Fragmentation of Cognition: troubles of interdisciplinary explanations

25 – 27 X 2019

Porto, Portugal


This conference is devoted to current interdisciplinary research on cognition and science, as well as to reflection on interdisciplinarity itself. This year, we would like to focus on the very issue of interdisciplinarity, which is usually tacitly accepted as valuable, and explanatory problems in interdisciplinary research, with some emphasis on cognitive sciences. There is a lack of such systematic analyzes and reflexes. We suggest taking on such problems (but without being limited to them) as:

  • (1) What kind of interdisciplinarity, methodological or institutional, is at stake for a given problem domain?
  • (2) What are explanatory difficulties in interdisciplinary research?
  • (3) Is integration (theoretical, problematic, methodological, or institutional) desirable in such research?
  • (4) Should interdisciplinary approach be pluralistic?
  • (5) Could–and if so, to what extent–participants in non-scientific fields (such as artists, industry, commercial entities) be involved in such research?
  • (6) What kind of interdisciplinary character does have research on cognition?
  • (7) Are cognitive science problems typical for all interdisciplinary studies?

Relevant areas: interdisciplinarity; multidisciplinarity; transdisciplinarity; philosophy of science; social studies of science; cognitive science; neuroscience; psychology; sociology; linguistics; anthropology; cognitive ecology; ethics; feminism in science; research on art; theories of explanation; research practice; human-technology interaction; models

Invited speakers: Mieke Boon (University of Twente), Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter, Uskali Mäki (Universuty of Helsinki), and Paul Thagard (University of Waterloo)

Important dates: January 25 – Registration and Abstract Submission start; May 31 – Deadline for abstracts submission; June 22 – Notification of acceptance; September 30 – Registration fee


Forms of participation

(select one of the formats you believe will be suitable for your paper)


25-minute presentation and a 5-minute Q&A. This format is reserved for well-developed projects that present conceptually complex ideas or extensive research data.

Submission requirements: Abstract between 500 – 800 words, must include a bibliography in APA style (up to 7 items).


15 minutes or less with the residual time used for discussion. This format is suitable for works in progress or research that may be presented more succinctly.

Submission requirements: Abstract between 400 – 500 words, must include a bibliography in APA style (up to 4 items).


Any form of research display or demonstration. Posters may present empirical research, scholarship with a single question or thesis.

Submission requirements: Abstract between 400 – 1000 words, must include a bibliography in APA style (up to 4 items). Preffered poster format: A1 – A0.

More information and submissions at:


Mind, Language and Action Group / Institute of Philosophy / Faculty of Arts and Humanities of University of Porto  Local organizer

Polish Academy of Sciences / The Institute of Philosophy and Sociology Co-organizer

Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University / Institute of Philosophy  Co-organizer

Avant Project / Centre for Philosophical Research  Main organizer of the conference series

Chair of the Organizing Committee  Sofia Miguens (University of Porto)

Organizing Committee  TBA

Conference Coordinator  Witold Wachowski (Polish Academy of Sciences; University of Warsaw)



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