The 14th International Conference of

International Society for the Study of European Ideas

Session Title: Past, Present and the Future of Cognitive Literary Studies

This session addresses the intersection of literary studies and cognitive science.  Ever since Norman Holland and ReuvenTsur laid down their pioneer work,the resulting new field of cognitive literary studies has been a truly multi-directional endeavor, engaging scholars from many disciplines in interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations. When literary scholars track down the processes of attention, perception, learning, memory, problem solving, memory, reasoning, emotions and empathy, they often travel to a “foreign land for new insights” in cognitive neuroscience. The idea is to brake with the traditional science-humanities dichotomy and to make use of empirical methodologies which can provide fruitful evidence to the practice of literary criticism.
The organizers welcome contributions on the theory of cognitive literary studies, on experimental empirical research in the field of literature, and on close-readings of literary texts. 
Topics may include: 
Experimental/empirical research in literary studies
Cognitive psychology and cognitive poetics
Cognitive linguistics and literary studies
Cognitive semiotics and literary studies
Theory of mind and literature
Empirical reader-response criticism 
Cognitive processes described in the text
Empirical research on emotions of the narrator/emotions of the reader 
The present and the future of cognitive literary studies

Please send your 250 word abstract to Ana Margarida Abrantes ([log in to unmask])and Ivett Guntersdorfer ([log in to unmask]). The ISSEI Conference will take place in Porto, Portugal, August 4-8, 2014.

The session organizers plan to create an environment with active participation. To allow for more vivid discussions, conference papers should be uploaded to a Dropbox-folder 3 weeks prior to the conference. 
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