We would like to invite you to participate in the second edition of the international conference in Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies, entitled “Situating Cognition: Agency, Affect, and Extension”, that will take place on October 15-18, 2015, in Warsaw (Poland), at the University of Warsaw and the Polish Academy of Sciences. The conference website
The focus of the conference is on cognition in the context of agency, affect, and its extensions. The event includes lectures, symposia, workshops, discussions, and posters covering a broad range of topics related to the main theme.
Key speakers and special guests of the conference symposia: Kenneth Aizawa (Rutgers University), Mark H. Bickhard (Lehigh University), Giovanna Colombetti (University of Exeter), Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis), Frederique de Vignemont (Institut Jean-Nicod), Andrew Wilson & Sabrina Golonka (Leeds Beckett University), and others.

Registration is now open.

If you would like more information regarding conference, or have general questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.

2nd International Conference on the topic of Socially Extended Knowledge, University of Edinburgh, October 8-9, 2015

Registration for the 2nd international conference on the topic of Socially Extended Knowledge is now open.

Socially Extended Knowledge is the second of two international conferences on the topic of ‘Extended Knowledge.’ The aim of the first ‘Extended Knowledge Conference’ was to bring together leading scholars from around the world in order to critically examine the ramifications of the extended cognition programme (and related views) for contemporary epistemology, and for the theory of knowledge in particular. In this second conference on the topic of ‘Socially Extended Knowledge’, leading epistemologists, cyberneticists, philosophers of mind, psychologists, computer and Web scientists will move further to explore the impact of the distributed cognition programme on analytic epistemology.

The main event will take place on Thursday and Friday, October 8 and 9 and it will close with a public lecture by Prof Michael Lynch .


Holly Arrow (Psychology, University of Oregon, USA)
Harry Halpin (Infrormatics, World Wide Web Consortium, USA)
Francis Heylighen (Cybernetics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Michael Lynch (Philosophy, University of Connecticut, USA)
Joelle Proust (Philosophy, Institut Jean Nicod, France)
Sabine Roeser (Philosophy, Deft University, Netherlands)
Ernest Sosa (Philosophy, Rutgers university, USA)
Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff University, UK)
Deborah Tollefsen (Philosophy, University of Memphis, USA)
Brad Wray (Philosophy, State University of New York, USA)

For more details you can visit the conference website.

PERFECT 2016: False but Useful Beliefs

As part of project PERFECT we want to promote further investigation into whether false beliefs can be advantageous by being biologically adaptive, enhancing wellbeing, being conducive to the satisfaction of epistemic goals, or promoting some other form of agential success. In the existing psychological literature, self-deception, positive illusions, delusions, confabulatory explanations, and other instances of false belief have been shown to be beneficial in one or more ways. However, in the philosophical literature, there has not been yet a systematic study of the role of false beliefs in supporting different aspects of human agency. The workshop aims to fill this gap.

Some beliefs seem to have an important role in supporting human agency: they make us feel better about ourselves and even enhance our health prospects (e.g., positive illusions); they provide some explanation for very unusual experiences (e.g., clinical delusions); they protect us from undesirable truths (e.g., self-deception); they can help us fill existing gaps in our memory (e.g., confabulation); they support a sense of community that improves social integration (e.g., religious beliefs); and so on. The workshop will encourage a reflection on the relationship among the different types of benefits that such beliefs can have and on the different aims and functions of beliefs.

Registration is now open for PERFECT 2016, a workshop on False but Useful Beliefs to be held at Regent’s Conferences in central London on 4th and 5th February 2016. Keynote speakers include Anandi Hattiangadi, David Papineau, Neil Van Leeuwen, and myself.

Please go the University of Birmingham online shop to register as places are limited.


The Ontology of Conscious Experience

University of Leeds, 8th-9th July 2015

Venue: Baines Wing SR 2.08


Work on consciousness has tended to overlook the ontological status and structure of experiences, focusing instead on whether they can be explained by reference to non-experiential processes or events. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers interested in the ontology of conscious experience, to establish which topics might be most fruitful as regards further research, and to outline an agenda for further work in this area.

Registration for this event is now open:

The deadline for registration is Friday July 3rd.

To confirm registration, or if you have any other queries, please contact Donnchadh O’Conaill ( )


Provisional schedule


Wednesday July 8th



Introductory tea/coffee


Helen Steward (Leeds) – Touching Experiences




Thomas Raleigh (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) – Sensations, Properties, and Predicates




Heather Logue (Leeds) – Are Perceptual Experiences Just Representations?


7.00 – conference dinner


Thursday July 9th



Holger Thiel (Central European University, Budapest) – Towards a Holistic Conception of Phenomenal Consicousness




Matthew Soteriou (Warwick) - Exercising Agency over the Occupation of Conscious Attention




Roundtable discussion featuring each of the speakers


This event is being held thanks to the support of the Centre for Metaphysics and Mind, University of Leeds, the ERC Nature of Representation Project, and a Minor Conference Grant from the Mind Association.

iCog blog

Following on from two hugely successful conferences, the iCog network would like to announce the launch of its new blog. This will act as a forum for new and exciting work happening across the cognitive sciences. In our first blog post, Tom McClelland (Manchester) poses some questions about the admissible contents of visual experience. You can read it here:

We would also like to welcome further submissions from theorists interested in presenting their research to a general readership. Submissions could explain a specific issue or experiment you, the author, has been working on, or they could act as a brief introduction to a topic of research. Alternatively, posts could be used to raise a specific concern, worry or thought you might have had in relation to work in the theoretical or experimental study of the mind.

