Between Perception and Action

Bence Nanay

 

 Funded by:

FWO FWO Odysseus Grant 2011-2016 (987,100 Euros)

FP7 Marie Curie Career Integration Grant 2011-2015 (100,000 Euros)

University of Antwerp BOF LP Grant 2011-2015 (190,000 Euros)

University of Antwerp BOF KP Grant 2011-2012 (7,500 Euros)

University of Antwerp BOF Bridge Grant 2012-2013 (43,500 Euros)

FWO Internationale Coordinatie Actie (300,000 Euros)

 

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NEW!

 

Two Fully Paid PhD Positions in Philosophy of Mind, especially Philosophy of Perception

 

Applications are invited for three fully and (for US and UK standards) very generously paid PhD studentships in philosophy at the University of Antwerp. The PhD student will be part of Bence Nanay’s research group and will be supervised by Professor Nanay. The PhD in Belgium normally takes four years and PhD students are public employees with very generous benefits. Antwerp is commutable from a number of European cities, including Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Cologne. All research and communication is conducted in English.

 

Candidates must have an MA degree in philosophy (when they start their PhD). Some background in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience or primatology is a significant plus. Years spent in a PhD program elsewhere may count towards completion.

 

In the light of recent findings on implicit bias, the candidates are asked to send their application material fully anonymized: Please send an anonymized cv, an anonymized max 5000 word writing sample and an anonymized max 1-page research statement to nanay@berkeley.edu and have two letters of reference sent to the same email address. Please write ‘PhD: Phil Mind’ in the subject line of any email sent. More info: http://webh01.ua.ac.be/bence.nanay/paw.htm

 

Deadline: November 9

Starting date of the position: Winter/Spring/Summer 2015 (negotiable)

 

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NEW!

 

Third Annual Essay Prize

 

Topic: Unconscious perception in (contemporary, analytic) philosophy of perception. 

 

Eligibility: The Essay Prize is open to those who received their PhD after May 2006 or who are PhD students.

 

Length: 3000 words. Single spaced!

 

Deadline: November 1, 2014. Essays should be sent, suitable for blind refereeing, to nanay@berkeley.edu

 

Prize money: 2,000 Euros. The author of the winning essay will be invited to give a presentation at a major workshop on unconscious perception some time in Spring 2015 at the University of Antwerp.

 

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NEW!

 

Call for papers: Conference on intentions, University of Antwerp, December 10-11, 2014.

 

Topic: There are so many kinds of intentions: proximal, distal, immediate, prior, '-in-action', present-directed, future-directed, motor, etc. How are they connected to each other and what role do they play in the initiation of actions? This conference aims to explore how various concepts of intention can explain action and how they are related to some other mental states that are said to play a role in initiating and guiding actions, such as motor representations and, khm, pragmatic representations. 

 

Confirmed speakers (more to be confirmed soon):

 

Al Mele (Florida State University)

Elisabeth Pacherie (Paris)

Neil Sinhababu (Singapore)

Wayne Wu (Carnegie Mellon University)

 

CFP: There are several slots reserved for contributed papers (no parallel sections). Only blinded submissions are accepted.

 

Length: 3000 words. Single spaced!

 

Deadline: October 17, 2014. Papers should be sent to nanay@berkeley.edu

 

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NEW!

 

Workshop on the perception of time

 

When: October 17,

Where: Annexe, Stadcampus, Antwerp

Who:

 

Christoph Hoerl (University of Warwick)

Geoffrey Lee (University of California, Berkeley)

L. A. Paul (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Ian Phillips (Oxford University)

Nick Young (University of Antwerp)

 

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NEW!

 

Congratulations to our incoming postdocs:

 

Laura Gow (Reading)

Margot Strohminger (St Andrews)

Chiara Brozzo (Milan)

Dan Cavedon-Taylor (Birkback)

Maarten Steenhagen (UCL – from 2015)

 

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Two talks by Philip Kitcher on June 25, 2014, one on Joyce, one on pragmatism – details to be announced.

 

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The 4th Marc Jeannerod Lecture will be delivered by Ned Block on May 14, 2015.

 

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Workshop on Action Phenomenology

 

Who:

Tim Bayne (Manchester)

Jacob Berger (Antwerp)

Thor Grunbaum (Copenhagen)

Myrto Mylopoulos (Fordham)

Hong Yu Wong (Tübingen)

 

When: March 12, 2014

 

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Call for papers: Conference on the representationalism vs. relationalism debate, University of Antwerp, May 12-13, 2014.

 

Topic: Some say that perceptual states are representations. Others say they are not representations: they are relations to token objects. This conference aims to explore various ways in which the two sides of the debate could be reconciled. 

