Evolving Minds

Evolving Minds

Call for Abstracts: Evolving Minds: Integrating Philosophy, Science and the Arts.

17-19 September, 2018, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT.

Professor of Philosophy, Daniel Dennett, has been selected as the 2018 Charles Darwin Scholar, and he is visiting Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Australia from September 8 – 21, during which time he is going to present the “Charles Darwin Scholar Oration.” To coincide with this visit by Daniel Dennett, the ArtLab at Charles Darwin University is staging a conference. This event is going to be themed around the Charles Darwin Scholar Award, with a priority placed on research interests of Dennett in the topics of human consciousness and evolutionary biology, particularly as these topics relate to adaptation, both cultural and biological.

The Charles Darwin Scholar Program was established in 2013 to enhance the work and legacy of its namesake, Charles Darwin. This link provides more information on the Scholar Program and the role of the Charles Darwin Scholar (http://www.cdu.edu.au/newsroom/Professor-Dennett). Daniel Dennett is the author of many books, including Breaking the Spell (Viking, 2006), Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (Simon and Schuster, 1995), and recently From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds (Norton, 2017). Dennett is the Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He has delivered many talks, including not only the John Locke Lectures at Oxford in 1983, but also the Young Lectures at Adelaide in 1985. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, two Fulbright Fellowships, and five honorary doctorates. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science, and he has been awarded the Erasmus Prize (the highest, academic honour in the Netherlands—an honour bequeathed by Queen Beatrice in Amsterdam).
Keynote Addresses and Special Events: 
Daniel Dennett will deliver a key-note address to open the conference. We expect to include other invited speakers, one of whom is Professor Stephen Mumford [Durham University]. 
Panel Session on Consciousness: 
Daniel Dennett, Stephen Mumford and other invited speakers will also take part in a conference special event, a panel session on the topic of consciousness.

Call for Papers:
The organisers invite contributors to submit, in the first instance, abstracts for papers. Topics for papers may include the following themes:

  • Consciousness and Naturalism
  • Cultural Change and Evolutionary Theory
  • Innovating for Adaptation
  • Indigenous Futures and Cultural Responses
  • Cultural Change and Creativity in Science and the Arts

Please submit an abstract of 200 words (max), accompanied by a bio of 50 words (max). Deadline for submission of abstracts:  Wednesday 9 May, 2018.  

Please send abstracts (with biography) via email to Dr Sharon Ford (Subject Heading: Conference: Evolving minds 2018): [email protected]

More information will follow shortly about the program for the conference, including information about registration, participation, and accommodation, as well as other events pertaining to the proceedings.

Conference Organisation and Contact: 
Lead organiser and contact person: Dr Sharon Ford ([email protected])

General organisation committee: members of ArtLab, College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, CDU:

Dr Sharon Ford
Dr Nicolas Bullot
Dr Adelle Sefton-Rowston
Dr Christian Bok