Invited talks

    1. February 2019: TBD. Workshop on scientific understanding and representation. University of Bordeaux-Montaigne.
    2. December 2018: Co-speech iconic gestures and the cognitive penetrability of perception. Workshop on new perspectives on the cognitive penetrability of perception. University of Turin.
    3. November 2018: Knowing why and gradability. University of Hamburg.
    4. October 2018: Knowing why and gradability. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
    5. October 2018:Understanding why and answers to why-questions. Workshop on the varieties of relevance. University of Hamburg.
    6. April 2018: Is knowledge-wh context-sensitive? Research colloquium “Philosophy meets cognitive science”. Ruhr University Bochum.
    7. March 2018: Felicitous falsehoods from a factivist point of view. Symposium on C. Elgin’s monograph “True enough”. University of Innsbruck.
    8. February 2018: Knowing why – Depth & Gradability. Vienna Colloquium Analytic Philosophy. University of Vienna.  (canceled because of illness)
    9. January 2018: What precisely is the epistemic issue regarding null hypothesis significance testing? Work in Progress Seminar. University of Salzburg.
    10. November 2017: Reduktionismus bezüglich Verstehen-warum im Lichte der Mehrstufigkeit von Gründen. Workshop on knowing, understanding, and explaining. TU Dresden.
    11. June 2017: How to semantically interpret co-speech iconic gestures – A process algebra approachResearch colloquium “Philosophy meets cognitive science”. Ruhr University Bochum.
    12. February 2017: Lässt sich Verstehen-warum auf Wissen-warum reduzieren? TU Dresden.
    13. December 2016: Explanatory knowledge and the idealization challenge from model-based explanations. Research colloquium “Logic and epistemology”. Ruhr-University Bochum.
    14. September 2016A formal semantics for iconic gestures. Graduate seminar “Meaning in speech, sign and gestures”. Department of Linguistics. New York University.
    15. May 2016: Wissen und explanatorisches Verstehen. TU Darmstadt.
    16. May 2015: Knowledge and understanding-why. Osnabrücker Philosophie-Kolloquium. University of Osnabrück.
    17. February 2015: Non-declarative sentences in intensional semantics – Re-evaluating the Lewisian solutionGraduate workshop “Language and world”. University of Hamburg.
    18. November 2013: Das Bielefelder Speech and Gesture Alignment Korpus: SaGA. Institut für Linguistik/Germanistik, University of Stuttgart [together with F. Hahn].
    19. October 2013: The Bielefeld Speech and Gesture Alignment Corpus. Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS); Berlin [together with F. Hahn & H. Rieser].


  1. Talks at my co-organized workshops
    1. June 2019: TBD. Workshop “Measurement in cognitive science”. Ruhr University Bochum.
    2. July 2017: Knowing why and explanatory knowing how. Workshop “The varieties of knowing how”. University of Duisburg-Essen.

