Hungary, Budapest

Understanding Communication and Understanding Minds: The Role of Metarepresentation

when 27 June 2016 - 2 July 2016
duration 1 week
credits 1 ECTS
fee EUR 300

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 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.

Peter Carruthers, Philosophy Department, University of Maryland, USA
Kourken Michaelian, Philosophy Department, University of Otago, New Zealand
Richard Moore, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt University, Germany
Josef Perner, Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Salzburg, Austria
Hannes Rakoczy, Department of Cognitive Developmental Psychology, University of Göttingen, Germany
Paula Rubio Fernandez, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Arts and Ideas, University of Oslo, Norway
Thom Scott-Phillips, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK
Gergely Csibra, Cognitive Science Department, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Ágnes Kovács, Cognitive Science Department, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Course leader

Ildikó Király, Department of Cognitive Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Dan Sperber, Cognitive Science Department, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Target group

Applications are invited from PhD students, post-doc fellows, researchers, and junior faculty. Advanced MA candidates will be considered in exceptional cases. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.

Course participants are expected to hold a graduate or post-graduate degree in the following disciplines: cultural anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, with research interests closely related to issues surrounding the topics of the summers school.

Course aim

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 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.

Credits info

Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment.

Fee info

EUR 300: payable until May 28, 2016
EUR 270: The early bird fee option is available until April 30, 2016


Financial aid is available in the following categories:
• tuition waiver
• accommodation grant
• travel grant (full or partial)

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