Call for papers


We are happy to invite submissions of proposals for presentations on the theme of the conference.

Questions to be discussed include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Is there a distinctive subjective component of phenomenology (i.e. a “sense of “mineness” or “me-ish-ness” or “for-me-ness”)?
  • Does such a component form part of (i) all conscious thoughts (ii) only I-thoughts?
  • What role, if any, should such a sense of mineness play in our understanding of the “first-person perspective”; of selves; of the unity of consciousness; of personal identity and its persistence through time (etc.)?
  • What are the relations between this putative phenomenal aspect and other self-directed feelings, such as the sense of bodily ownership; the sense of one’s own movement; the sense of agency? Is the sense of mineness in some way reducible to those other feelings?
  • What are the relations, if any, between the sense of mineness and other phenomenal aspects of experience that are not obviously directed towards the self, but may still be thought to be of relevance, such as cognitive phenomenology or affective phenomenology (etc.)?

Talk format: Speakers selected on the basis of the call for papers will be invited to give a 40-minute talk, followed by a 20-minute general discussion.

Submission format and deadline: submissions should be prepared for blind reviewing and should consist of:

  1. A short 200-word abstract stating clearly the main claim(s) and argument of the proposed talk;
  2. An extended 1000-word abstract (in the same document as (1));
  3. A separate document containing the paper’s title and the author’s name, email address, position and institutional affiliation.

Please send both documents in an email with the subject line “Abstract Submission“, to the address senseofmineness@gmail.com, by the 15th of January 2015.  We will aim to notify acceptance or rejection by the 25th of January.

Travel grants (subject to confirmation): We might be able to offer some help towards travelling costs to a limited number of junior or unwaged participants. If this might be relevant to you, please mention it in your cover document (3).

Registration: attendance to the conference is free, but as places are limited, please register by sending an email with the subject line “Registration” at senseofmineness@gmail.com.

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