TBS: Intelligence 2024
November 14–16, 2024
& 4 preliminary workshop meetings, TBA
The Bloomington Symposium: Intelligence invites scholars, researchers, and thinkers from diverse disciplines to join a year-long working group of sorts, culminating in an intensive 2.5-day symposium aimed at fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration on the concept of intelligence and intelligences, broadly interpreted across disciplines.
Recent discourse has brought to light important questions about how we define, measure, model, automate, represent, and value intelligence in contemporary society. Breakthroughs in various fields have prompted renewed consideration of what constitutes intelligence. This symposium provides a timely opportunity to bring together experts from diverse fields to explore philosophical, ethical, cultural, and conceptual perspectives. "Intelligence” has become a keyword across many fields and industries - embedded in terms such as systems intelligence, artificial intelligence, ecological intelligence, emotional intelligence, and social intelligence – but it is also linked to broader ideas about smartness, creativity, ways of knowing, embodiment, and wisdom. The symposium will expand theoretical frameworks beyond siloed disciplines and take a generous understanding of what intelligence means. The interdisciplinary examination from this symposium seeks to inform a conceptual framework that interrogates the concept of intelligence and its applications, particularly in the wake of AI developments and associated technologies.
This year's workshop group is co-convened by:
David Crandall, Professor of Computer Science, Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering
Rachel Plotnick, Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Studies, The Media School
Caleb Weintraub, Associate Professor in Studio Art, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture and Design
Modeled as a working group that conducts workshops and a symposium, the group will be comprised of 10-12 IU Bloomington faculty experts to examine the epistemological, methodological, and conceptual intricacies associated with intelligence. Participants will be selected from as diverse a range of disciplines as possible. During the workshop portion (hosted twice per semester in Spring 2024 and Fall 2024), members will contribute a title or two to a common bibliography. This bibliography will constitute cross-disciplinary “intellectual reserves” held in common by members of the symposium. There will also be opportunities to explore subtopics, and each member will present some kind of evidentiary artifact (a text, a data set, a model, a case study, an anecdote, an image, etc.) relevant to the question at hand. These activities will culminate in a 2.5-day symposium of dialogues and panels amongst group members and two invited external scholars. Each participant’s “artifact” discussion will be expanded for the final symposium, to be followed by a broad conversation about the artifact presented and the question or problem it poses. The specific outline and format of the conversation and its possible outcomes will depend greatly on the participants.
The symposium aims to generate future research questions and develop a focused plan for documenting outcomes, whether in a white paper, collaboratively authored document, or other scholarly and artistic outputs. IU faculty of all ranks are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please send a Curriculum Vitae and a 250-word statement outlining your interest in the topic and the relevance of your research to firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants will receive $1,000 in research funds.
DEADLINE for applications: December 6, 2023