THEORY OF MIND AND LITERATURE CONFERENCE
"Theory of Mind and Literature" is the first conference devoted solely to
the implications for the theory and study of literature of the psychological
activity of inferring what other people are thinking, perceiving or feeling.
This process sometimes lightly called "mindreading," is generally considered
in cognitive science to be facilitated by the possession of a Theory of Mind
(ToM). ToM may be one of the things that makes litearture - the writing and
reading of literature, as well as the social relationships among characters
in works of literature - possible.
The conference seeks to present a broadly representative array of
approaches, theoretical as well as empirical, general as well as attuned to
specific literary topics and fields. In addition to literary scholars and
theorists, we encourage paper proposals from researchers in psychology,
linguistics, the neurosciences, anthropology, and philosophy of mind. Papers
may address theoretical or conceptual aspects of ToM, study the mindreading
activities of literary characters, investigate the implications of ToM for
the reading process, address matters of authorship, or related subjects.
Keynote speakers will be: Keith Oakley, University of Toronto, Mark Turner,
Case Western Reserve University, and Lisa Zunshine, University of Kentucky
Send 200-300 word proposals by email only no later than May 1, 2007, to any
of the conference organizers:
Paula Leverage (in French) at [log in to unmask]
Howard Mancing (in Spanish) at [log in to unmask]
Richard Schweickart (in Pyschology) at [log in to unmask]
Jennifer William (in German) at [log in to unmask]
Proposals will be reviewed by the conference organizers and acceptance
notifications delivered by email by June 15, 2007.
Register for the conference using the online form (soon to be set up) on the
web page as early as possible, but no later than September 15, 2007.
Jennifer Marston William
Assistant Professor of German
Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures
640 Oval Drive
Stanley Coulter Hall (office 190)
W. Lafayette, IN 47907-2017
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