the Metaphysics & Collectivity Research Group in cooperation with the Department of Philosophy at Lund University and The International Social Ontology Society.

Organising committee

Björn Petersson (Chair), Lund University; Gunnar Björnsson, Umeå University; Olle Blomberg, University of Copenhagen; Johan Brännmark, Malmö University; Åsa Burman, Stockholm University; Mattias Gunnemyr, Lund University; Tobias Hansson Wahlberg, Lund University; Megan Lambert, Lund University; Anna-Sofia Maurin, University of Gothenburg; Tomas Persson, Lund University; Jeroen Smid, Lund University; András Szigeti, Linköping University.


The organisers are grateful for generous financial support from the Swedish Research Council, Erik and Gurli Hultengren Fund for Philosophy at Lund University and from Stiftelsen Roy och Maj Franzéns fond.

Previous ENSO Conferences

ENSO IV, University of Palermo, http://www.unipa.it/eventi/philosophicalstudies/ENSO_IV/

ENSO III, University of Helsinki, http://www.helsinki.fi/enso/

ENSO II, Luiss Guido Carli University, Rome, http://www.enso2011.it/

ENSO I, University of Constance, https://cipp.unibas.ch/activities/past-workshops/the-background-of-institutional-reality/


The call for papers on PhilEvents: http://philevents.org/event/show/26334

This conference on PhilEvents: http://philevents.org/event/show/18713

ENSO V on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/692479464250421/


October 3rd, 2016

Call for Paper available

December 1st

Abstract submission opens

March 1st, 2017

Deadline for submissions

April 20th, 2017

Notification of acceptance

May 5th

Registration opens

May 31th

Last day for getting the group deal at Hotel Concordia
(You will receive a booking code upon registration)

June 30th

Last day for updating accepted abstracts

August 7th

Last day of registration

August 30th - September 1st