CFP: Evolving Minds: Integrating Philosophy, Science and the Arts

Dear Colleagues,

Those of you based in Australasia may be interested in the below conference. If anyone else plans on attending, please let me know and maybe we can organise an SCSMI drink or lunch.




Evolving Minds: Integrating Philosophy, Science and the Arts.

Monday, Sept 17 – Wednesday, Sept 19, 2018. Charles Darwin University (Darwin, NT)

Conference Website:

Conference Coordinator and Key Contact: Dr Sharon Ford

Email:<>; Ph: +61 8 8946 6376; Mob. 0409 310 567


The Charles Darwin Scholar Program was established in 2013 at Charles Darwin University, to enhance the work and legacy of its namesake. Professor of Philosophy, Daniel Dennett, has been selected as the 2018 Charles Darwin Scholar. The conference is themed around the Charles Darwin Scholar Award, with a priority placed on research interests of Dennett in the topics of human consciousness and evolutionary biology, particularly as these topics relate to adaptation, both cultural and biological.

We invite submissions on a range of topics, including:

*        Consciousness and Naturalism

  *   Cultural Change and Evolutionary Theory

  *   Innovating for Adaptation

  *   Indigenous Futures and Cultural Responses

  *   Cultural Change and Creativity in Science and the Arts.

Submissions on other but related topics to the conference theme are welcome.

Invited Speakers

*        Prof Daniel Dennett (Tufts University) – Keynote speaker

  *   Prof Stephen Mumford (Durham University)

  *   Prof Deborah Brown (University of Queensland)

  *   Prof Daniel Hutto (University of Wollongong)

  *   Dr Nin Kirkham (University of Western Australia)

  *   Prof Jennifer McMahon (University of Adelaide)

  *   Dr Anne Schwenkenbecher (Murdoch University)

  *   Assoc Prof Richard Menary (Macquarie University)

  *   Prof Kim Sterelny (Australian National University)

  *   Prof John Sutton (Macquarie University)

  *   Rob Wilson (La Trobe University)

  *   Dr Jennifer Windt (Monash University)


Submission of Abstract and Registration

Abstracts should be limited to 200 words and should be accompanied by a short biography. Shortly after the conference ends, there will be an opportunity to submit full papers to be published as conference proceedings on the website. In the first instance, abstracts should be sent to:<>

Key Dates

1st June 2018: Registration opens

30th June 2018: deadline for submissions

15th July 2018: notification of acceptance

30th July 2018: deadline for early bird registration

1st Oct 2018: deadline for submission of full papers for conference proceedings

Conference Program

In addition to papers given by conference participants, other special events will include:

Catered Welcome Reception

To be held in the University’s Award-winning Chancellery, the Welcome Reception will feature an exhibition (Salon des Refus?s), that celebrates contemporary Indigenous art and is a companion Show to the National Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). This will be optionally followed by a short walk to the beach and the beautiful Dripstone Cliffs.

Keynote Address and Plenary Talks

The keynote address will be given by Prof Daniel Dennett, and Plenary sessions by our impressive body of invited speakers.

Conference Workshop: Narratives in Science and Art

The workshop will be run within the period of the conference, and is a collaboration between Charles Darwin University and the University of Wollongong.

Catered Afternoon Tea: Artwork and Music

A showing of work by CDU’s creative art students. The show will be held in CDU’s Nan Giese Gallery space and afternoon tea in its outdoor shaded, palm-filled courtyard. This special afternoon tea and art exhibition will be accompanied with live music from CDU’s talented music students.

Panel Session with Daniel Dennett

The session will be a discussion of Daniel’s latest book, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds (Norton, 2017).

Conference Dinner

A seaside, sunset event with a variety of canapes and drinks, on tap, as we watch the sun sink into the sea and then continue under the sails and into the night.

Optional Post-Conference Trips to the Northern Territory Wild

Opportunities will be provided for participants to partake in various optional and self-funded post-conference events, such as possibly: a trip to Kakadu National Park, and/or a trip to Litchfield National Park, or perhaps a trip to Adelaide River and the ‘jumping crocodiles’.

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