Paths and Traps in the Forest of the Digitization of Education
Nearly three years ago we have started our journey in the forest of the digitization
of education. “The universe is ours”, therefore the university’s mission is to search for
new roads to the future. The Visual Learning Lab (VLL) seems to be a new professional
community, its voluntary “migration” meets new paths, and also traps. Martin Kemp and
James Elkins’ work (2007) gave the firs impulses on the way of visual practices across
the university. The pioneers – Theo Hug, James Katz, Kristóf Nyíri, Barry Smith –
provided a wide scientific orientation, but the challenge is great, both theoretically and
practically. The forest of the rich fauna – painting, sculpture, architecture, television,
film, video, mass media, internet – of the ICT environment gave a lot of new opportunities for education to improve the content and the methods of education. My paper,
based on the activities of the VLL and the previous conferences – trying to select milestones – between 2009 and 2012 attempts to systematize the professional paths in the way
of digitization of the content and teaching in higher education and to give feedback about
the real traps which could be potential obstacles in the change of the character of
András BENEDEK, Professor and Head, Department of Technical Education, Budapest
University of Technology and Economics, has published some 150 papers to date in
connection with human resource development issues, among them the essays “New
Vistas of Learning in the Mobile Age”, in Kristóf Nyíri (ed.),
Mobile Understanding: The Epistemology of Ubiquitous Communication, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2006, and “Mobile Learning: New Horizons and Unstable Summits”, in Kristóf Nyíri (ed.),
Engagement and Exposure: Mobile Communication and the Ethics of Social Networking, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2009. From
1976 to 1979 he studied systems analysis on a scholarship and
acquired a PhD at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow. During
the 1980s he was a scientific advisor at the Hungarian Academy
of Sciences. He was the Director of Vocational Training (from
1984 to 1989), then Director General (from 1989 to 1990) at the
National Pedagogical Institute. As its first Director General in 1990, he established the
National Institute for Vocational Education. He was involved in numerous UNESCO and
ILO projects, and continues to participate in the preparation of various World Bank and
Phare projects in the area of human resource development. 1991–2006 he held the positions of deputy and permanent state secretary in different ministries. In 2004 he acquired
a DSc at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
when they are not actively pursuing their hobby. The paper draws on participant observations as well as interviews with hobbyists to describe how digital games can augment people’s perceptions and understandings of their immediate surroundings even when not
in the midst of game-play. The presentation will give specific examples of the ways in which hobbyists started seeing their environment in a new light after becoming avid players of such games appreciating nuances of both the urban landscape as well as remote areas and natural elements.
Eszter HARGITTAI, (Ph.D. Sociology, Princeton University) is Associate Professor of
Communication Studies at Northwestern University where she heads
the Web Use Project. She is also Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society where she spent the 2008/09 year in residence. Her research focuses on the social implications of people’s
digital media uses with a particular interest in how people’s Web-use
skills influence the ways in which they incorporate the Internet into
their lives. One of her current projects (with Ethan Zuckerman, MIT)
focuses on the implications of GPS-based games for learning and civic engagement. E-mail: email@example.com.
The Potential Role of Visualisation in the Vocational Training and
Continuous Education of Adults
Adults are a specific educational target group, due to the facts that on the one
hand they bring a vast amount of life and work experience into the learning process and –
on the other hand – they are very often part-time learners. Thus the use of efficient didactic methods in their teaching can have a multiple impact on the quality of their learning. In my talk I wish to examine the use of visualisation as a potential tool for creating
and enhancing communicational conformity between learner and teacher, easing the
transmission of thoughts and ideas. The first part will review the role of perception in the
learning process, with specific regard to the differences in the individual perception patterns, as well as visualisation playing a major role in the acceptance, understanding and
recalling of the teaching material. The second part will discuss how the development of
IT technologies in the last twenty years enlarged the range of potential educational tools
that can be used to convey knowledge. The third part is meant to give an account on the
lessons that could be learned this far from an empirical experiment on using visual technology in adult vocational training.
