Laboratory of Dance / Dance as a Vantage Point

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Interdisciplinary Symposium, July 1-3, 2020, Łódź, Poland

Lab of Dance aims to build an exchange platform covering contemporary research strategies in dance studies, including, among others, emergent artistic research practices, as well as tool-disciplined cognitive science methodologies, both vividly drawing on a variety of theoretical and philosophical contexts. On such ground, together with the invited keynote speakers and participants of the symposium, we plan to discuss the methodological difficulties and challenges of interdisciplinary dance research and the benefits that can be derived from overcoming them. At the same time, we recognize the expansion of dance and related terms to other branches of knowledge, where it appears as the preferred research material, but also a source of functional concepts and metaphors. Thus, we invite researchers, philosophers and practitioners to jointly study the expanding space of the dance laboratory.

Invited Speakers
Scott Delahunta (Coventry University)
Pil Hansen (University of Calgary)
Agnieszka Jelewska (University of Adam Mickiewicz)
Rudi Laermans (KU Leuven)

Timeline
February 29, 2020 – Submission deadline
April 4, 2020 – Notification of accepted presentation proposals
April 4, 2020 – Registration opens
May 31, 2020 – Registration fee
July 1, 2020 – Conference opening

Organizers
Centre for Philosophical Research
Faculty of Philology, University of Łódź
Academy of Music in Łódź
Institute of Music and Dance
Polish Association of Creative Strategies

The symsposium is funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education from the funds for the dissemination of research (DUN), contract no. 818/P-DUN/2019.

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The symposium website: https://sites.google.com/view/labofdance


 

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10th anniversary of Avant. Symposium

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We are pleased to invite you to participate in the symposium organized on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Avant Project that will be held on May 22-23, 2020, in Toruń, Poland.

Other important dates:
April 15, 2020 – submission deadline
April 20, 2020 – notification of accepted presentation proposals
May 10, 2020 – registration fee

Organizers:
Centre for Philosophical Research
Institute of Philosophy, Nicolaus Copernicus University
Department of Cognitive Science, Nicolaus Copernicus University

The symposium website: https://sites.google.com/view/10-years


 

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History and Philosophy of Madness. Avant 11(1)

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Avant, Volume XI, Issue 1
ISSN: 2082-6710
Editor: Krystyna Bielecka

 

Cover and illustrations
by Julia Knap

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface
Articles:
1. Mira Marcinów: Methodology of History of Polish Madness
2. Szymon Wróbel: Plural Form of Polish Madness. Side Notes to Mira Marcinów’s The History of Polish Madness. Vol. 1. The Study of Melancholy
3. Maja Białek: Depression, Folk Psychiatry and the Task for 4E Philosophy of Psychiatry
4. Krystyna Bielecka: Is There any Chance for a Biologically-Oriented History Of Psychiatry?
5. Andrzej Kapusta: Genealogy of Polish Melancholy. Commentary to Mira Marcinów’s Book The History of Polish Madness
6. Przemysław R. Nowakowski: Tracking the Objects of the Psychopathology. On Interdisciplinarity of Psychopathology on the Margins of Historia polskiego szaleństwa
Book review:
7. Jakub Zawiła-Niedźwiecki: Twisted Ways from Melancholy to Depression (in Polish Lands)

The publication has been funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education from the funds for the dissemination of research (DUN) within the framework of publishing activity, contract no. 711/P-DUN/2019, period of implementation: the years 2019–2020.

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You can access the issue on the journal’s website: http://avant.edu.pl/en/12020-2


 

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Varieties of Meaning and Content

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The third Context, Cognition and Communication Conference will be hosted by the Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw. The main theme of the conference is “Varieties of Meaning and Content”.

