Pretend Play and E-cognition

The Centre for Philosophical Psychology of the University of Antwerp would like to invite you to submit abstracts for the international conference on Pretend Play and E-Cognition.

Conference

  • Call for Abstracts - Pretend Play and E-Cognition
  • When: 19 and 20 September 2019
  • Where: University of Antwerp, Belgium

About
This conference seeks to explore if and how E-Cognition theories, which aim to understand cognition through the interplay between the brain processes, bodily capacities and environmental contexts, can improve our understanding of pretend, imaginative and creative practices.

E-Cognition refers to a young field of interdisciplinary research on embodied, embedded, enactive, extensive and ecological cognition, and includes ecological psychology, sensorimotor theory and dynamical systems theory. It assumes that cognition is shaped and structured by dynamic interactions between the brain, body, and both the physical and social environments.

The pretend play practices include playing with objects 'as if' they were another, role playing, make-believe play, having imaginary friends, making-up new games, creating rules in games, confabulating, storytelling, making fictional scripts, and acting.

The conference will address newest developments in philosophical theories of E-Cognition in the field of pretense and imagination, as well as latest empirical studies on pretend and creative forms of play from psychological research.

Confirmed keynotes

  • Thalia Goldstein - George Mason University, USA
  • Arkadiusz Gut & Monika Chylinska - Catholic University Lublin, Poland
  • Vasuvedi Reddy - University of Portsmouth, UK
  • Agnes Szokolszky - University of Szeged, Hungary
  • Martin Weichold - Regensburg University, Germany

Participation

The conference aims to bring together specialists from the fields of philosophy and psychology who are involved in the study of pretense, imagination or creativity and have a good understanding of the field of E-Cognition.

Participation is welcome from junior researchers and senior academics, who have an interest in philosophical, psychological or interdisciplinary research on:

  • pretend play practices, including playing with objects 'as if' they were another,
  • role playing,
  • make-believe play,
  • having imaginary friends,
  • making-up new games,
  • creating rules in games,
  • confabulating,
  • storytelling,
  • making fictional scripts,
  • acting.

Relationship between the E-Cognition and pretense, imagination and creativity, including the role of materiality, affordances, theory of mind, scripts or metaphors application of E-Cognition theories into empirical research on pretend, imaginative and creative play.

Abstracts are invited on, but not limited to, the following themes / questions:

  • Which cognitive skills are needed in order to pretend play? Does pretense, imagination or creativity require representing, and if so, what form of representing?

  • What is needed in order to develop imaginative skills and creativity? How does the material and social environment affect such development?

  • What is the scope of the E-Cognition theories on our understanding of pretense, imagination and creativity?

  • Can E-Cognition explain pretend play? Can E-Cognition guide new empirical research on pretend play?

Submission details

We invite submissions for a 20-minute presentation, followed by 10-minute discussion. 

Abstracts must be approximately 500 words in length, not including references, submitted in MS-Word or PDF format.

Abstracts must be submitted to the e-mail listed below, on or before 11-June-2019.

Notification of acceptance: 21-June-2019

E-mail contact and abstract submission: zuzannaaleksandra.rucinska@uantwerpen.be 

The workshop is sponsored by the University of Antwerp, and the Research Foundation Flanders.