The „Consciousness and Reality” graduate conference aims to bring together students and researchers from around the world in order to develop a deeper understanding of consciousness in reality and possible virtual worlds.

At its first edition, the conference will take place 10-11 June 2022, between 12-8 PM, local time for Bucharest, Romania. Presentations will be 30 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes long Q&A.

It will have a mixed format, in that speakers may choose whether they present online only, or face to face at the event’s location (if so, their session will enjoy a live audience, but it will also be streamed to remote participants).

Keynote speakers:

  • Mircea Dumitru (University of Bucharest)
  • Gualtiero Picinnini (University of Missouri)
  • Hong Yu Wong (Tȕbingen University)

Panels/topic areas:

  • Consciousness in the context of virtual reality (experience, action, immersive virtual realities);
  • Consciousness and first-person data (heterophenomenology, first person data);
  • Explaining phenomenal consciousness;

Call for abstract submissions:

We encourage MA and PhD students to contribute research abstracts related to the event’s topic areas. Abstracts should be written in English and should not exceed 300 words.

Abstracts will receive full consideration if sent before 25 May 2022 at the following address: consciousnessandreality@gmail.com Word or PDF attachments preferred, with the message titled „abstract submission”.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out before June 1. A version of this call may also be found at: https://philevents.org/event/show/99974 

The conference is organized by students of the „Mind the Brain” master’s programme in cognitive science of the Department for Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Bucharest. For more details about the programme, please see: https://filosofie.unibuc.ro/master-of-arts-in-cognitive-science-mind-the-brain/