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Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities 2018

University of Kent, 1 - 4 July 2018

Keynote Speakers

Maaike Bleeker, Utrecht University
Margrethe Bruun Vaage, University of Kent
Eric Clarke, Oxford University
Amy Cook, Stony Brook University

Organisers: Melissa Trimingham, Nicola Shaughnessy, Jeremy Scott and Freya Vass-Rhee, in association with the Centre for Cognition, Kinaesthetics and Performance

Building on the conferences associated with the network Cognitive Futures in the Humanities in Bangor (2013), Durham (2014) and Oxford (2015), Helsinki (2016) and Stony Brook (2017) the 2018 conference aims once again to bring together a wide array of papers from the cognitive sciences, philosophy, literary studies, linguistics, cultural studies, critical theory, film, performance, theatre and dance studies, the visual and sonic arts, musicology and beyond. In accordance with the original purpose of the network, the aims of the conference are:

  • to evolve new knowledge and practices for the analysis of culture and cultural objects, through engagement with the cognitive sciences;
  • to assess how concepts from the cognitive sciences can, in turn, be approached using the analytical tools of humanities enquiry (historical, theoretical, contextual);
  • to contest the nature/culture opposition whose legacy can be identified with the traditional and ongoing segregation of scientific and aesthetic knowledge CKP’s own post graduate representatives will be on hand to answer any queries and facilitate networking opportunities. We welcome delegates from the postgraduate community; this conference will provide an excellent and stimulating forum for sharing ideas and learning.

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

  • Cognitive neuroscience and the arts
  • Cognitive poetics
  • Conceptual blending   
  • Spectatorship and participation
  • The 4 Es
  • The social mind   
  • Interdisciplinary methodologies
  • Theory of mind
  • Cognition and narrative
  • Empirical aesthetics
  • The science of creativity
  • Material culture