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Ekphrasis is a text genre based on the intertwining of visual and verbal features, involving the processes of both reading, and priming a visual image or a related action. We argue in this study that...

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6th NeuroHumanities Dialogue – Beauty and Embodiment in the Arts

Beauty and Embodiment in the Arts

 

NewHums Research Center – Neurocognitive and Humanities Studies

 

University of CataniaInternational NeuroHumanities Studies Network

 

6th NHS Dialogue 2019, 24th-25th May 2019

 

Catania, Benedictine Monastery, Machiavelli Theatre

 

On May 24th and 25th 2019, the interdepartmental research center NewHums – Neurocognitive and Humanities Studies – organises the sixth Neuro Humanities Dialogue with the title “Beauty and Embodiment in the Arts”. The aim of this year dialogue is to investigate the bound between works of art and our physical perception of them.

 

During recent years, the NewHums research center has promoted a prolific interdisciplinary discussion (in the form of yearly NHS Dialogues), engaging several international research groups on various topics, such as neuroaesthetics, metaphors, cognition and imagination. NewHums aimed at defining possible and new approaches to the study of the literary text and the work of art, process involving both humanities and science. The present Dialogue focuses on the analysis of multiple parameters in the aesthetic perception of a work of art, for instance, its subjective and objective qualities and the concept of beauty as primordial element in the relationship between mankind and artistic creation. In this frame, corporeity  can be seen as a bridge between internal world and external output, human being and art, questioning the dynamics between the percipient subject and the perceived object. The interconnected response is the starting point of embodied cognition, id est, the epistemological foundation of the deep interweaving between humanities and cognitive sciences.

 

Knowledge is thought to be an embodied reality, strictly bound to mind and body simultaneously and the embodiment is the existential condition of the subject, as implication. The physiological and biological nature of the human body is then the premise for every form of subjectivity, consciousness, thought, expression, social interaction, time and aesthetic experience. The artistic product is the point of confluence of the human mind and the external world, body and beauty represent the Cartesian axes by means of which, the aesthetic experience moves.


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.

NHS 2019 (coming soon)

Beauty and Embodiment in the Arts

 

NewHums Research Center – Neurocognitive and Humanities Studies

University of CataniaInternational NeuroHumanities Studies Network

6th NHS Dialogue 2019, 24th-25th May 2019

Catania, Benedictine Monastery, Machiavelli Theatre

On May 24th and 25th 2019, the interdepartmental research center NewHums – Neurocognitive and Humanities Studies – organises the sixth Neuro Humanities Dialogue with the title “Beauty and Embodiment in the Arts”. The aim of this year dialogue is to investigate the bound between works of art and our physical perception of them.

During recent years, the NewHums research center has promoted a prolific interdisciplinary discussion (in the form of yearly NHS Dialogues), engaging several international research groups on various topics, such as neuroaesthetics, metaphors, cognition and imagination. NewHums aimed at defining possible and new approaches to the study of the literary text and the work of art, process involving both humanities and science. The present Dialogue focuses on the analysis of multiple parameters in the aesthetic perception of a work of art, for instance, its subjective and objective qualities and the concept of beauty as primordial element in the relationship between mankind and artistic creation. In this frame, corporeity  can be seen as a bridge between internal world and external output, human being and art, questioning the dynamics between the percipient subject and the perceived object. The interconnected response is the starting point of embodied cognition, id est, the epistemological foundation of the deep interweaving between humanities and cognitive sciences.

Knowledge is thought to be an embodied reality, strictly bound to mind and body simultaneously and the embodiment is the existential condition of the subject, as implication. The physiological and biological nature of the human body is then the premise for every form of subjectivity, consciousness, thought, expression, social interaction, time and aesthetic experience. The artistic product is the point of confluence of the human mind and the external world, body and beauty represent the Cartesian axes by means of which, the aesthetic experience moves.

NeuroHumanities Lecture at University of Parma

The NeuroHumanities Studies Directors, Grazia Pulvirenti and Renata Gambino, will held a Lecture to present their new book about Neurohermeneutics at the University of Parma (Italy) on Thuesday 16th October 2018 at 11 a.m.

Students, phd students and researchers are cordially invited. The lecture is also open to everyone interested.


CFP: INSTITUT DU MONDE ANGLOPHONE – JUNE 22-23, 2018 – SORBONNE NOUVELLE UNIVERSITY, PARIS

Inhabiting immersive territories: neuroscientific and ecological perspectives on literature, videogames and the arts in the Anthropocene

 

While our natural habitat is being degraded by our inability to develop sustainable lifestyles on a planetary scale, arts create immersive environments, opening up new modes of inhabitation. Videogames, literature, cinema, theater, and visual arts design territories, inviting us to explore and to wander, to roam and to contemplate; unproductive activities that disrupt the cycles of neoliberalism and counter the cognitive styles it promotes.

These embodied activities are made possible by the reader/player/spectator’s capacity to immerse herself in texts, by her ability to enter altered states of consciousness. These states of consciousness allow us to dwell in secondary worlds, in which we can spend a significant part of our time and physiological resources, a significant part of our life. What can neuroscience, ecology and the humanities teach us about these states of consciousness, these modes of attention that modulate our encounter with artistic creations and their designed universes? And how do artists build these universes? How do they become a habitat for the “symbolic species” (to use Terrence Deacon’s words)? Can our daily frequentation of these territories change the way we relate to our geophysical, planetary environment?

