ASSC12 Call for Symposium & Tutorial Proposals


The 12th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness will be held from June 19th to June 22nd, 2008 , at the Gis Convention Center , National Taiwan University , Taipei . National Taiwan University is located in the center of Taipei city conveniently close to numerous restaurants and markets. Taipei is among the top list of cities in Asia to visit and Taiwan offers sightseeing of rainforests, beaches and hot springs . Confirmed keynote speakers will include a lecture by Thomas Metzinger on ¡§The Self¡¨, by Mitsuo Kawato on ¡§Engineering Consciousness¡¨, and by Tetsuro Matsuzawa on ¡§The Mind of the Chimpanzee¡¨. This is the first call for symposium and tutorial proposals; a call for submissions and registration will be circulated at a later date.

ASSC-12 is intended to promote interdisciplinary dialogue in the scientific study of consciousness. Following last year's successful symposia, ASSC members are again invited to submit proposals for symposia relevant to the overall goal of the conference. Both members and non-members are also invited to submit proposals for tutorials. Symposia will address current empirical and theoretical issues in the study of consciousness, from the perspectives of philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, computer science, and cognitive ethology. ASSC-12 will provide an excellent opportunity for the presentation of new empirical findings or novel theoretical perspectives in an atmosphere that will promote discussion and debate.

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The Program committee invites proposals from ASSC members for symposia on any topic relevant to the scientific study of consciousness. Non-members are also encouraged to propose symposia but the proposer will be required to join ASSC if the proposal is accepted (see for membership details).

Symposia will typically have three speakers (plus Chair if not speaking). Only the proposer need be an ASSC member. Each symposium is 2 hours long, and the Chair is limited to 15 minutes at the beginning to introduce the topic. The Chair will be expected to coordinate any questions and lead discussion after each talk. Symposium/talks should be spread over topics in consciousness studies, paying close attention to areas that may have been overlooked last year or in previous years (see for previous programs). ASSC has a strong preference for symposia proposals to focus on specific questions rather than a set of loosely related talks. Accepted symposium speakers will be compensated for reasonable travel expenses (round-trip economy-class airfare up to US $2,500, and waived registration and banquet fees; speakers will be expected to cover their own accommodation costs).

Since ASSC aims to cover general issues of interest to consciousness research in both breadth and depth, proposals may include multiple theoretical perspectives and/or multiple methodologies. The Program Committee may recommend changes in speakers to achieve program balance. Send the proposal along with the following to Ralph Adolphs ( ) by the deadline. Please note that the Program Committee will begin making decisions regarding the acceptance of symposia very shortly after the deadline date, so that late proposals will be at a serious disadvantage.

The submission should include:
1. Chair's address with affiliation, email and phone number.
2. Draft of the proposed symposium program with title.
3. Summary of symposium, limit 150 words, for use in printed material.
4. List of Speakers, affiliations, email and mailing addresses (Chairs should have secured prior agreement from Speakers).
5. Time allotted for each talk. Include time for discussion and questions.
6. Summary or abstract of each individual talk, limit 150 words.
7. Audio/Visual requirements for each talk.




As in previous years, this notice is also intended as a first call for tutorial presenters. One of the aims of this meeting is to allow researchers to gain a background in areas that they may know little about. Towards that end a number of tutorials are planned. Some participants in the conference would be very interested in learning about technical matters such as fMRI or other important brain imaging techniques. Others might enjoy a seminar on a philosophical topic, or a tutorial on relevant matters in cognitive psychology or linguistics. Tutorial presenters are expected not to present just their own material, but to give a broader tutorial overview and encourage discussion and debate. A non-exclusive list of possible topics might include:
- Brain imaging techniques (e.g. fMRI, EEG, MEG, TMS, DECODING)
- Blindsight, neglect, coma, delusions, sleep
- Computational & other theoretical models of conscious processes
- Emergence of Consciousness (in development, in evolution)
- Consciousness and metacognition
- Brain/Machine interfaces
- Criteria for the ascription of consciousness; animal consciousness
- Philosophical issues concerning consciousness and representation
- Phenomenological methods for investigating consciousness

Each tutorial is intended to last approximately three hours. The sizes of tutorials will vary between a minimum of 10 to a maximum of around 25 attendees. Tutorial presenters will be paid US $1,500 and their registration fee for the conference will be waived. The cost of attending tutorials will be $50. Tutorials that do not achieve the minimum enrollment of 10 people may not be offered.

Send the tutorial proposal along with the following to Ralph Adolphs ( ) as soon as possible.
1. Tutorial presenter's address with affiliation, email and phone number.
2. Draft timetable for the proposed tutorial with title.
3. Summary or abstract of the tutorial, limit 250 words.
4. Audio/Visual requirements.




The call for submissions (talks or poster presentations) will be sent out at a later date, together with details of registration. As in previous years, discounted registration will be available to ASSC members, who will also enjoy a range of book discounts and other member benefits. The registration discount will be greater than the cost of membership, so prospective members are encouraged to join ASSC now! To find out more about the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and to apply for membership, please consult our website at:

£» ASSC-12 Scientific Program Committee: Allen Houng & Ralph Adolphs (Co-Chairs), Shinsuke Shimojo, Max Coltheart, John Haynes, Steven Macknik, Dan Lloyd, Michael Pauen.

[September 21, 2007]