• Registration is open - Join IK2018 now!
    16. October 2017
  • Tentative list of courses for IK2018 is online
    18. August 2017
  • IK2018's focus theme will be Me, my Self, and I. It will take place from 9. to 16. March 2018 and chaired by Katharina Krämer, Ronald Sladky, and Ipke Wachsmuth.
    28. March 2017

Announcement IK 2019:

Out of your senses -
From data to insight.

12. -19. March 2019

Barbara Hammer, Emily King, Andrew Straw.


The Interdisciplinary College (IK) is an annual, intense one-week spring school and will take place from 9-16 March 2018 in Günne/Möhnesee, Germany. Learn more about IK


IK2018 Timetable
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IK2018's focus theme is Me, my Self, and I and addresses questions such as: Who am I? Where is my self? What is it like to be me? In doing so, we will address different aspects of self models, self perception, and self consciousness using different epistemic and theoretical approaches in a truly interdisciplinary fashion.

The goal of this year's focus theme is that you can investigate your very own individual concepts of self, subjectivity, and person. It is safe to assume that all our participants have implicit and explicit concepts about who they are. Based on your own and your colleagues' notions (which will be a fascinating blend of intuitions, concepts from folk psychology, empirical facts, theories, and world views) you should be enabled to raise your own research questions, gain understanding about the limitations and blind spots of your models and learn how to find a common language that allows for intersubjective and interdisciplinary discourse.



IK2018 aims to provide an open space for debate and a framework of courses that should enable you to extend your knowledge in various disciplines. They will help you to establish informed opinions about questions pertaining to you, your self, and personhood. More precisely, we will use the perspectives of different disciplines to approach our focus theme:

  • Biology to investigate the evolution and development of self models in animals and humans (neurobiology, evolutionary biology)
    • Do animals have a self and are they consciously aware of it?
    • Where do our selves come from?
    • What are the neurobiological correlates of the self?
    • What is the scientific basis of artificial self optimization (neuro stimulation and neuro enhancement)?
  • Computer science to see if and how we can create artificial selves and what we can learn from them (artificial intelligence research, robotics)
    • How can we implement self models?
    • How close are modern AI systems away from becoming self aware?
  • Philosophy to discuss concepts of self models, self perception, and ethics (philosophy of mind, phenomenology, ethics)
    • What do we actually mean, when we talk about a self?
    • What is the relationship of the self and the body?
    • Why does it feel a certain way to have a self?
    • How should we treat natural or artificial selves?
    • What is the dependency of my own self model and my perception of reality?
  • Clinical disciplines to investigate what happens when our self models are altered or disrupted by pathologies or unusual states of mind (psychology, psychiatry, pharmacology, neurology)
    • What happens to the self in psychiatric disorders, such as depression?
    • What happens when our self floats away during out of body experiences, creative flow or the use of psychotropic substances?
  • and Arts as a form of self expression and source of self reflection (music, performance).


  • Katharina Krämer
    Dr. Katharina Krämer
    University of Cologne
    Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
    website and twitter
  • Ronald Sladky
    PD Dr. Ronald Sladky
    University of Zurich
    Cognitive Science and Neuroimaging
    website and twitter
  • Ipke Wachsmuth
    Prof. Dr. Ipke Wachsmuth
    Bielefeld University
    Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science