The Approach of the Process Ontology through Art and Values in Knowledge-Based Societies
(Culture and Value in Late Modernity)
An Invitation to International Workshop
INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO PROCESS PHILOSOPHY
October, 7-9 2015

Organized by the Department “Social Theories, Strategies and Forecasts”
Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge – BAS
and
Romanian Academy – Institute of Philosophy

We live in time when changes in all spheres of life have speed up. Contemporary cultural and social processes are developing incomparably more intensively than even a century ago. Science and technology has contributed to great changes in quality of life, social stratification, work and education, human values and believes, communication and lifestyles.
The workshop will aim to spur a discussion on the different aspect of contemporary cultural and social changes, on the concept of progress and development, on dynamics of values and social processes and invites presentations reflecting on the many ways in which acceleration of changes and speed of development challenges contemporary society. Interdisciplinary analyses and philosophical reflection on the processes of becoming, occurring, coming about, or being impertinent and transient will be focused on process philosophy approach, paradigms of social change and formation and effect of cultural values in time of profound changes as nowadays.
Therefore, the workshop invites contributions to the following three panels. The themes are suggested, but not limited to:
I. COGNITIVE AND EXPLANATORY POTENTIAL OF PROCESS PHILOSOPHY APPROACH

The first panel of the workshop will be devoted to investigation of process ontological framework for the further development of the application of process ontology to the investigation of social phenomena. In connection with the last ones it will be attempted to develop in more details the theoretical aspects of applied ontology: the top-down and the down-top approaches of ontological investigations, as well as the ontological levels and other methodological approaches.
How construction of the world is possible by means of process ontology, process epistemology and process ethics?
Cognition in virtual space from the point of view of process philosophy

II. PARADIGMS OF SOCIAL CHANGE

The paradigm of progress and its challenges to societies in transition
From material to post-material world: value changes and changing patterns of political actions
The paradigm of knowledge-based society in the Information age: becoming digital citizen

III. VALUES IN ACTION: ETHICS, ART AND RELIGION

The role of religious values and believes in what is becoming or how it is occurring
Persistent and transient in the world of aesthetic values
Innovation and creativity as dynamic aspects of being
Internet values and online activism for social change

Some of paper proposals will be published in a Second Issues of the Balkan Journal of Philosophy / 2016 (a peer-reviewed international periodical journal) (http://www.issk-bas.org/BJP/index.htm ; http://www.pdcnet.org/bjp )

Please, send your abstracts (up to 250 words) via e-mail by 31 August 2015, in English, to bonytodorova@gmail.com