[Humanist] 26.706 events: cognitive futures of the humanities

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Jan 22 07:31:49 CET 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 706.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:26:51 +0000
        From: "Fagan, Annalisa" <annalisa.fagan at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Cognitive Futures of the Humanities

Dear colleagues,

Re. Cognitive Futures of the Humanities, April 4-6 2013

Registration for this international conference is now open, with early-bird
rates available for a limited time.  Full details are available from the
conference website: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/cognitive-humanities/

Confirmed plenary speakers include the following distinguished scholars:

Peter Stockwell (University of Nottingham) Ellen Spolsky (Bar Ilan
University ) Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis) Lisa Zunshine
(University of Kentucky) Mark Turner (Case Western Reserve University) Elena
Semino (Lancaster University)


This first major conference provides a forum in order to bring together
researchers from different humanities disciplines, whose work relates to,
informs, or is informed by aspects of the cognitive, brain and behavioural
sciences.  It aims to address, in various ways, the following questions:
what is the ‘cognitive humanities’? In what ways is knowledge from the
cognitive sciences changing approaches to language, literature, aesthetics,
historiography and creative culture? How have practices in the arts and
humanities influenced the cognitive sciences, and how might they do so in
the future? This conference will facilitate the exchange of new, innovative
research at the intersection of established disciplines, such as philosophy,
linguistics, literary studies, art history and cultural studies.

The ‘cognitive revolution’ has begun to make an impact on how humanists
think about language, identity, embodiment and culture, in fields such as
cognitive poetics, narratology, phenomenology and literary theory. This
conference will assess the state of the field now and ask what new
directions lie open for cognitive humanities research. If the cognitive
sciences ask fundamental questions about the very nature of the ‘human'
that underpins the humanities, what new forms of knowledge and research
practice might be produced in an emerging area called the ‘cognitive
humanities’? How can the field be mapped? What methodological
opportunities exist, and what value do cognitive paradigms add to
traditional modes of inquiry? How may interests particular to the
humanities, such as fiction and the imagination, influence the development
of research in the cognitive sciences? In addressing these questions, the
conference will generate exciting new communication across disciplines and
help define an emerging international research community.

The conference is associated with an international research network on the
‘Cognitive Futures in the Humanities’, which is supported by the UK’s
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), awarded to Dr. Peter Garrett
(Durham, UK), and Prof. Vyv Evans (Bangor, UK).  The project manager is Dr.
Matt Hayler (Exeter, UK).


Vyv Evans
Conference Organiser.

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