22 June 2020 – 28 June 2020

POSTPONED - The 2020 Aegina Summer School on Social Cognition

“Social Emotions”

The organizers will send out cancellation letters to all successful applicants.
(State: 11 May 2020)


An Interdisciplinary Summer School

Location: Hotel Apollo, Aegina Island, Greece (https://www.apollohotel.gr/en)

Official Summer School website: https://philosophy.sas.ac.uk/AeginaSummerSchool2020

We invite applications from advanced master's students, PhD candidates, postdoctoral and young researchers to attend the Summer School on “Social Emotions “ which is jointly organized by the Institute of Philosophy, and the Warburg Institute at the University of London, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Royal Holloway University of London, and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

The Summer School will take place in the Island of Aegina, Greece (approximately 1 hour by boat from Piraeus, the port of Athens), at the wonderful location of the historic Hotel Apollo (https://www.apollohotel.gr/en), from 22 to 28 June 2020.

This Summer School builds upon the success of the previous annual summer schools on Social Cognition (2013–2019).


This year we want to examine the nature and role of social emotions in human interactions. More specifically, we want to examine :

1. Whether some emotions are intrinsically social, or more social than others (e.g. guilt, shame, envy, by contrast with happiness or sadness). Is there room for classification, for instance between altruistic vs. antagonistic social feeling, or for general rules, such as an anchoring in social comparison?

2. What are the behavioural, physiological, and neural signatures of such emotions, across development and cultures: How are these emotions manifested, and perceived? Do they depend on the type of interactions that one is used to (social environment, digital vs.embodied interactions)?

3. What role do affects play in social interactions, and how to think of their function, or dysfunction : are they epiphenomenal, motivational, signalling, or communicative devices? How can we tell? Do they play a role in social learning, self-regulation?

To do so, we have gathered experts from neurosciences, psychological sciences, philosophy, history, and political science. In addition, we will offer a number of specialized workshops that focus on methods and concepts in this area.

Confirmed Speakers & Workshop Leaders (in alphabetical order)

Further information and application process

We aim to accept around 50 students to the Summer School

Your application will be evaluated by members of the organizing committee according to (a) how your research interests relate to the theme of the summer school as evidenced by the topics of your research, any relevant publications and past presentations, (b) the quality of the proposed abstract, and (c) the demonstration of interdisciplinary skills and interests.

The costs associated with accommodation at Hotel Apollo for six nights (check-in Monday 22 June, check-out Sunday 28 June), lunch for all days (Tuesday to Saturday incl.) and dinner for three nights at the Hotel Apollo of all accepted students to the summer school will be covered by the Organizers.

Accepted applicants are requested to pay a registration fee of 450 Euro to cover part of the summer school’s organization costs.

Accommodation will be in twin rooms occupied by two same-gender students.

The Organizers will not cover any travel expenses! Students should make their own travel arrangements.

The London Organisers will notify successful applicants within 2 weeks after the Submission Date Deadline.

How to apply - M&B members only

The M&B application form can be downloaded here.

Deadline: Submit the completed M&B Application Form as one SINGLE WORD document file with your last name as file name (e.g. LASTNAME.doc) to mb-education-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de by Sunday 29 March 2020, 23:59:59 CET.

Once we receive your application, we will email you a confirmation of receipt. If you do not hear back from us, please email again!

How to apply - all other applicants

The application period has come to an end now!


Once London receives your application, they will email you a confirmation of receipt within 2 days. If you do not hear back from them, please email again!

We look forward to your applications!

The Organizers
Ophelia Deroy (LMU, Munich & Institute of Philosophy, SAS, University of London) &
Manos Tsakiris (Lab of Action & Body, Department of Psychology, RHUL & The Warburg Institute) &
Michael Pauen (Department of Philosophy & Berlin School of Mind and Brain, HU Berlin)