Maison Franco-japonaise: 日仏会館 Institut français de recherche sur le Japon à la Maison franco-japonaise (UMIFRE 19 MEAE-CNRS)

Langue:JA / FR


Logic, Language and Computation
in a Multi-Cultural Perspective

[ Workshop ]

en anglais sans traduction
Date vendredi 19 octobre 2012 / 10 h - 18 h
Lieu salle 601
Date & Time:
Friday October 19th, 2012, Maison Franco-Japonaise (Ebisu), room 601, 6F
Saturday October 20th, 2012, Keio University (Mita Campus), East Bldg G-Sec lab, 6F

The aim of this workshop is to investigate the relations between logic, language and computation formalisms and to revisit them in a multi-cultural perspective.
In this year which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist Alan Turing, the scientific and cultural endeavor starting with modern logic at the end of the 19th century, continuing with the development of mathematical formalisms of computation and then actual computers in the mid-20th century, and culminating with the digital revolution of the last two decades is now well-known on both the historical and conceptual sides. This story however is rooted in the Western history of ideas and seemingly intertwined with it. But how is all this dependent or independent of its cultural background? Can we look at some other traditions, in particular in Asia, which would have venture in other directions?

Language is indeed a key notion to consider in the development of mechanical computations, as nowadays computers are not mere number crunchers but first and foremost language-based machines, from the core use of programming languages to the development of the worldwide web. But there is a large variety of languages, spoken, written, and mechanized; and their different characteristics and interplays with cultural issues are rich and complex. Investigating cultural aspects in the development of logic, language and computation could bring new hindsight not only about these core domains, but more generally about the grounds on which our current societies are based.

Attendance to the workshop is free but the number of seats is limited. Advance registration is required by sending an email to the workshop organizer: Philippe Codognet, Japanese-French Laboratory for Informatics, Email:

Sponsored by:
CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research)
Maison Franco-Japonaise, Tokyo
Research Centre for thinking and behavioral judgment, Keio University
Global Research Centre for logic and sensibility, Keio University


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