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Event: Conference: Cognitive Science meets the Humanities

Event date May 26, 2020 - May 28, 2020
Submission deadline March 01, 2020
Location Italy
Host(s) University of Parma
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“Cognitive Science meets the Humanities” – Italian Association of Cognitive Science (AISC) – Midterm Conference 2020
May 26th-28th, 2020, University of Parma

The 2020 Italian Association of Cognitive Science (AISC) Midterm Conference will be held at the University of Parma on May 26th-28th and will be hosted by the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Industries.

The aims of the conference are to evaluate the state of the art with respect to the dialogue between cognitive science and the humanities, and to develop novel ways to foster their connection. These goals will be achieved through interdisciplinary talks, semi-structured symposia, Author-Meets-Critics, etc. The contributions will be focused on investigating the current relation between the “cognitive science hexagon” – i.e. neuroscience, psychology, computer science, linguistics, philosophy and anthropology – and disciplines studying human society and culture, such as literature, law and politics, economics, history, archaeology, visual and performing arts.

We are interested in exploring questions such as: What are the practical contributions of cognitive science to the humanities, and vice versa? Which field of the cognitive sciences has contributed the most to boost research in the humanities? Which area of the humanities would benefit the most from this collaboration? Which areas are in need of further development, and why? What is the role of interdisciplinary research and practice when it comes to devising new paradigms and professional opportunities?

Confirmed speakers
Stephen Morse / University of Pennsylvania
Barry Smith / University College London
Luisa Damiano / University of Messina
Giacomo Rizzolatti / Institute of Neuroscience, CNR, Parma
Claudio Paolucci / University of Bologna
Fiorenza Toccafondi / University of Parma

Conference venue
The conference will take place at the University of Parma, Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Industries, in via d’Azeglio, 85. More details on the venue and logistics will follow as the conference approaches.

Sponsored by:
·     Neuroscience and the Humanities Lab, University of Parma.
·     University Center of Bioethics, University of Parma.
·     Institute of Neuroscience, CNR, Parma

Areas of interest
We accept submission in all areas of cognitive science, including (but not limited to):

  • cognitive neuroscience
  • embodied and grounded cognition
  • 4E cognition
  • cognitive psychology
  • social cognition
  • cognitive linguistics
  • neuroeconomics
  • neuroethics
  • neurolaw
  • neurolinguistics
  • behavioral economics
  • cognitive economics
  • artificial intelligence and cognition
  • collective behavior and collective rationality
  • language and cognition
  • psychology of reasoning
  • social cognition
  • cognitive robotics
  • cognitive modeling
  • cognition and simulation
  • embodied and grounded cognition
  • philosophy of cognitive science
  • philosophy of neuroscience
  • philosophy of mind and cognition
  • philosophy of language
  • cognitive anthropology

Important dates
Submission deadline: March 1st, 2020 (by the end of the day)
Authors should submit their proposals through EasyChair:

Paper presentations will be 30 minutes long including discussion. Abstracts should be written in English and should not exceed 500 words including references.

Symposium proposals should be no longer than 1500 words (including references). We particularly encourage proposals on topics at the intersection between cognitive science and the humanities. Every proposal should be written in English and should include: title, names, affiliations, contact details of the organizers and speakers, and a short explanation of the symposium’s aim


The registration fee for conference participants is 30€ (more detailed instructions on how to register will follow on the conference web page). Please notice that conference speakers should also register as AISC members for 2020 (see instructions here).

We also encourage you to register for the social dinner, which will take place on Wednesday, May 27th (time and place TBD).

Organizing Committee

Fausto Caruana (Institute of Neuroscience, CNR Parma)
Antonio D’Aloia (University of Parma)

Vittorio Gallese (University of Parma)

Valentina Petrolini (University of the Basque Country)
Marco Viola (University of Torino)  

For information please

Scientific Committee

Gabriella Airenti (University of Turin); Cristina Amoretti (University of Genoa); Giulia Andrighetto (ISTC-CNR Rome); Francesco Bianchini (University of Bologna); Ennio Bilancini (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca); Anna Borghi (Sapienza University / ISTC-CNR Rome); Fabrizio Bracco (University of Genoa); Fabrizio Calzavarini (University of Turin); Raffaella Campaner (University of Bologna); Cristiano Castelfranchi (ISTC-CNR Rome); Gustavo Cevolani (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca); Cristiano Chesi (IUSS Pavia); Marco Cruciani (University of Trento); Edoardo Datteri (University of Milan Bicocca); Sara Dellantonio (University of Trento); Filippo Domaneschi (University of Genoa)Mario De Caro (University of Roma Tre); Marco Fasoli (University of Milano Bicocca); Rino Falcone (ISTC-CNR Rome); Francesco Ferretti (Università di Roma Tre); Marcello Frixione (University of Genoa); Francesco Gagliardi (Italian Association of Cognitive Sciences); Onofrio Gigliotta (Federico II University, Naples); Elisabetta Lalumera (University of Milano Bicocca); Andrea Lavazza (Centro Universitario Internazionale, Arezzo, Italy); Antonio Lieto (University of Turin); Edoardo Lombardi Vallauri (University of Roma Tre); Massimo Marraffa (University of Roma Tre); Orazio Miglino (Federico II University, Naples); Stefania Moretti (University of Genoa); Andrea Moro (IUSS Pavia); Alfredo Paternoster (University of Bergamo); Carlo Penco (University of Genoa); Stefania Pighin (Università di Trento); Giulia Piredda (IUSS Pavia); Alessio Plebe (University of Messina); Eugenia Polizzi di Sorrentino (ISTC-CNR Rome); Pietro Perconti (University of Messina); Massimo Reichlin (San Raffaele University, Milan); Emiliano Ricciardi (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca); Vieri Giuliano Santucci (ISTC-CNR Rome); Sarah Songhorian (San Raffaele University, Milan); Flaminio Squazzoni (University of Milan); Pietro Terna (University of Turin); Luca Tummolini (ISTC-CNR Rome).

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