 

Confirmed speakers:

 

Bill Brewer (King's College, London)

Craig French (Cambridge)

Kathrin Gluer (Stockholm)

Heather Logue (Leeds)

M. G. F. Martin (University College London and UC Berkeley)

Brian McLaughlin (Rutgers)

Adam Pautz (University of Texas, Austin)

Susanna Schellenberg (Rutgers)

Matthew Soteriou (Warwick)

 

CFP: There are some (few) slots reserved for contributed papers (no parallel sections). 

 

Length: 3000 words. Single spaced!

 

Deadline: February 15, 2014. Papers should be sent to nanay@berkeley.edu

 

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NEW!

 

The 3rd Marc Jeannerod Lecture will be delivered by Cathrine Wilson on March 20, 2014.

 

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Call for papers: Nonpropositional and imagistic representations conference, University of Antwerp, June 10-11, 2014.

 

Topic: Some representations are propositional. Sentences or thought, for example. Some others are not. For example, images or maybe perceptual states. This conference is about representations (mental and other) that are not propositional - about their content, structure and implementation. 

 

Confirmed speakers:

 

Liz Camp (Rutgers)

Tim Crane (Cambridge)

Austen Clark (Connecticut)

Dominic Gregory (Sheffield)

John Kulvicki (Dartmouth)

Mohan Matthen (Toronto)

Michael Rescorla (UC Santa Barbara)

 

CFP: There are some (few) slots reserved for contributed papers (no parallel sections). 

 

Length: 3000 words. Single spaced!

 

Deadline: February 28, 2014. Papers should be sent to nanay@berkeley.edu

 

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Conference on Olfaction

 

Who:

Clare Batty (University of Kentucky)

Kati Farkas (CEU)

Bill Lycan (University of North Carolina)

Louise Richardson (York)

David Rosenthal (CUNY)

Barry Smith (London)

Benjamin Young (Ben Gurion)

 

When: December 9-10, 2013

What time: 11.30am (on the 9th) till 5pm (on the 10th).

Where: S 004 (Sint Anne-straat, 2000 Antwerpen)

 

Please email Nick Young to register (Nicholas.Young@ua.ac.be)

 

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Spring 2014 Speaker series: Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception

 

February 13: Gabriel Greenberg (UCLA)

February 20: Casey O’Callaghan (Rice)

February 27: Jerrold Levinson (University of Maryland)

March 6: Catharine Abell (University of Manchester)

March 13: Christopher Peacocke (Columbia)

March 20: Catherine Wilson (University of York)

April 3: Rob Hopkins (University of Sheffield/NYU)

May 8: Dom Lopes (University of British Columbia)

My 15: Alva Noë (University of California, Berkeley)

May 22: Jenefer Robinson (University of Cincinnati)

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Second Annual Essay Prize at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp

 

Topic: Audition/Olfaction in Philosophy of Perception. More precisely: How considerations from the study of audition and/or olfaction challenge our otherwise quite visuo-centric assumptions and debates in (contemporary, analytic) philosophy of perception. 

 

Eligibility: The Essay Prize is open to those who received their PhD after May 2006 or who are PhD students.

 

Length: 3000 words. Single spaced!

 

Deadline: November 15, 2013. Essays should be sent, suitable for blind refereeing, to nanay@berkeley.edu

 

Prize money: 2,000 Euros. The author of the winning essay will be invited to give a presentation at a major workshop on audition or on olfaction to be organized some time in 2014 (or late 2013) at the University of Antwerp.

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Talk: Alan Thomas (Tilburg): High on the Hog: What is Higher Order in the  Higher Order Global States (HOGS) Approach to Consciousness? October 7, 6pm, Annexe (building R)

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Workshop on Color and Content

August 26, 2013

Speakers:

 

Keith Allen (York)

Mazviita Chirimuuta (Pittsburgh)

Will Davies (Antwerp)

Mark Kalderon (UCL)

John Morrison (Columbia)

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NEW!

 

Congratulations to our new postdocs, Will Davies (PhD Oxford) and Jacob Berger (PhD CUNY)

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NEW!

 

Congratulations to our postdoc, Carolyn Dicey Jennings, who is taking up an assistant professorship at the University of California, Merced

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NEW!

 

Masterclass with Micheal Bratman on Shared Agency

August 24-25, 2013

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NEW!

 

Workshop on Mind, Action and Responsibility: Empirical and non-empirical perspectives (co-organized with the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values at the University of Antwerp)

June 19-20, 2013

Speakers:

Pamela Hieronymi

Joshua Knobe

Brian Leiter

Thomas Pink

Jesse Prinz

Gideon Yafffe

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Workshop on mental imagery and pretense

May 21, 2013

Speakers:

Gregory Currie

Amy Kind

Susanna Schellenberg

Neil Van Leeuwen

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One or Two Postdoctoral Fellowships in Philosophy of Perception at the University of Antwerp

 

Applications are invited for one or two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Antwerp. The postdoc(s) will be part of Bence Nanay’s research group (funded by an FWO, an FP7 CIG and a BOF UA grant) and will work with Professor Nanay. The length of the fellowship is two years. The pay is (for US and UK standards) very generous. Postdoctoral researchers in Belgium are public employees with very generous benefits. Antwerp is commutable from a number of European cities, including Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Cologne. The research group has three postdocs at the moment.

