Bernard Bolzano
Bernard Bolzano, the polymath

Bernard Bolzano, the polymath

Bernard Bolzano was a Bohemian priest and polymath whose contributions span a number of fields ranging from mathematics, logic and theology to political philosophy and aesthetics. The Junior Star project PragMatika (GA ČR 23-06540M) is pleased to announce the Bolzano in Prague 2024 conference, which will take place on the 23rd and 24th of September in Prague.

The aim of the conference is to bring together both Bolzano researchers and students interested in his wide-ranging oeuvre, with a special interest in research that places it in context.

Invited speakers

Hourya Benis-Sinaceur (CNRS, IHPST)
Otto Neumaier (Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg)
Steve Russ (University of Warwick)
Peter Simons (Trinity College Dublin)
Christian Tapp (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Marta Vlasáková (Filosofický ústav AV ČR)

There is no registration fee to attend the conference but, due to the capacity of the venue, attendance will be limited to those who register, with priority given to people whose study or research deals with Bolzano. We particularly encourage contributions from early-stage researchers and graduate students, who can apply for a bursary covering their accommodation and, to a certain extent, travel expenses.

Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2024
Acceptance notice: 21 June 2024

We welcome submissions of abstracts of 300-500 words for both medium talks (up to 25 minutes) and short talks (up to 15 minutes). These should be written in English, be suitable for blind review and be sent in pdf format to Please include in your email your full name and, if applicable, affiliation, as well as whether—if you are an early-stage researcher or graduate student—you wish to apply for a bursary.

The programme will be announced at the end of June.

The conference will be held at the Academic Conference Centre (AKC), which is located at Husova 4a, in the historical center of Prague.

The AKC is part of the building complex of the Czech Academy of Sciences which houses the Institute of Philosophy, the Institute of Sociology and the Institute of Art History. Access to the conference will be from the central courtyard of the building, which can be accessed either from the entrance at Jilská 1 or from the entrance at Husova 4.

The nearest metro stations are Národní třída, Můstek and Staroměstská; the nearest tram stops are Karlovy lázně, Národní třída and Staroměstská.

If you need more information on how to get to the AKC or advice on accommodation, please do not hesitate to email us at