Summer University 2016: Understanding Communication and Understanding Minds: The Role of Metarepresentation
Monday, June 27, 2016 - 9:00am to Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 3:00pm
It has long been recognized that the human capacity for metarepresentation is at the basis for our proclivity to cooperate and communicate. However, the relationship of metarepresentation and communication has recently taken center stage in some of the discussions at the heart of cognitive science, philosophy, anthropology and linguistics. Research in areas as diverse as language evolution, theory of mind and reasoning has been profoundly influenced by a new look at the role metarepresentations play in communicative interaction. This summer school brings together some of the key figures in these debates from a variety of disciplines in order to illuminate this relationship further and offer students and researchers a forum to discuss ideas at the cutting edge of this field.
The main aim of the course is 1) to initiate reconsideration of the concept of ‘metarepresentation’ in light of recent anthropological, cognitive science, psychological and philosophical research, and consequently 2) to stimulate discussions of potential functional explanations for the everyday availability of metarepresentational capacities.
The course will be taught by internationally renowned experts in the field while stressing highly interactive forms of teaching. The course is planned to start with introductory lectures to initiate reconsideration of terms and build common ground between the researchers from different disciplines. After this phase, modules will be held in a seminar format, with faculty members leading the seminar, and responses/commentaries delivered by students. Additionally, there will be opportunities for students to give poster presentations.
The summer course is aimed at providing a state-of-the-art scientific and research-oriented training for post-doctoral young researchers and highly promising pre-doctoral and MA students from European and overseas universities and research institutes on the role of communication in the emergence of metarepresentational capacities.