Neuro Humanities Studies

First International Parma Webinar Women in Neuroscience: The Sense of Touch

When? 30th September – 1st October 

Where? Online 

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Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities 2021

When? 23rd – 26th September (3- 6 pm)

Where? MS Teams

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There is no conference fee, but you will only be able to enter if you are on the guest list.

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Data Science Colloquium offered by the Case Western Reserve University

The Data Science Colloquium is a project of the Data Science Across the College initiative, organized by the Department of Cognitive Science of the Case Western Reserve University , directed by Timothy Beal and Mark Turner and supported by President (now Emerita) Barbara Snyder, to build on strengths and potentials across many fields, including the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural and mathematical sciences, to elevate data science and machine learning as a college-wide focus for research, scholarship, and curriculum development.


The Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 colloquium series is run in conjunction with h.lab and takes place on occasional Wednesdays, 3-4pm Eastern Time.


Next date: 14.04.2021 


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Warsaw, October 22nd – 24th, 2020 

CFP Deadline:  1st June 2020

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A research network at the University of Warsaw, University of Bremen, Åbo Akademi University (in Åbo/Turku) and Stockholm University address questions of social positions and positioning in a conference series on contradictory discourses of marginality and demarginalizations.

Social positions and positioning stand in connection to linguistic practices of stance taking and staging, of making oneself heard. Questions of marginal or central membership in groups and mechanisms of belongings have a high significance in constituting voices of actors in emerging discourses.

In these processes of positioning in the sense of stance taking and/or staging, contradictory discursive figurations become visible, which often represent a challenge for modern democratic societies.

The goal of the conference series is to reach an understanding of contemporary discourses shaped by contradictory configurations through in-depth analysis. The conference series is also associated with the section Discourses on Centrality and Marginality – Discourse Linguistic Agendas in Times of Contradiction at the XIV. Congress of the International Association for Germanic Studies in Palermo, Italy (IVG 2020), and the European Research Network on Discourses of Marginality and Demarginalizations.

Bremen-Turku-Warsaw-Stockholm Series on Studies in Discourse and Contradiction BTWS Series 2018–2021 | #3

October 22.-24. 10. 2020 in Warsaw, Poland

BTWS#3 focuses on positions and positioning of vulnerability in emerging discourses and in conversational exchanges. Vulnerability theories are grounded in the deep changes of the human ecologies of our societies and in the sense of precarity and inequality that individuals feel in relation to mainstream groups and institutions.

The concept of vulnerability opens up a series of infinite possible conjugations: victimization, fragility, weakness, disadvantage, being neglected, infantilized, ignored, excluded, and silenced. This leads to a series of (self-)presentation mechanisms at all levels that conference participants are called upon to describe in a wide range of manifestations: among them physical vulnerability, psychological vulnerability, social vulnerability, sexual and gender vulnerability, linguistic vulnerability, institutional vulnerability, verbal aggression.

Starting from these observations, we are interested in theoretical and empirical research that analyses contradictory discourses based on vulnerability positions and positioning. These positions can be expressed in agendas, arenas, and agencies.

The organisers approach these topics from an interdisciplinary linguistic perspective and wish to invite researchers from all disciplines to contribute to disciplinary and interdisciplinary discussions.

Publications of the NHS Research Centre

 Renata Gambino, Grazia Pulvirenti

 Storie Menti Mondi. Approccio Neuroermeneutico alla letteratura
 Stories Minds Worlds. A neurohermeneutic approach to literature

