CFP: ASSC conference on Neural Correlates of Consciousness

Patrick Wilken patrickw at cs.monash.edu.au
Tue Jan 6 07:44:02 EST 1998


      THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF CONSCIOUSNESS 
            CALL FOR PAPERS, POSTERS & WORKSHOP PRESENTERS 
                           FOR A CONFERENCE ON: 
           
 NEURAL CORRELATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS: EMPIRICAL AND CONCEPTUAL ISSUES
          
                     HANSE-WISSENSCHAFTSKOLLEG 
                 JUNE 19-22, 1998: BREMEN, GERMANY
                 
                 
The second conference of the Association for the Scientific Study of
Consciousness will be held from June 19-22, 1998, in Bremen, Germany,
hosted and sponsored by the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study.

The search for neural correlates of consciousness (NCC) -- specific
systems in the brain that correlate directly with states of conscious
experience -- has become an active area of research in recent years.
Methods such as single-cell recording in monkeys and brain imaging and
electrophysiology in humans, applied to such phenomena as blindsight,
implicit/explicit cognition, and binocular rivalry (among others), have
generated a wealth of data. At the same time a number of theoretical
proposals about NCC location have been put forward. In addition,
important conceptual questions raised by this work are beginning to be
addressed.

The ASSC conference will bring together neuroscientists, psychologists,
and philosophers to focus on these issues. Empirical data from many
different paradigms will be presented, along with proposals about what
these results suggest concerning NCC location. Theorists will address
conceptual and methodological issues concerning the search for NCCs. The
conference will provide an opportunity for experimental and theoretical
researchers to jointly compare and contrast NCC proposals, to consider
key foundational questions, and to assess the current state and future
of this area of research.

Confirmed speakers include: Ansgar Beckermann, Ned Block, David
Chalmers, Patricia Churchland, Antonio Damasio, Stephen Engel, Hans
Flohr, Nick Franks, Melvyn Goodale, Valerie Gray Hardcastle, Christof
Koch, Nikos Logothetis, Thomas Metzinger, Ernst Pöppel, Joëlle Proust,
V. S. Ramachandran, Gerhard Roth, Arash Sahraie, Wolf Singer, and Petra
Stoerig.

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CALL FOR PAPERS & POSTERS
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It is intended that the topic of the conference will be covered in an
interdisciplinary manner and towards this end speakers are invited to
discuss these issues from physiological, psychological and philosophical
perspectives.

Submissions will be accepted as either poster or talk, depending on
their quality, their suitability to the topics addressed by this
conference and the available slots. Any person may present only one
submission, but may be co-author on more than one. Oral presentations
will be limited to 25 minutes, to be followed by a five minute
discussion period.

Concurrent sessions will take place at Holiday Inn and Übersee Hotel.
Poster sessions, symposia and all plenary lectures will take place at
Die Glocke.


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WORKSHOPS
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This notice is also intended as a call for workshop presenters. One of
the aims of this meeting is to allow researchers to gain a background in
areas that they may know little about. Towards that end a number of
workshops are planned. Is there a topic you or perhaps someone in your
laboratory might want to present? Some participants in the conference
would be very interested in learning about technical matters such as
fMRI or other important brain imaging techniques. Others might enjoy a
seminar on a philosophical topic. If you have recently published a book
or major article on some topic you might want to lead a discussion on
it. As with papers the focus of all workshops should naturally fit
within the overall theme of the conference. A non-exclusive list of
topics that we intend presenting given sufficient interest include
background briefings in:

    *  The latest methods and implications of various brain scanning
        techniques (e.g. fMRI, EEG, SQUID, ERP)

    *  Blindsight

    *  Neural network or other theoretical models of processing in areas
        related to conscious activity

    *  Neglect

    *  Differences and similarities between conscious and unconscious
        processing

    *  Current models of the visual system

    *  Criteria for the ascription of consciousness

    *  Philosophical issues concerning relations between neural
        activities and consciousness

    *  Please suggest other sample topics, or modify the above!!
    
Workshops will be held in parallel sessions on the morning and afternoon
of June 19th. Each workshop is intended to last approximately
three hours. The sizes of workshops will vary between a minimum of 10 to
a maximum of around 25 people. Workshops that do not achieve the minimum
enrollment of 10 people will not be offered. Workshop presenters will
receive a minimum honorarium of 900 DM. The cost of attending workshops
will be 75 DM.


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SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
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WORKSHOP PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 31st 1998

PAPER AND POSTER SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FEBRUARY 28TH 1998


Submissions to be a presenter of either a paper, workshop or poster must
include the following information:

1. Title.

2. An abstract of 150-250 words

3. Name(s)
   Institutional affiliation(s)
   Postal address(es)
   Email address(es)
   Telephone and fax numbers
   Membership status in the Association for the Scientific Study of
   Consciousness (Full member, Affiliate, or Non-member)

For papers and poster presenters:

4. A specification of which co-author will present the paper/poster at the
meeting

5. Be sure to indicate whether this is submitted as a

        a. Spoken presentation
        b. Poster

And also, if your spoken presentation cannot be
fit into the program, please indicate your willingness
to present it as a poster instead:  Yes__  No__

Please send - using email where possible - paper and poster proposals to:
       ASSC 2
       Hanse Institute for Advanced Study
       Fischstrasse 31
       27749 Delmenhorst
       Germany

       Email: ASSC2 at uni-bremen.de
       Phone: ++49-(0)4221-9160-120; Fax: ++49-(0)4221-9160-125 
       
Workshop proposals to:

       Patrick Wilken
       ASSC Conference Committee
       Department of Computer Science
       Monash University
       Clayton  VIC  3168
       Australia
       
       Email: patrickw at cs.monash.edu.au
       Phone: +61-3-9905-5227; Fax: +61-3-9905-5146


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FURTHER INFORMATION
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Forms for paper, poster, and workshop submissions, registering at the
conference, and application for membership in the society are all
available from the ASSC website: <http://www.phil.vt.edu/ASSC/>. Please
check this site for updates to program information and general
information about the society's activities. In addition you can find out
more about two ASSC journals by checking out the following websites:

Consciousness & Cognition: http://www.idealibrary.com/ 
                           http://www.europe.idealibrary.com/

PSYCHE: http://psyche.cs.monash.edu.au/

Please address any further enquiries regarding the conference to the
ASSC organising committee at <ASSC2 at uni-bremen.de>. The conference
organizing committee consists of: William Banks, David Chalmers, 
Christof Koch, Thomas Metzinger, Antti Revonsuo, and Patrick Wilken.


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