Aegina Summer School 2017 - The Social Brain : embodiment and culture

The Social Brain : Embodiment and Culture

An Interdisciplinary Summer School
Sunday 25th June - Saturday 1st July 2017, Hotel Apollo, Aegina, Greece

We invite applications  from PhD students, post-doc and early-career researchers to attend the Summer School on “The Social Brain : embodiment and culture “jointly organized by the Institute of Philosophy &  the Warburg Institute at the University of London, Royal Holloway, and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.

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 25th  –July 1st 2017.

This Summer School builds upon the success of the previous summer schools on “Embodied Intersubjectivity” (2013), “Shared Experiences” (2014), “The Social self” (2015), “Social Cognition” (2016).

An application form is available under the ‘Apply’ tab


At this year’s summer school, we would like to examine how biological and cultural factors interact (or not) to shape social cognition, defined as the capacity to understand and engage in intentional relations with others.  The programme will give us a chance to review the latest research on social cognition carried on in different fields, from developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology, primatology, anthropology and philosophy.


Confirmed Speakers

Bahador Bahrami (UCL, UK)

Tim Bayne (Monash University, Australia)
Axel Cleeremans (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
Gergely Csibra (CEU, Hungary)
Ophelia Deroy (LMU, Munich & Institute of Philosophy, London)

Beatrice de Gelder (University of Maastricht, Netherlands)
Isabel Dziobek  (School of Mind and Brain Berlin, Germany)

David Freedberg (Warburg Institute, UK & Columbia University, USA)
Sarah Garfinkel (Sussex, UK)

Julie Grezes (Ecole Normale Superieure, France)
Katerina Fotopoulou (UCL, UK)

Karin Roelofs  (Radboud University, Netherlands)
Leo Schilbach (Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry (Munich, Germany)
Katie Slocombe (University of York, UK)
Barry Smith (Institute of Philosophy, University of London, UK)

Dan Sperber (CEU, Budapest – Institut Nicod, Paris)
Manos Tsakiris (Royal Holloway & The Warburg Institute, UK)

Further Information

We aim to accept a maximum number of 50 students to the Summer School

Your application will be evaluated by members of the organizing committee according to (a) how your research interests relate to the theme of the summer school as evidenced by the topics of your research, any relevant publications and past presentations, (b) the quality of the proposed abstract, and (c) the demonstration of interdisciplinary skills and interests.

The costs associated with accommodation at Hotel Apollo for six nights (check-in Sunday 26th  , check-out Saturday 2nd July), lunch for all days (Monday to Friday) and dinner for three nights at the Hotel Apollo of all accepted students to the summer school will be covered by the Organisers.

Accepted applicants are requested to pay a registration fee of 300 Euros to cover part of the School’s organization costs.

Accommodation will be in twin rooms occupied by two same-gender students.

The Organisers will not cover ANY travel expenses. Students should make their own travel arrangements.

The Organisers will notify successful applicants within 10 days after the Submission Date Deadline.

If you wish to arrive to Aigina before the beginning of the Summer School or stay after its end, you will be able to do so at discounted rates, but you will need to arrange that with the Hotel Apollo. We will provide you with contact details once you have been accepted

Don’t forget to bring your swimsuits!

Travel from Airport to Pireus and then to Aegina (PDF, 451KB)


The application can be downloaded here: Aegina Summer School 2017 Application form.

Applications should be returned to by 5pm, Monday 27th February 2017