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!
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.
We are introducing an ECOM Summer Graduate Research Fellowship, to support UConn graduate students working on ECOM-related topics (with preference given to collaborative cross-disciplinary projects). Applications are due by April 1st, 2019 (with decisions announced by April 15th). Information available upon request.
(Please note: this opportunity is only open to students who have become ECOM members before January 20, 2019.)
ECOM will hold a Meet & Greet event (with refreshments) on February 8, 2019 4-5:30 pm (at the UCHI seminar room, Babbidge Library, 4th floor). We will have a discussion of this summer fellowship opportunity during that event.
Please let Dorit Bar-On or Teresa Allen know if you have any q’s.
ECOM member Drew Johnson has been invited to be a student visitor this summer at the prestigious Arché Philosophical Research Centre at the University of St. Andrews. Congratulations Drew!
ECOM director Bar-On has been invited to be a guest at the Research Project on Psychological Expressivism at the University of Mannheim in summer 2019. Earlier in the summer, Bar-On will be giving a series of invited lectures on Origins of Meaning at the Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute (DISI), University of St.Andrews. This Summer Institute should be of interest to Cog Sci, Linguistics, and Philosophy grad students.
ECOM director Bar-On will give an invited talk at an international conference “Thought, Action and Communication in Animals” in Zurich in September 2019. Other invited speakers include Michael Tomasello, Klaus Zuberbuhler, Kristin Andrews, Colin Allen, and Robert Lurz. ECOM members are encouraged to submit papers to this conference
Bar-On’s paper “Crude Meaning, Brute Thought (or What Are They Thinking?!)” — versions of which were presented at the UConn Cog Sci Colloquium and last month at an international conference in Antwerp, Belgium — is now forthcoming (Journal for the History of Analytic Philosophy).
As of January 2019, ECOM will have a new Coordinator, Aliyar Ozercan, and Teresa Allen will be a Research Specialist working on ECOM development/special projects. Welcome to both!! For q’s about the Spring events, please contact them as appropriate (beginning in January). In the meantime, feel free to contact Dorit Bar-On with any ECOM-related q’s.
ECOM will host Prof. Cameron Buckner of the University of Houston on Feb 15, 4 pm (UCHI seminar room). He will be giving a philosophy/cognitive science talk entitled “Rational inference in nonhuman animals (including those without cortex)”.
ECOM will host Prof. Peter Langland-Hassan (Cincinnati), April 9, 2019, 4:30-6 (UCHI seminar room). He will be giving a philosophy/cognitive science talk entitled “Explaining Imagination”. On Monday April 8, 3:30-5 (Arjuna 307), he will be giving a talk on inner speech and psychological disorders to the Language and Cognition Brownbag.
ECOM will host its 6th annual workshop at UConn, titled “Communication, Context, Conversation”on May 3-4 (MCHU/Laurel 305). The workshop will bring together researchers working on the pragmatics, linguistic analysis, and comparative and developmental psychology of communication and conversation. Confirmed invited speakers: Robyn Carston (UCL), Danielle Matthews (Sheffield), Anne Bezuidenhout (U of SC), Mandy Simons (CMU), Federico Rossano (UCSD). Also on the program: Ruth Millikan, Mitch Green, and Dorit Bar-On. A CFP is now posted on PhilEvents
- ECOM member Jenelle Salisbury and two first-year Philosophy grad students have formed the UConn-sciousness Club , which will be meeting this semester on Tues mornings [from 10AM-11AM in Homer Babbidge Library Video Theater room 1]. If you’d like to get on the Club’s listserv, contact www.consciousnessclub.net/contact.html
- ECOM has launched its Spring speaker series with two talks by Joshua Knobe (Yale) on Jan 26. Please check our events page for additional talks and workshop.
- ECOM members Bar-On and Ochs have a forthcoming joint paper “The Role of Inner Speech in Self-Knowledge: Against Neo-Rylean Views”, to appear in Teorema.
- ECOM hosted its 5th annual workshop on April 20-21, titled “Emotions and Expressions”. The workshop brought together researchers who are currently working on the nature of emotions and their development, as well as their social and moral significance, and the varieties of emotion expressions — linguistic and nonlinguistic, in both humans and nonhuman animals. The workshop schedule can be found on the “Emotions and Expressions” event page. Invited speakers include:
With contributed papers by:
- ECOM hosted a talk by Josh Armstrong (Philosophy, UCLA) on May 4, 4-5:30PM in the UCHI Conference Room (Babbidge 4/209), titled “The Evolution of Non-natural Meaning”.
- ECOM hosted a talk by Jacob Beck (Philosophy, York) on March 2, 4-5:30PM in the UCHI Conference Room (Babbidge 4/209), titled “Chrysippus’ Dog Reconsidered: On the Detection of Logical Reasoning in Nonhuman Animals”.