The World in Us: Gestalt Structure, Phenomenology and Embodied Cognition

The World in Us: Gestalt Structure, Phenomenology and Embodied Cognition


July 7, 2017 to July 9, 2017
Room G32, 7 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JZ

This three day conference will investigate the interrelations between Gestalt Psychology, Phenomenology, and contemporary Cognitive Science. Attendance is free, but we would be grateful if you could register your intention to attend by emailing Dr. Rosa Hardt ( with "Registration: The World in Us" in the subject line. A full schedule and list of speakers is below. Accessibility information for the conference venue is available here:

This conference is funded by the Cambridge New Directions in the Study of Mind project, supported by the John Templeton Foundation, with additional funding from the Scots Philosophical Association, EIDYN, and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.

Full programme:

Friday 7th July

10 - 10:45 Julian Kiverstein (Amsterdam): Perceiving value in a world of facts

10:45 - 11:30 Adam Linson (Dundee): Reconfiguring the frameworks of J. J. Gibson and H. L. Dreyfus through the active inference approach to ecological perception

11:30 - 11:45    Coffee

11:45 - 12:30 John Preston (Reading): From Gestalt Psychology to Phenomenology in the work of Michael Polanyi

12:30 - 2   Lunch Break

2 - 3 Sanneke de Haan (Berlin): Can Anybody Tell Me if This is Me? Towards an Enactive Account of Authenticity

3 - 3:45 Hayden Kee (Fordham): Defending Enactivism’s Phenomenological Heritage: Merleau-Ponty on Sense-Making

3:45 - 4:15 Coffee

4:15 - 5:30 Tony Chemero (Cincinnati): The World Around Us


Saturday 8th July

10:00 - 11:00 Charles-Edouard Niveleau (Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne): Paving the path to the Gestaltist style of experimentation: The use and significance of phenomenological demonstration in Brentano's study of sensory phenomena

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee

11:30 - 12:15 Matthew Crippen (Cairo): “Film and the New Psychology”: Emotions, Situations and the Kuleshov Effect

12:15 - 1:00 Sarah Pawlett-Jackson (Open University): Gestalt Structures in Multi-Person Intersubjectivity: The Evidence From Phenomenology and Embodied Cognition

1 - 2:30 LUNCH

2:30 - 3:15 Manuel Gustavo Isaac (Swiss NSF and Amsterdam): Semiotic Intentionality For Multi-E Cognition

3:15 - 4:00 Vicente Raja (Cincinnati): Why isn’t Kepler the Father of Embodied Cognition? Gestalt, Phenomenology and Embodiment.

4 - 4:30 30 min coffee break

4:30 - 5:45 Uljana Feest (Hanover): The Status of Phenomenology in Gestalt Psychology

1930: Conference dinner


Sunday 9th July

10:30 - 11:15 Roy Dings (Radboud): Understanding phenomenological differences in how affordances solicit action: An exploration

11:15 - 12:00 Becky Millar (Edinburgh): Smelling Objects

12 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 2:45 Gary Hatfield (Penn): Gibson’s Realism: The Role of Construction

2:45 - 3:00 Coffee

3:00 - 4:00 Closing discussion