Distributed Cognition and Distributed Agency

March 14, 2012 - March 16, 2012
Macquarie University


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  • Centre for Cognition and its Disorders
  • Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics
  • Australian Research Council


Amanda Barnier
Macquarie University
Erik Myin
University of Antwerp
Robert Rupert
University of Colorado, Boulder

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Debates about embodied, extended, and distributed cognition now address not only metaphysical issues about the location and boundaries of the mind, but also broader questions about culture and cognition, agency, and the self. These debates make points of contact with diverse philosophical traditions (including phenomenology, pragmatism, and moral psychology), with diverse social scientific fields (such as science studies, cognitive ethnography, and studies of interaction and material culture), as well as with cognitive, social, and developmental psychology, and the cognitive neurosciences.

The workshop is free to attend on both days including lunch and coffee, but registration is required by 8th March for catering purposes. Please send your registration details - name and affiliation to Michael Kirchhoff: [email protected] The first day of the workshop is Wednesday 14th March, the second day of the workshop is Friday 16th March, with Thursday 15th as a day off in between.

14/3/12 in Room 147, MGSM (Macquarie Graduate School of Management) Conference Centre, Macquarie University Building E12A, 99 Talavera Road

10.00 - 11.30 Keynote: Rob Rupert (Colorado) Individual Minds as Groups, Group Minds as Individuals

11.30 - 12.00 coffee

12.00 - 1.00 

Kellie Williamson (Macquarie) In Defense of Group Cognition

Anya Daly (Melbourne) Intersubjectivity  - Phenomenological and Neuroscientific Intersections

1 - 2 Lunch

2 - 3.30

Signe Cane (Sydney) Extended Emotion and Psychopathology

Will Newsome (Macquarie) Theories That Point: Psychological Well-Being and Extended Cognition

Vince Polito (Macquarie) Distributed Agency in Hypnosis

3.30 - 4.00 coffee

4.00 - 5.00 Richard Menary (Macquarie) Enculturated Cognition

5.00-6.15 Keynote: Amanda Barnier (Macquarie) Otto and the Barking Dog: How the Extended Mind Thesis Helps Us Understand Collaborative Remembering

16/3/12 in Senate Room, Level 3 of the Lincoln Building (C8A), Macquarie University

10.00 - 11.15 Keynote: Erik Myin (Antwerp) Bound By Parity?

11.15 - 11.30 coffee

11.30 - 1.00

Jennie Greenwood (Queensland) Uniquely Human Capacities and Contingent Transcranialism

Peter Woelert (Melbourne) Tools For Action: What Technological Practice Can Tell Us About the Mind

Richard Heersmink (Macquarie) Exploring the Varieties of Cognition - Artefact Relations

1.00 - 2.00 Lunch

2.00 - 3.00

Mirko Farina (Macquarie) Transforming the Enculturated Mind: Sensory Substitution, Cognitive Transformation and Complementarity

Monte Pemberton (Queensland) Cognition Gone Wild: the Rhythmanalysis of a Dance Culture

3.00-3.15 coffee

3.15 - 4.45

Anne Newstead (Sydney), Michael Jacobson (Sydney), Deborah Richards (Macquarie), and Charlotte Taylor (Sydney) A Collaborative Virtual World for Enhancing Collective Scientific Understanding

John Sutton (Macquarie) Nudge or Coup? Different Ways to Radicalize Distributed Cognition

Enquiries to the workshop organizers: Richard Menary
([email protected]) or John Sutton ([email protected])

Hosts and sponsors:
CCD (Centre for Cognition and its Disorders)
CAVE (Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics)
Australian Research Council

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March 13, 2012, 10:00pm +10:00

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