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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Evidence and Interdisciplinarity: The Evidence of Animal Minds: an interdisciplinary symposium

18th April 2016, 09:00 to 17:00, Pemberton Lecture Rooms, Palace Green, Durham University, Dr Andy Byford (Modern Languages and Cultures); Dr Rachel Kendal (Anthropology); and Dr Anthony McGregor (Psychology)


As contribution to Durham IAS's 2015-16 exploration of the theme of Evidence, this three-day workshop will examine the problem of evidence in accounting for the phenomenon of ‘animal minds’ – the existence and character of (broadly conceived) mental phenomena in non-human animals. This controversial question offers a rich case for exploring the meanings of ‘evidence’ from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The meeting will assemble philosophers of mind and of knowledge, neuroscientists, experimental psychologists and ethologists, evolutionary biologists and biological anthropologists, social anthropologists and historians of science, as well as humanities scholars with expertise in visual culture. For more detail see the project website.

This event is sponsored by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association, Durham University’s Seedcorn Research Fund and Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study.

The symposium will take place in the Durham Union Society Debating Chamber in the Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3EP, on 18-20 April 2016.


Registration is now open. The final deadline for registering is 31 March 2016. However, registration will close earlier once all the places are filled. You are advised to register sooner in order to guarantee a place.

Organisers: Dr Andy Byford, Dr Rachel Kendal, Dr Anthony McGregor.

For further information contact: andy.byford@durham.ac.uk & zoo.psy@durham.ac.uk

Contact andy.byford@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.