Kinds of Consciousness

Feb 10, 2024


Conference Schedule (All times are in EST):
09:00 – 09:15 AM | Welcome and Introduction
09:15 – 10:25 AM | Jonathan Birch (LSE): “The Edge of Sentience: Risk and Precaution in Humans, Other Animals, and AI”
10:35 – 11:05 AM | Christian de Weerd (University of Groningen): “Sentience Gaps and Non-human Sentience Research”
11:10 – 11:40 AM | Jamie Freestone (Australian National University): “A three-part model of conscious awareness based on altered states”
11:45 – 12:15 PM | David R. Rowley (University of Leeds): “Fading Qualia Arguments for Consciousness Supervening on Mathematical Structures”
12:15 – 01:00 PM | Lunch Break
01:00 – 01:30 PM | Alicia Peters (University of Nottingham): “Must an individual recognise their mental states as `mine’ in order to be phenomenally conscious?” 
01:35 – 02:05 PM | Tiina Carita Rosenqvist (Dartmouth): “Perceptual Competences and the Primary/Secondary Quality Distinction”
02:10 – 02:40 PM | Azenet Liora Lopez (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich): “Split Brains and the Attentional Basis of Conscious Unity”
02:50 – 04:00 PM | Elizabeth Schechter (University of Maryland, College Park): “Self-Consciousness after Split-Brain Surgery” 

Deadline for abstract submissions was November 14!

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Jonathan Birch (Philosophy, LSE)

Prof. Elizabeth Schechter (Philosophy, UMD)


Consciousness has long been a topic of deep philosophical and scientific concern, leading to debates concerning its nature, origins, and underlying mechanisms. The aim of “Kinds of Consciousness” – to be held online on Sat Feb 10, 2024 – is to foster interdisciplinary discussions on the various types or kinds of consciousness that have intrigued philosophers, neuroscientists, psychologists, and cognitive scientists, among others. We encourage contributions that discuss consciousness from a variety of perspectives. Below are some examples of potential topics (in no particular order):

  • Split-Brain cases
  • The relationship between consciousness and self-awareness
  • Animal consciousness and comparisons with human consciousness
  • Consciousness, intentionality, and perception
  • The nature of subjective experience
  • Theories of consciousness
  • The neuroscience of consciousness
  • Altered states of consciousness
  • Collective or ‘group’ consciousness

Submission Guidelines

We invite abstracts – roughly 1,000 words, excluding references – of short papers, suitable for a 30 min presentation, by graduate students and postdocs. Presenters will be asked to send a recording of their talks in advance. The videos should not exceed 20 mins to allow for 10 min discussion. The papers should be relatively accessible to an interdisciplinary audience and avoid overly technical discussions of ‘in-house’ issues/debates.

Abstracts should be prepared for blind review and include the title of the paper; they should make clear both the topic and the main arguments of the paper. Please send a separate cover sheet with the title of the paper, author’s name, affiliation (if any), and contact information. Abstracts+cover sheets should be sent to Aliyar Ozercan ( by November 14 (midnight). Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than January 10.



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