Ágnes DARITS (1958) economist and sociologist. General director of OKTÁV Further
Educational Centre and has a PhD Absolutorium from the Department of Technological Education, Budapest University of
Technology. She is a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP™). At the beginning of her carrier her research
interest focused on industrial design, man-made environment, visual culture and art. Following the year that she spent at University
of London, Goldsmiths’ College as a visiting researcher, in the last
20 years her interest turned towards the exploration of individual
(communicational, presentational and vocational) skills needed to
coop with the challenges of the labour market as well as towards
the specific training and teaching methods and structures suitable for the development of
these skills. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Riddle of Images Revisited
According to a widely accepted conception, “an image cannot be seen as such
without the paradoxical trick of consciousness, an ability to see something as ‘there’ and
‘not there’ at the same time” (Mitchell 1987); or as Belting formulated the same idea in a
rather enigmatic way, “what an image is: the presence of an absence” (Belting 2005). In
my talk, I will examine the roots of this apparent riddle, but I will also suggest it can be
eliminated if we take into account the relation between visual perception and the motor
Bergson, one of the proponents of the importance of motor activity uses the term
image in a puzzling way. This puzzle (as it appears in Bergson’s considerations) revolves
around bridging the “explanatory gap” between conscious and physical phenomena; and,
in particular, it illuminates the enigmatic relation between mental and external (accessible
to others) representations.
In conclusion, I will relate the Bergsonian image to the riddle of images against
the background of similarity. That is, I will suggest, similarity is not an adequate aspect
from which pictorial representations are examinable.
Zsuzsanna KONDOR is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy, MTA
Research Centre for the Humanities. Main fields of research: history of philosophy, philosophy of communication, embodied cognition, enactive approach, and philosophy of images. Her publications include Embedded Thinking: Multimedia and the New
Rationality, 2008; “Perception and Depiction in the Light of
Embodiment" in R. Heinrich, E. Nemeth, and W. Pichler (eds.),
Image and Imaging in Philosophy, Science, and the Arts, 2010;
“World Picture and Beyond – Representation Revisited” in A.
Benedek and K. Nyíri (eds.), Images in Language: Metaphors and
Metamorphoses, 2011; “Past and Present Constraints”, in Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society 2011. E-mail: email@example.com.
Prof. Kristóf Nyíri
Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Mailing address: H-2023 Dunabogdány, POB 36, HUNGARY
Tel./fax (priv.): +36 26 390 468
Tel. mobile: +36 30 3500 421
1985: DSc (philosophy), Hungarian Academy of Sciences
1978: PhD (philosophy), Hungarian Academy of Sciences
1968: MA in philosophy and mathematics, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Professor of Philosophy, Department of Technical Education,
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
2005–2007: Research Professor, Institute for Philosophical Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
1995–2005: Director, Institute for Philosophical Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
1986-2004: Professor of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
1978-86: Associate Professor, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
1971-78: Assistant Professor, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Széchenyi Prize, received on March 15, 2009
Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Pécs, Hungary, title conferred on March 12, 2009
Member of the Institut International de Philosophie, elected Oct. 2006
Leibniz Professor of the University of Leipzig for the Winter Term 2006/07
1994: Visiting Fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies, Vienna
1993: European Visiting Research Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh at the University of St. Andrews, Centre for Philosophy and Public Affairs
1995-: Honorary President, Hungarian Wittgenstein Society, Budapest, Hungary
1993-98: President, Hungarian Philosophical Association, Budapest, Hungary
1987-: Advisory Board Member: Forschungsstelle für österreichische Philosophie (Graz, Austria)
Editorial Board Member:
Mobile Media & Communication
Conceptus: Zeitschrift für Philosophie
The Monist: An International Journal of General
Journal of General Philosophy of Science
1999: University at Buffalo (SUNY), Department of Philosophy (course: "Ethics and Politics of Cross-Cultural Communication")
1997: University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of History / Department of Political Science (courses: "Intellectual History of Modern Europe" and "Politics and Communication")
1996: University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Philosophy
(course: "Communications and the New Europe")
1991/92: University of Graz, Austria (courses: "The Philosophy of Wilfrid Sellars"; "Georg Lukács")
1991: University of Helsinki, Finland (course: "Tradition and Social Communication")
1987: University of Innsbruck, Austria
(course: "Chapters in the History of Austro-Hungarian Philosophy")
1986: Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO (course: "The Concept of Tradition")
Scholarships / Grants / Awards
1998-2001: Hungarian National Széchenyi Professorial Grant
1997-1998: Research Support Scheme of the Open Society Institute / Higher Education Support Programme (Soros Foundation - Prague)
1990-1991 and 1986-1987: Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany)
Book Publications (see also: Complete List of Publications)
Zeit und Bild: Philosophische Studien zur Wirklichkeit des Werdens, Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2012, 203 pp.
