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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Cognitive Science and Religion Unit and Contemplative Studies Unit

Call for Papers: 

Contact Michael Sheehy: sheehy@virginia.edu
Meta-awareness – i.e. awareness of the contents of experiential consciousness – is a critical operation of many contemplative practice techniques, and is of increasing relevance to the ongoing dialogue between historical contemplative traditions and the cognitive sciences. Coupled with the study of attention and mind-wandering, inextricable with the study of mindfulness meditation, inquiry into the features of meta-awareness (and its siblings’ meta-cognition and meta-consciousness) raises important philosophical and empirical questions about the nature of cognition and conceptuality, to what extent awareness is contingent on concepts, the interior dynamics of contemplation, and the recognition of emotional experiences. This panel invites papers to engage in an interdisciplinary discussion about the features and operations of meta-awareness, and such implications for understanding related religious phenomena and the human mind.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee