*The 14th International Conference of*

*ISSEI*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.

The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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