CFP: Southwestern Society of Mind - 4th Annual Conference

Submission deadline: December 1, 2022

Conference date(s):
February 17, 2023 - February 18, 2023

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Conference Venue:

Southwestern Society of Mind
Terlingua, United States

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Call for Ideas: What is a mind?  How does it work?  What are your ideas?

 We welcome scholars from all disciplines, non-scholars with unique perspectives, and any drifters or passers-through who want to stop by, share their ideas, or just listen in at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Society of Mind.

 About the Organization: The Southwestern Society of Mind is a small outlaw organization that dispenses with the conventions and formalities of typical academic conferences, instead promoting a relaxed, creative, and unrestrained discourse on the mind. Our hope is that a rejection of disciplinary territoriality and rigid intellectual traditions will spur a fun, free-wheeling, and creative multidisciplinary dialogue.  The intent is to promote an environment in which scholars and thinkers from seemingly disparate disciplines (e.g., anthropology, biology, philosophy, physics, psychology, the arts, etc.) will enjoy socializing and sharing their ideas about the mind. 

 About the Meeting: The meeting is intended to be a small gathering of minds.  It will be a 2 day event.  The first day will consist of a catered social with food, libations, and a keynote address.  On the second day, presentations will begin at 9am and last until 5pm.  Food and drinks will be provided throughout the entire event. The meeting will be a mix of presentations, conversations, and feasting.

 Location: The conference will be held at the Red Plattillo Community Center in Terlingua, Texas.

 Accommodations: There are many quirky and unique lodgings in Terlingua.  The Chisos Mountain Lodge at Big Bend National Park is about 40 minutes away.

 Things to Do: Hiking trails Big Bend National Park Big Bend Ranch State Park Boquillas Border Crossing to Boquillas, MexicoStar Gazing

 Presentations: Each presenter will have 15 minutes to share their idea followed by 15 minutes of discussion. In the spirit of free rein, the format of the presentations is wide open. Presenters should avoid discipline specific jargon.  Presentations should be directed to an educated lay audience.  The conference organizers will provide a computer and projector.

 Submission Process: Anyone is welcome to submit an abstract.  Abstracts should be approximately 250 words and submitted to the email address below.  Submissions should provide a brief description of the presentation.  Abstracts will be reviewed within two weeks of their submission and accepted on a rolling basis.

 Deadline: December 1st, 2022

 Email: Brian Harding at [email protected].

 Meeting Dates: February 17-18, 2023

 Registration Fee: $50

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