Workshops and Conferences

Workshops & Conferences at UConn

2019

ECOM will host its 6th annual workshop at UConn on May 3-4, 2019 (MCHU/Laurel 305), titled “Communication, Context, Conversation.” The workshop will bring together researchers working on the pragmatics, linguistic analysis, and comparative and developmental psychology of communication and conversation. The event has been posted on PhilEvents.

Invited speakers include:

Robyn Carston (Linguistics, UCL)
Danielle Matthews (Psychology, Sheffield)
Anne Bezuidenhout (Philosophy and Linguistics, U of SC)
Mandy Simons (Linguistics, CMU)
Federico Roassano (Cognitive Science, UCSD)

Also on the program:

Ruth Millikan (Philosophy, UConn)
Mitch Green (Philosophy, UConn)
Dorit Bar-On (Philosophy, UConn)

Invited participants include:

Paul Bloomfield (Philosophy, UConn)
Mark Jary (Linguistics, Roehampton)
Stefan Kaufmann (Linguistics, UConn)
Bill Lycan (Philosophy, UConn)
Craige Roberts (Linguistics, OSU)
Lionel Shapiro (Philosophy, UConn)
William Snyder (Linguistics, UConn)
Zoltan Szabo (Mathematics, Yale)
Catherine Wearing (Philosophy, Wellesley)

Registration is open. The workshop poster (which includes a tentative schedule) can be found on the registration page.

This conference has been made possible in part due to generous support from the UConn Philosophy Department, the UConn Humanities Institute, the Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the University of Connecticut’s Provost Office, and UConn’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

2018

On April 20-21, ECOM hosted its 5th annual workshop titled “Emotions and Expressions.” The workshop brought together researchers working on the nature of emotions and their development (including their social and moral significance), and on the varieties of emotional expressions (both linguistic and nonlinguistic) in humans and nonhuman animals.

Invited speakers included:

Maria Botero (Philosophy, Sam Houston State)
Ross Buck (Communications/Psychology, UConn)
Maria Coppola (Linguistics/Psychology, UConn)
Jennifer Fugate (Phychology, UMass Dartmouth)
Maria Gendron (Psychology, Northeastern)
Andrea Scarantino (Philosophy, Georgia State)
James Sias (Philosophy, Dickinson)
Somogy Varga (Philosophy, Memphis)

Contributed papers included:

Richard Dub (Philosophy, Rutgers)
Gina Eickers (Philosophy, Berlin School of Mind and Brain)
Arina Pismenny (Philosophy, CUNY)
Razia Sahi (Philosophy, UCLA)

See the schedule here.

2017

On May 11-13, ECOM held its fourth annual conference on the UConn-Storrs campus. The conference was titled “Human and Nonhuman Animals: Minds and Morals.” This conference brought together researchers working on continuities and discontinuities in human and nonhuman cognition, emotions, social organization, and morally relevant behavior, as well as researchers working on the humane treatment of nonhuman animals. 

This conference was made possible with generous support from the UConn Philosophy Department, the UConn Humanities Institute, and the Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Invited speakers included:

Peter Carruthers (Philosophy, Maryland)
Katherine Cronin (Lincoln Park Zoo)
Hans-Johann Glock (Philosophy, Zurich)
Lori Gruen (Philosophy, Wesleyan)
William D. Hopkins (Neuroscience, Yerkes National Primate Research Center)
Kristin Leimgruber (Psychology, Harvard)
Darcia Narvaez (Psychology, Notre Dame)

Contributed papers included:

Gary Comstock & William Bauer (Philosophy, NC State)
Nicolas Delon & Duncan Purves (Environmental Studies, NYU)
Kelsey Gipe (Philosophy, Maryland)

See the schedule here.

2017

On December 2-3, ECOM held its fourth annual conference on the UConn-Storrs campus. The conference was titled “What’s in a Word?”

Invited speakers included:

Elika Bergelson (Psychology, Duke)
Laurence R. Horn (Linguistics, Yale)
William G. Lycan (Philosophy, UConn)
Ruth Millikan (Philosophy, UConn)
Letitia Naigels (Psychology, UConn)
Irene Pepperberg (The Alex Foundation, Harvard)

This workshop was made possible in part due to generous funding from the Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

See the schedule here.

2015

On November 19-20, 2015 ECOM hosted the “Expressive Language: Semantics, Pragmatics, and Origins” workshop.

Invited speakers included:

Timothy Jay (Psychology, Massachusetts College)
Anna Papfragou (Psychology, Delaware)
Dean Pettit (Philosophy, UNC-Chapel Hill)
Ljiljana Progovac (Linguistics, Wayne State)
Mark Richard (Philosophy, Harvard)

This workshop was made possible in part due to generous funding from the Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

See the schedule here.

 

On March 6-8 of the same year, ECOM also hosted a conference titled “What’s the Point? Pointing and Gestural Communication.”

Invited speakers included:

Kadir Gokgoz (Linguistics, UConn)
David Leavens (Psychology, Sussex)
Heidi Lyn (Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi)
Richard Moore (Berlin School of Mind and Brain)
Şeyda Özçalışkan (Psychology, Georgia State University)
Axel Seemann (Philosophy, Bentley University)
With opening remarks by Diane Lillo-Martin (Linguistics, UConn)

This workshop was made possible in part due to generous funding from the UConn Humanities Institute and the UConn Cognitive Science Program.

See the schedule here.

Earlier ECOM-related Workshops

2013

A workshop titled “Making Meaning: Origins of Communication” was hosted by the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences on April 18-20, 2013. To view the conference website, click here.

On January 11-12 of the same year, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted a conference titled “Mindreading, Understanding, and Emotion.”  This conference was co-sponsored by ECOM and UNC’s Cognitive Science Program. To view the conference website, click here.

2012

A workshop on Protolanguage was hosted by the University of Virginia on March 30-31 of 2012.

Workshop Keynote: Ruth Millikan (Philosophy, University of Connecticut)

Keynote Commentator: Karen Neander (Philosophy, Duke University)

Other workshop participants included:

Dorit Bar-On (Philosophy, UNC-Chapel Hill)
Erica Cartmill (Psychology, University of Chicago)
Brady Clark (Linguistics, Northwestern University)
Robin Clark (Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania)
Bruno Galantucci (Psychology, Yeshiva University)
Mitchell Green (Philosophy, University of Virginia)
Steven Gross (Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University)
Dean Pettit (Philosophy, UNC-Chapel Hill)
Gualtiero Piccinini (Philosophy, University of Missouri-St. Louis)
Ljiljana Progovac (English, Wayne State University)
Andrea Scarantino (Philosophy, Georgia State University)