September 26, 2021

Aegina Summer School 2015 “The social self: how social interactions shape body and self-representations”

eu tearWe are organizing a Summer School on“The social self: how social interactions shape body and self-representations” , together with Manos Tsakiris (RHUL), Ophelia Deroy & Barry Smith (Center for the Study of the Senses, Institute of Philosophy, UoL, UK).

We anticipate having between 40 and 50 PhD students, post-doc and young researchers accepted to this interdisciplinary summer school.

When and Where: The Summer School will take place in the Island of Aegina, Greece (1 hour from Piraeus, the port of Athens, by boat), at the wonderful location of the historic Hotel Apollo ( ), from June 21st  to 27th, 2015.

Topics: This Summer School builds upon the success of the previous summer schools on the “Embodied Intersubjectivity”  and “Shared Experiences” that we organized in Aigina in 2013 and 2014

We would now like to revisit the question of the importance of social interactions in the shaping of body representation and sense of self.

The provisional programme of the school will cover questions such as:

1. How do social interactions shape our sense of self, through development and in adult life?

2. Is there a relation between our attitudes to others (e.g. empathy) and our attitudes to ourselves (e.g, empathy toward oneself)?

3. Do social interactions influence the sense of our bodily self, and what is the importance of various sensory modalities, and their interactions, in these influences?

4. How should we articulate the relation between clinical disorders and social / interaction disorders?

5. Do different kinds of social interactions (or the lack thereof) affect our sense of self in a different way?

6. Do interactions need to be actual to have this influence or can interactions in virtual reality / fictional worlds also affect our sense of self?

Speakers: To deliver the state-of-the-art research in these fields, we have invited internationally-recognized researchers from the fields of experimental, developmental and social psychology, cognitive and social neuroscience,  primatology and philosophy. Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order) include:

Salvatore Aglioti (Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy)

Ophelia Deroy (Centre for the Study of the Senses, University of London, UK)

Ruth Feldman (Bar-Ilan University, Israel & Yale School of Medicine, USA)

Katerina Fotopoulou (UCL, UK)

Claus Lamm (University of Vienna, Austria)

Gloria Origgi (CNRS, Paris, France)

Soren Overgaard (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Daniel Povinelli (University of Louisianna, USA)

Daniel Richardson (UCL, UK)

Leo Schilbach (University Hospital Cologne, Germany)

Andrea Serino (EPFL, Switzerland)

Mel Slater (University of Barcelona, Spain & UCL, UK)

Barry Smith (Institute of Philosophy, University of London, UK)

Manos Tsakiris (Royal Holloway, UK)

The Application Form and Instructions can be found at under the tab “APPLY”

Email the completed Application form as one SINGLE word document file with your Surname as file name (e.g. Deroy.doc) at by Monday 2 March 2015, 5pm GMT.

Deadline for Application: Monday 2 MArch 2015 5pm GMT

We are looking forward to your applications.

Manos Tsakiris (RHUL), Ophelia Deroy & Barry Smith (Institute of Philosophy)