Kép és idõ [Image and Time], Budapest: Magyar Mercurius, 2011, 176 pp.
Vernetztes Wissen: Philosophie im Zeitalter des Internets [Network Knowledge: Philosophy in the Age of the Internet]. Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2004, 179 pp.
The philosophy of tradition [A hagyomány filozófiája]. Budapest: T-Twins - Lukács Archívum, 1994, 172 pp. Reviewed in Népszabadság, January 21, 1995, inBUKSZ, Autumn 1995, in Magyar Tudomány, 1995/11, in Magyar Filozófiai Szemle, 1997/5-6, and in Studies in East European Thought 51 (1999), pp. 329–345.
Tradition and Individuality. Essays. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1992, xi + 180 pp. Reviewed in BUKSZ, Autumn 1993, in Magyar Filozófiai Szemle, 1995/3-4, and inStudies in East European Thought 51 (1999), pp. 329–345.
Crossroads: Philosophical Essays [Keresztút: Filozófiai esszék]. Budapest: Kelenföld, 1989, 95 pp. Reviewed in Valóság, 1990/2, and in Jel-Kép, 1996/1.
Am Rande Europas: Studien zur österreichisch-ungarischen Philosophiegeschichte [On the fringe of Europe. Studies in the history of Austro-Hungarian philosophy]. Wien: Böhlau, 1988, 232 pp. Reviewed in Review of Metaphysics, June 1989, in Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 1989, in Austrian Studies1990, and in Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift der Universität Halle 1991/5. Hungarian translation reviewed in Népszabadság, May 21, 1987, and in Magyar Nemzet, February 23, 1987.
Gefühl und Gefüge. Studien zum Entstehen der Philosophie Wittgensteins [Structure and Sentiment: Studies on the Emergence of the Philosophy of Wittgenstein]. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1986, 207 pp. Reviewed in Hungarian Studies 1988/2.
Ludwig Wittgenstein. Budapest: Kossuth, 1983, 127 pp.
On the intellectual life of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Essays in the history of philosophy [A Monarchia szellemi életérl. Filozófiatörténeti tanulmányok]. Budapest: Gondolat Kiadó, 1980, 248 pp. Russian edition: Moscow: Mysl, 1987. 192 pp.
A short history of philosophy. From the Vedas to Wittgenstein [A filozófia rövid története. A Védáktól Wittgensteinig]. With Ferenc L. Lendvai. Budapest: Kossuth Könyvkiadó, 1974, 270 pp. 4th ed., with a new postscript, 1995.
The Iconic Turn in Education (series VISUAL LEARNING, vol. 2), with András Benedek. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2012.
Images in Language: Metaphors and Metamorphoses (series VISUAL LEARNING, vol. 1), with András Benedek. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2011.
Engagement and Exposure: Mobile Communication and the Ethics of Social Networking, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2009.
Integration and Ubiquity: Towards a Philosophy of Telecommunications Convergence, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2008.
