CFA: Aegina Summer School of the Social Self

CFA: Aegina Summer School of the Social Self

Deadline for Applications: Monday 2nd March 2015

Further information and applications forms can be found here: 

“The social self: how social interactions shape body and self-representations”

An Interdisciplinary Summer School
June 21 – 27, 2015, Hotel Apollo, Aegina, Greece

We invite applications from PhD students, post-doc and young researchers to attend the Summer School on “Shared Experiences: the boundaries of the social brain”, organized by Ophelia Deroy (Centre for the Study of the Senses & Institute of Philosophy, London) & Barry Smith (IP, London) and Manos Tsakiris (RHUL).

The Summer School will take place in the Island of Aegina, Greece (approximately 1 hour by boat from Piraeus, the port of Athens), at the wonderful location of the historic Hotel Apollo (, from June 21 to 27, 2015.

This Summer School builds upon the success of a previous summer school on the “Embodied Intersubjectivity” and “Shared Experiences” that we organized in Aigina in 2013 and 2014.

We would now like to revisit the question of the importance of social interactions in the shaping of body representation and sense of self. The provisional programme of the school will cover questions such as:

  1. How do social interactions shape our sense of self, through development and in adult life?
  1. Is there a relation between our attitudes to others (e.g. empathy) and our attitudes to ourselves (e.g. empathy toward oneself)?
  1. Do social interactions influence the sense of our bodily self, and what is the importance of various sensory modalities, and their interactions, in these influences?
  1. How should we articulate the relation between clinical disorders and social / interaction disorders?
  1. Do different kinds of social interactions (or the lack thereof) affect our sense of self in a different way?
  1. Do interactions need to be actual to have this influence or can interactions in virtual reality / fictional worlds also affect our sense of self?

To deliver the state-of-the-art research in these fields, we have invited leading researchers from the fields of experimental, developmental and social psychology, cognitive and social neuroscience, primatology and philosophy. Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order) include:

For queries please contact:

We are looking forward to your applications.

Ophelia Deroy

Barry Smith

Manos Tsakiris