The Ertegun House at the University of Oxford will be hosting a conference on the sense of self, organized by Raphaël Millière with the support of Ufuk Ozturk.

All are welcome, but attendance is by registration only. You may register here.

Date: 29-31 May, 2017
Venue: The Ertegun House, 37A St Giles, OX1 3LD, Oxford. (See map)


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.

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


Aviva Berkovich-Ohana (University of Haifa) 
Olaf Blanke
(École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
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 Mind Association, the Ertegun Scholarship Programme, Magdalen College, and Merton College.