Mobile Studies: Paradigms and Perspectives, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2007.
Mobile Understanding: The Epistemology of Ubiquitous Communication, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2006.
A Sense of Place: The Global and the Local in Mobile Communication, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2005.
Mobile Democracy: Essays on Society, Self and Politics, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2003.
Mobile Learning: Essays on Philosophy, Psychology and Education, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2003.
Mobile Communication: Essays on Cognition and Community, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2003.
Mobilközösség - mobilmegismerés: Tanulmányok [Mobile Community – Mobile Cognition: Essays], Budapest: MTA Filozófiai Kutatóintézete, 2002.
Allzeit zuhanden: Gemeinschaft und Erkenntnis im Mobilzeitalter [Always at Hand: Community and Cognition in the Mobile Age], Wien: Passagen Verlag, 2002.
A 21. századi kommunikáció új útjai: Tanulmányok [New Perspectives on 21st-Century Communications: Essays], Budapest: MTA Filozófiai Kutatóintézete, 2001.
Mobil információs társadalom: Tanulmányok [The Mobile Information Society], Budapest: MTA Filozófiai Kutatóintézete, 2001.
Filozófia az ezredfordulón [Philosophy at the Turn of the Millennium], Budapest: Áron Kiadó, 2000.
Philosophy of Culture and the Politics of Electronic Networking, with Peter Fleissner. Vol.1: Austria and Hungary: Historical Roots and Present Developments. Vol.2: Cyberspace: A New Battlefield for Human Interests. Innsbruck-Wien: Studien Verlag / Budapest: Áron Kiadó, 1999.
Szóbeliség és írásbeliség: A kommunikációs technológiák története Homérosztól Heideggerig [Orality and Literacy: A History of Communication Technologies from Homer to Heidegger], with Gábor Szécsi. Budapest: Áron Kiadó, 1998.
Tradition, Vienna: IFK, 1995.
Nationalism and Social Science, Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1994 (Special issue of the journal Studies in East European Thought, vol.46, nos.1-2)
Computer, Kultur, Geschichte: Beiträge zur Philosophie des Informationszeitalters [Computers, Culture, History: Issues in the Philosophy of the Age of Information], with D. Mersch. Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 1991.
Perspectives on Ideas and Reality, Budapest: FTK, 1990.
Practical Knowledge: Outlines of a Theory of Traditions and Skills, with B. Smith. Beckenham: Croom Helm, 1988.
The Tradition of Austrian Philosophy, Wien: Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky, 1986.
Georg Lukács, Dostojewski: Notizen und Entwürfe [Dostoyevsky: Notes and Sketches], Budapest: Akadémiai, 1985.
Karl Wittgenstein, Politico-economic Writings [reprint of K. Wittgenstein, Zeitungsartikel und Vorträge (1913)], with an introduction by B.F. McGuinness and J.C. Nyíri. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1984.
Austrian Philosophy: Studies and Texts, Munich: Philosophia Verlag, 1981.
Conferences organized, directed, proceedings published
2011, Budapest (with András Benedek): VISUAL LEARNING: DEVELOPMENT – DISCOVERY – DESIGN , proceedings published as The Iconic Turn in Education (series VISUAL LEARNING, vol. 2), Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2012.
2010, Budapest (with András Benedek): VISUAL LEARNING , proceedings published as Images in Language: Metaphors and Metamorphoses (series VISUAL LEARNING, vol. 1), Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2011.
2009, Budapest: UBIQUITOUS COMMUNICATION IN AN INTELLIGENT WORLD.
2008, Budapest: MOBILE COMMUNICATION AND THE ETHICS OF SOCIAL NETWORKING, proceedings published as Engagement and Exposure: Mobile Communication and the Ethics of Social Networking, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2009.
2007, Budapest: TOWARDS A PHILOSOPHY OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS CONVERGENCE, proceedings published as Integration and Ubiquity: Towards a Philosophy of Telecommunications Convergence, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2008.
