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AISC 2021 17th Annual Conference of the Italian Association for Cognitive Sciences

13-15 Dec 2021 Noto (Italy)

Theme: Post-Neuroscience Times for Cognitive Science Circa 2021?

The relative contribution to cognitive science from its six constituent traditional disciplines (anthropology, computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology) has never been uniform.  This is, in part, due to the continous change of the constituent fields and their alternate success. Linguistics had a profound influence on cognitive science during the heyday of Noam Chomsky, and the role of computer science for cognitive science has somehow mirrored the developmental trajectory of artificial intelligence.  At the turn of the twentieth century neuroscience has advanced to the point where the biological underpinnings of several complex cognitive functions are becoming scientifically tractable. The impact for cognitive science has been immense, leading even to a new mixed discipline, that of cognitive neuroscience. Neuroscientific discoveries have given ground to several of the new perspectives in cognitive science like predicitive minds, enaction, embodiment.

Today the influence of neuroscience in cognitive science is certainly not over, but it is probably no longer dominant. New trends are to be seen, notably the resurgence of artificial intelligence that, although driven by technological problems needing engineering solutions, has lead to results intriguing for cognitive science.

The 17th AISC Conference will focus on this topic, discussing the possibility of a “post-neuroscience” future for cognitive science, bringing into discussion ideas from neuroscience itself, cognitive neuroscience, artificial intelligence, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, among other relevant Cognitive Science subfields.

Topics of interest
We accept submission in all topics related to cognitive science including (but not limited to):
– 4E cognition
– artificial intelligence and cognition
– cognitive architecture
– cognitive modeling
– cognitive neuroscience
– cognitive psychology
– cognitive robotics
– computational linguistics
– deep neural models
– embodied and grounded cognition
– epistemology
– ethics of artificial intelligence and robotics
– history of cognitive science
– natural and artificial consciousness
– neuroethics
– neurolinguistics
– philosophy of cognitive science
– philosophy of language
– philosophy of mind
– philosophy of neuroscience
– philosophy of health and medicine
– psycholinguistics
– social cognition

We cordially invite researchers to submit papers of proposals for symposia through EasyChair at:
Paper submission requires a short abstract of no more then 500 words.

Submissions for symposia should include:
– description of the proposed symposium with no more then 1500 words
– list of the participants
– number of hours required

Abstracts should be written in English.
Please note that the format of uploaded files should be PDF.
Paper presentations should not exceed a length of 20 minutes for a total 30 minute session.

Important dates
Submission deadline: September 13th, 2021 Notification of acceptance: October 18th, 2021

All information for conference registration can be found at:

Invited  speakers
M. Beatrice Fazi  School of Media, Arts and Humanities, University of Sussex
Marcin Milkowski  Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences
Isidora Stojanovic  Institut Jean-Nicod CNRS, PSL Research University
Kate Storrs  Abteilung Allgemeine Psychologie, Justus-Liebig Universitaet

Conference venue
The conference will take place at Palazzo Carlo Giavanti, Via A. Sofia, 78, Noto (SR), Italy

Organizing Committee
Domenica Bruni (University of Messina)
Marco Carapezza (University of Palermo)
Mario Graziano (University of Messina)
Alessandra Falzone (University of Messina)
Antonino Pennisi (University of Messina)
Pietro Perconti (University of Messina)
Alessio Plebe (University of Messina)
Marco Viola (University of Turin)

Scientific Committee
Cristina Amoretti (University of Genoa)
Giulia Andrighetto (ISTC-CNR Rome)
Francesco Bianchini (University of Bologna)
Enzo Crupi (University of Turin)
Filippo Domaneschi (University of Genoa)
Francesco Ferretti (Università di Roma Tre)
Francesco Gagliardi (Italian Association of Cognitive Sciences)
Antonio Lieto (University of Turin)
Stefania Moretti (University of Genoa)
Stefania Pighin (Università di Trento)

Local Committee
Lucia Guerrisi (University of Messina)
Gesualdo La Porta (University of Messina)
Chiara Lucifora (University of Messina)
Arianna Pavone (University of Messina)
Anna Re (University of Messina)
Assunta Penna (University of Messina)



First Graduate Conference (Online) of the Italian Association for Cognitive Science

Natural &/or Artificial Minds

September, 13th (late afternoon) & 14th (morning)

Since its early days, cognitive science has been characterized by analogies between the human and other minds, be them (non-human) biological or artificial. The consideration of non-human minds has played, and still plays, its role in many ways. Non-human minds can be inspiring metaphors; they can work as theoretical or empirical models; they can be used to simulate the human mind; and even those who minimize their similarity with human minds are somehow exploiting one of their functions, albeit a negative one, as sources of potentially informative disanalogies.

In this workshop, we seek to hear the perspective of younger scholars from the disciplines of cognitive science (broadly construed), and to provide them with constructive feedback on their research. PhD students and early career researchers (up to 3 years from completion of their PhD) are welcome to present their work, which will be discussed with a senior discussant and with the audience.

Authors willing to apply shall send a long abstract (max 1000 words, anonymized PDF) to by July 11th, 2021 (EXTENDED). The scientific committee will assess manuscripts based on their clarity, originality, methodological soundness and relevance to cognitive science.

Overlap with the target topic of the conference (natural/artificial minds) is encouraged, but not mandatory. Each submission selected will then be sent to a senior member of the Italian Cognitive Science Association with relevant expertise serving as a discussant.  Accepted authors will be invited (though not compelled) to send a full manuscript to the discussant at least 1 week before the conference to facilitate her/his work.

Invited Speakers
Maithilee Kunda (Vanderbilt University)
Colin Klein (Australian National University)

Organizing Committee
Marco Viola (University of Turin, co-chair)
Francesco Ellia (University of Bologna, co-chair)
Stefania Moretti (University of Genoa)
Carlo Debernardi (University of Milan)
Marco Marini (University of Rome La Sapienza)
Alessandro Ansani (Roma Tre University)

Scientific Committee
Cristina Amoretti (University of Genoa)
Giulia Andrighetto (ISTC-CNR Rome)
Vincenzo Crupi (University of Turin)
Francesco Bianchini (University of Bologna)
Filippo Domaneschi (University of Genoa)
Francesco Gagliardi (Italian Association of Cognitive Sciences)
Antonio Lieto (University of Turin)
Stefania Moretti (University of Genoa)
Alessio Plebe (University of Messina)
Stefania Pighin (University of Trento)
Marco Viola (University of Turin)
Francesco Ferretti (Roma Tre University)