CfP: Ernst Mach Centenary Conference 2016

Ernst Mach (1838-1916) – Life, Work, and Influence

International Conference on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Institute Vienna Circle (

Location: University of Vienna and Austrian Academy of Sciences

Date: June 16-18, 2016

We invite the submission of contributed papers and proposals for symposia for the international “Ernst Mach Centenary Conference”. Contributions related to one ore more of the subsequent sections are welcome. Conference languages: English, German, French.

The Program Committee encourages especially submissions from women and junior scholars from all fields and countries. Limited financial support for travel and a reduced registration fee for graduate students will be provided. Related questions can be directed to the local organizer Friedrich Stadler:

Proposal for individual papers (Word or pdf format) should contain:

  • Title and abstract (1000 characters) and extended abstract (1000 words) of the paper. In the case of papers dealing with related topics we welcome the submission of proposals for symposia. All titles and abstracts for individual papers in the symposium should be included in the submission. (Each symposium will be allotted 120 minutes).
  • Address of the speaker(s) incl. email, phone and institutional affiliation

Submission to:, subject: “Mach Centenary Conference 2016”. Please prepare your submission for blind review.

The time unit for one paper is 40 minutes (max. 30 minutes speaking time). A selection of contributed papers and symposia will appear as a volume with Springer Publisher.

  • Deadline for submissions: January 30, 2016
  • Date of notifications: March 15, 2016

Registration required (fees to be announced in time):

  • Early registration deadline: April 30, 2016
  • Online registration deadline: June 15, 2016
  • Conference website: tba

Main Organizers:

  • University of Vienna, Institute Vienna Circle, Faculty of Philosophy and Education, together with other Faculties to be announced.
  • Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)

Together with: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin Deutsches Museum (German Museum), Munich Masaryk University, Brno / Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Program Committee: Members of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook (Springer) and Editors of the Ernst Mach Studienausgabe / Ernst Mach Edition


  1. Ernst Mach’s Life and Work in Context
  2. Mach as a Physicist and the Physicists of his Time: Planck, Boltzmann, Einstein …
  3. Mach, Biology, and the Life Sciences: Darwinism, Lamarckism, Theory of Evolution
  4. Mach and Physiology, Psychology, Psychoanalysis
  5. Mach and the Medical Sciences, esp. the Vienna School of Medicine
  6. Mach and the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS, Historical Epistemology)
  7. Mach, Didactics, and Pedagogy: Textbooks, Genetic Theory of Learning
  8. Mach and „Austrian Philosophy“: F. Brentano, E. Husserl, L. Wittgenstein, K. Popper …
  9. Mach and the Vienna Circle/Ernst Mach Society, esp. M. Schlick (1882-1936).
  10. Mach and Pragmatism: Ch.S. Peirce, W. James, J. Dewey and The Monist
  11. Mach, the Social Sciences, and Politics (W.I. Lenin, F. Adler and Austro-Marxism)
  12. Mach, Literature, Music, and the Arts (Impressionism, „Jung Wien”, R. Musil etc.)
  13. Open Section: Topics not covered above

Special Symposium: E. Mach, P. Duhem and French Philosophy of Science. On the Occasion of the Centenary of Pierre Duhem’s Death (1861-1916)