Papers shouldn’t be too long. Articles around the thousand-word mark are ideal and certainly nothing longer than a couple of thousand of words. We want the blog to be accessible to a general readership so, wherever possible, jargon should be avoided. Harvard style referencing is preferred, and footnotes should be kept to a minimum.

Queries and submissions can be made to our blog editor, Sam Clarke, at

Call for Registrations: ‘The Sensorimotor Theory: Developments and Open Questions’ (ASSC satellite workshop)

ASSC satellite workshop – ‘The Sensorimotor Theory of Perception and Consciousness: Developments and Open Questions’


Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July 2015

Paris Descartes University, Paris, France


Keynote speakers

Anthony Chemero, Alva Noë


Invited speakers

Malika Auvray, Xabier Barandiaran, Andreas Engel, Erik Myin



The sensorimotor theory claims that we can make strides toward dissolving the mysteries of consciousness if we think of experience as a kind of bodily engagement with the environment rather than something that happens only in the brain. Specifically, it claims that perceptual consciousness depends on implicit mastery of sensorimotor contingencies, the pattern-like ways that sense inputs change in line with movement by the agent or object perceived.

Since its first official statement in a 2001 paper by O’Regan and Noë , the theory has been extended and developed in various ways, resulting in a rich set of empirical and philosophical ideas about conscious experience. This workshop will give an overview of the state of the art and discuss key issues that a future sensorimotor theory should tackle.



Registration is free but places are limited. To register, please email Niclette Bukasa Kampata on with your name and any affiliation.

The call for papers is now closed but all are invited to attend and join the discussion.


Further information

For venue information and the full line up of invited and submitted speakers, see:

The workshop is being organised by Kevin O’Regan, Lucia Foglia, David Silverman and Jan Degenaar as part of Kevin O’Regan’s ERC Advanced Project FEEL, based at the Psychology of Perception Laboratory, Paris Descartes University.

Job: Research Fellow on PERFECT

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Project PERFECT is recruiting a post-doctoral research fellow to start on 1st October 2015. The post is full-time, fixed-term for three years.

Please see the ad and the job description for more information.

Deadline for applications is 7th April 2015.

Informal inquiries can be directed to Lisa Bortolotti, Professor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham.

Extended Knowledge – 1st International Conference

The Edinburgh Eidyn Centre is excited to announce that registration for the 1st International Conference (April 22-24) on the topic of Extended Knowledge is now open!

The aim of this 1st International Conference on the topic of ‘Extended Knowledge’ is to bring together leading scholars from around the world in order to critically examine the ramifications of the extended cognition programme (and related views) to contemporary epistemology, and to the theory of knowledge in particular.

The main event will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, April 22 and 23, and it will be followed by two satellite workshops on Friday, April 24. The first satellite (morning session) will be dedicated to the Epistemology of Education, and the second to Group Knowledge.

Registration (including lunches and dinner) is free for all attendants, but it is necessary in order to make appropriate catering arrangements. The deadline is April 15, 2015. To contact us, email Adam Carter at, or Orestis Palermos at

For more details, please visit the conference website.

To register, click here.

To find out more about the Extended Knowledge project, you can visit the project’s website.

Perspectives on Nativism: Edinburgh 21 – 22 May

The Linguistics and Philosophy departments at the University of Edinburgh are hosting a two day workshop on contemporary issues in Nativism.  Confirmed speakers include:

  • Balthasar Bickel, Linguistics, University of Zurich
  • Gillian Brown, Pyschology & Neuroscience, University of St. Andrews
  • Annie Gagliardi, Informatics, University of Edinburgh
  • Roger Levy, Linguistics, University of California, San Diego
  • Caroline Rowland, Psychology, University of Liverpool

Further information is available at our website:

Attendance is free, but please register at our website.


iCog 3: Call for conference proposals

iCog is a network of junior researchers – postgraduates and early-career researchers – working in cognitive science. The network aims to promote and encourage dialogue and collaboration between researchers in psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology and computational intelligence.

iCog has held two successful annual conferences, at the University of Sheffield in autumn 2013 and at the University of Edinburgh in autumn 2014. For details of these, see

iCog is now inviting proposals from junior researchers at UK universities to organize and host the third iCog conference, to take place by early 2016.

Proposals should include:

(1) A description of the topic of the conference along with a short explanation of how this would appeal to researchers in the different cognitive science disciplines;

(2) A list of possible invited speakers; ideally, there should be a guest speaker from most of the cognitive science disciplines;

(3) A preliminary list of members of the organizing committee and their departmental affiliations.

In the spirit of fostering dialogue between the disciplines of cognitive science, proposals from interdisciplinary committees are strongly encouraged. At the least, proposals should be made by junior researchers from at least two of the disciplines of cognitive science, with a view to having a wide range of the disciplines of cognitive science represented on the organizing committee.

The format of the conference is flexible, though it would ordinarily be a 1-3 day conference and should, at least, include presentations by invited speakers along with opportunities for junior researchers to present. In previous years, the conference has included a poster session, to increase and diversify the means of participation.

The iCog steering committee will be available to offer advice on organizational matters, and the iCog website <> will be available for advertising the call for papers, conference programme, call for registration, and other conference matters.

Conference organizers will be required to arrange funding for the conference through their institution and/or by applying to the relevant learned societies. However, iCog will be able to provide a guarantee against loss for up to £900.

Proposals should be 1-2 pages, and should be sent to by 31 March 2015. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection procedure by 15 April 2015.

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