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Minds in Common   

2nd Aarhus-Paris Conference on Coordination and Common Ground
Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris - Salle Dussane

June 25-26, 2013


Scientific Organization : Mattia Gallotti (Jean Nicod Institute) & John Michael (Copenhagen University and University of Aarhus)

Keynote Speakers :
Philip Pettit (Princeton University & Australian National University)
Dan Sperber (Jean Nicod Institute & Central European University)
Kim Sterelny (Australian National University)
Michael Tomasello (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

Speakers :
Estela Bicho (University of Minho) ; Guy Kahane (University of Oxford) ; Etienne Koechlin (Ecole Normale Supérieure) ; Ivana Konvalinka (Technical University of Denmark) ; Christina Pawlowitsch (Université Panthéon-Assas) ; Michael Bang Petersen (University of Aarhus) ; Martin Pickering (University of Edinburgh) ; Nicholas Shea (King’s College London) ; Luc Steels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) ; Tad Zawidzki (George Washington University).

Conference Theme
The second Aarhus - Paris conference in social ontology and social cognition addresses the role of coordination and common ground in the constitution of the social reality, as well as their relations within the architecture of human social cognition. Coordination of behaviour depends on common ground at multiple levels : a shared understanding of who is coordinating with whom, what their goals and strategies are, what objects, people and events are relevant to the shared goal. Common ground may include things as different as physical bodies, artefacts, spaces, linguistic contexts, mutual knowledge and the background of human-like biological propensities. On the other hand, coordination also creates and sustains common ground, e.g. by means of bodily synchronization, conversational and mental alignment, the sharing of conventional worlds and situation models.

Program with Abstracts


8:30 Registration

9:00 Welcome
Mattia Gallotti (Jean Nicod Institute) and John Michael (University of Copenhagen & MindLab, Aarhus)

9:15 Welcome Address
Francois Recanati (Jean Nicod Institute)

9:30 Keynote Lecture: Three Doctrines in Social Ontology
Philip Pettit (Princeton University & Australian National University)
Chair: Joelle Proust (Jean Nicod Institute)

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Talk: The Myth of Jones Revisited: Our Dennettian Ancestors
Tad Zawidzki (George Washington University)

11:45 Talk: Two Modes of Cultural Transmission
Nicholas Shea (King’s College London)

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Poster Session (ENS, Salle Dussane)
Chair: Roberto Casati (Jean Nicod Institute)

15:00 Talk: Neuronal Foundations of Rule Compliance in Human Decision-Making
Etienne Koechlin (Ecole Normale Supérieure)

15:45 Talk: Synchronized and Complementary Mechanisms in Tightly Coupled Two-Person Interactions
Ivana Konvalinka (Technical University of Denmark & Central European University)

16:30 Coffee Break

17:30 Keynote Lecture: Rational Choice in the Neolithic Transition
Kim Sterelny (Australian National University)
Chair: Gloria Origgi (Jean Nicod Institute)



9:30 Keynote Lecture: The Epidemiology of Common Ground: A Cognitive and Ecological Approach
Dan Sperber (Central European University & Jean Nicod Institute)
Chair: Jeppe Sinding Jensen (MindLab, Aarhus)

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Talk: Establishing Common Ground through Embodied Language Games. Theory and Robotic Experiments
Luc Steels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

11:45 Keynote Lecture: Human Collaboration
Michael Tomasello (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
Chair: Pierre Jacob (Jean Nicod Institute)

12:45 Lunch

14:30 Talk: Politics in the Mind’s Eye: Imagination as a Link between Social and Political Cognition
Michael Bang Petersen (MindLab, Aarhus)

15:15 Talk: For the Greater Good? The Antisocial, Amoral, Non-Utilitarian Basis of (so-called) ‘Utilitarian’ Judgment
Guy Kahane (University of Oxford)

16:00 Coffee Break

16:30 Talk: Communicative Implicatures and Forward Induction
Christina Pawlowitsch (Pantheon-Assas University)

17:15 Talk: An Integrated Theory of Language Production and Comprehension
Martin Pickering (University of Edinburgh)

18:00 Talk: Towards Natural and Efficient Human-Robot Collaboration
Estela Bicho (University of Minho)

18:45 Final Remarks
Andreas Roepstorff (MindLab, Aarhus)



Attendance is free of charge, but space is limited. Please register by sending an email to : Mattia Gallotti

This conference is jointly funded by the Interacting Minds Centre at the University of Aarhus as well as the Institut Jean Nicod, Institut d’Etude de la Cognition, at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Program "New Ideas in Social Cognition").