BLC Newsletter - December 2016

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President        Professor H Dugald MacPherson [Leeds]
Vice-President   Professor Philip Welch [Bristol]
Treasurer        Dr Charlotte Kestner [Lancashire]
Secretary        Dr Paulo Oliva [London]
                 Dr Ulrich Berger [Swansea]
                 Professor Alexandre Borovik [Manchester]
                 Professor Volker Halbach [Oxford]

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1) British Postgraduate Model Theory Conference 2017 — Jan 2017
2) Workshop: Proofs of Propositions in 14th-Century Logic — May 2017


1) British Postgraduate Model Theory Conference 2017

Date: Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 January 2017
Location: University of Leeds

The British Postgraduate Model Theory Conference will take place from Wednesday 25 to Friday 27
January 2017 at the University of Leeds. The conference is aimed at postgraduate students and
postdoctoral researchers in model theory, and it provides a great opportunity for participants
to present and discuss their work in front of both young and established researchers coming
from the UK, Europe, and the rest of the world. 

The conference programme includes one mini course consisting of three one-hour lectures, and
three main talks given by established researchers. In addition, there are around twelve talks
to be given by young researchers. The invited speakers are,

Zoe Chatzidakis, Ecole Normale Supérieure - Paris,
Amador Martin- Pizarro, Université Claude-Bernard Lyon 1,
Jaroslav Nesetril, Charles University in Prague,
Boris Zilber, University of Oxford.

The conference is supported by an LMS Postgraduate Research Conference Grant (Scheme 8), the
School of Mathematics at the University of Leeds, and the British Logic Colloquium. For more
information visit the website, or send an
email to ( 


2) Workshop: Proofs of Propositions in 14th-Century Logic

Date: 23 May, 2017 - 25 May, 2017
Location: Hebdomadar's Room, University of St Andrews
Paul Spade famously complained in 2000 that four key components of late medieval logic were
mysterious to modern scholars. Since then, much has been done to clarify two of them (obligations
and supposition), but the other two (exposition and proofs of propositions) remain just as mysterious.
The aim of this workshop is to reach a clearer understanding of the genre of 'proofs of propositions’
(probationes propositionum) that came to characterize British logic in the second half of the 14th
century. We would also welcome contributions that shed some light on the earlier theories of
'exposition' that were subsumed into this new genre.

Each paper will standardly be allocated an hour including time for discussion. Please submit abstracts
of around 250 words to the below address by Monday 16 January 2017. We will notify you of the outcome
by the end of January.

Bursaries: Our budget allows us to pay for meals during the conference and accommodation for three
nights for up to four speakers. Please let us know how much institutional funding you have access
to, so that, if necessary, we can allocate funding to the speakers who need it most.

Invited Speakers:

- Jennifer Ashworth, University of Waterloo
- Harald Berger, University of Graz
- Egbert Bos, University of Leiden
- Martin Dekarli, Austrian Academy of Sciences
- Ota Pavlícek, Czech Academy of Sciences
- Joke Spruyt, Maastricht University

Contact: Please email the organizers Mark Thakkar ( and Stephen Read (

Financial Support: We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the University of St Andrews,
the Leverhulme Trust, the Scots Philosophical Association and the British Logic Colloquium.