A History of Distributed Cognition: Interdisciplinary Workshop Series)

In philosophy and cognitive science a range of recent theories argue that the mind is not just brain-based but is distributed across the brain, body and world. This workshop series, part of a larger, AHRC-funded project, explores the historical expression of related notions of the mind as distributed.

There will be a series of four workshops (more details and CfPs in the links below):

  • Workshop 1. Distributed Cognition: From Early Greece to Late Antiquity CFP HDC1
  • Workshop 2. Distributed Cognition: From Medieval to Renaissance Culture CFP HDC2
  • Workshop 3. Distributed Cognition: From the Enlightenment to Romanticism CFP HDC3
  • Workshop 4. Distributed Cognition: From Victorian Culture to Modernism CFP HDC4

Twelve participants will meet at each of theclosed workshops to present a 25 minute paper and join in roundtable discussions. It is expected that the workshop participants will have watched and will engage with the eight specially created virtual seminars by influential philosophers working on current debates and hypotheses about distributed cognition, and will reflect on the expression of these notions in their own period.

We invite abstracts of 250-500 words before 5pm (UK time) on October 31st 2014 on topics which can be closely related to the foci of the project and virtual seminars (listed below). We will invite papers of a suitable standard to be revised and submitted for publication as part of the book series.

This workshop may be of interest to, and we invite applications from, scholars working on the history of philosophy, history of medicine, history of science, intellectual history, history of ideas, literary, studies, history of art and archaeology. Three places at each workshop have been reserved for early career postdoctoral scholars and funding towards their travel and accommodation costs will be provided.

We expect submissions to engage with one or more topics (or related aspects of distributed cognition) that will be covered in the virtual seminar series.The seminar series will cover the following topics:

  1. ‘Distributed Cognition in the Continental & Analytical Traditions’, Prof Michael Wheeler (University of Stirling)
  2. ‘Embodied Cognition’, Prof Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)
  3. ‘The Extended Mind’, Prof Andy Clark (University of Edinburgh)
  4. ‘Enactivism’, Dr Dave Ward (University of Edinburgh)
  5. ‘Emotions in the Body and World’, Prof Giovanna Colombetti (University of Exeter)
  6. ‘Memory as a Test Case for Distributed Cognition’, Prof John Sutton (Macquarie University)
  7. ‘The Phenomenological We’, Prof Dan Zahavi (Centre for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen)
  8. ‘Social Cognition’, Prof Deborah Tollefsen (University of Memphis)

For more information, please visit the project web site.


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