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The social construction of the self

28th/29th September 2009
Asilo Sella, Aula C II piano - Lungomare Garibaldi, Alghero

What are the connections between social cognition and individual selfhood? How do social relationships contribute to shape our inner self? Conversely, how much of our mental like is intrinsically “social”, and in what sense? Is there a sharp boundary between self and other, or these categories require a more nuanced analysis? If there is an intimate connection between society and selfhood, what is the role of language in this respect? These are some of the issues to be addressed in this interdisciplinary conference, where leading scholars in philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience are gathered to discuss the extent by which our inner mental life is influenced by the social context we live in.


Monday 28 September 2009

09:00 Opening remarks
09:15 Cecilia Heyes
The role of learning in the development of mirror neurons
10:15 Coffee break
10:45 Corrado Sinigaglia
Motor cognition and action understanding
11:45 Peter Hobson & Jessica Hobson
Self/other distinction from the perspective of autism
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Matteo Mameli
An evolutionary perspective on social cognition
15:30 Shaun Gallagher
Social interaction in the phenomenology of agency
16:30 Coffee break
17:00 Cristiano Castelfranchi & Fabio Paglieri
Self-control as a social problem
18:00 Gregory Currie
Language, narrative and the spread of reputation
19:00 End of first day
20:30 Social dinner

Tuesday 29 September 2009

08:30 Barry Smith
Language, self-knowledge and consciousness
09:15 Coffee break
10:00 Julian Kiverstein
Where am I? The extended mind and sociality
11:00 Till Vierkant
The extended will: social and natural artefacts for self-control
12:00 Concluding remarks
13:00 Farewell lunch

Registration to the conference is free of charge, but people interested to attend should contact as soon as possible Prof. Fabio Bacchini ( due to the limited number of seats available, requests for attendance will be processed following a first-come, first-served policy.

F. Bacchini (Università di Sassari), C. Castelfranchi (ISTC-CNR Roma), F. Paglieri (ISTC-CNR Roma)

The event is organized by the research project CONTACT – Consciousness in Interaction: The Role of the Natural and Social Environment in Shaping Consciousness (, which is part of the ESF-EuroCORES programme CNCC – Consciousness in Interaction (

The event is also sponsored by:
Dipartimento di Scienze della Comunicazione – Università degli Studi di Siena
Facoltà di Architettura, Alghero – Università degli Studi di Sassari
Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, CNR, Roma

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