Piaget's centenary. "Mind & Time" Conference 1996

Tibor Benke (benke@SFU.CA)
Fri, 13 Oct 1995 09:18:22 -0700


I am forwarding for your information, yet another notice I received from
KOG (the hungarian cognitive science list).


Date: Thu, 12 Oct 1995 13:15:01 --100

Date: Wed, 11 Oct 1995 15:44:28 +0100
From: "Perret-Clermont A.N." <>

-----------------MIND & TIME--------------------------
International Conference
Neuchatel(Switzerland) 8-10 September 1996

This message comes from the country of watch makers in
which Jean Piaget was born and might interest
psychologists, linguists, logicians, educators etc...
It can be forwarded!
Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont
Department of Psychology
University of Neuchatel
Espace Louis-Agassiz 1
CH-2001 Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Fax : +41 38 25 91 12

Centenary of Jean Piaget's Birth in Neuchatel


International Conference
Neuchatel 8-10 September 1996

First announcement - Call for contributions

Piaget was born in a country with a multisecular
tradition of watch makers. But this was not of course
the only reason for which he was confronted with the
question of thinking time . His interest in the theories
of evolution, his reading of Kant and Bergson and many
other vivid debates have convinced him, already in his
early years, that time is an essential dimension of the
mind. In line with this tradition, the conference in
Neuchatel will be centered around the the question of
time but focusing on contemporary thinking: social and
developmental psychologists, linguists, logicians, and
educationalists will consider the interface between mind
and time in a multidisciplinary perspective.

Invited conferences and lectures. Symposiums and
discussions around selected poster presentations. Round
table. Exhibitions in museums.

Other events, such as conferences and exhibits, will
take place in Neuchatel and Geneva. In particular two
conferences : Piaget and Vygotsky, organised by the
Society for Socio Cultural Research (September 11-15)
and The Growing Mind (Septembre 14-18), both in Geneva
(one hour by train from Neuchatel).

Official languages : English and French (simultaneous
translation will not be provided)

Chairs : Jean - Marc Barrelet (general chair) et
Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont (scientific chair)

Invited conferences : Bruno Latour and Francoise Macar

Scientific committee : A.N. Perret-Clermont (chair,
Neuchatel) , F. Alsaker (Bergen), J.M. Barrelet
(Neuchatel), J.P.Bronckart (Geneva), C. Cardinal
(Chaux-de-Fonds), D. Carraher (Recife), E. De Corte
(Leuven), A. Flammer (Bern), O. Houde (Paris), B. Latour
(Paris), D. Mieville (Neuchatel), J.F. Perret
(Neuchatel), J. Perriault (Paris), W. Perrig (Basel), M.
Rousson (Neuchatel), W. Wippich (Trier).

Symposiums: (each symposium involves a poster session
with contributions seclected by the scientific

Symposium no 1 : Memory in time

Although often not mentioned explicitly and not
discussed at length, the variable of time is crucial and
genuine for discriminating structural and/or functional
properties of memory. The goal of this symposium and its
poster session is to elaborate on an open variety of
dimensions of time that help us to a better
understanding of how memory, automatic savings,
recollective experience and knowledge are build up and
Convenor :
Walter Perrig (Basel).
Invited speakers : E.Loftus(Seattle),E.Poeppel (Munich),
T, Salthouse(Atlanta)
Invited discussant : W.Wippich (Trier)

Symposium no 2 :Time, logic and language

The awareness of time is apparently inborn and yet, as
soon as we try to grasp the concept of time, to analyse
its specific qualities and to find the basis of its
objective representation, we are in a quandary.How do we
perceive time? By which means do we become aware of it?
Through which logical and linguistic acts do we
structure it? Which aspects of time remain after its
formalization ? These questions will be addressed in
this symposium.
Convenor : Denis Mieville (Neuchatel)
Invited speakers : J.P.Bronckart(Geneve),
J.B.Grize(Neuchatel), J.L.Gardies (Nantes)
Invited discussant : O. Houde (Paris)

Symposium no 3 : Time for learning

The aim of this symposium is to further our
understanding of the time dimension in the processes of
learning and formation. The reflection on learning time
will lead us to the examination of precise moments, as
for instance the micro-history of a didactic
interaction, and to the analysis of longer learning
processes, which can last months, years, or even a
life-time. Our purpose is to go beyond the traditional
and rather sterile opposition between institutional and
individual timings, and to work on the actual evolution
of various learning processes, in order to grasp their
dynamics whithin time-limits that can be imposed,
negociated or chosen.
Convenor : Jean-francois Perret (Neuchatel)
Invited speakers : Pierre Dominice (Geneva), Jacques
Perriault (Paris), Maria Luisa Schubauer-Leoni (Geneva)
Invited discussant : Erik De Corte (Leuven)

Symposium no 4 : Developmental timing

Developmental changes take place in time, i.e., at given
historical moments and at given ages. Thus, normative
biographical patterns vary according to culture and
historical period.
People know about developmental timing; they anticipate
that certain developmental changes will happen at given
ages and accordingly (co-) construct life-schemes; but
when individuals complete some developmental tasks off
schedule, their resulting biographies vary from these
In everyday life, people consider time as a commodity
they can use and manage. The daily allocation of time
for work, leisure, sleep etc. has important consequences
on health and well-being. Again, time-use patterns
develop according to age and history.
Convenor : August Flammer (Bern)
Invited speakers : Francoise Alsaker (Bergen), Jutta
Heckhausen (Berlin), Willem Koops (Amsterdam)
Invited discussant : Helmut Fend (Zurich)

Deadline for proposals : 31st December 1995

Information, proposals and request for inscription
formula :

A.-N. Perret-Clermont
Scientific chair "Mind & Time"
Department of Psychology
University of Neuchatel
Espace Louis-Agassiz 1
CH-2001 Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Fax : +41 38 25 91 12



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Postacademic Science:
Constructing knowledge with networks and norms

Introduced by:
Helga Nowotny

October 20, 1995
14:00 p.m.

Collegium Budapest
1014 Budapest
Szentharomsag u. 2.

Science is entering a new phase.
"Postindustrial" cultural forms, such as
multidisciplinary teamwork, electronic
networking, temporary employment,
intellectual property rights, problem-
oriented projects, etc. are transforming
traditional academic practicies and norms.
But the philosophy of science is bound up
with its institutional arrangements. Does
the change to a radically new mode of
research affect the quality, the scope and
the direction of scientific knowledge?
"Postacademic" science will be
"postmodern" in repudiating
reductionism, celebrating pluralism and
focusing pragmatically on local realities.
But if confined to contexts of application
it could lose the prime virtue of

John Ziman is Emeritus Professor of
Physics of the University of Bristol. He
was brought up in New Zealand, studied
at Oxford, and lectured at Cambridge,
before becoming Professor of
Theoretical Physics at Bristol in 1964.
His researches on the theory of the
electrical and magnetic properties of
solid and liquid metals earned his
election to the Royal Society in 1967.
Voluntary early retirement from Bristol
in 1982 was followed by a period as
Visiting Professor at Imperial College,
London, and from 1986 to 1991 as
founding Director of the Science Policy
Support Group. He was Chairman of
the Council and Society from 1976 to
1990, and has written extensively on
various aspects of the social relations of
science and technology.

Next lecture in the topic:

John Heilbron:
The Civics of Science
7th November


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Heraclitus was right: change is constant!
Heraclitus was wrong: change is variable!