Mimesis, 2018

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Through the creation of stories and fiction, the human being organizes the experience of himself and the world, his own biological and imaginary experience, his own identity. And sometimes he is inspired by beauty in the stylistic-symbolic configuration of the literary text and in its fruition. In Storie Menti Mondi, literary experience is investigated as a dynamic, physiological, emotional and cognitive phenomenon, in relation to the mental processes which generate the proprium of every artistic creation and reconfigure it in the act of reading. Starting from the linguistic, formal, stylistic and symbolic specificities of a work, neurohermeneutics allows to interpret the text as an anthropological research device, as a privileged space for a reflection on the physical, emotional and cognitive processes implied by the imagination both in the creative act and in the aesthetic fruition. From this approach, which takes into account the interaction between hermeneutics, literary anthropology, studies on cognition, embodied simulation, empathy and the neural correlates of aesthetic experience, it is possible to open new critical perspectives on the exegesis of the text, as well as in relation to the culture in which each work is inscribed, and offer new insights into the processes of the mind engaged in the creative imagination and the fruition of stories: infinite worlds, which condense and resurface from the pages, through which the human being tries to build new meanings for his being in the world, in an exhaustible tension towards beauty.



 Renata Gambino, Grazia Pulvirenti

 La mente narrative di Heinrich von Kleist
 The narrative mind of Heinrich von Kleist

Mimesis, 2018

More information about the book (in Italian)

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The Romantic totality is shattered in the thought of Heinrich von Kleist. For him, language collides with the consciousness of the subject, the act of thinking and acting through words. This expresses an epistemic project that concerns knowledge acquired through the poetic power of language and narration, and not through speculation. The investigation that characterizes the Kleistian work can therefore be considered as a reconnaissance of the human mind, characterized by a narrative process of experimentation with reality.



Special Issues in the Gestalt Theory Journal

What is What? Focus on Transdisciplinary Concepts and Terminology in Neuroaesthetics, Cognition and Poetics
Was ist Was?

Transdisziplinäre Konzepte und Terminologien in Neuro-Ästhetik, Kognition und Poetik.

Guest Editors: Renata Gambino, Grazia Pulvirenti, Elisabetta Vinci.

Richard Teschner’s puppet theatre

We are pleased to announce the publication of the volume Nello specchio delle meraviglie. Il teatro di figura di Richard Teschner (In the mirror of wonders. Richard Teschner’s puppet theatre) by dott. Elisabetta Vinci, member of the NewHums Research Group.

The puppet theatre of Richard Teschner, a Bohemian artist who worked in the first half of the 20th century between Prague and Vienna, is different from any other example of theatre of the time. Thanks to a mixture of techniques and themes, deriving from eastern and western practice, and a coexistence of tradition and innovation, Teschner created a highly refined Gesamtkunstwerk.

[Elisabetta Vinci, Nello specchio delle meraviglie. Il teatro di figura di Richard Teschner, Mimesis, Milano 2019.]

Further information about the book can be retrieved at this link

Summer School “Pathos. Forms and fortunes of literary emotions”, taking place on August 27-30th, 2019 in the amazing setting of Monopoli, Italy.

Plenary talks by Karin Kukkonen, Françoise Lavocat and Paolo Giovannetti.

We will work on emotions in different literary traditions through various perspectives and methods. Some of the topics and authors covered are: Elena Ferrante, Elsa Morante, sentimentalism, cognitive narratology, fact/fiction, and digital literary studies.

The Summer School is open to anybody interested in the topic, with credits available for graduate students.


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Registration is open until June, 30th

NHS Directors in Naples

Wednesday 17 April 2019 at the University of Suor Orsola Benincasa (Naples)  the NeuroHumanities Studies Directors, Grazia Pulvirenti and Renata Gambino, presented their new books “The Narrative Mind of Heinrich von Kleist” and “Stories. Minds. Worlds. A Neurohermeneutic approach to literature”.


Giovanna Cermelli’s review of “La Mente Narrativa di Heinrich von Kleist” by Renata Gambino and Grazia Pulvirenti

We thank professor Giovanna Cermelli for her review on the prestigious journal Osservatorio Critico della Germanistica.

You can download the full review at the following  here

Stefano Ballerio’s Review of Gambino, Renata and Grazia Pulvirenti.Storie menti mondi. Approccio neuroermeneutico alla letteratura. Mimesis, 2018.

The recent study of Renata Gambino and Grazia Pulvirenti on the Neurohermenutics approach to literature (Storie menti mondi) was reviewed from professor Stefano Ballerio on the prestigious international journal Enthymema.


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