The purpose of the CCC conferences is to provide a platform for philosophers, linguists and cognitive scientists for discussing issues connected with the phenomenon of context dependence, general semantics and pragmatics, theories of concepts and theories of mind and agency. We encourage submissions addressing “large-scale” as well as “smaller-scale” foundational philosophical issues.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Maria Aloni (University of Amsterdam)
Robin Jeshion (University of Southern California)
Hannes Leitgeb (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Stephen Neale (CUNY)

ORGANIZERS: Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw & Center for Philosophical Research

CONFERENCE VENUE: Krakowskie Przedmieście 3, Institute  of Philosophy, University of Warsaw

 POST-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP VENUE: Krakowskie Przedmieście 3, Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw

DATES:

June 18-21, 2020 (the main conference)
June 22, 2020 (post-conference workshop)

CFP:
Deadline for submissions:
February 9, 2020 (extended!) January 31, 2020

The conference is funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education from the funds for the dissemination of research (DUN), contract no. 818/P-DUN/2019.

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CONFERENCE WEBSITE: http://ccc-conference.org


 

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Mechanistic Integration and Unification in Cognitive Science

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The aim of the workshop is to discuss the recent work on mechanistic explanation, with special stress on particular problems of integration of multiple mechanistic models, robustness, and unification of partial explanations, theories and fields.

There is a growing consensus that cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience explain their phenomena of interest mechanistically. Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary research field, in which methods, tools, and concepts from other disciplines are used. One can ask a fundamental question whether anything unifies the field; or whether it is not just a hodgepodge of heterogeneous research. This kind of doubt can be articulated with regard to any interdisciplinary research field. However, the existence of interdisciplinary collaboration means that there are real connections between disciplines and that their problems are related. But to really dispel the doubt against interdisciplinary research, one needs to answer the question of what makes such conglomerates as cognitive science actually unified.

Invited Keynote Speakers

William Bechtel (California, San Diego)

Carl F. Craver (Washington University in St. Louis)

David Kaplan (Macquarie)

Registration

To register, click here.

More info

The workshop is organized by Marcin Miłkowski and Mateusz Hohol, and financed from National Science Center grant under the decision DEC-2014/14/E/HS1/00803, with support from Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, and Center for Philosophical Research, Warsaw.

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New book from our library

 

We are happy to announce the publication of a new book from our series Library of the Centre for Philosophical Research. The book Human and Civil Rights in a Globalized World by Magdalena Gawin, Barbara Markiewicz, Agnieszka Nogal and Rafał Wonicki is available for download free of charge.

Formats: PDF, MOBI, EPUB.

 

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Preliminary schedule

Saturday, November 7th

1:00 pm           Bus leaves Warsaw airport

4:30 pm                      Bus arrives at workshop hotel in Kazimierz Dolny

6:30 pm           Dinner at hotel

 

Sunday, November 8th

8 am                Breakfast for all staying at the hotel

9:30                 Key Speaker Ellen Dissanayake, Evolution and the Arts

11:00 am         Coffee break for all workshop participants

11:30 am         Jerzy Luty – Ellen Dissanayake’s ethological approach to art and its critics

12:10 pm         John Collier – Disputes over the evolutionary origins of music and dance

12:50 pm         Piotr Podlipniak – Tonal qualia and the evolution of music

1:30 pm           Lunch for all workshop participants

2:30 pm           Eveline Seghers and Stefaan Blancke – Metacognition and the origins of art

3:10 pm           Marcin Miłkowski – Brain on Art Meets Honest Signals

3:50 pm           TBA

4:30 pm           End of sessions

 

Monday, November 9th

8 am                Breakfast for all staying at the hotel

9:30 am           Key Speaker Piotr Przybysz – Aesthetic Emotions: Toward a Temporal Dynamics Model of Emotional Processing of Art Stimuli

11:00 am         Coffee break for all workshop participants

11:30 am         Mateusz Migut – Need for functional psychology of music – conceptual struggles with empirical investigation of functions of music

12:10 pm         Alejandra Wah – Processes underlying the artistic experience

12:50 pm         Larissa Mendoza Straffon – The Aesthetic Experience as Social Emotion: Towards an Affective Art History

1:30 pm           Lunch for all workshop participants

2:30 pm           Guided tour of Kazimierz Dolny

4:30 pm           End of tour

 