2005, Budapest: SEEING, UNDERSTANDING, LEARNING IN THE MOBILE AGE, proceedings published as Mobile Understanding: The Epistemology of Ubiquitous Communication, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2006.
2004, Pécs, Hungary (with János Boros): KANT UND DAS PROBLEM DES WISSENS.
2004, Budapest: THE GLOBAL AND THE LOCAL IN MOBILE COMMUNICATION: PLACES, IMAGES, PEOPLE, CONNECTIONS, proceedings published as A Sense of Place: The Global and the Local in Mobile Communication, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2005.
2003, Budapest: MOBILE COMMUNICATION: SOCIAL AND POLITICAL EFFECTS, proceedings published as Mobile Democracy: Essays on Society, Self and Politics, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2003.
2002, Budapest: PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOLOGY, EDUCATION, proceedings published as Mobile Learning: Essays on Philosophy, Psychology and Education, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2003.
2002, Budapest: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON 21ST-CENTURY COMMUNICATIONS, proceedings published as Allzeit zuhanden: Gemeinschaft und Erkenntnis im Mobilzeitalter, Wien: Passagen Verlag, 2002, and as Mobile Communication: Essays on Cognition and Community, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2003. Also published in Hungarian.
2001, Budapest: A 21. SZÁZADI KOMMUNIKÁCIÓ ÚJ ÚTJAI(NEW PERSPECTIVES ON 21ST-CENTURY COMMUNICATIONS), proceedings published as A 21. századi kommunikáció új útjai: Tanulmányok, Budapest: MTA Filozófiai Kutatóintézete, 2001.
2001, Budapest: A 21. SZÁZAD KOMMUNIKÁCIÓJA: Mobil információs társadalom (COMMUNICATIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: The Information Society on the Move), proceedings published as Mobil információs társadalom: Tanulmányok, Budapest: MTA Filozófiai Kutatóintézete, 2001.
2000, Budapest: INFORMATION SOCIETY, INTERDISCIPLINARITY, AND THE FUTURE OF THE HUMANITIES, proceedings published in Világosság, 2001/7-9.
2000, Kecskemét, Hungary: Philosophy at the Turn of the Millennium, proceedings published by Áron Kiadó, Budapest.
1996, Dunabogdány, Hungary: The Philosophy of Wilfrid Sellars. A Hungarian-American conference, among others with Keith Lehrer, Bruce Aune, Joseph Pitt, Jay Rosenberg, Johanna Seibt, and David Stern.
1995, Dunabogdány, Hungary: Philosophy of Religion in Hungary, proceedings published as Vallásfilozófia Magyarországon, Budapest: Áron Kiadó, 1995.
1994, Vienna: TRADITIONS, proceedings published as Tradition (Vienna: IFK)
1993, Budapest: Ungarn und die Brentano-Schule, proceedings published as Brentano Studien V.
1992, Budapest (with G.M. Tamás): Philosophy and Political Change in Eastern Europe, proceedings published as Philosophy and Political Change in Eastern Europe, ed. by B. Smith, La Salle, Ill.: Open Court, 1993
1990, Budapest: Computer, Kultur, Geschichte, proceedings published as Computer, Kultur, Geschichte: Beiträge zur Philosophie des Informationszeitalters(Vienna: Passagen Verlag)
1989, Budapest: Idea and Reality (concluding conference of a five-years project directed by J.C. Nyíri), proceedings published as Perspectives on Ideas and Reality (Budapest: FTK)
1985, Lichtenau, Austria (with Barry Smith): Practical Knowledge, proceedings published as Practical Knowledge: Outlines of a Theory of Traditions and Skills (Beckenham: Croom Helm)
1985, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria: From Bolzano to Wittgenstein, proceedings published as the volume The Tradition of Austrian Philosophy (Vienna: Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky)
Dec. 7–8, 2012, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, VISUAL LEARNING: COMMUNICATION – COGNITION – CURRICULUM: "Images in Conservative Education" – Abstract in Hungarian.
