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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

International Symposium: Evidence of Animal Minds

18th April 2016, 09:00 to 20th April 2016, 18:00, Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3EP

An Interdisciplinary Symposium

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.

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's objectives, frameworkand programme.

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.

Organisers: Dr Andy Byford (MLAC), Dr Rachel Kendal (Anthropology), Dr Anthony McGregor (Psychology).

Advisory committee: Professor Robert Barton (Anthropology), Professor Janet Stewart (MLAC), Professor David Herman (English), Dr Matthew Eddy (Philosophy), Professor Madeline Eacott (Psychology), Dr Benedict Douglas(Law), Professor Garry Marvin (Social Anthropology), Professor Bennett Zon (Music).

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