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The main theme for the conference is Variations in the Sense of Self: Emergence and Transcendence

 Keynote speakers:

  • Nick Medford (Sussex)
  • Elisabeth Pacherie (Institut Jean Nicod) 
  • Manos Tsakiris (RHUL)

Questions to be addressed could include:

• What role might a sense of self play in the development of agency or personhood?

• When might a sense of self be useful and when might it constrain?

• Is there a conflict between the Western ideal of a strong sense of self (and of its value and relevance in clinical practice), and the Buddhist aim to achieve selfless awareness?

• How might our sense of self persist over time, and might it relate to our notion of personal identity?

• What are the implications of the emergence and transcendence of the self for our understanding of consciousness and of ourselves as subjects of experience?


Sidney Sussex College
University of Cambridge
Sidney Street

Wed, 09/09/2015 (All day) to Fri, 11/09/2015 (All day)
Contact Information: 

Email Bryony Pierce 
Tel: 00 44 (0) 116 252 9515


Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section


Download the conference programme here

Our conference programme is subject to change at any point or during the conference itself. We are unable to accept responsibility for any changes made which are outside our control.