Month: January 2019

The Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute (DISI) 2019

Please read on about this funded summer opportunity for graduate students, postdocs, and early career faculty. (Please note that ECOM Director is among DISI’s international faculty this summer!)

DISI aims to bring together promising graduate students, postdocs, and early career faculty interested in the study of mind, cognition, and intelligence for several weeks of transdisciplinary exploration. The first year was a great success, and we are delighted to be expanding the scope of DISI in 2019! We are increasing the number of participants, welcoming back alumni, and broadening the topics offered by faculty. We are also introducing a new “storytellers” track to host artists-in-residence at DISI. We hope that this vibrant community will work together to develop new ways of engaging with big questions about intelligence, cognition, and the mind.

You can find more details about the Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute (DISI for short) here.

We are holding the 2019 Summer Institute at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, from June 30 to July 20. As you know, this is a beautiful seaside location, easily accessible from Edinburgh International Airport, and a picturesque train journey North from London. We’ve already assembled an outstanding international faculty (, and more are yet to be added. In addition to lectures and discussions, DISI offers participants the opportunity to develop collaborative interdisciplinary research projects with support from faculty and staff.

Please forward this announcement to talented graduate students, postdocs, and other early career researchers who might be interested. We are also hoping to reach writers and artists of all types for our storyteller track! In both the academic and storyteller tracks, we are looking for creative, open-minded participants who want to take intellectual risks and break down disciplinary barriers in the spirit of dialogue and discovery.

The main application deadline is February 15. Storyteller and alumni applications will be rolling. Application portals can be found at

For questions, please contact Associate Director, Dr. Kensy Cooperrider, at


Spring Workshop Update

Our Spring Workshop “Communication, Context, Conversation” will take place May 3-4, 2019 on the UConn Storrs Campus. We now have all our confirmed speakers, as well as invited discussants.

Our confirmed speakers are Anne Bezuidenhout, Robyn Carston, Danielle Matthews,  Federico Rossano, Mandy Simons, as well as Dorit Bar-On, Mitch Green, and Ruth Millikan.

Our invited discussants are: Mark Jary, Stefan Kaufmann, Bill Lycan, Zoltan Szabo, Craige Roberts, and Catherine Wearing.

A CFP has been posted at Phil Events (and elsewhere), with abstracts due Feb 1st. Check our events page (under Workshops) for details and updates!

Spring 2019

ECOM Director Dorit Bar-On will be presenting a joint paper with St. Andrews Evolutionary Psychologist Kate Arnold entitled “How To Do Things With Nonwords: Communication, Expression, and Meaning” at the workshop “Linguistic Investigations Beyond Language: Gestures, Body Movement and Primate Linguistics” at ZAS in Berlin, March 11-12, 2019.