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A Stream on “The Status and Standing of Contemporary Consciousness”

Added by atiner on 2017-05-14

Conference Dates:

Start Date Start Date: 2018-01-03
Last Date Last Day: 2018-01-06
Deadline for abstracts/proposals Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 2017-11-20

Conference Contact Info:

Contact Person Contact Person: Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos
Email Email:
Address Address: TBA, Athens, Greece

Conference Description:

The Arts and Humanities Division (AHRD) of ATINER is organizing A Stream on “The Status and Standing of Contemporary Consciousness”, 3-6 January 2018, Athens, Greece as part of the 5th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World sponsored by theAthens Journal of Humanities & Arts.

Roughly, the history of modernity is the path from plurality to subjectivity (or individuality). Famous lessons in this sense have been learned from Hegel and the arts and their corresponding historians. Individuality has become the stamp of modernity comprising the most important strands of philosophy from substantial Cartesian mind (the ‘I’), the perceiver and reflective person in sensualism, transcendental apperception (Kant) to subjectivity and absolute reason with Hegel. Where does the mankind stand today? After the linguistic shift, is it still the sole, solitary, the politically advanced person who eventually speaks, thinks and perceives, tells the truth, or invents and imagines situations, projects, machines, master plans or frameworks, finally works of art? Or has the situation taken a turn back into the cyclic history, so far regaining realms of collectivity and primordial ‘gatheredness’? If one wants to affirm in which direction the decision is evolving: collective mind in the sense of collective intentionality, group consciousness or group belief, or collective consciousness (as Durkheim conceived of)? Are there other alternatives – is pluralism or the ‘pluralistic mind’ something like a code word of the evolution at the beginning of the twenty first century? Does the need of communication and argumentation, the essence of the language game compel the linguistically affluent person to understand herself as profoundly, even a priori interconnected with others? And what does the recent political history tell – the necessity of the incumbents to be interrelated to and by their party, in sequel of the constitutional framework and institutions, do they perform a new form of the corporated mind (in the sense of Hegel)? Enterprises, organizations and incorporations (in the economic sense), are they simply embodiments of the circuitive mind or, and even more, circuitive consciousness? The stream tries to find answers, positions, arguments and eventual solutions to these questions and issues. Contributions from the humanities including the arts are welcome, in addition sociology, psychology, even neuroscience and information theory.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, an Athens educational walking tour, and an one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by 20 November 2017 to: Pd Dr. Sander Wilkens, Academic Member, ATINER & Associate Professor, Berlin University of Technology, Germany.

Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (

The association was established in 1995 as an independent academic association and its mission is to act as a forum, where academics and researchers – from all over the world – can meet in Athens in order to exchange ideas on their research and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.

The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications (click here), and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals (click here).

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