Tuesday, November 10th

8 am                Breakfast for all staying at the hotel

9:30 am           Key Speaker Ellen Dissanayake – From Ritualization to Ritual and its Arts: Sources of Upper Pleistocene Ritual Practices in Ritualized and Play Behaviours in Ancestral Hominins

11:00 am         Coffee break for all workshop participants

11:30 am         Jakub Matyja – From brains to bodies: recomposing musical simulations

12:10 pm         Witold Wachowski – Contradictory acoustic affordances

12:50 pm         Mateusz Hohol – TBA

1:30 pm           Lunch for all workshop participants

2:30 pm           Piotr Kozak – Art, Formalism, and the Limits of Naturalism

3:10 pm           TBA

3:50 pm           TBA

4:30 pm           End of sessions

6:30 pm           Workshop dinner at restaurant in town (cost not covered by fees)

 

Wednesday, November 11th

8 am                Breakfast for all staying at the hotel

9 am                Round-table discussion of workshop theme

11:30 am         Bus leaves hotel

2:30 pm           Bus arrives at Warsaw airport

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Łódzka Kawiarnia Filozoficzna – Czy potrzebujemy jeszcze religii?

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Serdecznie zapraszamy na drugie spotkanie Kawiarni Filozoficznej w Łodzi. Odbędzie się ono 24 marca 2015 r. o godz. 18.00 w kawiarni “Niebostan”, ul. Piotrkowska 17. Spotkanie poprowadzą dr Paweł Grabarczyk (UŁ, OBF) i dr Tomasz Sieczkowski (UŁ). Jak zwykle, wstęp wolny.

Od wieków religia pełniła wiele funkcji ważnych tak dla jednostek, jak i dla społeczeństw. Stanowiła narzędzie wyjaśniania i rozumienia świata, dawała nadzieję na przezwyciężenie śmierci i cierpienia, organizowała ramy porządku społeczno-politycznego i wyznaczała kanon wartości moralnych, wokół których organizuje się ludzkie życie.

Zainicjowana w okresie nowożytnym rewolucja myślenia przyniosła natychmiastowe pragmatyczne rezultaty i w dużej mierze zagospodarowała wszystkie te funkcje. Okazało się, że nauka lepiej wyjaśnia świat, a świecki porządek społeczno-polityczny jest sprawiedliwszy od teokracji. Okazało się też, a wcześniej było to raczej nie do pomyślenia, że ateiści mogą postępować moralnie.

Jednakże, mimo objawów kryzysu instytucjonalnych religii, religijność ma się dzisiaj zaskakująco dobrze i nic nie wskazuje na to, aby miała być w odwrocie.

Czy zatem religia odpowiada na jakąś potrzebę, której nie sposób zaspokoić inaczej?

Czy redukcja świata doświadczenia do tego, co mówi nauka, jest możliwa i wskazana?

Czy religijność powinno się manifestować publicznie?

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Kawiarnia Filozoficzna – czas wolny

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Ośrodek Badań Filozoficznych i Festiwal Nauki serdecznie zapraszają na spotkanie Kawiarni Filozoficznej, które odbędzie się 16 marca 2015 r. o godz. 18.00 w Cafe Niespodzianka (ul. Marszałkowska 7, Warszawa). Naszym gościem będzie dr Artur Rodziewicz, który opowie o pojęciu czasu wolnego. Poniżej zamieszczamy abstrakt wystąpienia:
 

Postaram się opowiedzieć o zmianach w rozumieniu „czasu wolnego” (gr. σχολἡ, łac. otium) – począwszy od czasu, w którym ludzie wolni poświęcali się bezinteresownie filozofii, poprzez jego zinstytucjonalizowanie w postaci klasztoru i uniwersytetu, aż do momentu, kiedy to czas wolny został przejęty przez państwo w formie przymusowego powszechnego szkolnictwa, którego celem jest już nie tyle bezinteresowna kontemplacja rzeczywistości, co szkolenie przyszłych pracowników, którzy mają ją zmieniać. Nie pracujemy już, aby się „szkolić”, lecz szkolimy się, aby pracować, zatracając przy tym to, w czym przez stulecia widziano istotę człowieczeństwa.

