AIAS CONFERENCE

Worlding the Brain 2018: Tools of Collective Prediction: Music, Art, Literature, Religion

27-29 November 2018 

Many cognitive neuroscientists agree on the idea that the brain is organized to predict the world. Basic functions like perception and action, working memory and attention, consciousness and social cognition, imagination and creativity all work in the brain according to principles of probabilistic inference and prediction-error minimization. Humans make idiosyncratic predictions based on prior experience, but such predictions are systematically influenced by culture. Music, art, literature, and religion are examples of tools that align predictions across members of a society, a process, which is crucial for collective action and social cohesion.

Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies (AIAS) together with the Religion, Cognition and Culture Research Unit, Interacting Minds Centre, Center for Music in the Brain at AU and University of Amsterdam host this third international Worlding the Brain conference (see the 2016 and 2017 conferences) in order to bring together researchers from the humanities, social sciences, and the brain sciences to reflect on how the predictive brain model can improve our understanding of the process of enculturation.


Venue 

Aarhus Institute of Advance Studies (AIAS), Aarhus University, Buildings 1630-1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. See location on the map.


Keynote Speakers

  • Catherine L. Caldwell-Harris, Department of Psychology, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA    
  • Merlin Donald, Department of Psychology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Karin Kukkonen, Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Uffe Schjoedt, Religion, Cognition and Culture Research Unit, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University
  • Peter Vuust, Center for Music in the Brain, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University
  • Jacob Wamberg, Department of Art History, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University
  • Lisa Zunshine, Department of English, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA    

Preliminary time schedule  

Tuesday, 27 November

08:30-09:30: Coffee and registration
09:30-17:00: Keynotes and session talks
17:00-18:00: Welcome reception

Wednesday, 28 November

09:00-16:00: Keynotes and session talks
16:00-17:00: Poster session
19:00-22:00: Conference dinner 

Thursday, 29 November

09:00-13:00: Keynote and session talks


Registration and conference fees
 

  • DKK 600 (EUR 80) (including lunch, coffee, Welcome Reception and VAT a 25%)
  • DKK 1,100 (EUR 145) (including lunch, coffee, Welcome Reception, Conference dinner and VAT 25%) 

A reduced fee is available for Students and PhD Students:

  • DKK 200 (EUR 27) (including lunch, coffee, Welcome Reception and VAT 25%)
  • DKK 700 (EUR 92) (including lunch, coffee, Welcome Reception, Conference dinner and VAT 25%) 

Register here for the conference

Deadline for registration is 30 September 2018.


Conference Dinner 

A conference dinner will be held at the ARoS art museum restaurant on Wednesday 28 November. The dinner includes a guided tour through the museum. The dinner is open to all delegates who have registered and paid the conference fee including the dinner.


Call for Papers  

Read the full call and how to submit 

Deadline: 1 September 2018.


Scientific Committee 

  • Elvira Brattico, Center for Music in the Brain, Aarhus University
  • Armin W. Geertz, Religion, Cognition and Culture Research Unit, Aarhus University
  • Machiel Keestra, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS), University of Amsterdam
  • Patricia Pisters, Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam    
  • Andreas Roepstorff, Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University
  • Uffe Schjoedt, Religion, Cognition and Culture Research Unit, Aarhus University