Imagination in the Context of Situated Cognition


The sphere of imagination holds much to be discussed, be it its role in creativity, gaining knowledge and its connection to mind wandering. Furthermore, evidence from aphantasics potentially challenges some of our views about imagination and the role of mental imagery. What is the nature of imagination, what is its epistemic role? Is it fruitful to let our minds wander? What are implications of limited imaginative abilities? We will take a closer look at what current situated research is uncovering in the specific field of imagination.

Streamed Keynote Talks

The keynote talks will be streamed via Zoom to anyone interested (no registration needed). Please use the following credentials to join:

Zoom ID: 830 6834 5115
Zoom Code: 6cAeeu
Zoom Link:

Program Overview

Friday, 18th of October

09:00 – 09:10IntroductionNikola Kompa &
Albert Newen
09:10 – 10:20KeynoteJulia Langkau
(University of Geneva)
Creative Imagination
10:20 – 10:50Coffee break
10:50 – 11:35PhD studentKirill Leshchinskii
(Osnabrück University)
Depersonalisation and Embodiment: An Existential Inquiry
11:35 – 12:20PhD studentSofia Pedrini
(Ruhr University Bochum)
Imaginative Justification: How Imagination Provides Reasons for Empirical Beliefs
12:20 – 12:30Photo session
12:30 – 14:00Lunch break
14:00 – 14:45PhD studentYizhi Li
(Ruhr University Bochum)
Between Agency and Passivity: Unpacking the Agential Status of Mind Wandering
14:45 – 15:30PhD studentChristian Scholz
(Ruhr University Bochum)
Competency, Skepticism, Nescience: Three Puzzles of Aphantasia
15:30 – 16:00Coffee break
16:00 – 16:45PhD studentMatteo Cerasa
(Ruhr University Bochum)
Bayesianism and Awareness Growth
16:45 – 16:50Quick break
16:50 – 17:00KeynoteGregory Currie
(University of York)
The Role of Mental Representation in Imagination and Pretence


Online participation is free and requires no registration, so feel welcome to use the Zoom link above to join our keynote talks online. However, if you would like to participate as a guest listener on-site, please send an email to Rebecca Watzlawek (rwatzlawek [at] uni – osnabrueck DOT de) so that we can prepare the venue location accordingly. Applications as an external presenter are not possible for this event.


Ruhr University Bochum
Building: GA 04/187 (Mercator)

Further information about the venue and helpful directions will be posted here soon.


This workshop is organized by members of the RTG ‘Situated Cognition’:

  • Albert Newen (Speaker; Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Nikola Kompa (Deputy speaker; Universität Osnabrück)
  • Julia Wolf (Scientific coordinator, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Louis Loock (Deputy scientific coordinator; Universität Osnabrück)