[visionlist] ASSC-10: Second (and final) call for Member-Initiated Symposia

Geraint Rees g.rees at fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk
Mon Oct 10 10:52:26 GMT 2005

This is a reminder that the deadline for member-initiated symposia  
proposals is at the END OF THIS WEEK! Several proposals have already  
been submitted and the Program Committee look forward to receiving  


St. Anne’s College, Oxford
June 23 - June 26, 2006

The tenth annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study  
of Consciousness will be held from June 23rd to June 26th, 2006 in  
Oxford. The meeting will be notable not only for being the tenth  
anniversary of the first ASSC meeting, but will also take place in  
the very pleasant surroundings of St. Anne's College, Oxford.  
Accommodation in college will be available and the meeting promises  
to be both intellectually stimulating and very enjoyable!

This is the final call for symposia and the second call for tutorial  
proposals. The call for submissions and registration will be  
circulated at a later date.

ASSC10 is intended to promote interdisciplinary dialogue in the  
scientific study of consciousness. The overall goal of the conference  
is to promote the scientific study of consciousness in all of its  
forms. Following last year's successful symposia, ASSC members are  
again invited to submit proposals for symposia relevant to the  
overall goal of the conference. Non-members can also submit proposals  
for tutorials. Symposia will address current empirical and  
theoretical issues in the study of consciousness, from the  
perspectives of philosophy, neuroscience, clinical medicine,  
psychology, and computer science.

Confirmed plenary speakers include Professors Dan Dennett, Fred  
Dretske, Jon Driver and J David Smith. For latest updates, please  
check the conference website:


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



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 http://www.assc.caltech.edu for membership details;  
USD30 per annum for full members).

Symposia will typically have three 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 at the  
beginning to introduce the topic. The Chair will be expected to  
coordinate any questions and lead discussion after each talk.   
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 http:// 
assc.caltech.edu/conferences.html for previous programs). ASSC has a  
strong preference for symposia proposals to focus on specific  
questions rather than a set of loosely related talks. Accepted  
symposia will be subject to limited compensation for travel expenses  
(in discussion with the organizers) and registration fees will be  
waived. Participants will be expected to cover their own  
accommodation costs.

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  
(g.rees at fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk) as soon as possible but no later than 15th  
October 2005.

  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 (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  
6. Summary or abstract of each individual talk (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  

- 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 23rd 2006. 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 and their registration  
fee for the conference will be waived. The cost of attending  
tutorials for participants will be $50.

Tutorials that do not achieve the minimum enrollment may not be offered.

Send the tutorial proposal along with the following to Patrick Wilken  
(patrick.wilken at nat.uni-magdeburg.de) as soon as possible but no  
later than 31st January 2006.

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 visit our  
website at: http://assc.caltech.edu/.

ASSC10 Scientific Program Committee: Tim Bayne,
Axel Cleeremans, Stan Dehaene, Andreas Engel, Alva Noe,
Geraint Rees (chair), Edmund Rolls, Larry Weiskrantz,
and Patrick Wilken

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