[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 07:48:53 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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