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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

UZH-i-Ringvorlesung: Die Welt anders sehen und verstehen / Seeing and understanding the world differently

Research on human cognition typically assumes that human beings experience, categorize and model the world in terms of objects. Just like classical Western logic, most philosophical and empirical conceptions of the world and the self rely on object-centered categorization frameworks. While this may seem to be a rather detached theoretical observation at first sight, some very fundamental ideas about the world crucially depend on it.

Conducted in the form of moderated panel discussions, individual sessions of the series will be devoted to theories of time and space, cognition, action, perception, language, art, aesthetics, society and self, developed in physics, philosophy, religious studies and several other fields that work on “alternative”, often relational models of understanding the world and increasingly move away from the predominantly object-centered approaches that still dominate in “the West”. Juxtaposing perspectives from the past with modern systems of knowledge, this lecture series will present a scientific conversation between historically oriented, theoretical and empirical fields, working on different aspects of human thought, perception and behaviour.

The lecture series is organized with the generous support of the NOMIS Foundation.

Die Welt anders sehen und verstehen / Seeing and Understanding the World Differently

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  • The nature of “reality”: structure of matter and space-time orders

    Florencia Canelli (Physik-Institut, Universität Zürich)

    Michael Esfeld (Section de philosophie, Université de Lausanne)

    Ho Chien-hsing (Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, Taipei)

    Moderation: Justin Holder (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford)

  • Ways to categorize the world: conceptual structures and causal relations

    Birgit Kellner (Institut für Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

    Anne Meylan (Philosophisches Seminar, Universität Zürich)

    Moderation: Raji Steineck (Asien-Orient-Institut, Universität Zürich)

  • Pragmatic world interpretation in social settings

    Katsumori Makoto (Faculty of Education and Human Studies, Akita University)

    Norman Sieroka (Institut für Philosophie, Universität Bremen)

    Andreas Thier (Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Universität Zürich)

    Moderation: Dawid Rogacz (Department of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań)

  • Religious experience in representation and narrative

    Martin Lehnert (Department für Asienstudien, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

    Jens Schlieter (Institut für Religionswissenschaft, Universität Bern)

    Konrad Schmid (Theologische Fakultät, Universität Zürich)

    Moderation: Henry Albery (Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent University)

  • Modifying the self and object-perception

    Jens Schlieter (Institut für Religionswissenschaft, Universität Bern)

    Clifford Saron (Center for Mind and Brain, UC Davis College of Letters and Science)

    Manos Tsakiris (Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London & Centre for the Politics of Feelings, University of London)

    Moderation: Grzegorz Polak (Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin)

  • How the mind produces “objects”: object-centered vs. relational models of cognition

    Thomas Metzinger (Philosophisches Seminar, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

    Klaus Oberauer (Psychologisches Institut, Universität Zürich)

    Keng Ching (Department of Philosophy, National Central University Taipei)

    Moderation: Chien Juen (Promotionsprogramm Buddhismus-Studien, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

  • Concept formation and language categories: Objects or relations?

    Balthasar Bickel (Institut für Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Zürich, und NFS Evolving Language)

    Alexis Hervais-Adelman (Psychologisches Institut, Universität Zürich)

    Raji Steineck (Asien-Orient-Institut, Universität Zürich)

    Moderation: Rafael Suter (Asien-Orient-Institut, Universität Zürich)

  • Representation and non-representation in the visual arts

    Jérôme Dokic (Jean Nicod Institute EHESS Paris)

    Victor Fan (Department of Film Studies, King’s College London)

    Markus Klammer (Departement Künste, Medien, Philosophie, Universität Basel)

    Moderation: Polina Lukicheva (Asien-Orient-Institut, Universität Zürich)

  • Rhythmus und Raum: Dimensionen ästhetischer Erfahrung

    Heiko Hausendorf (Deutsches Seminar, Universität Zürich)

    Winfried Menninghaus (Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik, Frankfurt am Main)

    Moderation: Wolfgang Behr (Asien-Orient-Institut, Universität Zürich)

  • Fluid identities in activism and aesthetics

    Chia-Ju Chang (Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Brooklyn College New York)

    Prasenjit Duara (Department of History, Duke University)

    Brandon LaBelle (Department of Contemporary Art, University of Bergen)

    Tan Jia (Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

    Moderation: Andrea Riemenschnitter (Asien-Orient-Institut, Universität Zürich)

  • Mapping and modelling behaviours and economies

    Steven Sloman (Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences, Brown University)

    Moderation: Andrea Bréard (Department Alte Welt und Asiatische Kulturen, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)