Invited presentations (since 1991)
2012, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, VISUAL LEARNING LAB: "The Visual and the Motor"
2012, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, INTERFACES OF THE MIND: "Motor Intentionality and the Visual Mind".
2011, Freie Universität Berlin, WAS SIND DENKFIGUREN?: "Time As Denkfigur and As Reality".
2010, Universität Regensburg, RELIGION ALS BILD – BILD ALS RELIGION: "Bild und Gebet".
2010, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Kolleg-Forschergruppe Bildakt und Verkörperung: "Bild und Metapher".
2010, Universität Regensburg, AESTHETIC COGNITION AND COGNITIVE AESTHETICS: "Gombrich on Image and Time Revisited".
2010, 33th International Wittgenstein Symposium ("IMAGES AND IMAGING"), Kirchberg am Wechsel: "Image and Metaphor in the Philosophy of Wittgenstein".
2010, Universität Innsbruck, RINGVORLESUNG VISUELLE KOMPETENZ: "Die Macht der Bilder: Von Arnheim und Gombrich zu Freedberg und Belting".
2009, Freie Universität Berlin, RINGVORLESUNG DARSTELLUNGSRÄUME: "Die Verräumlichung der Zeit".
2009, Potsdam, MEDIA ON THE MOVE: "The Moving Image on a Mobile Device".
2009, Chemnitz, BILDER-SEHEN-DENKEN (Image, Vision and Mind): "Gombrich on Image and Time" (2009).
2009, Universität Leipzig, PHILOSOPHISCHES KOLLOQUIUM: "Bild und Wirklichkeit: Bemerkungen zu van Fraassen's Buch Scientific Representation".
2008, Fernuniversität in Hagen, FORUM PHILOSOPHICUM: "Zeit und Bild beim frühen Heidegger".
2008, University of Budapest (ELTE), NYELV, MEGISMERÉS, TUDAT [Language, Cognition, Consciousness]: "Metaforák és az idõ valóságossága [Metaphor and the Reality of Time]".
2008, Kraków, 6th EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY: "Hundred Years After: How McTaggart Became a Thing of the Past".
2008, University of Pécs (Hungary), RICHARD RORTY'S PHILOSOPHICAL LEGACY: "Visualization and the Limits of Scientific Realism"
2007, Berlin KALEIDOSCOPE Symposium, THE SCIENTIFIC EVOLUTION OF TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING: "The Philosophy of Mobile Communication".
2007, 30th International Wittgenstein Symposium ("PHILOSOPHY OF THE INFORMATION SOCIETY"), Kirchberg am Wechsel: "Towards a Philosophy of the Mobile Information Society".
2007, London Knowledge Lab, KALEIDOSCOPE Philosophy of Technologically-enhanced Learning Workshop, KNOWLEDGE AND CONTEXT: "Context and Intention".
2006, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, THE SHAPES OF THINGS TO COME: "Der Mobilgefährte im Breitbandstrom".
2005, Balatonvilágos, Hungary, KALEIDOSCOPE Philosophy of Technology Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group Workshop, CHAT IN A NEW KEY:"Introductory remarks".
2005, 28th International Wittgenstein Symposium ("TIME AND HISTORY"), Kirchberg am Wechsel: "Time and Communication".
2005, Universität Potsdam, Institut für Künste und Medien, Europäische Medienwissenschaft, RINGVORLESUNG 2004/2005: "Mobiles".
2005, The London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London, THE MEDIATED MIND – RETHINKING REPRESENTATION: "The Networked Mind".
2004, Universität Leipzig, PHILOSOPHISCHES KOLLOQUIUM IM WINTERSEMESTER 2003/2004: "Einheit des Wissens: Der Aufbau einer virtuellen Enzyklopädie".
2003, "NET CULTURE SCIENCE", conference organized by the internet platform Kakanien Revisited, Budapest: "Netzwerk und Erkenntnismacht".
