Agency and Intentions in Language 2

Second Annual Interdisciplinary Workshop

Harvey Mudd College (virtual)

January 12 – 14, 2022

Our sense of agency and ability to distinguish between intentional and accidental actions are fundamental for social interaction. They allow us to plan and perform joint actions and assign responsibility for our own actions and those of others. Research on the nature of agency and intentions has been very fruitful over the last few decades in philosophy, linguistics, and psychology. However, interdisciplinary discussion has rarely taken place.

The first interdisciplinary workshop on Agency and Intentions in Language (AIL1) was held at the start of 2021, and it was marked with great success. To continue the conversation, the second annual workshop (AIL2) will bring together scholars in linguistics, philosophy, and psychology interested in questions related to agency and intentions, broadly construed. Please consider submitting your work (see Call for Papers), or attending the workshop, to advance the scholarly understanding of ideas central to multiple academic disciplines.

AIL2 will take place online through Zoom. Links will be sent to registered participants and announced here.


Invited speakers

  • Magdalena Kaufmann (University of Connecticut)
  • David Pizarro (Cornell University)
  • Hannah Tierney (UC Davis) & Andrew James Latham (University of Sydney); Joint Talk
  • Thomas Grano (Indiana University Bloomington)

Important dates

  • December 10, 2021 – deadline for abstract submission.
  • End of December 2021 – notification of acceptance.
  • January 12 – 14, 2022 – workshop: 9h – 13h New York time; 15h – 19h Berlin time

Organizing committee

  • Kyle Thompson (Harvey Mudd College): email kthompson@g.hmc.edu with questions
  • Joshua Knobe (Yale University)
  • Hedde Zeijlstra (University of Göttingen)
  • Julie Goncharov (University of Göttingen)