WORKSHOP II – 5 & 6 November
(see also Workshop I: 8 — 9 Oct , and Workshop III: 3 — 4 December)
Organised by: Department of Philosophy, University of Fribourg, Avenue de l’Europe 20, Switzerland
Co-Sponsored by: Olaf Blanke, Laboratory of Neuroscience, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
The Affective Self
- Jan Slaby, Dept. of Philosophy, Free University Berlin, Berlin, Germany
- John Lambie, Dept. of Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
- Eric Olson, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
The Dualistic Self
- Martine Nida-Rümelin, Dept. of Philosophy, Fribourg University, Switzerland
Self-Knowledge in Agency
- Lucy O’Brien, Dept. of Philosophy, University College London, London, UK
Everyone welcome | No Registration fee
All enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
-> For a detailed schedule and the workshop poster, please see:
Salon des Professeurs, Room 2113, Misericorde, Avenue de l’Europe 20, Fribourg, Switzerland
(half-way between first & second floor, by the staircase, same level as cafeteria) http://www.unifr.ch/map/de/misericorde.php
‘Considered as a unitary object, the self is full of apparent contradictions. It is simultaneously physical and mental, public and private, directly perceived and incorrectly imagined, universal and culture-specific’ (p. 35). ‘[These different aspects or selves] are all experienced, though perhaps not all with the same quality of consciousness. And they are all valued (…)’.
Neisser, U. (1988) Five kinds of Self-Knowledge, Phil. Psychol. 1, 35 – 59 (p. 36)
The question of what self-consciousness, and, more specifically, the sense of self might amount to has been at the very centre of inquiries into the human condition across different ages, cultures and academic disciplines. The answers that have emerged in the past not only revealed different theoretical and practical approaches towards the self, depending on what was assumed that we are aware of in self-consciousness, but also importantly indicated that, in being self-conscious, we take ourselves to be aware of sometimes radically different aspects of the self or indeed of altogether distinct selves.
In these interdisciplinary workshops that draw on sources from philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience, we want to explore how self-consciousness, understood broadly, intimates to us these different aspects of the particular self or kind of self we seemingly are and how these diverse self-related elements (or ‘selves’) not only form a unified whole, if they do, but also how the related conceptions of the self integrate with our general theories and assumptions about the world.
To this end, we will be discussing, inter alia, the phenomenology of self-experience; the (dis)unity of the self; self and agency; biological & evolutionary roots of the self; the emotional/affective self; the idea of a minimal self; the self and the brain; the conceptual versus non-conceptual content of self-consciousness; the embodied self; the first-person versus third-person perspective; the psychopathology of the self; the dualistic nature of the self; the problem of self-knowledge; multi-sensory integration and body awareness; the persistence of the self through time; and prospects for a unified theory of self-consciousness and the self.
Participants in the workshops will have an opportunity to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the diverse aspects surrounding the problem of self-consciousness and the self. Being able to discuss core issues with leading experts in philosophy, psychology and neuroscience will alert participants to the challenges and opportunities in this line of research and will, furthermore, demonstrate to them theoretical and practical strategies of how successful theories of self-consciousness and the self can be formulated.
The organisers wish to acknowledge the kind support of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF 101115-140203 / 1)
February 27-28th, 2012
Cumberland Lodge, Great Park of Windsor
We are excited to announce the organisation of the conference “Foundations of Enactive Cognitive Science”, held . The conference is sponsored by the CINN, with the support of the EPSRC. We also gratefully acknowledge support from the School of Systems Engineering, at the Univ. of Reading, the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB), as well as from AVANT, the journal of the philosophical-interdisciplinary vanguard.
The objective of the conference is to gather as many researchers as possible, from all disciplines, with an interest in the development and the future of enactive cognitive science.
If you intend to participate (even if you do not plan to submit a poster or a talk), we kindly ask that you send us an email, as we need to make some arrangements with the venue. Please do so by visiting our website http://www.reading.ac.uk/cinn/enactivism/?mid=552
- Mark Bickhard (Lehigh Univ., USA)
- Fred Cummins (Univ. College Dublin, Ireland)
- Tom Fröse (Univ. Tokyo, Japan)
- Thomas Fuchs (Heidelberg Univ.)
Call for posters and talks
Posters will be on display throughout the whole conference, and submitted talks will complement invited keynote addresses. If needed, attendance certificates will be provided. If you are willing to participate, please send a title and an abstract (max. 300 words) to Dr. Etienne Roesch (http://www.reading.ac.uk/cinn/enactivism/?mid=552) by January 30th (of course you can send it before that date!), stating whether you would like to present a poster or give a talk, and if you will be staying at the Lodge or make your own arrangements.
- Dr. Etienne Roesch (Goldsmiths Univ. London; Univ. of Reading)
- Dr. Slawomir Nasuto (Univ. of Reading)
- Prof. John Mark Bishop (Goldsmiths Univ. London)
University of Aberdeen
13 February 2012
- Hilmi Demir (Bilkent)
- Aaron Meskin (Leeds)
- Ruth Millikan (Connecticut)
- Karen Neander (Duke)
- Andrea Scarantino (Georgia State)
- Nicholas Shea (Oxford)
Supported by the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, the Mind Association, the Scots Philosophical Association, and the Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine.
Attendance is free, but registration required via email to email@example.com (Ulrich Stegmann).
February 17 – March 2, 2012
The Invited Program includes:
- Bernard Baars, The Neurosciences Institute
Special Session on Attention, Awareness, and Expectation organized by the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior featuring:
- Floris P. de Lange, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior
- Jackie Gottlieb, Columbia
- David Heeger, NYU
- Marisa Carrasco, NYU
Special Session on Action Consciousness organized by Myrto Mylopoulos, The Graduate Center CUNY; participants TBA
Special Session on the Social Conditions of Self Consciousness organized by James Dow, Hendrix College; participants TBA
Call for papers
Papers in any area of consciousness studies are welcome. Papers should be roughly 3,000-4,000 words and subsequent presentations, should the presenter choose to make one, should be about 20 minutes (though longer papers/presentations are acceptable).
Submissions, suitable for blind review,should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 5th 2011. Those interested in being referees or commentators should also contact me. Authors of accepted papers are urged to make, or have made, some kind of audio/visual presentation (e.g. narrated powerpoint or video of talk) though this is not required to present.
For more information visit the conference website at http://consciousnessonline.com
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February 24th 2012
University of the West of England
St Matthias Campus, Bristol, BS16 2JP
Keynote speaker: Professor Galen Strawson (University of Reading)
The second Annual Royal Institute of Philosophy Graduate Conference in Philosophywill be held at the University of the West of England, Bristol. The theme for this year is the Self.
The Self is at once both evident and alien; intimate and inexplicit. It seems to be something with which we are intimately acquainted—more than this, it is thought to be the very essence of what we are—but yet remains elusive. It is like Augustine’s comment on the notion of time: if no one asks me, then I know what it is. If I wish to explain it, I do not know.
Call for papers
We invite submissions from graduate students from any philosophical perspective. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The ontological status of the Self
- Narrative identity theories
- Phenomenology of the Self
Please send abstracts of 300-500 words to the organizer, Zachariah Evans, at the following email address: Zachariah.Evans@uwe.ac.uk by January 5th 2012.
Attendance is free of charge, but please register by email on the above address.
Full details on how to get to St Matthias Campus can be found on the University website: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/comingtouwe/campusesmapsandtravel