2003, UNESCO Philosophy Forum "Qui sait? Who knows?", Paris: "New Information Technologies: Towards Knowledge Societies?".
2001, "WITTGENSTEIN RESEARCH REVISITED", conference at the University of Bergen: "Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Pictures".
2001, 24th International Wittgenstein Symposium ("WITTGENSTEIN UND DIE ZUKUNFT DER PHILOSOPHIE"), Kirchberg am Wechsel: "Pictures as Instruments in the Philosophy of Wittgenstein".
2000, Austrian Statistical Society, Vienna: "Multimedia und Post-Literalität".
2000, 23rd International Wittgenstein Symposium ("RATIONALITY AND IRRATIONALITY"), Kirchberg am Wechsel: "The Picture Theory of Reason".
2000, Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, annual meeting at Piliscsaba, Hungary: "Wörter und Bilder in der österreichisch-ungarischen Philosophie: Von Palágyi zu Wittgenstein"
2000, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest: "Open Science, Open Education: The Internet and Interdisciplinarity" (in Hungarian)
2000, Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin: "Zur Philosophie der virtuellen Universität"
1999, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien: "Kommunikation und Nationalgedächtnis"
1999, King's College, London (DRH99 conf.): "Towards a Philosophy of Virtual Education"
1999, European Christian Internet Conference, Budapest: "The Idea of a Virtual University: Religious Studies on the Net"
1999, Collegium Budapest: "Konservativ sein im Zeitalter des Internets"
1999, Spezialforschungsbereich "Moderne: Wien und Zentraleuropa um 1900", Graz, Austria: "Österreichisch-ungarische Kommunikationsphilosophien"
1999, University at Buffalo (SUNY): "A Philosophy of Virtual Education". A series of four public lectures: 1) "Psychologies of Virtual Education"; 2) "Communicating Meanings: From Plato to the Internet"; 3) "Libraries and the Organization of Knowledge"; 4) "Toward a Functional History of Higher Education".
1999, University at Buffalo (SUNY): "Fin-de-siècle Austria and the Emergence of Postmodernism". Talk given to the Graduate Group on German and Austrian Studies.
1998, Technische Universität Berlin: "Practice and Theory of a Virtual University"
1998, Boston: "Post-Literacy as a Source of Twentieth-Century Philosophy". Talk given at the conference The Common Roots of Twentieth-Century Philosophy, organized by the Institute International de Philosophie on the occasion of the XXth World Congress of Philosophy.
1997, Budapest: "Open and Distance Learning in an Historical Perspective". Keynote address given at The Sixth European Distance Education Network Annual Conference.
1996, University of Münster, Germany: "The Changing Function of the Humanities in the Age of Post-Literacy"
1995, Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Kirchberg, Austria: "Wittgenstein as a Philosopher of Post-Literacy"
1995, University of Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria: "The Concept of Knowledge in the Context of Electronic Networking"
1995, Institute for Cultural Studies, Essen, Germany: "Networking and the Transformation of Time"
1994, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona: "Haller on Wittgenstein on Art"
1994, University of Toledo, Toledo, Spain: "Wittgenstein as a Philosopher of Secondary Orality"
1994, International Research Centre for Cultural Studies, Vienna: "Notes towards a Theory of Traditions"
1994, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany: "Palágyi and Husserl: On the History of the Mentalism/Antimentalism Discussion"
1994, British Library / British Academy, Elvetham Hall, England: "Electronic Networking and the Unity of Knowledge"
1993, Association for History and Computing, Graz, Austria: "Tradition and Social Communicaton"
1993, Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Kirchberg, Austria: "Thinking with a Word Processor"
1992, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland: "La Tentation des Clercs - Redemption and Analysis in Hungarian Philosophy Today"
1992, International MONIST Colloquium, Budapest: "Tradition and Bureaucratic Lore: Lessons from Hungary"