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Abraham Heschel – Kim jest człowiek?

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Serdecznie zapraszamy na dyskusję promującą pracę Kim jest człowiek? Abrahama Heschela w tłumaczeniu Katarzyny Wojtkowskiej. Dyskusję z udziałem prof.  prof. Janusza Dobieszewskiego i Stanisława Krajewskiego z Instytutu Filozofii UW poprowadzi Tomasz Herbich, doktorant Zakładu Filozofii Polskiej Instytutu Filozofii UW. Spotkanie odbędzie się 24 lutego 2015 r. o godzinie 17.30 w sali 109 Instytutu Filozofii UW (ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 3).

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Dwie nowe publikacje Biblioteki OBF

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Nakładem OBF, przy finansowym wsparciu Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego, ukazały się dwie pozycje książkowe:

Obie dostępne są do pobrania, zapraszamy do lektury!

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Placing Art and Music in Nature: KNEW 2015

 

Kazimierz Dolny, Poland – November, 7th to 11th, 2015 August,  10th to 14th, 2015

Recent scientific research concerning art and music has thrown up a plethora of new aspects to be integrated into our understanding of these phenomena. Individual studies, such as attempts to explain aesthetic responses in terms of some aspect of human neurology, have at times been deemed reductionist. Quite apart from such ‘accusations’ often being wholehearted accepted by researchers, the overall picture of art that science is revealing is anything from simplistic. Instead, research coming out of a variety of disciplines is presenting philosophy with ever new challenges if it is to provide anything like an integrated understanding of art and music. Thus, among others, ecological approaches provide a novel perspective upon meaning in music, embodied approaches explore the role of the specific played by the body in experiencing music and evolutionary approaches examine the significance of human evolutionary history for art and music. Far from being simplified, the view that tended to focus upon cultural factors has been enriched by consideration of cognitive and evolutionary factors as well as novel tools and ways of thinking about the interplay between art and music and the broader cultures in which they exist. In effect, it is philosophy that is forced to extend its perspective in order to seek a synthesis that reflects the new research. In our workshop we will seek to further this process by engaging philosophers and scientists in a dialogue concerning the multifaceted place that art and music hold in nature.

Invited Key-speakers

Ian Cross (University of Cambridge)

Ellen Dissanayake (University of Washington) 

Piotr Przybysz (Adam Mickiewicz University)

Sample Questions

  • To what extent recent neuroscientific findings explain the nature of our interactions with art and music?
  • How can we relate empirical data from empirical musicology to evolutionary theories of music?
  • What is the role of computational modelling of music cognition in our understanding of music (in evolutionary context)?
  • To what degree can current neuroaesthetics explain the meaning of art and aesthetic pleasure?
  • In what ways current naturalistic philosophy of science can inform recent debates on art and music?

Call for Papers

300 word abstracts are invited no later than August, 30th (extended deadline). Accepted speakers will have 40 minutes for their presentations, including discussion time. Preference will be given to presentations directly connected to the work carried out by the key speakers. Abstracts are to be submitted via EasyChair.

Registration and accommodation

Applications will be accepted till September, 10th, with late applications being accepted till October, 15th. Early registration fee is 150 Euro (reduced rate – 75 Euro), while late registration fee is 200 Euro. Fees are payable upon acceptance of application. They cover the workshop sessions, conference materials, lunches, coffee breaks and the minibus to and from Warsaw. Accommodation is available at the hotel at which the workshop will take place (or a hotel nearby) and costs an additional 100 Euro in total for the whole workshop (including breakfasts) in twin en-suite rooms (limited single rooms available at higher price). Availability of accommodation cannot be guaranteed for late registrants.

KNEW’15 is being organised by Marcin Miłkowski (PAN, CPR), Konrad Talmont-Kaminski (UF&M, CPR) and Jakub Ryszard Matyja (PAN, CPR) with the financial assistance from the Centre for Philosophical Research.

 

 

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