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 
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. Talks will be published in a 
post-conference volume.

Ivett Rita Guntersdorfer, Ph.D.

Junior Year in Munich
an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
Richard-Wagner-Str. 27
80333 München

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