ASSC8 Call for Symposia and Tutorial proposals

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Geraint Rees

Aug 13, 2003, 1:21:42 PM8/13/03


University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium.
June 25 - June 28, 2004

The eighth annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of
Consciousness will be held from June 25th to June 28th, 2004, at the
University of Antwerp in Antwerp, Belgium. Previously the home of the
Flemish master Rubens and the world's leading diamond trading centre with
beautiful 16th and 17th century architecture, Antwerp is now one of Europe's
hippest and most fashionable cities (see
for tourist details).

This is a call for symposia and the first call for tutorial proposals; a
call for submissions and registration will be circulated at a later date.

ASSC8 is intended to promote interdisciplinary dialogue in the scientific
study of consciousness. This year, for the first time, ASSC members are
invited to submit proposals for symposia relevant to the overall goal of the
conference Both members and non-members are also invited to submit proposals
for tutorials. Symposia will address current empirical and theoretical
issues in the study of consciousness, from the perspectives of philosophy,
neuroscience, psychology, computer science, and cognitive ethology. ASSC8
will provide an excellent opportunity for the presentation of new empirical
findings or novel theoretical perspectives in an atmosphere that will
promote discussion and debate.

For latest updates, please check the conference website:

The web site will be continually evolving, so please visit often for updated


The Program committee invites proposals from ASSC members for symposia on
any topic relevant to the scientific study of consciousness. Non-members are
also encouraged to propose symposia but the proposer will be required to
join ASSC if the proposal is accepted (see for
membership details; USD30 per annum for full members).

Symposia will typically have three or four speakers (plus Chair if not
speaking). Only the proposer need be an ASSC member. Each symposium is 2
hours long, and the Chair is limited to 15 minutes either at the beginning
or end. Symposium/talks should be spread over topics in consciousness
studies, paying close attention to areas that may have been overlooked last
year or in previous years (see for
previous programs). Accepted symposia will be subject to compensation for
travel expenses, registration fees will be waived, and participants will be
offered local accommodation by the conference organizers

Since ASSC aims to cover general issues of interest to consciousness
research in both breadth and depth, proposals may include multiple
theoretical perspectives and/or multiple methodologies. The Program
Committee may recommend changes in speakers to achieve program balance. Send
the proposal along with the following to Geraint Rees via email
( as soon as possible but no later than 22nd
September 2003.

The submission should include:

1. Chair's address with affiliation, email and phone number.
2. Draft of the proposed symposium program with title.
3. Summary of symposium, limit 150 words, for use in printed material.
4. List of Speakers, affiliations, email and mailing addresses (Chairs
should have prior agreement from Speakers).
5. Time allotted for each talk. Include time for discussion and questions.
6. Summary or abstract of each individual talk, limit 150 words.
7. Audio/Visual requirements for each talk.


As in previous years, this notice is also intended as a first call for
tutorial presenters. One of the aims of this meeting is to allow researchers
to gain a background in areas that they may know little about. Towards that
end a number of tutorials are planned. Some participants in the conference
would be very interested in learning about technical matters such as fMRI or
other important brain imaging techniques. Others might enjoy a seminar on a
philosophical topic, or a tutorial on relevant matters in cognitive
psychology or linguistics. Tutorial presenters are expected not to present
just only their own material, but to give a broader tutorial overview and
encourage discussion and debate. A non-exclusive list of possible topics
might include:

- Brain imaging techniques (e.g. fMRI, EEG, MEG, ERP)
- Blindsight, neglect, or other neuropsychological syndromes
- Computational & other theoretical models of conscious processes
- Conscious and unconscious processing
- Neural basis of attention and consciousness
- Current models of the visual system
- Consciousness and metacognition
- Criteria for the ascription of consciousness
- Philosophical issues concerning consciousness and representation
- Phenomenological methods for investigating consciousness

Tutorials will be held in parallel sessions on the morning and afternoon of
June 25th 2004. Each tutorial is intended to last approximately three
hours. The sizes of tutorials will vary between a minimum of 10 to a maximum
of around 25 attendees. Tutorial presenters will receive an honorarium of
500 Euros and their registration fee for the conference will be waived. The
cost of attending tutorials will be 50 Euros. Tutorials that do not achieve
the minimum enrollment of 10 people will not be offered.

Send the tutorial proposal along with the following to Susana Martinez-Conde
( as soon as possible but no later than 31st
January 2004.

1. Tutorial presenters address with affiliation, email and phone number.
2. Draft timetable for the proposed tutorial with title.
3. Summary or abstract of the tutorial, limit 250 words.
4. Audio/Visual requirements.


The call for submissions (talks or poster presentations) will be sent out at
a later date, together with details of registration. As in previous years,
discounted registration will be available to ASSC members, who will also
enjoy a range of book discounts and other member benefits. The registration
discount will be greater than the cost of membership, so prospective members
are encouraged to join ASSC now! To find out more about the Association for
the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and to apply for membership, please
consult: The ASSC publishes two scientific journals
about which further information is available from the following websites:

Consciousness & Cognition:

ASSC8 Scientific Program Committee: Tim Bayne, Axel Cleeremans, Susana
Martinez-Conde, Steven Laureys, Erik Myin (Chair), Jean Petitot, Geraint
Rees, Patrick Wilken

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