News & Events

29/5/2017 to 31/5/2017
Ertegun House

The Sense of Self

The idea that a “sense of self” pervades ordinary conscious experience appears to have at least an intuitive appeal for a number of authors in philosophy, psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Furthermore, several authors have even argued in recent years that a minimal kind of sense of self or self-awareness is necessary for consciousness – in other words, that a creature cannot be in a conscious state if it lacks such sense of self. This conference aims to investigate the very notion of sense of self, which is notoriously elusive and polysemous, in order to bring some clarity to these discussions; furthermore, it intends to bridge the gap between conceptual and experimental approaches to the notion.

For more information about the conference and a schedule please vist the conference website.



There is a registration charge of £15 (£10 for students) which includes lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday, tea/coffee breaks throughout the conference and a drinks reception on Monday evening.  There will also be a conference dinner with the speakers on Tuesday evening.  Booking is essential for both the conference and the conference dinner.

Registration has now closed.


Learn more about the themes of the conference:

Day 1: Conceptual issues regarding the sense of self
Day 2: Bodily and multisensory roots of the sense of self
Day 3: Minimal phenomenal selfhood



Olaf Blanke (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
Barry Dainton (University of Liverpool)
Frédérique de Vignemont (Institut Jean Nicod/NYU)
Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)
Marie Guillot (University of Essex)
Jakub Limanowski (Freie Universität Berlin)
Thomas Metzinger (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz)
Anil Seth (University of Sussex)
Manos Tsakiris (Royal Holloway University of London)



This conference is generously funded by the Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme, Magdalen College, and Merton College.