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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Minds in Common" (Aarhus-Paris Conference on Coordination and Common Ground), 25-26 June 2013, Paris, FRANCE

Keynote Speakers
Cristina Bicchieri (University of Pennsylvania)
Philip Pettit (Princeton University & Australian National University)
Dan Sperber (Jean Nicod Institute & Central European University)
Michael Tomasello (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

Estela Bicho (University of Munho); Guy Kahane (University of Oxford); 
Etienne Koechlin (Ecole Normale Suprieure); Ivana Konvalinka (Technical 
University of Denmark); Christina Pawlowitsch (University Paris 2); 
Michael Bang Pedersen (University of Aarhus); Martin Pickering (University 
of Edinburgh); Nicholas Shea (King?s College London); Luc Steels (Vrije 
Universiteit Brussel); Tad Zawidzki (George Washington University).

Central Research Questions
The second Aarhus - Paris conference in social ontology and social 
cognition addresses the role of coordination and common ground in the 
constitution of the social reality, as well as their relations within the 
architecture of human social cognition. Coordination of behaviour depends 
on common ground at multiple levels: a shared understanding of who is 
coordinating with whom, what their goals and strategies are, what objects, 
people and events are relevant to the shared goal. Common ground may 
include things as different as physical bodies, artefacts, spaces, 
linguistic contexts, mutual knowledge and the background of human-like 
biological propensities. On the other hand, coordination also creates and 
sustains common ground, e.g. by means of bodily synchronization, 
conversational and mental alignment, the sharing of conventional worlds 
and situation models.

What psychological, neural, cultural, evolutionary processes facilitate 
the cultivation and maintenance of common ground as a condition for 
coordinated interaction? How are such processes related to each other? How 
are we to model top-down and bottom-up interactions among these processes? 
What is the role played by development in easing coordination through 
common ground? How have dual processes of biological evolution and of 
cultural acquisition contributed to the mutual interplay of coordination 
and common ground?

Call for Posters

We invite posters suitable for presentation on any topic related to the 
themes of the conference. Abstracts for posters not exceeding 350 words 
should be submitted in .doc or .pdf format by email to: Please 
include a separate cover sheet including name, poster title and 
affiliation. The deadline for receipt of submissions is March 1st, 2013. 
We will notify authors of the decision regarding posters on a rolling 
basis, usually within 3 days of submission.


Attendance is free of charge, but space is limited. Please register by 
sending an email to:

Scientific Organization

Mattia Gallotti (Jean Nicod Institute, Paris) & John Michael (University 
of Aarhus)

This conference is jointly funded by the Interacting Minds Centre at the 
University of Aarhus (, and by the Jean 
Nicod Institute at the Ecole Normale Suprieure in Paris