[BERG] FW: A new interdisciplinary summer institute!

Donna Kean d.e.kean1 at stir.ac.uk
Tue Dec 5 09:46:24 GMT 2017

Dear BERGers,

I’ve been asked to circulate the details of an excellent new (& fully funded!) summer opportunity for researchers interested in mind, cognition, and intelligence. Please see below for information and contact details.


-----Original Message-----
From: Erica Cartmill [mailto:cartmill at anthro.ucla.edu]
Sent: 04 December 2017 07:06
To: Luke Rendell
Subject: A new interdisciplinary summer institute!

Dear Luke,

I hope you’ve had a terrific 2017. It's been far too long since we've had a
chance to chat! I wanted to share some exciting news. In 2018, I will be
launching a new summer program, the Diverse Intelligences Summer
Institute (DISI for short), with my colleague Jacob Foster, a computational
sociologist at UCLA. The basic idea is to bring together promising graduate
students and postdocs interested in the study of mind, cognition, and
intelligence for two weeks of transdisciplinary exploration. Participants and
faculty will fall roughly into three sub-themes: Recognizing Intelligences (i.e.,
non-human biological intelligences); Shaping Human Intelligences (how
development, culture, technology, etc. shape human capacities); and
Programming Intelligences (artificial intelligence and its social/philosophical
implications). We’ve already assembled an outstanding international faculty,
and anticipate stimulating discussion and debate across a range of cutting-
edge topics. In addition to attending lectures and engaging in discussions,
participants will have the opportunity to develop collaborative
interdisciplinary research projects with guidance from DISI faculty and staff.
We’ll be holding the Summer Institute at the University of St Andrews from
July 29 to August 12.

I’ve attached a flyer advertising the Institute, and included a link to our
website below. I would be grateful if you could forward this to talented
graduate students, postdocs, and other early career researchers who might
be interested. We are looking for creative, open-minded participants who
want to take intellectual risks and break down disciplinary barriers in the spirit
of dialogue and discovery. We’ll begin reviewing applications on February 1,
2018. We anticipate selecting and fully funding 40-45 participants.

If potential applicants have any questions, they can reach out to our
wonderful Program Administrator, Dr. Stephanie Meredith, at
disicontact at gmail.com<mailto:disicontact at gmail.com>.

Thanks so much for helping us build an exciting new intellectual community!


All the best,

Erica Cartmill
Assistant Professor
341 Haines Hall
Department of Anthropology
Department of Psychology

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