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Perspectives on Joint Action, a two-day workshop

Why is engaging in joint action valuable? Which things could we not do, which problems could we not solve, and which capacities could we not acquire if we did not engage in joint action? [full rationale for the workshop in pdf].

This conference is generously supported by the Mind Association


Sunday 20th July

14.00 Welcome: Naomi Eilan

14.05 Introduction: Steve Butterfill & Jonny Roberts

15.00 “Malinda Carpenter”, Joint action in one-year-old infants [abstract]

Response: Guy Longworth

16.30 coffee

17.00 “Natalie Gold”, Primitive Egos: Linguistic Evidence in the Ontology of Collective Intentions [abstract]

Response: Kai Spiekermann

19.30 dinner

Monday 21st July

9.30 “Maria Gräfenhain”, Young Children’s Understanding of Shared Goals and Joint Commitments in Collaborative Activities [abstract]

Response: Liz Robinson

11.00 coffee

11.30 Dimitris Kourtis, Joint action planning and anticipation of others’ actions: An EEG study [abstract]

Response: Matthew Soteriou

12.15 Terry Eskenazi, Shared Tasks, Shared Memories [abstract]

Response: Matthew Soteriou

13.00 lunch

14.00 “Michael Bratman”, Modest Sociality and the Distinctiveness of Intention

Response: Jonny Roberts

15.30 coffee

16.00 General Discussion led by Andrew Williams

17.00 end


Registration is required. There is no charge for attending the workshop. Places are limited to facilitate discussion so please (i) register early to avoid disappointment, (ii) let us know if you have registered but can’t attend so we can offer your place to someone else.


The Workshop will take place in the Mathematics building (Room: MS 0.04) located on central campus. A map of central campus can be found here (The Mathematics building is marked as number 35). The nearest large airport is Birmingham International, and the nearest train stations are Coventry and Leamington Spa. Detailed instructions for reaching the University can be found here and here (follow the links on the left hand side of the page).


There are a very limited number of rooms available on campus. Anyone wishing to stay on campus should e-mail Lynda Hemsley. A list of Hotels and B&Bs in the local area can be found here . Regular buses run from both Kenilworth and Coventry: “Number 12”, “Uni bus”

Organisers and Contact Details

This workshop is organised by Stephen Butterfill and Jonny Roberts with administration by Lynda Hemsley (telephone +44 (0)2476 523421)