CogSci Affinity & Discussion Groups
The Society is pleased to offer the following Affinity and Discussion Sessions, scheduled to take place during the CogSci 2020 virtual conference.
Joining a Group Discussion
To access an affinity or discussion group:
- Check the date and time of the session you wish to attend
- Enter the CogSci virtual platform and go to the Chat Lounge
- Click on the relevant chat room, cut and paste the access url into your browser to enter the session
These group sessions are free to attend for all CogSci 2020 registrants, and pre-registration is not required
Jewel in your open light
Date & Time: Wednesday July 29 2pm EDT (11am PST) and (7pm BST)
About: This Affinity Group will involve a 1h15 min session hosted as a virtual community of practice bringing together amazing BIPOC cognitive science, neuroscience, health and BIPOC arts and culture platforms together. Join us to create possibilities for collective imagining from community and youth leader perspectives. We’ll hear three challenges framed as stories, bringing our whole selves, collective knowledge and lived experiences to reimagine the world around us and our relationship to it. No prior cognitive science knowledge is required to attend the session.
Platforms present include:
Eliana Colunga, Colarado/Sparks Society
Anita Shervington and Kiki, Makeda and Damia, BLAST Fest
Naomi Mwasambili, Chanua Health
Sade Abiodun, Princeton/BlackInNeuro
Tony Valenzuela, Black Box TV
Erinma Ochu, Engaging Environments
CogSci Allies: Chantal Prat and Andrea Stucco (Washington, US) Join us to envision a shared responsibility in creating BIPOC societal impact for cognitive science. This session falls during #BlackInNeuroWeek2020, and will amplify solidarity with #CogSci2020 With permission, the session will be recorded, all contributors credited via an open access link for a BIPOC artist to listen to the recording to produce an artwork as a response. The associated artwork will be shared open access, with a DOI (shareable and referenceable link), with everyone credited, via Figshare. The session opens with Audre Lorde’s poem ‘Coal’ from which the session title is derived. A code of conduct will ensure the space is welcoming and inclusive to all. Community partners, young people and storytellers can use the waiver form to attend the session for free.
How to build more inclusive and welcoming Cognitive Science? An intergenerational crowd-sourcing session
Date & Time: Wednesday July 29, 4:00PM – 5:30PM EDT
About: This Affinity Group will crowd-source concrete “tips and tricks” that members of our community (trainees, faculty, etc) have used within their professional lives for making their mentorship and research more inclusive to members of underrepresented and minoritized communities. The motivation for this session is unprecedented historical and currently lived events (#metoo, #BLM, #covid19), which have cast a stark light on the urgent need to identify and remediate systemic barriers to inclusivity and access within all facets of our society, including academia. These range from active bias and geopolitical issues to sensory-motor disability barriers.
In our own discipline, cognitive science, some progress has been made with respect to dedicated groups of scholars coming together to form professional societies whose missions are to address systemic barriers (e.g., Women in Cognitive Science in 2001, Women in Cognitive Science Canada in 2016, SPARK Society in 2019). However, the recognition of such barriers is not enough to create actionable change that all of us, as individuals, can readily incorporate within our classrooms, laboratories, and scholarship.
Thus, our desired outcome will be a comprehensive list of ideas and resources that the SPARK Society and Women in Cognitive Science Canada will share broadly with the cognitive science community and continue to update at its websites. Questions/comments will come from conference attendees, particularly trainees, who can also submit contributions anonymously ahead of time (please see link below). Our ultimate goal is to increase a collective sense of welcoming and belonging in our discipline.
Please share your thoughts ahead of the meeting by completing this short form: https://forms.gle/yYtoaE4bgkRrumZw8
Queer in AI @ Cogsci
Date & Time: Thursday July 30th, 2:00PM – 3:30PM EDT
About: Queer in AI is pleased to host an Affinity Group event at CogSci 2020. Queer In AI’s mission is to make the AI/ML community one that welcomes, supports, and values LGBTQIA+ scientists. We also recognize the growing impact AI/ML has on queer people and work to raise awareness of these issues and to encourage and highlight research related to these problems. The Cognitive Science Society has many overlaps with the AI/ML community, and Queer in AI is looking forward to creating an inclusive space for queer cognitive scientists at CogSci 2020 by hosting a video social.
CogSciPUI: Cognitive Science Faculty (and Interested Future Faculty) at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions
Date & Time: Friday July 31st, 4:15PM – 6:15PM EDT
About: This Affinity Group will provide an opportunity for connection and community-building among cognitive science faculty (and interested future faculty) at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). We will engage in free-form discussion about issues related to pursuing cognitive science research at PUIs, which tend to be highly teaching-intensive and student-centered. Such issues have historically lacked visibility at the CogSci conference, despite the fact that high-quality cognitive science research is carried out at many PUIs and many undergraduates attend the conference each year. Possible group discussion topics include strategies for engaging undergraduates in cognitive science research, maintaining an active lab during the COVID-19 era of remote work, fostering interdisciplinary research at PUIs (where there may be few other cogsci-aligned faculty), and advancing equity and inclusion at PUIs (many of which are racially/ethnically homogeneous). We welcome graduate students and postdocs interested in learning about PUI faculty positions, and our discussion may include strategies for pursuing such positions.
The Cognitive Science Society is pleased to announce the establishment of the CogSci Grove which aims to mobilise cognitive scientists to offset carbon emissions associated with their professional activities.