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Event: Colloquium on Reasoning in Social Context

Event date May 31, 2018 - June 02, 2018
Submission deadline May 01, 2018
Location Amsterdam
Host(s) The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
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31 MAY – 2 JUNE, 2018

Trippenhuis Building, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam


We welcome submissions for short presentations on the theme of the colloquium.
Submissions of 1 page abstracts (in pdf format) should be uploaded on the easychair submission webpage (, by May 1st 2018.  Authors will be notified of acceptance by May 7th 2018.


The central question that we address in this colloquium focusses on the models that can represent the first level and higher-level beliefs of agents, their knowledge as well as the changes of beliefs and knowledge in a community. We aim to understand the nature of the logic that can model how the beliefs of agents in a group are affected by the opinions and belief changes of others in a social network. The logical study of belief formation, belief revision and knowledge updates in a community is gaining importance as these logical methods can be applied to a number of real life scenarios in the social sciences.

A number of logical systems are already available to deal with the complex multi-agent scenarios in which an individual, or groups of agents, update their knowledge and change their beliefs. An important player in this field is dynamic epistemic logic, which refers to a collection of logical systems that are united in their method to deal with information dynamics. Guided by the methodology of dynamic epistemic logic, we approach the questions at this colloquium from an interdisciplinary angle. As such we welcome any insights on the topic coming from areas such as Game Theory, Belief Revision Theory, Formal Epistemology, Social Science, Network Theory, Cognitive Science and AI (multi-agent systems).

The overall focus includes (but is not restricted to) the following topics:

_ formal representations of higher-order belief, knowledge and belief revision strategies
_ epistemic and doxastic influence
_ belief merge
_ information flow in social networks
_ evidential support of epistemic attitudes
_ trust and trust revision

The Following Key-note Speakers have confirmed their participation at the Academy Colloquium on Reasoning in Social Context in Amsterdam:


Marta Bilkova, Charles University Prague and Czech Academy of Sciences
Franz Berto, University of Amsterdam
Adam Bjorndahl, Carnegie Mellon University
Thomas Bolander, Technical University of Denmark
Jeroen Bruggeman, University of Amsterdam

Branden Fitelson, Northeastern University
Nina Gierasimczuk, Technical University of Denmark

Valentin Goranko, Stockholm University
Davide Grossi, University of Groningen

Vincent Hendricks, University of Copenhagen
Barteld Kooi, University of Groningen

Christian List, London School of Economics

Ondrej Majer, Charles University Prague and Czech Academy of Sciences
Sara Negri, University of Helsinki

Eric Pacuit, University of Maryland
Jan-Willem Romeijn, University of Groningen
Olivier Roy, University of Bayreuth
Gabriel Sandu, University of Helsinki


In relation to the colloquium we also organize a Master Class on the same topic from 30 May till 15 June. Information about the Master Class is available at


ORGANISATION: Sonja Smets and Alexandru Baltag, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation. University of Amsterdam.

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