Identity and Decision Making


Interdisciplinary Conference on Personal Identity and Decision Making, Chicago, 1-2 May 2015; Deadline 1 Feb

Call for Papers

Interdisciplinary Conference on Personal Identity and Decision Making

May 1-2, 2015
Gleacher Center, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, IL

Sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation

Submission deadline: February 1, 2015

You are invited to participate in an interdisciplinary conference on personal identity and decision making which will be held in Chicago on May 1-2, 2015 and is sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.

The conference will involve some invited talks and some contributed talks, as well as a small contributed poster session. We expect to be able to offer travel awards to a limited number of student poster presenters courtesy of the Association for Consumer Research.

This is a conference about personal identity, and the role of identity in decision making. In particular, the topic of the future self and its relation to decisions over time has been discussed by theorists from many disciplines, with each discipline highlighting different aspects of the topic. The goal of this conference is to establish cross-disciplinary dialogue in hopes of reaching some general insights about identity and decision making.

The expected audience of this conference is highly multidisciplinary. The conference will feature open registration, but leading academics from the fields of philosophy, cognitive science, anthropology, economics, marketing, social psychology, and neuroscience will be invited to present. We hope that the discussions at this conference will produce cross-pollination of ideas across diverse fields, and enrich the thinking and research of conference participants.

Authors should submit a 750-word abstract, plus one graph (optional) via e-mail to by February 1, 2015. All abstracts must be submitted as Word documents. Applicants will be notified by February 16, 2015. Information about the conference can be found at the conference website:

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Dan Bartels, Stephanie Chen, & Oleg Urminsky