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J.L. Austin Centenary Conference - April 5-7, 2011

Date: 3 March 2011

2011 is the centenary year of the birth (in Lancaster) of the philosopher J.L. Austin. To mark this event, the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University will be hosting a conference on Austin on April 5th to 7th.

Papers will cover a wide range of Austin-related topics, including speech-act theory, linguistics, and legal theory. Speakers include:

Professor John Searle (Berkeley)

Professor Jennifer Saul (Sheffield)

Professor Paul Snowdon (UCL)

To regster, book accomodation, and book for the conference dinner, please use this link:

Attendance at this conference (but not the conference dinner) is free for staff and students of Lancaster University. If you are a Lancaster staff member or student, you do not need to register for the conference, but you should e-mail Brian Garvey ( and tell him that you want to attend.

For further information, contact Brian Garvey:

Conference programme

Tuesday April 5th

9 a.m. registration opens

Parallel session 1a: Frankland Colloquium, Faraday Building

10.00 am - 10.45 am: Action and responsibility, Marina Sbisà, University of Trieste

10.45 - 11.30: Perlocutions as affordances, Charles Lassiter, Fordham University

Parallel session 1b: Cavendish Colloquium, Faraday Building

10.00 am - 10.45 am: Austin's Promising Slip of the Pen, Harm Boukema, Radboud University, Nijmegen

10.45 - 11.30: Performative and non-performative bet proposals, Dan Ponsford, Lancaster University

Parallel session 2a: Frankland Colloquium, Faraday Building

12.00 - 12.45: Slips, Santiago Amaya, Washington University in St Louis

12.45 - 1.30: Etiolations, Joe Friggieri, University of Malta

Parallel session 2b: Cavendish Colloquium, Faraday Building

12.00 - 12.45: On the identification of individual actions, Federico José Arena, Bocconi University, Milan

12.45 - 1.30: Normative Acts and Constitutive Rules, Chiara Sernagiotto, University of Milano Bicocca, Edoardo Colzani, University of Milan, and Andrea Rossetti, University of Milano Bicocca

1.30 - 2.30 lunch

Parallel session 3a: Frankland Colloquium, Faraday Building

2.30 - 3.15: From armchair philosophy to general intellect: Austin, illusions and insanity defence, Alessandro Dell'Anna, University of Genoa, and Filippo Santoni de Sio, University of Turin

3.15 - 4.00: Concealed Motives for the Phenomenal Principle: An Austinian Explanation of Philosophical Intuitions, Eugen Fischer, University of East Anglia

Parallel session 3b: Cavendish Colloquium, Faraday Building

2.30 - 3.15: Performative Utterances, Agnieszka Kulacka, King's College London

3.15 - 4.00: Disjunctive Verdictives and the Umpire's Dilemma, Roy Sorensen, Washington University in St. Louis

Parallel session 4a: Frankland Colloquium, Faraday Building

4.30 - 5.15: Austin and the logical dynamics of illocutionary acts, Tomoyuki Yamada, Hokkaido University

5.15 - 6.00: Searle's Thesis of Dependency: Is it possible to perform a propositional act without an illocutionary act?, Christiana Werner, Universität Duisburg-Essen

Parallel session 4b: Cavendish Colloquium, Faraday Building

4.30 - 5.15: Giving Austin the Silent Treatment: Sacks, Cicero, Sequencing and Sermones, Tom Grimwood, Lancaster University, and Paul K. Miller, University of Cumbria

6.15 - 7.15 Plenary session: Covert Exercitives and the Psychology of Bias, Jennifer Saul, University of Sheffield

Cavendish Colloquium

7.30 Conference Dinner

Lancaster House Hotel

Wednesday April 6th

Parallel session 5a: Frankland Colloquium, Faraday Building

10.15 - 11.00am: Austin on Conceptual Polarity and Sensation Deception Metaphors, Dale Jacquette, University of Bern

Parallel session 5b: Cavendish Colloquium, Faraday Building

10.15 - 11.00: Sense and Sensibilia: A forgotten lesson, Roberta Locatelli, University Paris 1 Sorbonne-Panthéon

Parallel session 6a: Frankland Colloquium, Faraday Building

11.30 - 12.15: Adolf Reinach and John L. Austin: Two different approaches to speech acts, Alessandro Salice, University of Basel

12.15 - 1.00: Knowing what we say, Byron Davies, Harvard University

Parallel session 6b: Cavendish Colloquium, Faraday Building

11.30 - 12.15: Getting the Philosopher out of the Armchair: The Contrasting Responses to Logical Positivism of J. L. Austin and Arne Naess, Siobhan Chapman, University of Liverpool

12.15 - 1.00: Argumentative dynamics and parsimony of meaning, Hanno Birken-Bertsch, independent scholar

1.00 - 2.00 lunch

Parallel session 7a: Frankland Colloquium, Faraday Building

2.00 - 2.45: Ordinary language, emotions and motives, Harry Lesser, University of Manchester

Parallel session 7b: Cavendish Colloquium, Faraday Building

2.00 - 2.45: Austin: Sense and Sensuality, Gordon Bearn, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

2.45 - 3.30: Sense and Introspection, Kevin Reuter, Birkbeck College, University of London

Parallel session 8a: Frankland Colloquium, Faraday Building

4.00 - 4.45: Prichard's Heresy and Austin's Orthodoxy, Sandy Berkovski, Bilkent University

Parallel session 8b: Cavendish Colloquium, Faraday Building

4.00 - 4.45: Two Epistemic Directions of Fit, Boris Hennig, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

5.00 - 6.00 Plenary session: Austin on the Philosophy of Perception, Paul Snowdon, University College London

Frankland Colloquium

7.30 - 9 John Searle lecture [Title TBA]

Franklandlecture theatre, by live video link-up

Thursday, April 7th

12.00: Trip to Lancaster for unveiling of commemorative plaque at Austin's birthplace


This conference and its associated events have been made possible with the generous help of the following people and institutions:

The Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion Research Incentivisation Fund

Lancaster Civic Society

Dr Ann Lendrum (sister of J.L. Austin)

Mrs Fanny Mitchell (daughter of J.L. Austin)


Further information

Associated staff: Brian Garvey

Associated departments and research centres: Politics, Philosophy and Religion PPR


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