Ninth International Summer School on Mind, Brain and Education

Program, 2014 July 31 - August 03

Body, Brain and
Personal Identity: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Directors: Antonio M. Battro, Kurt W. Fischer and Fernando Vidal
Program officer: María Lourdes Majdalani


Wednesday, 30 July

Registration and lodging
Welcome dinner

Thursday, 31 July

Moderator: Antonio Battro
9.00 - 9.30 Antonio Battro / Kurt Fischer: Welcome and logistics
9.30 - 10.30 Fernando Vidal: Introduction: Body, brain, and personal identity
Coffee break
11.00 - 12.00 Adina Roskies: Decision-making, brain, and personal identity
12.00 - 13.00 Michele Farisco: Neurotechnology-mediated communication: a new tool for personal rights of patients with disorders of consciousness?
Lunch break
15.30 - 16.30 Sky Gross: Brain as plain as spleen? A fieldwork-oriented consideration of brainhood and selfhood in neuro-oncology
16.30 - 17.30 Eric Olson: Person, organism, brain Coffee break
18.00 - 18.30 Discussion

Friday, 1 August

Moderator: Hideaki Koizumi
9.00 - 10.00 Shuenn-Der Yu: Realizing Buddhist personhood: an ethnographic point of view
10.00 - 11.00 Vanessa Elisa Grotti: Personhood, alterity and transformation: A native Amazonian perspective on the nature of being human
Coffee break
11.30 - 12.30 Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim: Alternative metaphors of body-mind: notes from the Hebrew Book of Asaf and the Tibetan Gyushi
12.30 - 13.30 Bernard Baertschi: Can one still speak meaningfully of personhood today? Challenging Farah and Heberlein’s argument
Lunch break
15.30 - 16.30 Alessandro Lazzarelli: Bodily experience and the making of personhood: An ethnographic case study of Daoist self-cultivation
16.30 - 17.30 Marie-Christine Nizzi: What maintains personal identity through massive physical changes? A philosophical view informed by neuropsychology
Coffee break
18.00 - 18.30 Discussion

Saturday, 2 August

Historical visit to Segesta and Selinunte

Sunday, 3 August

Moderator: Kurt Fischer
9.00 -10.00 Michelle Piperberg: Person, death and decision-making: the case of permanent vegetative state
10.00 - 11.00 Michael Barilan: Fearful of ourselves, yearning for salvation: The moral enhancement discourse as a secular revival of Gnosticism
Coffee break
11.30 - 12.30 Felix Schirmann: Personhood, immorality, and the history of brain science
Lunch break
15.00 - 16.00 Akihito Suzuki: The brain, soul, and madness of the modern Japanese: Analysis of psychiatric case histories in Tokyo c1925-1945
16.00 - 17.00 Francisco Ortega: From cerebral disorder to neurological difference: cerebralizing autistic personhood within the neurodiversity movement
Coffee break
17.15 - 18.00: Final discussion
20.00 Farewell dinner



Note: each speaker will have 30 minutes to make the formal presentation and another 30 minutes to discuss the presentation with the other participants.