Summer School: Self and Self-disorders

DISCOS European Research Program on Self-Coherence
25-27 August, 2008.

Summer school DISCOS: "Self and self-disorders"

School director: Josef Parnas MD, Professor of Psychiatry.

The goal is to enable the participants, mainly ph-d students, to:
Grasp the notions of self-awareness and correlated concepts of self-reference and of the self.
To learn about approaches to naturalization of consciousness. e.g., certain basic metaphysical questions will be exposed and discussed here in relation to biology.
To learn how psychiatric disorders entail anomalies of self-experience (self-disorders), especially in schizophrenia, affective illness, borderline personality disorders, infantile autism and in selected neurological syndromes.
The forum will also provide possibility for presentation and discussion of participants’ own projects and thus create a space for an interdisciplinary debate.

Participants: The course is dedicated to doctoral and post-doctoral students, and other younger scientists. We target applicants from disciplines such as cognitive science and psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry, clinical psychology, philosophy, linguistics and related domains.
Participants will be selected from a pool of applications. Priority will be given to the applicants with prior attachment to DISCOS. There is no fee for participation.

Form: Participative; for each section, the participants should read the required literature sent out in advance.

Professors: Josef Parnas (psychiatry, Center for Subjectivity Research (CFS) University of Copenhagen; Louis Sass (psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey);
Dan Zahavi (philosophy, CFS, University of Copenhagen); Evan Thompson (philosophy, University of Toronto); Thomas Fuchs (psychiatry, University of Heidelberg); Philippe Rochat (developmental psychology, Emory University); Drs. Dorothée Legrand and Thor Grünbaum (CFS, University of Copenhagen).


Monday, August 25 Tuesday, August 26 Wednesday, August 27
Chair: Fuchs Chair: Zahavi

Chair: Sass

9-9.30 Welcome, introduction, practical information(Josef Parnas) 9.00-9.30 Schizophrenia: basic information – and discussion (Josef Parnas) 9.00-9.30 Affective Illness: Basic Information (Thomas Fuchs)
9.30-10.30 Mind-body-world: Introduction – and discussion (Dan Zahavi) 9.30-10.30 Self and schizophrenia (Josef Parnas) 9.30-10.30 Melancholia, Self and the Body – and discussion (Thomas Fuchs)
10.30-11.00 Coffee break 10.30-11.00 Coffee break 10.30-11.00 Discussion (Thomas Fuchs)
11.00-11.30 1) Grounding Continuity of Life and Consciousness (Evan Thompson) 11.00-12.00 Schizophrenia, Emotions and the “negative symptoms” (Louis Sass) 11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.30 2) Self, Embodiment and Neuroimaging Research Biology, Life and Consciousness – and discussion (Evan Thompson) 12.00-12.30 Discussion (Louis Sass and Josef Parnas) 11.30-12.30 Embodied Neurons: on Active Perception and Proactive Brain (Dorothée Legrand)
12.30-13.30 Lunch 12.30-13.30 Lunch 12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.30 Presentation and discussion of abstracts by Andrian Smith, Steve Velleman and Sanaâ Belayachi 13.30-14.30 Presentation and discussion of abstracts by Barnaby Nelson and Monika Intaite 13.30-14.30 Self and Self-awareness in Analytic Philosophy – and discussion (Thor Grünbaum)
14.30-15.00 Coffee break 14.30-15.00 Coffee break 14.30-15.00 Coffee break
15.00-16.00 Self and Self-consciousness (self awareness) – and discussion (Dan Zahavi) 15.00-16.00 The Ontogenesis of the Sense of Self – and discussion (Philippe Rochat) 15.00-16.00 Presentation and discussion of abstracts by Jenny Schimansky, Rachel Wood and Lorna Lee
16.00-16.30 General discussion 16.00-16.30 General discussion 16.00-16.30 Closing discussion
19.00 Common dinner for teachers and all participants

Venue: The Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen, Njalsgade 140-142, 2300 Copenhagen S.

Application: Application deadline was May 15 and we are therefore closed for registration.