[CogSci] 3rd International Rationality Summer Institute (IRSI3): Call for applications for all-inclusive stipends

Linda McCaughey linda.mccaughey at psychologie.uni-heidelberg.de
Fri Feb 25 05:50:54 PST 2022

*3rd International Rationality Summer Institute (IRSI3)*

*Call for applications for all-inclusive stipends:
Butenschoen Haus, Landau, Germany

July 24 to August 5, 2022

Website: http://2022.irsi-school.de <http://2022.irsi-school.de>

E-mail: info at 2022.irsi-school.de


Originally planned for 2020 and cancelled due to the pandemic, we are 
more than happy to announce that IRSI3 is finally going to take place 
this summer. We are very much looking forward to applications from 
interested young scholars!


Rationality is central to many scientific disciplines, including 
philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, and economics. This may 
suggest that research in these fields is conducted in close concert. But 
unfortunately, researchers from these disciplines are traditionally 
entrenched in separate academic sub-cultures and rarely collaborate and 
learn from one another. The aim of the International Rationality Summer 
Institutes (IRSI) is to overcome this division by creating an 
open-minded environment, within which students are exposed to 
state-of-the-art research on rationality from a super-disciplinary 
perspective. IRSI participants should return from the Summer Institute 
with the conviction that it is worthwhile crossing the borders of their 
home discipline.

Building on the success of IRSI1 and IRSI2, IRSI3 will be devoted to a 
translational science perspective. How can we design rational 
environments for smart policy making? Basic theories and methods of 
rationality research will be related to societal, political, legal, 
health-related and economic problems in the 21^st century. More than in 
previous Summer Institutes, junior participants will be actively 
involved in organizing workshops and plenary discussions, and in 
project-oriented work. All participants will be engaged in joint 
research projects aiming at publications, funding activities, internet 
studies, or adversarial collaboration. The projects will tackle 
up-to-date issues such as social media and the future of democracy, 
assessing and communicating health risks, nudging and boosting of 
ecologically sustainable behavior, validity of media reports and fake news.

*Young Scholars’ Forum. *In addition, each participant will be given the 
opportunity to fill a timeslot of 30 to 45 minutes with a presentation 
about something they are interested in and want to pass on or discuss. 
The presentation may take many forms, but should broadly fit into one of 
the categories listed on the website.

*Who can apply for IRSI3?*

The Summer Institute will include doctoral students, early-stage 
post-docs, and advanced master students from all disciplines concerned 
with rationality research. They may be enrolled, in particular, in 
psychology, philosophy, economics, social sciences, or computer science. 
Applications should include a short CV that is informative about the 
applicant’s affiliation, subject major, and current status. The CV 
should indicate the name of a supervisor or senior scientist willing to 
provide a reference upon request. In addition, a statement of interest 
depicting the origin of the applicant’s interest in as well as relation 
to rationality research and general motivation to participate (maximally 
one page). Applicants should also provide an informative title for their 
potential Young Scholars’ Forum presentation and indicate which category 
it could be classed as.

We will do our best to organize the summer institute so as to minimize 
the risk of infection with COVID-19. Accordingly, we require all 
applicants to be fully vaccinated, and ideally boosted, if locally 

To apply for an all-inclusive IRSI3 stipend (travel, accommodation, full 
board, and social program) please follow the instructions on the website 
http://2022.irsi-school.de <http://2022.irsi-school.de>.The deadline for 
applications is *April 1, 2022*. Notifications of acceptance will be 
sent soon after.

*Faculty *

A number of international leading experts in rationality research have 
offered their participation in the Summer Institute as keynote speakers 
or as teachers including: Ralph Hertwig (Max Planck Institute for Human 
Development, Berlin), Asher Koriat (University of Haifa), Michael 
Ramscar (University of Tübingen), Rakefet Ackerman (Israel Institute of 
Technology, Haifa), Mark Colyvan (University of Sydney), Mário Ferreira 
(University of Lisbon), Wolfgang Gaissmaier (University of Konstanz), 
Gaël Le Mens (Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona), Joachim Krueger 
(Brown University), and Chiara Lisciandra (University of Groningen).

The organisers are Klaus Fiedler (Heidelberg University, Germany), 
Florian Kutzner (Seeburg Castle University, Austria) and Linda McCaughey 
(Heidelberg University), assisted by Ute Lorenz.
The Advisory Board includes Ulrike Hahn (Birkbeck University), Stefan 
Schulz-Hardt (University of Göttingen), Markus Knauff (Justus Liebig 
University Giessen) and Stephan Hartmann (LMU Munich).

Like its precursors IRSI1 and IRSI2, IRSI3 is generously funded by the 
Volkswagen Foundation.

Linda McCaughey
PhD Candidate & Research Associate
Cognitive Research in Social Psychology (CRISP)
Heidelberg University, Germany

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