This event is organised on the occasion of retirement of Professor Michael Kubovy. Anyone who knows Michael will not be surprised that the scope of this symposium is broad. Michael earned his Bachelor's (Psychology and Philosophy), and his Doctorate (under Amos Tversky in 1972), from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has held academic appointments at the University of Illinois, Yale and Rutgers, and since 1987 he has been associated with the University of Virginia. Michael has made seminal contributions to our understanding of vision, audition, and their interaction, as well as to psychology of art, and philosophy of mind. His study of The Psychology of Perspective and Renaissance Art (1986) has motivated a number of scholars to study perception. The name of this symposium ("perceptual structures") is inspired by the Gestalt tradition, which Michael helped to reinvigorate in the 1980s, and whose modern incarnation is sometimes called neo-Gestalt. Making this symposium a part of the European Conference on Visual Perception in Trieste is most fitting, given the important role that the University of Trieste has played in the Gestalt tradition. The talks assembled in this Festschrift are inspired by Michael's example and by his wonderful intellectual approach.


This event will be held on August 30th,  in the afternoon. More information about this symposium will be available soon.

Symposium organiser: Marco Bertamini, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom


This is the provisional list of confirmed speakers:  


Marco Bertamini, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Ivana Bianchi, University of Macerata, Italy

Nicola Bruno, University of Parma, Italy

Dale J. Cohen, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, United States

Sergei Gepshtein, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, United States

Heiko Hecht, University of Mainz, Germany

Ruth Kimchi, University of Haifa, Israel

Cees van Leeuwen, University of Leuven, Belgium

James R. Pomerantz, Rice University, United States

Johan Wagemans, University of Leuven, Belgium

26–30 August 2018 | Trieste, Italy

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