Conference: THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF THE SELF

Alghero, Italy
28-29 September 2009

What are the connections between social cognition and individual selfhood?
How do social relationships contribute to shape our inner self? Conversely,
how much of our mental like is intrinsically «social», and in what sense? Is
there a sharp boundary between self and other, or these categories require a
more nuanced analysis? If there is an intimate connection between society
and selfhood, what is the role of language in this respect? These are some
of the issues to be addressed in this interdisciplinary conference, where
leading scholars in philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience are gathered to
discuss the extent by which our inner mental life is influenced by the
social context we live in.

Conference poster: http://www.media.unisi.it/cirg/fp/conf_social_self.pdf

PROGRAMME

Monday 28 September 2009

09:00: Opening remarks

09:15: Cecilia Heyes (Oxford), The role of learning in the development of
mirror neurons

10:15: Coffee break

10:45: Corrado Sinigaglia (Milan), Motor cognition and action understanding

11:45: Peter Hobson & Jessica Hobson (London), Self/other distinction from
the perspective of autism

13:00: Lunch

14:30: Matteo Mameli (London), An evolutionary perspective on social
cognition

15:30: Shaun Gallagher (Orlando/Hatfield), Social interaction in the
phenomenology of agency

16:30: Coffee break

17:00: Cristiano Castelfranchi & Fabio Paglieri (Rome), Self-control as a
social problem

18:00: Gregory Currie (Nottingham), Language, narrative and the spread of
reputation

20:30: Social dinner

Tuesday 29 September 2009

09:00: Barry Smith (London), Language, self-knowledge and consciousness

10:00: Julian Kiverstein (Edinburgh), Where am I? The extended mind and
sociality

11:00: Coffee break

11:30: Till Vierkant (Edinburgh), The extended will: social and natural
artefacts for self-control

12:30: Concluding remarks

REGISTRATION
Registration to the conference is free of charge, but people interested to
attend should contact as soon as possible Prof. Fabio Bacchini
(bacchini@uniss.it): due to the limited number of seats available, requests
for attendance will be processed following a first-come, first-served
policy.

ORGANIZERS
F. Bacchini (Università di Sassari), C. Castelfranchi (ISTC-CNR Roma), F.
Paglieri (ISTC-CNR Roma)

SPONSORS
The event is organized by the research project CONTACT – Consciousness in
Interaction: The Role of the Natural and Social Environment in Shaping
Consciousness (http://linus.media.unisi.it/cirg/contact/), which is part of
the ESF-EuroCORES programme CNCC – Consciousness in Interaction
(http://www.esf.org/cncc).
The event is also sponsored by:
Dipartimento di Scienze della Comunicazione – Università degli Studi di
Siena
Facoltà di Architettura, Alghero – Università degli Studi di Sassari
Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, CNR, Roma

___________

Fabio Paglieri

ISTC-CNR, Roma
Http://www.media.unisi.it/cirg/fp/paglieri.html
E-mail: fabio.paglieri@istc.cnr.it

Topoi. An international review of philosophy
http://www.kluweronline.com/issn/0167-7411/

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