Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Tübingen International Summer School (TISS) 2018

Shadows of Consciousness

September 11-14, at Cloister Heiligkreuztal

Tübingen International Summer School 2018 is a joint venture of FORUM SCIENTIARUM and the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) at the University of Tübingen.

The interest we have in understanding complex processes as memory, intelligence, attention, and, ultimately, consciousness, is guided by philosophy, psychology, and since the last century by the relatively-new-academic-discipline, neuroscience. While in philosophy the focus most often has been put on analyzing the structure of conscious processes, the main goal of most neuroscientists is to identify neural correlates of these processes. However, both, philosophy as well as neuroscience, usually refer to those cognitive processes which we are aware of only. In neuroscience, for instance, the access to consciousness is mainly done by asking the participants directly about their experiences. But, what happens when our awareness goes off, when the conscious ego does not identify itself anymore? What happens to our consciousness when we sleep, dream, and die? The summer school seeks to explore these shadows of consciousness. Do such shadows, in fact, accompany even those cognitive processes which we are aware of?

What can neuroscience, philosophy, psychology and literature say about the consciousness and its shadows?

The summer school is aimed at advanced undergraduate students and graduate students working in neurobiology, neuroscience, medicine psychology, humanities, and other relevant disciplines.

During the four days of School, there are going to be held six lectures with discussion of the different topics. From natural science to literature and theology, the students will receive input from the lecturers and will be encouraged to actively participate in the discussion.

Social activities to incentive the further interaction among lecturer and students are organized during the whole Summer School.

Dr. Camille Chatelle (Coma Science Group, Université de Liége, BE)
“Altered states of consciousness following a severe brain-injury”
Dr. Camille Chatelle received her PhD from the University of Liege in Belgium working at the Coma Science Group. Dr. Chatelle’s expertise involves the use of electroencephalography to detect signs of consciousness in patients with disorders of consciousness and to communicate with locked-in patients. She is also working on pain perception and responsiveness in non-communicative patients with severe acquired brain injury. She is currently working at the Coma Science Group and at the Lab for Neuroimaging of Coma and Consciousness (MGH, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Dr B. Edlow).

Prof. Dr. Susanne Goumegou (Romanisches Seminar, Universität Tübingen, DE)
“Shadows of consciousness in literature”
Susanne Goumegou studied French, Italien and German Literature in Constance, Tours and Berlin, where she received her PhD in 2004. She was assistant professor at the Ruhr University Bochum and is now Professor of French and Italian Literature at the University of Tübingen. Her research interests include Literature and Anthropological Knowledge, with a special interest on literary and medical discourses on dream and unconsciousness in France and Italy from 1850 to 1950.

Prof. Dr. Boris Kotchubey (Institute of Medical Psychology, Universität Tübingen, DE)
“The buttock in man, is different from all animals whatsoever”
Boris Kotchoubey, Prof. Dr.phil., studied medicine and psychology, works at the Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiolgy, University of Tübingen, for 23 years. Studies of (neuro)biological foundations of consciousness (including severe disorders of consciousness), neurophysiology of freedom and language. Recent book "Irrsinn der Sterbehilfe" in Tübingen Library Publishing.

Prof. Dr. Jens Schlieter (Institute for the Science of Religion, Universität Bern, CH)
“Reports of near-death experiences and the Study of Consciousness”
Jens Schlieter studied Philosophy, Tibetology / Buddhist Studies, and Comparative Religion in Bonn and Vienna, where he received his PhD in Philosophy in 1999. Jens Schlieter was Assistant Professor at the University of Bern from 2005-2009 and is Professor for the Systematic Study of Religion in Berne since 2009. His Focus of Research comprises Theory of Religion, Cognitive Metaphor Theory in the Study of Religion, and History and Discourse of “Near-Death Experiences”.

Prof. Dr. Martin Teising (International Psychoanalytic University, IPU, Berlin, DE)
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Martin Teising studied human medicine and sociology at Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He continued his training to become a specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy, as well as in psychosomatics, and finally became a medical psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. In 1989, he was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy from Kassel University, where he had already worked as a research associate in the mid-1980s under Prof. Radebold. He worked as a Substitute Professor in Cologne, before being appointed to the position of Senior Physician in the Psychoanalysis Department at the Tübingen University Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy under Prof. Henseler. He remained there until 1994, before assuming the chair of Professor of Psychoanalysis and Gerontopsychiatry at Frankfurt University until his new appointment as the IPU President. He was Chairman of the German Psychoanalysis Association (DPV) from 2010 to 2012, as well as a member of the Council of the European Federation of Psychoanalysis (EPF). Since 2015, he has acted as the European Representative on the Board of the international Psychoanalytic Association.

Dr. Niels Weidtmann (FORUM SCIENTIARUM, University of Tübingen)
Anika Schmitt (FORUM SCIENTIARUM, University of Tübingen)
Carlos N. Oyanedel (Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, University of Tübingen)