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Understanding Social Cognition: 3rd Avant Conference 2017 CFP

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Understanding Social Cognition (Lublin, 20-22 October 2017)

Within the social sciences, it is widely accepted that groups of people exhibit social properties and dynamics that emerge from, but cannot be reductively identified with the actions and properties of individual members. Nevertheless, psychology and cognitive science have only reluctantly embraced the idea that something similar might happen in the domain of mind and cognition.

Contemporary research on the distinctively social aspects of human cognition, which has become abundant over the past two decades, tends to fall somewhere along the following continuum. On the “conservative” side, the minds of individuals are currently being reconceived as socially situated, culturally scaffolded, and deeply transformed by our life-long immersion and participation in group contexts. According to more “liberal” multi-level approaches, the informational integration of functionally interdependent and socially distributed individual cognitive processes can enable the rise to emergent group-level cognitive phenomena. We invite participants to explore the full spectrum of social cognition, ranging from the elementary social-cognitive skills that allow people to think and act together, through embodied behavioral coupling and joint intentionality, mechanisms of mind reading and mutual understanding, all the way to group cognition.

 

Keynote speakers and special guests:

Daniel Dennett (Tufts University, USA, book promotion)
Morana Alač (University of California San Diego, USA)
Him Cheung (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Stephen Cowley (University of Southern Denmark)
Arkadiusz Gut (Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)
Robert Rupert (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
Judith Simon (University of Hamburg, Germany)
Deborah Tollefsen (University of Memphis, USA)
Robert Wilson (University of Alberta, Canada)

Abstracts will be accepted until July 31, 2017. For more information and registration details refer to the conference website.

Situating Cognition: Agency, Affect, and Extension

The focus of this 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 theme of the second edition of Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Discussions regarding the limits and the nature of that what we call cognition have been going on for a long time. These discussions include, among others, debates over the role of the body, the bounds of the mind, the contribution of the environment (from the physical and biological level to the social and cultural level), the collective nature of cognition and minds, including linguistic coordination, but also the role of affects and our agency in cognitive processes. In these contexts, there also appears the problem of relations between cognitive science and action science, psychology of emotions, linguistics, and social sciences, as well as philosophy, especially epistemology.

During our conference, we would like to tackle the following issues:
(a) main theoretical challenges regarding the concept of embodied cognition;
(b) bodily representations: whether and in what way they exist, and how they can be studied;
(c) the possibilities of researching the products of our agency as evidence of human cognitive abilities;
(d) the role of affective processes in cognition, or even conceptualizing these processes as cognitive ones;
(e) the connections between action and perception;
(f) cognitive research on language and gesture;
(g) framing cognitive systems as social systems; the issue of the existence of group / collective minds;
(h) the role of broadly understood environment and artifacts in cognitive processes;
(i) as well as the most basic questions regarding the nature of cognition, and the role of the categories of cognition and behavior in cognitive explanations.

Forms of participation in the conference:
1) lecture
2) paper related to one of the conference symposia
3) poster
4) participation in workshops and discussions

The conference symposia will be focused on the selected topics related to that of the main theme.

The following symposia are planned:
* Perception-action coupling
* Troubles with embodied cognition theories
* Situatedness and models of mechanisms
* Affected cognition
* Social cognition

Key speakers

Kenneth Aizawa (Rutgers University)
Mark H. Bickhard (Lehigh University)
Giovanna Colombetti (University of Exeter)
Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)
Marcin Miłkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences)
Frederique de Vignemont (Institut Jean-Nicod)
Andrew Wilson & Sabrina Golonka (Leeds Beckett University)
and others

Important dates

Abstract submission: August, 15th, 2015
Acceptance notification: August, 18th, 2015
Conference: October 15-18th, 2015, Warsaw, Poland

For more information, see the event website.

Avant 2 / 2014

Okładka One of the most common questions in today’s cognitive studies is the one regarding embodied cognition. The answer to this question draws our attention to many factors, including bodily actions, which also work to embody cognition. With this in mind, enactivism is included in discussions of embodiment. Some authors are comparing cognition to a handshake and dancing. Enactivism equates cognition with action, focusing on its very performance.
The present issue consists mainly of ten articles that are ten standpoints on enactivism: not only from the point of view of the critics (K. Aizawa, P. Steiner, F. Cummins, K. Bielecka) and the proponents (S. Gallagher & M. Brower, R. Ellis, Q. Li & I. Winchester), but also spokespeople for the moderate approach (D. Reid, R. Briscoe, J.L. Petit). The abovementioned papers are significantly complemented by two interviews: one with S. Gallagher, and the other with R. Rupert, as well as by two book reviews by P. Grosse and Ch. Drain; they are able to direct the attention towards more broadly conceived issues connected with situating cognitive processes.

“Enactivism: Arguments & Applications”. AVANT, Volume V, Issue 2/2014. ISSN: 2082-6710. Editors of the Issue: Tomasz Komendziński, Przemysław Nowakowski, Witold Wachowski.

Avant 1/2014

Avant12014.jpg Trzon najnowszego „Avantu” (pod red. P. Nowakowskiego i W. Wachowskiego) stanowią przekłady czterech prac z zakresu kognitywistyki – dotyczą one: teorii poznania ucieleśnionego (A.D. Wilson i S. Golonka), enaktywizmu (F. de Vignemont), teorii poznania rozproszonego (D. Kirsh) i zastosowań Gibsonowskiej teorii afordancji w projektowaniu robotów (T.E. Horton, A. Chakraborty i R. St. Amant). W numerze znajdziemy również artykuł M. Dombrowskiego poświęcony Witkacowskiej metafizyce cielesności, analizę instalacji Wielka szyba Duchampa (artykuł M. Włudzik) oraz komentarz Ł. Jędrzejczaka do eseju T. Metzingera na temat relacji między duchowością, religią i uczciwością intelektualną. Ponadto – recenzje dwóch książek: Radicalizing Enactivism Daniela Hutto i Erika Myina oraz Mindvaults Radu Bogdana.

Avant 3/2013

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The latest issue of the Avant journal, entitled A Laboratory of Spring, commemorates the centennial of the first-night performance of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The articles cover a wide range of fields, including musicology, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, ethnography and cognitive science of music.

Editors of the issue: Witold Wachowski, Monika Włudzik, Przemysław Nowakowski.

Avant 1/2013

The recent issue of Avant12013_en.JPGAvant is called STS meets CS.

The issue is devoted to the problems between science, technology and society studies and cognitive science.

Editors: Łukasz Afeltowicz, Morana Alač, Aleksandra Derra, Przemysław Nowakowski, Witold Wachowski.

Managing Editor: Aleksandra Derra.