Peer-reviewed talks

  1. February 2019Answers to why-questions and explanatory stories. GWP.2019. The Third International Conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science; Cologne.
  2. September 2018Is knowledge-wh context-sensitive? GAP 10; Cologne.
  3. July 2018: Knowing why and gradability. European Epistemology Network Meeting 2018; Amsterdam.
  4. June 2018: Understanding why and answers to why-questions. Models of Explanation; Turin.
  5. May 2018Understanding in the case of holistically distorted models and how-possibly models- – A unified account. Workshop “Explanation and understanding”; Ghent.
  6. September 2017Ist Wissen-warum gradierbar? XXIV. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Philosophie; Berlin.
  7. September 2017How do model-based explanations depend on their respective models? 2017 meeting of the European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA17); Exeter.
  8. July 2017: Gesture meaning needs speech meaning to denote – A case of speech-gesture meaning interaction  [with F. Hahn & H. Rieser]. ESSLLI 2017-Workshop “Formal approaches to the dynamics of linguistic interaction”; Toulouse.
  9. November 2016How do idealizing models provide understanding-why? Twenty-Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA 2016); Atlanta.
  10. July 2016Knowing-why. European Epistemology Network Meeting 2016; Paris.
  11. May 2016: How do model-based explanations provide understanding-why? Workshop “Explanation and understanding”; Aarhus.
  12. May 2016: (How) Do models provide understanding-why? Models and simulations 7; Barcelona.
  13. April 2016How do idealizing models provide understanding-why? Fourth Meeting of the Nordic Network for Philosophy of Science; Pärnu.
  14. March 2016The epistemic value of scientific idealizations for understanding-why. “Values in science” University of Washington graduate student conference; Seattle.
  15. September 2015: Knowledge-why revisited. GAP 9; Osnabrück.
  16. April 2015: Does statistical null hypothesis significance testing provide knowledge? Third Meeting of the Nordic Network for Philosophy of Science; Helsinki.
  17. December 2014: Putting the notion of context-free gesture meaning to test [with F. Hahn & H. Rieser]. Workshop “Embodied meaning goes public”; Stuttgart.
  18. September 2014: Non-declarative sentences in intensional semantics – A defense of a Lewisian solution. Venice graduate conference in philosophy; Venice.
  19. August 2014: Putting David Lewis’ analysis of non-declarative sentences back in the game. Eighth European Congress of Analytic Philosophy; Bucharest.
  20. July 2014: Speech-gesture-interface constructions for gestures accompanying German verb phrases [with F. Hahn & H. Rieser]. 6th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies; San Diego.
  21. July 2014: The role of perspective in thinking about mechanisms. Open Minds IX; Manchester.
  22. October 2013: Using parameterised semantics for speech-gesture integration [with U. Klein, H. Rieser & F. Hahn]. Investigating semantics. Empirical and philosophical approaches; Bochum.
  23. April 2013: Mechanistic descriptions and  perspectival knowledge. Graduate conference in theoretical philosophy 2013; Groningen.
  24. March 2013: Interface constructions for gestures accompanying verb phrases [with F. Hahn & H. Rieser]. The 35th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society; Potsdam.
  25. September 2012: The role of perspective in thinking about mechanisms. Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis 2012; Salzburg.
  26. September 2011: Watching the growth point grow. Gesture and speech in interaction 2011; Bielefeld.

Peer-reviewed poster presentations

  1. December 2016Multi-modal context-dependency [with F. Hahn & H. Rieser]. Situations, Information, and Semantic Content; München.
  2. September 2014: First observations on a corpus of multi-modal trialogues [with F. Hahn & H. Rieser]. The 18th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue; Edinburgh.
  3. December 2013: Abduction and parameterised semantic composition in speech-gesture integration [with U. Klein, H. Rieser & F. Hahn]. The 17th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue; Amsterdam.
  4. August 2013: Gesture semantics reconstruction based on motion capturing and complex event processing: a circular shape example [with Th. Pfeiffer, F. Hofmann, F. Hahn & H. Rieser]. The 14th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue; Metz.
  5. June 2013: Integrating gesture meaning and verbal meaning for German verbs of motion: Theory and simulation [with K. Bergmann, F. Hahn, St. Kopp & H. Rieser]. The Tilburg gesture research meeting; Tilburg.

Commentary on other talks

  1. April 2016: Commentary on H. Sova’s talk “The Dialectics of H. Putnam’s model-theoretic arguments”. Fourth Meeting of the Nordic Network for Philosophy of Science; Pärnu.
  2. April 2015: Commentary on A. Reutlinger and H. Andersen’s talk “Are explanations non-causal by virtue of being abstract?”. Third Meeting of the Nordic Network for Philosophy of Science; Helsinki.
  3. January 2015:  Commentary on C. Picazo’s talk “Underdeterminacy and the Role of Context”. XVII Taller d’Investigació en Filosofia; Barcelona.