AISCmid-term2017 – Messina

Call for Papers

Changing the World, with Cognition

The Role of Cognitive Science in Social Change

AISC MidTerm Conference 2017

June 2017, 8-9

University of Messina, Italy

The AISC MidTerm Conference 2017 is designed to investigate how cognitive science influences the society, and vice versa. The relationship between cognitive science and social changes depends on a key feature cognitive science is endowed with, that is, its findings are about what human nature actually is. Included among relevant topics are: ethical aspects of neuro-technologiesrisks and opportunities of cognitive enhancementautopilot devices and the sense of agency; animal rightstrust and confidence in society and robotics; frames and conceptual metaphors in political discourse.

All cognitive scientists are invited to submit their work to the AISC MidTerm Conference 2017. The conference is open to contributions from all areas of Cognitive Science: Psychology, Philosophy, Language, Computation, Neurosciences, and any other topic that fits the transdisciplinary nature of Cognitive Science. The conference will especially welcome contributions from young cognitive scientists. Submissions are accepted both for single papers and for symposia. Abstracts, in English or Italian, must be formatted according to the conference template that can be found on the conference page at AISC website,  Some papers could be accepted for the poster session. The deadline for submission is set to April 23, 2017. Submissions are accepted through EasyChair at the following link: and should not exceed 1500 words (including references), and formatted in PDF. Accepted submissions will be published in the conference proceedings volume.

Single papers

The abstracts should not exceed 1500 words (including references). In order to ensure a double-blind reviewing process, authors are kindly requested to anonymize their submissions, omitting their names, affiliations, and any self-revealing reference.


Besides single papers, AISC MidTerm Conference 2017 welcome proposals for symposia. Every symposium will be 2 hours long, without breaks. The proposals have to be submitted via Easychair and should be no longer than 1500 words (including references). Every proposal should include: title, names, affiliations and contact details of the organizers and speakers, and a short explanation of the symposium aim.

Important dates

Deadline for submission (papers & symposia): April 23, 2017.
Notification of acceptance: May 9, 2017.
Conference dates:  June 8-9, 2017.


The conference is hosted and sponsored by the Università degli Studi di Messina, Dept. of Cognitive Science, via Concezione 6-8, Messina, Italy.

Keynote speakers (to be confirmed):

Leonardo Caffo (Politecnico di Torino)

Thomas Fuchs (University of Heidelberg)

Pim Haselager (Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour; Radboud University Nijmegen)

Ingmar Persson (University of Gothenburg)

Conference chairs

Antonino Pennisi (University of Messina)

Pietro Perconti (University of Messina)

Alessio Plebe (University of Messina)

Marco Tabacchi (University of Palermo)

Organizing Committee

Domenica Bruni (University of Messina)

Marco Cruciani (University of Trento) – Program  Chair

Alessandra Falzone (University of Messina)

Edoardo Fugali (University of Messina)

Mario Graziano (University of Messina)

Scientific Panel

Gabriella Airenti (University of Turin)

Cristina Amoretti (University of Genoa)

Francesco Bianchini (University of Bologna)

Marco Cruciani (University of Trento)

Vincenzo Crupi (University of Turin)

Filippo Domaneschi (University of Genoa)

Francesco Gagliardi (Italian Association for Cognitive Sciences, Rome)

Mattia Gallotti (School of Advanced Study of the University of London)

Antonio Lieto (University of Turin)

Fabio Paglieri (Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Rome)

Help desk

Marsia Barbera (University of Messina), Francesco Cannizzaro (University of Palermo), Giovanni Capizzi (Università di Palermo), Verdiana Freni (University of Messina), Chiara Lucifora (University of Messina),  Assunta Penna (University of Messina) Anna Re (University of Messina)

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