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An Ontology of Animal Minds


The symposium took place in the Durham Union Society Debating Chamber (Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3EP) between lunchtime on Monday 18 April and lunchtime on Wednesday 20 April 2016. The meeting was divided into 7 thematic panels and a concluding round table discussion session at the end. The symposium also included the Chimp on Trial public event on the evening of Tuesday 19 April 2016.

Each panel lasted 1h 45min and had three speakers, a chair and a commentator. Each speaker presented a position paper on their specified topic in around 10-15 minutes. The commentator kicked off discussion in around 10 minutes, leaving around 45 minutes for questions and further comments from the audience.

Mon 18 April

13.00 Registration (with coffee/tea)

14.00-14.15 Opening remarks (Andy Byford, Rachel Kendal, Anthony McGregor)

14.15-16.00 Models & Metaphors: Theorising the Animal Mind

Chair: Emma Flynn

Commentator: Cecilia Heyes

Alan Costall Animal Minds, Animal Behaviour, and Anthropomorphism

Mattei Candea On the Self-Evidence of Animal Minds

Elli Leadbeater Models and Metaphors for the Animal Mind: An Insect Approach

16.00-16.30 Coffee/Tea

16.30-18.15 Minds across Species

Chair: Lewis Dean

Commentator: Rachel Kendal

Daniel Hanus Approaches to Animal Cognition: A Question of Truth or Taste

Anna Wilkinson Are Cold Minds Calculating?

Greg Radick Vervetese and its Contexts

18.45 Drinks Reception at Hatfield College

19.30 Dinner at Hatfield College

Tue 19 April

09.00-10.45 Discipline & Method: Researching the Animal Mind

Chair: Kate Cross

Commentator: Kim Bard

Madeline Eacott Can a Rat Reminisce? Studying Episodic Memory in Rats and Mice

Robert Barton Why There Is No ‘G’: The Mismeasure of Animal Minds

Thomas Bugnyar Reading Other’s Behaviour or Mind

10.45-11.15 Coffee/Tea

11.15-13.00 Learning & Cognition

Chair: Jeremy Kendal

Commentator: Anthony McGregor

Sue Healy What Do Cognition and Problem-Solving Have in Common?

Amanda Seed Seeking the Origins of Inquiring Minds: Causality and Control in Primates and Children

Dominic Dwyer Talking with ‘Others’: Coordinating Approaches to Evidence in Animal Learning and Cognition

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.45 Empathy & Affect

Chair: Russell Hill

Commentator: Liz Paul

Sonja Koski Evidence of Empathy in Primates

Melissa Bateson What Does Evidence for Emotion in Non-human Animals Tell Us about Animal Minds?

Benedict Douglas Common Humanity: Legal Arguments for Constitutional Rights for Animals in the USA

15.45-16.15 Coffee/Tea

16.15-18.00 Communication & Language

Chair: Thom Scott-Phillips

Commentator: Alex Thornton

Marta Halina Do Apes Point in Order to Direct Attention?

Katie Slocombe Intentionality in Signal Production

Candy Rowe Mindless Communication

18.15-19.30 Chimp on Trial public event (Durham Debating Chamber)

19.45 Dinner in St Chad's College Quad

Wed 20 April

09.30-11.15 Seeing is Believing: Visualising Animal Minds

Chair: Ludmilla Jordanova

Commentator: Andy Byford

Bess Price Video Evidence of Animal Minds

Garry Marvin Meeting of Bodies, Meeting of Minds: Bull and Matador in the Spanish Bullfight

Claire Molloy Popular Media Constructions of the Animal ‘Point of View’

11.15-11.45 Coffee/Tea

11.45-13.00 Common Threads: Concluding Discussion (Round Table)

Queries should be addressed to the organisers at: &