CFP: Cognitive Futures in the Humanities

Submission deadline: December 1, 2013

Conference date(s):
April 24, 2014 - April 26, 2014

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Conference Venue:

Durham University
Durham, United Kingdom

Topic areas


Keynote speakers: Alan Richardson, Alan Palmer, Patricia Waugh,
David Herman, Mark Rowlands, Vyvyan Evans

·   Roundtable on interdisciplinarity with Ellen Spolsky, Mark Turner
and Michael Wheeler

·    5 special thematic conference threads on e.g. Extended Mind

·    Conference banquet in Durham Castle

Deadline for proposals for 20 min papers or panels: 1st December. Email
[email protected] (full detailsbelow). Please circulate this call to interested colleagues and graduate students.

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers and preformed panels for the second
international conference associated with the research network, Cognitive
Futures in the Humanities, funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research
Council. The conference will be hosted by Durham University, on 24-26 April

The purpose is to explore, and critically evaluate, new ways of working in
the arts and humanities that respond to concepts developed in the sciences
of mind and brain. It will be an interdisciplinary conference for
researchers from the cognitive sciences, philosophy, literary studies,
linguistics, narratology, cultural studies, critical theory, film,
performance studies, and beyond. The aim is to identify how the ‘cognitive
humanities’ can emerge as a dynamic and critical field of enquiry.

Topics relevant to the conference include (but are not limited to):

  • Cognitive neuroscience and the arts
  • Language, meaning and cognitive processing
  • Embodied cognition
  • Phenomenology of technologies
  • Cognitive poetics and interpretation
  • Social minds
  • Theory of mind and mind-blindness
  • The Bayesian brain
  • Conceptual blending and creativity
  • Empirical aesthetics
  • Extended cognition Ideology and the cognitive sciences
  • Cognitive approaches to visual culture
  • Thinking and feeling in narrative
  • Cognitive historicism
  • Animal consciousness and perspective
  • Objects, artifacts and print culture

The following themed sessions will be organised as part of the programme,
with a leading specialist serving as a respondent. Please indicate if you
would like your paper to be considered for one of these:

A) Interdisciplinarity in Theory and Practice
B) The Extended Mind
C) Theatre and Performance
D) Storyworlds and Fictionality
E) Brains, Culture and Mental Pathology

Submission Details

Please send 250-word proposals to [email protected] by 1st December
2013. Abstracts should be included as Word file attachments, and be
anonymised. Please indicate clearly in your email whether your abstract is
to be considered for a paper or as part of a panel, and if intended for one
of the themed sessions, including the name of presenter(s), university
affiliation(s) and email address(es). Proposers can expect to hear if their
abstract has been accepted by January 2014, and registration will open soon

There will be 2 fee-waiver bursaries available for postgraduates, awarded on
a competitive basis. If you wish to apply, please add a 100-word statement
to your proposal explaining how your researc contributes to the developing
field of the cognitive humanities.

Please direct any queries to the conference organiser, Dr Peter Garratt
([email protected]).

Further details about the Cognitive Futures network, project team, steering
group, and past events can be found on the project site,

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