9th-10th June 2011
Royal Society of Edinburgh
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
- Dr Christine Battersby (Reader Emerita in Philosophy, University of Warwick)
- Professor Susan Oyama (Professor Emerita in Psychology, John Jay College and CUNY Graduate Center, New York)
- Professor Michael Wheeler (Professor of Philosophy, University of Stirling).
The aim of this event is to foster a dialogue between researchers in feminist philosophy working on debates around the body, and researchers in philosophy of cognitive science with interests in embodied cognition and the extended mind. Many theorists of embodiment now think of mind and cognition as being continuous with life, in some theoretically significant way. Thus, contributions from those working in relevant areas of philosophy of biology will also form a natural part of this dialogue.
Recent research across these different fields often shares a central concern: to challenge dualistic modes of thinking inherited from a broadly Cartesian paradigm, and to find alternative frameworks which no longer position mind and body, or nature and culture, as fundamentally distinct or opposed. In keeping with this, many of those working in both feminist philosophy and recent philosophy of the cognitive and biological sciences have been engaged in challenging the divide between material and biological processes on the one hand, and cultural constructivism and representation on the other. Instead of remaining within a clear-cut nature/nurture divide, thinkers in both fields seek to re-think matter, body and environment as playing an active and generative role in the formation of knowledge, memory and identities.
Despite these productive resonances, thinkers in these different fields do not often have opportunities to engage directly with one another: the aim of this conference is to create an occasion for such engagement, and to foster productive conversations between researchers in feminist philosophy and the philosophy of the cognitive and biological sciences, so as to enhance the resources and reference points available to each of these groups.
We are seeking papers of 20-25 minutes (not including discussion time) which will contribute to this dialogue. Papers may adopt an approach from either feminist philosophy, or the philosophy of the cognitive or biological sciences (or related areas), and need not directly combine these different fields (though we welcome contributions which do so).
Possible topics include but are not restricted to the following:
- feminist philosophies of the body; fleshy subjects and embodied selves; sexed embodiment, identity and otherness;
- the role of the body and/or the material environment in knowledge, memory, learning and perception; reason and embodiment; materiality, bodies, and cognition;
- non-dualistic approaches to the body and its relation to mind / thought / spirit / consciousness
- life/mind, nature/nurture, sex/gender, biology/culture: critical perspectives and alternative approaches
- re-thinking the nature and sites of intelligence; the role of process in the formation of knowing bodies and bodies of knowledge
Possible approaches include those drawing on phenomenology and continental philosophy (e.g. Nietzsche, Bergson, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty); philosophy of cognitive science, especially debates in extended mind/embodied cognition; feminist philosophy; process philosophy; developmental systems theory; the enactive account of life and mind; new materialisms (eg Grosz, Deleuze).
Proposals of c.500 words should be emailed to Rachel Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday 4th March 2011.
Please note: we have a small number of bursaries for postgraduates and early career researchers to participate in this event. Please indicate when submitting your abstract if you wish to be considered for such a bursary, and indicate your academic status (e.g. PhD student, early career researcher).
This conference is the first of three events being organised as part of an RSE funded Network in the Arts and Humanities hosted by the Philosophy Programme at the University of Dundee. The aim of the Network is to engender dialogue between feminist philosophers and other key areas of contemporary philosophical debate. Subsequent events will focus on issues of gender and sexed embodiment in the contemporary visual arts as well as on the productive links between feminist philosophy and philosophy of education. For further information, or to be added to the Network mailing list, please contact the Network organiser, Dr Rachel Jones: email@example.com
The 15th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
Dates: Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th June 2011
Venue: The Clock Tower at Kyoto University, Japan
Presidential Address: Ralph Adolphs (Caltech, USA)
- Pascal Fries (Ernst Strüngmann Institute, Germany)
- David Eagleman (Baylor College of Medicine, USA)
- Fiona Macpherson (University of Glasgow, UK)
- Takamitsu Yamamoto (Nihon University, Japan)
- Ralph Adolphs (Caltech, USA)
- Nicholas Humphrey (Cambridge University, UK)
SYMPOSIUM 1: Metacogntion and consciousness
- Chair: Ryota Kanai (University College London, UK)
- Introduction: Ryota Kanai (University College London)
- Talk 1. Stephen Fleming (University College London)
- “Decisions about decisions: neural construction of metacognitive confidence”
- Talk 2. Robert Hampton (Emory University, USA)
- “Metacognition and memory systems in primates: Successes and limitations”
- Talk 3. Peter Carruthers (University of Maryland)
- “Metacognitive processes in nonhuman animals?”
SYMPOSIUM 2: Consciousness: Powerful or useless?
- Chair: Simon van Gaal (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
- Talk 1. Roy F. Baumeister (Florida State University, USA)
- “Answering Libet: How conscious thoughts cause behavior”
- Talk 2. Hakwan Lau (Columbia University, USA)
- “Performance capacity matching as a new approach to studying the functions of sensory awareness”
- Talk 3. Al Mele (Florida State University, USA)
- “A model of conscious deciding”
- Talk 4. Simon van Gaal (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
- “Non-conscious high-level information processing and the implications for the functional relevance of consciousness”
SYMPOSIUM 3: Robotics & Consciousness
- Chair: Shinsuke Shimojo (California Institute of Technology, USA)
- Talk1. Shinsuke Shimojo (California Institute of Technology, USA)
- “Short introduction to the scope and limits of robotics research on the problems of consciousness”
- Talk 2. Yasuo Kuniyoshi (University of Tokyo, JAPAN)
- “Emergence of Consciousness from Embodied Interaction Dynamics: A Constructivist Approach with A Simulated Human Fetus”
- Talk 3. Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University/ATR, Japan)
- “Consciousness appears on robots and androids”
- Talk 4. Thomas Metzinger (Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat)
- “Short commentary on Robotics and Consciousness”
- Panel discussion
- “Towards the interaction between robotics and consciousness research”
Conference website: http://www.theassc.org/conferences/assc_15