[CogSci] Workshop TRACE 2022 "Attention & Action" | Würzburg, Germany, 24th & 25th of June 2022

Roland Pfister roland.pfister at psychologie.uni-wuerzburg.de
Thu Feb 24 04:24:32 PST 2022

** Call for Papers **

The TRACE workshop brings together a vivid mixture of scientific  
disciplines concerned with human and animal cognition. After two years of  
pandemic hiatus, the 2022 edition of the workshop features the issue of  
Attention and Action.

William James famously stated that “everyone knows what attention is” and  
goes on defining it as a kind of mental activity that “takes possession”  
of surrounding things. But in that same work William James pointed out  
that there is more to attention, and that a connection to action and  
bodily movement is also crucial.

Research on attention has proliferated in several disciplines since the  
days of James, and the 2022 edition of the TRACE workshop aims at bringing  
together diverse theoretical and empirical perspectives on attention and  
action. These perspectives include all areas of cognitive science and  
philosophy concerned with embodied cognition, 4e cognition and other  
fields that work toward bridging the gap between mind and body.

Up until now there has been limited cross-talk between the relevant  
scientific communities on this topic, especially regarding philosophy,  
psychology and cognitive robotics. We also encourage contributions from  
related fields such as linguistics, neurosciences, sociology,  
anthropology, and ethology. The workshop is open to multi-method  
perspectives – experimental work, modelling, philosophical inquiry,  
observation, and linguistic analysis – to allow for a comprehensive take  
on the topic of human action and attention. Relevant questions include,  
but are not limited to the following: How can phenomenological accounts  
and empirical approaches to action and attention work together? Is there a  
purely intellectual facet of attention, or is it necessarily linked to  
bodily movements? How can we arrive at purer theorizing about attention  
and action? More empirical questions, such as what role does attention  
play in action observation, or how is attention distributed during  
multitasking are also very welcome.

The 2022 edition is the 7th instantiation of the TRACE workshop. After  
being held at Paul Valéry University Montpellier (2014-2016), Paris  
Nanterre University (2017), and Free University of Brussels (2018), it was  
held last time (2019) at the University of Würzburg. The 2022 edition will  
be the second one held in the capital of Franconian wine and it will run  
on the 24th and 25th of June. We especially encourage young researchers –  
post-doctoral researchers and PhD candidates – to present their work at  
this stimulating, interdisciplinary meeting.

Submissions are open from now until March 15, 2022!

For keynotes and submission information, see:  

Disclaimer: We are monitoring the pandemic situation and will adjust our  
plans accordingly. Final decisions on the workshop format (number of  
participants, types of presentations) will depend on the hygiene  
regulations effective in Summer 2022.

Organizing committee:

Thomas Camus | Department of Psychology, University of Würzburg

Diego D'Angelo | Department of Philosophy, University of Würzburg

Romàn Josa | Department of Psychology, University of Clermont Auvergne

Roland Pfister | Department of Psychology, University of Würzburg

Solveig Tonn | Department of Psychology, University of Würzburg

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