 

There is no teaching or service obligation or really any obligation at all except for working on joint projects with Professor Nanay (and other members of the research group). So the candidate should have a significant overlap of research interests with Nanay (and the research group).

 

This specific call for postdocs is restricted to philosophers of perception working in the analytic tradition and candidates are encouraged to email nanay@berkeley.edu if they have doubts about whether their profile matches this call. There may be other, more indirect, funding schemes for those who are not strictly speaking analytic philosophers of perception. Candidates must have a PhD degree in philosophy. Some background in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience or primatology is a significant plus. 

 

Please send a cv, a max 5000 word writing sample and a max 1-page outline of what joint papers/projects the candidate envisages to write/have with the primary investigator to nanay@berkeley.edu and have two letters of reference sent to the same email address. Please write ‘Postdoc: P&A’ in the subject line of any email sent.

 

Deadline: April 21, 2013 

Starting date of the position: Spring/Summer/Fall 2013 (negotiable)

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Congratulations to our postdoc, Craig French, who is taking up a three-year postdoctoral position at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge

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Second Annual Marc Jeannerod Lecture:

May 23, 2013

Tyler Burge

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Congratulations to our postdoc, Maja Spener, who is taking up a permanent position at the University of Birmingham

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Perception and Action Speaker series, Spring 2013 (theme: the origins of social cognition):

 

February 21: Josef Perner

March 21: Joelle Proust

April 25: Corrado Sinigaglia

May 2: Stephen Butterfill

May 23: Tyler Burge (The Second Annual Marc Jeannerod Lecture)

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Congratulations to the two prize-winners at our first Essay Prize: Hong-Yu Wong and Eric Mandelbaum

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Call for papers: Philosophy of Perception and Aesthetics Conference, University of Antwerp, December 5-6.

 

Topic: The conference is about possible interactions between (analytic) philosophy of perception and (analytic) aesthetics: ways in which recent work in philosophy of perception may change the way we think about some problems in aesthetics (and maybe vice versa).

 

Confirmed speakers:

 

Catharina Abell

Jerome Dokic

John Kulvicki

Mohan Matthen

Aaron Meskin

Matt Nudds

Diana Raffman

Alberto Voltolini

 

CFP: There are some slots reserved for contributed papers (no parallel sections). 

Length: 3000 words. Single spaced!

Deadline: September 1, 2012. Papers should be sent to nanay@berkeley.edu

More info: http://webh01.ua.ac.be/bence.nanay/paw.htm

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Essay Prize

 

Topic: The multimodality of perception. More precisely: How recent findings about the multimodality of perception change some of the classic debates in the philosophy of perception.

Eligibility: The Essay Prize is open to those who received their PhD after May 2006 or who are PhD students.

Length: 3000 words. Single spaced!

Deadline: July 15, 2012

Essays should be sent, suitable for blind refereeing, to nanay@berkeley.edu

Prize money: 2,500 Euros. The author of the winning essay will be invited to give a presentation at a major workshop to be organized some time in 2013 on the multimodality of perception at the University of Antwerp.

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Two-day conference on perceptual attention

September 1-2, 2012.

 

Participants:

 

Berit Brogaard,

John Campbell,

David Chalmers,

Tim Crane,

Carolyn Dicey Jennings,

Imogen Dickie,

Katalin Farkas,

Christopher Mole,

Casey O’Callaghan,

Christopher Peacocke

Ian Phillips,

Jesse Prinz,

Susanna Siegel,

Barry Smith,

James Stazicker,

Michael Tye,

Sebastian Watzl,

Wayne Wu,

Registration ends on June 15.

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First Annual Marc Jeannerod Lecture:

May 3, 2012

Pierre Jacob

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Perception and Action Speaker series, Spring 2012:

 

March 22: David Papineau

April 19: Elisabeth Pacherie

May 3: Pierre Jacob

May 24: Juan-Carlos Gómez

 

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New postdocs on the project:

 

Maja Spener

Carolyn Dicey Jennings (nee Suchy-Dicey)

Craig French

 

New PhD students on the project:

 

Angelica Kaufmann

Nick Young

 

 

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One of the main outcomes of this project is a book with the tentative title ‘Between Perception and Action’. It is under contract with Oxford University Press.

The very rough draft of the Introduction is here:

 

Some related publications on the topic of the project are here at my publications page:

This page is very much under construction – more info coming soon.

 

                                   

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