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Progress in Bewusstseinskultur

September 4, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 10:30 pm CEST

Virtual Event
€25 – €80

Inspired by the famous Platonic dialogue, this event is intended as a space for experts, professionals from a variety of fields, and a broader audience to shape the future culture of consciousness (Bewusstseinskultur). The focus will lie upon philosophical and ethical debates, for which we invited five panelists (Dr. Anna Ciaunica, Prof. Dr. Nicolas Langlitz, Dr. Henrik Jungaberle, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Gründer and Corinna Kühnapfel, Phd candidate). In short input presentations, they will give us their perspectives on the successes and challenges in developing a Bewusstseinskultur. Each presentation is followed by an in-depth discussion with the audience, in which questions like the following will be addressed.

• Why create a culture of consciousness? What are the practical implications beyond the theoretical/academic discourse?
• What is/could be the impact of individuals exploring the variety of conscious states on society as a whole?
• What are the implications of the marketization of altered states of consciousness (through psychedelics, meditation, etc.)?

As an ideal outcome of the Symposium, we would all come out with a deeper understanding of how to work together towards a society that gives more value to personal, conscious experiences and takes beneficial states of consciousness as a basis for its development as a whole. This can only be done if you join us on September 4, 2020.
We are looking forward to meeting you there!

Onsite Bonus: Philosophical Feast

The event is based on the symposia held in ancient times, where, in addition to stimulating discussions, good food was served and some wine was drunk. We also want to provide our guests with this pleasureful and relaxing experience and will have a Philosophical Feast together.
Wine, cheese, bread, olives and grapes will be served and are included in your ticket price.

About Dr. Anna Ciaunica

Dr Anna Ciaunica is a philosopher and cognitive scientist interested in interdisciplinary approaches to embodiment, consciousness and the mind. Her research focuses on the relationship between (a)typical forms of self-consciousness and social interactions.
She is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy Porto (Portugal), and a Research Associate at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, the UK.
She coordinates the international and interdisciplinary Network for Embodied Consciousness and the Arts (NECTArts) aiming at fostering creative collaborations ‘outside the box’ between philosophers, scientists, artists and the general public worldwide.

About Dr. sc. hum Henrik Jungaberle

Henrik Jungaberle is a drug and prevention researcher with a background in public health and social sciences. He also works as a prevention practitioner. His focus is on human development, integration and integrity in the use of psychoactive substances – and shaping this on the individual, social and political level.

About Prof. Dr. Nicolas Langlitz

Nicolas Langlitz is an anthropologist and historian of science who uses ethnographic fieldwork to think through philosophical questions. He wrote three books: Chimpanzee Culture Wars: Rethinking Human Nature alongside Japanese, European, and American Cultural Primatologists (forthcoming), Neuropsychedelia: The Revival of Hallucinogen Research since the Decade of the Brain (2012), and Die Zeit der Psychoanalyse: Lacan und das Problem der Sitzungsdauer (2005). He is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research in New York.

About Prof. Dr. Gerhard Gründer

Gerhard Gründer is Professor at the Medical Faculty Mannheim of the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He directs the new Department of Molecular Neuroimaging at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim. Dr. Gründer completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Mainz, before conducting a fellowship in the Department of Radiology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, USA. After his return to Germany, he worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Mainz. Between 2004 and 2017 he was Professor of Psychiatry and the Vice Chair in the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics of RWTH Aachen University, Germany.
He is head of the planned clinical trial on the efficacy of psilocybin in the therapy of therapy-resistant depression at the ZI Mannheim and Charité University Medicine Berlin, which is currently still in the approval process.

About Corinna Kühnapfel, Phd candidate

Corinna Kühnapfel is a first-year PhD student at the University of Vienna working under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Pelowski in the project “ARTIS” (Art and Research on Transformations of Individuals and Societies). The ARTIS consortium aims to empirically capture art experiences and what underlies the transformative power of art.
Her background is in cognitive science and embodied cognition. She is interested in empirical aesthetics, neuroaesthetics and the role of the body in art encounters, especially in installation art.
She is also a co-founder of EDGE e.V., a non-profit association dedicated to bridging together art and neuroscience and forming a network of artists and scientist through workshops and exhibitions.


Tickets and Registration

There will be 40 tickets for attendance in person and unlimited online tickets for sale.

From the 40 tickets for attendance in person:

  • 20 are sold here (5 for students and 15 standard tickets).
  • 10 tickets were raffled by July, 31st.
  • The remaining 10 tickets are given to people who just became new members. First come, first serve!
    To become a member, please subscribe here and send your member confirmation email to: [email protected] to receive the ticket.
    **There are still a few tickets left**

Livestream of the event

The entire Symposium will be livestreamed and the recording will be send to all ticket buyers afterwards.
If you cannot attend live, please make sure to get your online tickets anyway. You will be able to watch the recording as often as you want.
Also, online attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the onsite event, pose questions to the audience and have a moderated chat where they can share their thoughts among themselves.


September 4, 2020
2:30 pm - 10:30 pm UTC+2
€25 – €80
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