Find below the provisional timetable for the combined symposiums on Re-conceptualising Mental Illness and Enactivism, organised by Joel Parthemore, Blay Whitby, as well as Etienne B. Roesch, Slawomir Nasuto, and J. Mark Bishop, at the annual AISB convention, Exeter, April 3-5, 2013. More information at the convention website: http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/computer-science/research/aisb/ and http://www.aisb.org.uk
Hope to see you there!
Weds. morning 3 April: Philosophy of Psychiatry
— Sanneke de Haan (University of Amsterdam): An Enactive Approach to Psychiatric Disorders (45 minutes)
— Fred Cummins (University College Dublin) and Marek McGann (Mary Immaculate College): No Mental; Health (45 minutes)
Weds. afternoon Session 1: Autism
—Anna Ciaunica (University of Cognitive Sciences Lyon): Isolated Sailors in Isolated Ships: The Case of Autism (45 minutes)
—Joel Parthemore (Lund University): Philosophy of Autism: The Enactive Response to the Tendency to Pathologize (45 minutes)
Thursday morning 4 April
— Mark McKergow (Centre for Solutions Focus at Work): On the Trail of Gregory Bateson (invited speaker, 90 minutes)
Thursday afternoon Session 1: Extended Mind
— Susan Stuart (University of Glasgow): Enkinaesthesia: Re-conceptualizing “Mental” Illness (45 minutes)
— Dean Petters (University of Birmingham) and Everett Waters (SUNY Stony Brook): Epistemic Actions in Attachment Relationships and the Origin of the Socially Extended Mind (45 minutes)
Thursday afternoon Session 2: Extended Mind
— Mariana Salcedo (National Autonomous University of Mexico): An Evaluation of Systemic Analysis of Functions and Extended Mind Hypothesis, in the Quest for an Objective Criteria for Defining Mental Disorder (45 minutes)
— Pete Faulconbridge (University College London): Hacking the Extended Mind? (45 minutes)
Friday morning 5 April
— Nick Medford: Presence and Unreality: Mind and Machines (invited speaker, 90 minutes)
Friday afternoon Session 1: The Broader Picture
— Etienne Roesch (University of Reading) et al.: Situating Enactive Processes or Placing the Observer Back in the Scene: A Case for the Empirical Study of Perception (45 minutes)
— Vincent Mueller (American College of Thessaloniki): Twenty Years After the Embodied Mind: Why is Cognitivism Alive and Kicking? (45 minutes)
Friday afternoon Session 2: The Broader Picture
— Closing panel discussion chaired by Ginger Hoffman (St. Joseph’s University, US) (90 minutes)
This CFP for a special issue in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience might be of interest for the Life and Mind group:
Recently a lot of people from the Life and Mind group got together during the PHITECHO 2013 seminar in Compiegne, France. The theme was “From perceptual interaction to extended cognition”.
You find videos of the talks on this website:
Hey Life and Minders!
John Stewart and I have been trying to clarify the concept of autopoiesis from the perspective of the paradigm of enaction by rejecting the early cybernetics context as inadequate for biology. Our proposal has generated some debate, including a commentary by Maturana himself. We have now published a response to highlight more clearly where we see the essential differences between enaction and biology of cognition.
My hope is that this kind of work will help to clarify for all of us whether the “enactive” approach is just another label for some kind of second-order cybernetics, radical constructivism, biology of cognition, etc., or whether it has something genuinely new to offer (which, of course, I think it does).
I’ve posted a short summary of this debate with links to all the articles here.