Call: Toward a Science of Consciousness 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS

TOWARD A SCIENCE OF CONSCIOUSNESS 2015
University of Helsinki, Finland, 9-13 June 2015
Pre-conference workshops: 8 June 2015

http://www.helsinki.fi/tsc2015

Submission deadline: 30 November 2014

Toward a Science of Consciousness (TSC) is the largest and longest-running interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to the study of conscious awareness. Topical areas include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, biology, quantum physics, meditation and altered states, machine consciousness, culture and experiential phenomenology. Cutting edge, controversial issues are emphasized.

Held annually since 1994, the TSC conferences alternate yearly between Tucson, Arizona and various locations around the world. The University of Helsinki is proud to host TSC 2015 in the Great Hall of its neoclassical main building located in the downtown area.

TSC 2015 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Jean-Pierre Changeux | Patricia S. Churchland | David Chalmers | Jaakko Hintikka

TSC 2015 PLENARY SPEAKERS:
Harald Atmanspacher | Susan Blackmore | Peter Bruza | Deepak Chopra | Travis Craddock | Rocco Gennaro | Philip Goff | Stuart Hameroff | Riitta Hari | John Heil | James Ladyman | Steven Jay Lynn | Ariane Lambert-Mogiliansky | George Mashour | Alyssa Ney | David Papineau | Antti Revonsuo | William Seager | Petra Stoerig | Jennifer Windt | Dan Zahavi

TSC 2015 PLENARY SESSIONS:

  1. Social Neuroscience, Body Image and Phenomenology (Hari, Stoerig, Zahavi)
  2. Dreams, Virtual Realities, and Hypnosis (Lynn, Windt, Revonsuo)
  3. Anesthesia, Physics, and Consciousness (Mashour, Hameroff, Craddock)
  4. Metaphysics of Consciousness (Heil, Ney, Papineau)
  5. Quantum Ideas in Consciousness Studies (Bruza, Atmanspacher, Lambert-Mogiliansky)
  6. Consciousness and Structuralism (Goff, Ladyman Seager)
  7. East vs. West on the Hard Problem (Blackmore, Chopra, Gennaro)

TSC 2015 calls for contributed papers, contributed posters, contributed symposia and proposals for pre-conference workshops. The list of conference topic areas is on the conference webpage: http://www.helsinki.fi/tsc2015/topics.html

Contributed papers: Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words prepared for anonymous review. Accepted contributed papers will be allocated in total 25-30 minutes (20 min for the presentation + 5-10 min for the discussion).

Contributed posters: Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words prepared for anonymous review. Accepted contributed posters will be presented in separate poster sessions during the conference.

Contributed symposia: Please submit an abstract of max. 1000-2000 words. The contributed symposia proposals are not reviewed anonymously.

The abstract should include:

  • a general description of the format and the topic of the proposed symposium and its significance (up to 800 words)
  • a 300-word abstract of each paper (3-5 papers) and the names of the speakers

Each accepted contributed symposium will be allocated a full two-hour session.

Pre-conference workshops & tutorials: Please submit an abstract of 500-1000 words. Preconference workshop & tutorial proposals are not evaluated anonymously.

The abstract should include:

  • a general description of the format (a tutorial or something else) and the topic of the proposed workshop/tutorial and its significance
  • the names of the speakers
  • the preliminary program of the workshop/tutorial

Pre-conference workshops and tutorials should not be longer than four hours (9 am-1 pm or 2pm-6pm, 8 June 2015). The TSC 2015 organizers will arrange appropriate facilities for the workshops and announce the title, time and place of the workshops on the TSC conference webpage and in the book of abstracts.

Rules for multiple presentations:

  • One is allowed to submit only one paper in which one is the main author.
  • One is allowed to submit only one poster in which one is the main author.
  • One is allowed to submit only one contributed symposium proposal or pre-conference workshop/tutorial workshop in which one is the main organizer.

Abstracts should be submitted by using the TSC 2015 registration form: http://tinyurl.com/TSC2015. Please note that the abstracts cannot be revised after submitting.

All questions about submissions should be directed to the conference manager, Ms Päivi Seppälä (tsc-2015@helsinki.fi). The members of the programme committee, and the local organising committee are listed here: http://www.helsinki.fi/tsc2015/organizers.html. The conference is organized in collaboration with the Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson: http://www.consciousness.arizona.edu/, and with the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy, University of Skövde, Sweden: http://www.his.se/en/Research/Systems-Biology/Kognitiv-Neurovetenskap-och-Filosofi/.

Paavo Pylkkänen (chair of the local organizing committee)
Tuomas Tahko (co-chair of the local organizing committee)
Päivi Seppälä (conference manager)

IMPORTANT DATES:

30 November 2014 – Deadline for abstract submissions
22 January, 2015 – Conference registration opens
30 January, 2015 – Notifications of acceptance
February 2015 – Preliminary programme announced
31 March, 2015 – Deadline for early registrations
19 May, 2015 – No more refunds for registration cancellations
8 June, 2015 – Pre-conference workshops
9-13 June, 2015 – TSC 2015, University of Helsinki

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