Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies


EMPATHY & SOCIAL INTERACTION – Mechanisms, disorders, social implications

September 22th to 25th, 2014, Cloister Heiligkreuztal

Tübingen International Summer School 2014 is a joint venture of FORUM SCIENTIARUM and the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) at the University of Tübingen.

DEADLINE: July 18, 2014


In order to develop a better understanding of empathy and social interaction this multidisciplinary school will discuss evidence from both theoretical and empirical disciplines. We will address the underlying psychological and neuronal mechanisms, their disturbances - like in autism -, and the resulting implications from a scientific and a philosophical perspective.


Dr. Anne Böckler, MPI-CBS, Leipzig
Anne Böckler is a PostDoc at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Department of Social Neuroscience). Her research interests include social cognition in general and autism, shared and joint attention in particular.

Dr. Philipp Kanske, MPI-CBS, Leipzig
Philipp Kanske is Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and a licensed psychotherapist. The focus of his research lies on psychopathologies of the social brain, where he studies the mechanisms that underlie impairments in social behavior such as autism, narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and depression.

Prof. Dr. Hans Bernhard Schmid, Department of Philosophy, Vienna
Hans Bernhard Schmid holds the chair for Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Vienna. He concernes himself with collective intentionality, social theory, phenomenology, and the philosophy of mind.

Dr. Michael Schmitz, Department of Philosophy, Vienna
Michael Schmitz is Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna. Prior he was a member of an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Konstanz and an academic visitor in Berkeley and London. He has published on the philosophy of mind, action, perception and collective intentionality.

Prof. Dr. med. Ludger Tebartz van Elst, Medical Center, Freiburg
Ludger Tebartz van Elst is Executive Director of the Department of Psychiatry & Psychotherapy and Head of Section for Experimental Neuropsychiatry at the University Clinic Freiburg. His fields of research include the neurobiology and psychotherapy of Autistic disorders and affective neuroscience, affect and emotion regulation in patients with emotional instability as well als neurophilosophy. He studied philosophy and medicine in Freiburg, Manchester, New York and Zürch.

Prof. Dr. Peter Thier, CIN, Tübingen
Peter Thier is Director of the Department Cognitive Neurology at the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research in Tübingen and Chairman of the Centre for Intergrative Neuroscience. His research interests include the roles of joint attention and action understanding for social interactions, cerebellar contributions to sensorimotor learning and cognition, and brain mechanisms warranting a distinction between ‘self’ and ‘non-self’. He studied Biology, Physics and Medicine in Essen, Hohenheim and Tübingen.

How to apply

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

Board and lodging (in double rooms) will be provided. There are no participation fees to be paid, although traveling costs and beverages have to be covered by the participants.

For your application please do submit:

Applications should be sent to infospam or to our postal address:

FORUM SCIENTIARUM, Doblerstr. 33, 72074 Tübingen, Germany

Application deadline: July 18th, 2014

TÜBINGEN INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL is a joint venture of FORUM SCIENTIARUM and the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN).