October 16–17, 2015


Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience
Flint, Michigan

Call for abstracts


"I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet."
—Mahatma Gandhi


"Humanity is mind-controlled and only slightly more conscious than your average zombie."
—David Icke


The theme should be interpreted broadly. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • In what way (if any) has recent research in the neurosciences altered our notions of consciousness? How (if at all) is neuroscience research relevant to questions about the nature of consciousness?
  • What is the relation between consciousness and attention? Between consciousness and intentionality?
  • How can we account for the unity of consciousness?
  • What are the prospects of existing theories of consciousness (such as e.g., representationalist theories, higher-order theories, reflexive theories, non-physical theories)?
  • Will we ever be able to explain phenomenal consciousness satisfactorily?
  • Do thoughts have their own (proprietary) conscious phenomenology? What exactly is consciousness?
  • Is consciousness experienced by humans only? Is consciousness experienced by all humans?
  • Is consciousness a capacity that can be developed? Do social structures support (or inhibit) consciousness or does it exist independent of political and legal institutions?
  • Is having consciousness of significance to being morally significant or of having moral standing?

We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, the neurosciences, the pharmaceutical and medical sciences, the social sciences, critical studies (including gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, race studies, and critical legal theory…), law, education, linguistics, as well as other relevant disciplines and fields.

A special issue of the Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics (JCN) will be based on the proceedings of the October 2015 CCN conference. All papers presented at the Consciousness Conference will be eligible for inclusion in this issue of JCN. For additional journal and contact information, see the JCN webpage.

The Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics is a peer-reviewed, open access journal published online, aimed at the cross-fertilization of research in neuroscience and related medical fields with scholarship in normative disciplines that address and analyze the legal, social and ethical implications of institutional policies. JCN is committed to presenting wide ranging discussions. We are looking to publish works that explore ideas, concepts, theories and their implications across multiple disciplines and professions. The Center for Cognition and Neuroethics promotes both the exploration of the conceptual foundations of the neurosciences and the study of the implications of their advances for society in the legal, political, and ethical realms. The CCN will disseminate this knowledge to as wide an audience as possible through publications, seminars, and other media. We engage in activities across multiple disciplines and professions that allow opportunities for intellectual synergy and increased impact by creating, fostering and supporting research and educational collaborations and communication.

Submissions

Submissions of abstracts (not exceeding 1000 words) are invited for presentation of talks (plan for 20 minutes to talk, about 3000 words). Please submit your abstract through the following form, prepared for anonymous review. We welcome proposals for panels and co-presentations. All submissions should be of previously non-published work.

We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, the neurosciences and the pharmaceutical and medical sciences, the social sciences, critical studies (including gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, race studies, and critical legal theory), law, education, linguistics, as well as other relevant disciplines and fields.

Please submit all proposals through the following form:

Abstract Submissions

The deadline for proposal submission is July 15, 2015.

Contact Details

For further information, please contact:

Contact

Jami L. Anderson
anderson@cognethic.org
Center for Cognition and Neuroethics
University of Michigan-Flint

October 16–17, 2015

Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience (IINN)

The conference will be held at IINN, located at:

Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience
4800 S Saginaw St
Flint, MI 48557

Hotel

We recommend that conference attendees stay at the Holiday Inn Flint Gateway Centre. In order to book the hotel at the University of Michigan-Flint rate, please use this link.

Holiday Inn Flint Gateway Centre
5353 Gateway Centre
Flint, Michigan 48507
Phone: (810) 232-5300

Holiday Inn offers complementary shuttle service between it and Flint Bishop Airport. The shuttle also takes guests from the hotel to destinations within a 7 mile radius of the hotel, which includes the conference location. At the bottom of the escalators at Flint Bishop Airport, there is a telephone available for shuttle service calls.

While the hotel does offer a shuttle, space is obviously limited to fewer seats than participants. We would like to encourage those of you with automobiles to please consider driving fellow participants to the conference from the hotel. People offering and needing rides should meet at the hotel lobby in the mornings. Please contact the hotel front desk for a taxicab if needed.

Driving Directions to IINN
Driving Directions to Holiday Inn Flint Gateway Center

The nearest airport is Flint Bishop Airport.

Technology

So as to focus on the content of your talks, visual presentations such as Powerpoint and Prezi are not allowed. Nevertheless, a large television will be available for exhibits only. If your talk requires exhibits, then please bring whatever cord will connect your laptop to an HDMI television.

Registration

Conference registration details will be released once abstracts have been selected.

Registration Fees

Registration fees cover catering costs for breakfast, lunch, beverages, and snack breaks. The conference organizers would like to emphasize that full, active, and sustained participation at the event is critical to its success. To that end, registration fees are applied to the catering costs necessary to provide a seamless day of events and thus cannot be waived. Your transaction will be securely processed by the online payment system of the University of Michigan. Please print a copy of your receipt before closing the payment window. The registration fee will be $150, the balance of which should be settled prior to the deadline, which will be released once abstracts have been selected.



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