Danish Network for History and Philosophy of Computer Science – University of Copenhagen

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Danish Network for History and Philosophy of Computer Science

Aims of the network

The history and philosophy of computer science are cross-disciplinary academic fields which have received increasing attention during the past decade. A large portion of the research has naturally focused on the US context. This network aims to initiate new research in Denmark by integrating international developments with the strong Danish tradition for history and philosophy of science conducted from a solid basis within the relevant science.

The network will draw upon Danish and international studies of e.g. history of computers and information technology and philosophy of computing in order to develop a new approach to the history and philosophy of computer science and computer scientists. Thus, the network will focus on the professionalization of computer science and on the social, political, and ethical conflicts and implications of the rise of computer science during the past decades. The activities of the network centers on the two focal points:

  1. The professionalization of computer science in Denmark, including the formation of academic institutions and the professionalization in the industry.
  2. Political and social visions for computer science in Denmark, including discussions of ethical and societal implications of computer science and discussions about computer literacy in education.

Activities

In May, Rebecca Slayton (Department of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University) will visit Copenhagen to meet with the network and give a public lecture.

In June, Henrik and Mikkel will visit the National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC to discuss with Paul Ceruzzi.

Also in June, Henrik and Mikkel will be attending at the annual conference of the International Association for Philosophy of Computing (IACAP-2017) at Stanford University. They will present their joint paper on "Posing and Attacking Mathematical Problems: Human Mathematical Practice, Experimental Mathematics, and Proof Assistants".

And in June, Henrik will visit the Department of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University.

In the fall, Nathan Ensmenger (School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University) will visit Copenhagen to meet with the network and give a public lecture.