CEU Summer School – Understanding communication and understanding minds: the role of metarepresentation
27 June – 2 July 2016
The Department of Cognitive Science at Central European University in Budapest is inviting applications for a summer school.
It has long been recognized that the human capacity for metarepresentation is at the basis for our proclivity to cooperate and communicate. However, the relationship of metarepresentation and communication has recently taken center stage in some of the discussions at the heart of cognitive science, philosophy, anthropology and linguistics. Research in areas as diverse as language evolution, theory of mind and reasoning has been profoundly influenced by a new look at the role metarepresentations play in communicative interaction. This summer school brings together some of the key figures in these debates from a variety of disciplines in order to illuminate this relationship further and offer students and researchers a forum to discuss ideas at the cutting edge of this field.
The main aim of the course is 1) to initiate reconsideration of the concept of ‘metarepresentation’ in light of recent anthropological, cognitive science, psychological and philosophical research, and consequently 2) to stimulate discussions of potential functional explanations for the everyday availability of metarepresentational capacities.
The course will be taught by internationally renowned experts in the field while stressing highly interactive forms of teaching. The course is planned to start with introductory lectures to initiate reconsideration of terms and build common ground between the researchers from different disciplines. After this phase, modules will be held in a seminar format, with faculty members leading the seminar, and responses/commentaries delivered by students. Additionally, there will be opportunities for students to give poster presentations.
The summer course is aimed at providing a state-of-the-art scientific and research-oriented training for post-doctoral young researchers and highly promising pre-doctoral and MA students from European and overseas universities and research institutes on the role of communication in the emergence of metarepresentational capacities.
Cognitive Psychology Department, Psychology Institute, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Department of Cognitive Science Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Deaprtment of Philosophy, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Cognitive Science Department, Central European University, Budapest
Philosophy Department, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt University, Germany
University of Salzburg, Psychology, Salzburg, Austria
Department of Cognitive Developmental Psychology, University of Göttingen, Germany
Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Arts and Ideas, University of Oslo, Norway
Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK
Applicants are asked to submit the following until 14 February, 2016:
- Completed online Application Form
- Letter of recommendation
- A full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
- Statement of Purpose (not more than 500 words)
- Research proposal (not more than 700 words)