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Applying Peirce


Organizing Committee

  • Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen (Chair)
  • Henrik Rydenfelt (Secretary)
  • Merja Bauters
  • Mats Bergman
  • Erkki Kilpinen
  • Tarja Knuuttila
  • Pentti Määttänen
  • Sami Paavola
  • Sami Pihlström

Program Committee

  • Vincent Colapietro (Chair)
  • André De Tienne
  • Leila Haaparanta
  • Risto Hilpinen
  • Robert Innis
  • Jørgen Dines Johansen
  • Lorenzo Magnani
  • Cheryl Misak
  • Ilkka Niiniluoto
  • Jaime Nubiola
  • María Lucia Santaella
  • John Sowa

Contact Information:

Helsinki Peirce Research Centre
PO Box 9
00014 University of Helsinki

Email: peirce-research(at)


Applying Peirce
— International Conference at the
University of Helsinki

Arranged in conjunction with the
9th World Congress of Semiotics —

Helsinki, 11. — 13. 6. 2007

Interest in Charles Sanders Peirce's thought is growing rapidly both inside and outside the arena of philosophy. Peirce's ideas are being explored not only in academic philosophy, but also in various branches of science. Applying Peirce brings together Peirce scholars and researchers in diverse fields to explore and discuss this emerging interest in Peirce's thought and its applications.

The conference is arranged by the Helsinki Peirce Research Centre in conjunction with the 9th World Congress of the International Association of Semiotic Studies in Helsinki, 11-13 June 2007. Applying Peirce is sponsored by the Charles S. Peirce Society and the Philosophical Society of Finland.

The Keynote speaker of the conference is Professor Nathan Houser (Director of the Institute for American Thought and the Peirce Edition Project, Indiana University). Invited speakers include Vincent Colapietro, André De Tienne, Risto Hilpinen, Christopher Hookway, Ivo Assad Ibri, Jørgen Dines Johansen, J.J. Lizska, Lorenzo Magnani, Ilkka Niiniluoto, Jaime Nubiola, Joseph Ransdell, T.L. Short and John Sowa.

Many thanks to all speakers and participants for a successful conference. Plans for publication of conference proceedings and webcasting of video recorded sessions are currently underway.

Call for Papers

The Program Committee cordially invites papers on any topic in accordance with the theme of the conference. The Committee is especially interested in proposals that explore the applicability of Peirce’s thought to current questions and problems in various disciplines.

The conference will include special sessions on Peirce and

  • logic
  • abductive reasoning
  • communication and rhetoric

Other suitable topics include the use and applicability of Peirce’s thought in

  • contemporary philosophical debates
  • mathematics
  • artificial intelligence
  • cognitive science
  • linguistics
  • literary studies
  • the study of fine arts and design
  • physics
  • biology
  • psychology
  • sociology
  • anthropology

In addition to contributed papers, the Conference will include invited talks, special sessions and a workshop on the editing of Peirce's writings.

Submission Details

Deadline for abstracts of 300-500 words is 15 February 2007. Submissions must include two files:

  • A file titled Abstract, including the title and abstract of the paper, set up for anonymous review.
  • A separate file titled Author with the title and author information (name, affiliation, email address). Please include a note on any AV needs you may have in this file.

The file formats .pdf, .rtf and .doc are preferable. You will be sent a confirmation note after your submission has been received. If you have not received a confirmation in seven days after your submission, please resend, if possible, using an alternative email address.

All persons making a submission will be notified of the acceptance to the Conference program by 10 April 2007.

Important dates

15 February 2007 - Deadline for submissions
1 March 2007 - Online registration to the conference begins
10 April 2007 - Notifications sent to authors and publication of conference program
31 May 2007 - Online registration ends
11-13 June 2007 - Conference




Before filling out the registration form to Applying Peirce (link below), please read through the instructions on this page.

All participants in Applying Peirce (including those registered to the 9th World Congress of Semiotics) are required to register by using the registration form. Registration will be closed on 4 June, 2007. All participants are asked to register their arrival to the conference at a registration office, which will be opened at the conference location at 8 am on June 11, 2007.

Registration Fee

The registration fee of the Applying Peirce conference is 100 Euros, payable directly to the conference bank account:

IBAN number for international transfers: FI44 1660 3000 1049 87
SWIFT: NDEAFIHH. Bank: Nordea Bank. Beneficiary: Applying Peirce Conference.

Finnish bank account number for domestic payments: Nordea 166030-104987

N.B. The transfer information must include the message "Peirce". Otherwise the payment will not be registered. Payments are accepted until the registration deadline, 15 May 2007. If the payment is not made under the participant's name, please email the payment and participant's information.

The registration fee will also be payable in cash at the conference location, but the fee will be 120 Euros. Note that we cannot accept cheques or credit cards.

The registration can be cancelled before the registration deadline 15 May 2007, with cancellation fee of 40 Euros. After 15 May 2007, registration fee is not returned. Holders of Finnish student card (undergraduate students) are exempt of the registration fee.

At the Gala Dinner of the World Congress of Semiotics, on Tuesday, 12 June, there are some vacancies for the participants of Applying Peirce. The price of the Gala Dinner is 50 Euros. If you wish to participate, please contact us via email by 4 May, 2007. The vacancies will be given out on a first come basis.


All participants in the 9th World Congress of Semiotics are advised to make their accommodation reservations when registering to the World Congress. Please note that it is advisable to make reservations well in advance. A comprehensive list of hotels in the Helsinki city-centre can be viewed on this page (also includes links to lists of hostels and hotels outside the city-centre). Most hotels have online booking options available.

Registration Form

Registration has ended on 2 June 2007.


Applying Peirce sessions will take place at the Main Building of the University of Helsinki, Unioninkatu 34. The closest entrance to the auditoria is the main entrance on the Senate Square side (see the image below).

University Main Building



International Association of Semiotic Studies

Charles S. Peirce Society

The Charles S. Peirce Society

Philosophical Society of Finland

University of Helsinki

Helsinki Peirce Research Centre

Helsinki Peirce Research Centre