Early Career Researchers Workshop in Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science

Date: July 13, 2022 – July 15, 2022

Location: online event via Zoom

Organization: Leonard Dung & Eline Kuipers, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Germany

Keynote speakers:  Elizabeth Irvine & Alistair Isaac & Catherine Stinson


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Wednesday 13 July 2022

14:00-15:00 Maja Griem (Ruhr Universität Bochum) – What Follows Is Play: Intentional Communication in Non-Human Animals

15:00-16:00 Renee Ye (University of Sheffield) – Theoretical Commitment in the Comparative Study of Consciousness

16:00-16:20 Break

16:20-17:00 Breakout session with informal discussion

17:00-17:30 Fail Academy Part 1

17:30-19:00 Elizabeth Irvine (Cardiff University) – Thinking About Gradualism in the Evolution of Subjectivity

Thursday 14 July 2022

14:00-15:00 José Carlos Camillo (Universidade Federal de Goiás) – Does Episodic Memory Represent? An Enactivist Perspective

15:00-16:00 Rebecca Dreier (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen) – The Nature of Episodic Memory: Belief as Basis Constructivism

16:00-16:20 Break

16:20-17:00 Breakout session with informal discussion

17:00-17:30 Fail Academy Part 2

17:30-19:00 Alistair Isaac (University of Edinburgh) – Aristotelian Cognitive Science

Friday 15 July 2022

14:00-15:00 Céline Budding (Eindhoven University of Technology) – Tacit Knowledge as a Target of Intervention in Neural Networks

15:00-16:00 Louis Longin (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) – Blamed But Not Praised: How AI Advisors Change the Dynamic of Human-AI Interaction

16:00-16:20 Break

16:20-17:00 Breakout session with informal discussion

17:00-17:30 Social Event

17:30-19:00 Catherine Stinson (Queen’s University) – Adversarial Perception in Deep Neural Networks

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This workshop offers early career researchers in philosophy of mind and cognitive science an opportunity for in-depth discussion and feedback on their work. Each accepted speaker will be paired with another early career researcher working on a connected topic. The paired speakers will receive each other’s papers in advance and prepare a detailed commentary. Each paper will then get 1 hour: 30 minutes for the speaker’s talk, 10 minutes for the paired speaker’s commentary, and 20 minutes for discussion. 

We invite papers in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, broadly understood. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Epistemology of perception
  • Mental representations
  • Bodily awareness and sensations
  • Social cognition and joint action
  • The problem of consciousness
  • Naturalization of intentionality
  • Animal cognition and comparative psychology
  • Philosophy of psychiatry and psychopathology
  • Philosophy of AI

We welcome submissions from members of minorities and underprivileged groups.

Eligibility: Submissions are invited from PhD students or researchers who received their PhD less than 2 years before the submission deadline.

Submission instructions: Abstracts ready for blind review (1000 words) with a separate cover sheet (listing name, contact information, institutional affiliation, and date of PhD conferral or expected conferral) should be submitted to bochumgradconf@gmail.com by April 30th, 2022. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by late May. Accepted speakers will be asked to send their full papers (of no more than 10,000 words) by the end of June. 

For any queries and clarifications please do not hesitate to contact us at: bochumgradconf@gmail.com