 

It is around an intervention by neuroscientist Semir Zeki (University College of London) that we will engage with these questions. This conference is part of the Annual Neurohumanities Meetings held at Sorbonne Nouvelle since 2013, and is organized by the [Science/Literature] research group, EA 4398 PRISMES: https://litorg.hypotheses.org.

 

For more information please follow the link below:

https://immersions.hypotheses.org/

 

 

250 words abstracts accompanied by a biographical note are to be sent before April 20, 2018, to pierre-louis.patoine@sorbonne-nouvelle.fr.

Notification of acceptance date: February 28, 2018

 

Scientific Committee

Alexa Weik von Mossner (Klagenfurt University)

Carl Therrien (University of Montreal)

Alexis Blanchet (Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Aude Leblond (Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Jonathan Hope (University of Quebec in Montreal)

 

“WHAT IS WHAT?” FIFTH NEUROHUMANITIES DIALOGUE 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the meeting point between Science and Humanities?
How can common conceptual and lexical frameworks improve transdisciplinary research?

 

We are very pleased to announce that our fifth Neurohumanities Dialogue What is What? Focus on transdisciplinary concepts and terminology in Neuroaesthetics, Cognition and Poetics will take place in Catania, on 31st May and 1st June.
The aim of this year Dialogue is to focus on the terminological difficulties encountered during transdisciplinary research studies. Thanks to and due to the continuous discussion of the last years on the terms to be used in the scientific research, the project of a common ground for literary texts and arts analysis is feasible. What better occasion than a transdisciplinary and international Dialogue?
Different personalities will propose current studies and original points of view with the purpose of setting a possible common frame of terms and categories for future research.
Some of the brightest research leaders will give their contribution: Mark Turner, Alan Richardson, Semir Zeki, Arthur M. Jacobs and Helmut Leder.
Furthermore, other relevant specialists like Amy Cook, Pascal Nicklas, Pierre-Louis Patoine, Alexander Bergs, Silvia Bonacchi, Jana Lüdtke and Teresa Sylvester will partecipate and feed the debate.

 

For more information:

http://www.neurohumanitiestudies.eu/NHS2018/

 

 

 

 

CFP: IGEL 2018 – Juli 25-28 2018, Stavanger

EXTENDED DEADLINE: January 20, 2018.

The International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature (IGEL) invites submissions to the 2018 biennial conference across all areas of the empirical study of literature and media, including but not limited to, cognitive processing of literature, literature/media and culture, neuroscience and literature, literary reception, reading and emotion, historical study of literature, and corpus analysis of literature.

Submissions may be accepted either as spoken presentations (individual papers or parts of pre-organized symposia) or as poster presentations. The format of spoken presentations (whether paper or symposia) is 20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion.

The review committee requires a summary of the presentation. The summary should be 600-800 words and contain a short introduction, a description of the methods as appropriate, and a brief conclusion. The committee will not accept papers or posters based on data that have yet to be collected. Acceptance decisions will be communicated to the authors by March 15, 2018.

Submission Online submission system
(click on the “Abstracts” tab)

Submitters must provide the following information for each submission (see online registration for details):

  • Author information
  • Co-authors (if any)
  • Three to five relevant keywords
  • A 100-word abstract
  • You indicate the format (poster, paper, symposium paper) by ticking the appropriate box

 

Submitters download/attach the above-mentioned summary, which should include a title and be no longer than 600-800 words (not including bibliography). Please do NOT include author information in the summary.

 

It should contain a short theoretical introduction/framework, methodological overview (including quantitative or qualitative approach), key findings, and a brief discussion. The summary should be saved using a generic name (e.g. summary.pdf). Proposals that exceed the specified length will not be reviewed.

Inquiries about the submission process or the conference should be sent to lesesenteret@uis.no (please put “IGEL” in the subject line).

 

Outstanding Student Paper Award

IGEL will give an Outstanding Student Paper Award. In order to be considered for this award, the first author must be a graduate student, and the student’s supervisor must send a recommendation to lesesenteret@uis.no describing the student’s contribution to the research project. First authors should indicate the eligibility of their submission using the provided checkbox during the submission process.

Please check http://igel2018.no/ regularly and join us on Facebook for updates.

 

EXTENDED DEADLINE: January 20, 2018.

 

Additional Information

The official website of IGEL: http://www.igel.uni-goettingen.de/
The IGEL 2018 conference website: http://igel2018.no/

We look forward to seeing you in Stavanger for the 2018 IGEL conference!

14 PhD Positions at the University of Verona (Italy) – INVITE Programme

The University of Verona is going to open a call for applications for 14 PhD positions within the EU-funded project INVITE.

We kindly ask you to promote this initiative on you website or by your own communication channels (social networks, newsletter).

The INVITE call for applications officially opens on 15 January 2018 and closes on 16 April 2018 at 2 p.m.

INVITE is a doctoral programme of the University of Verona with a strong inter-sectoralinter-disciplinary and international dimension. It is co-financed by the European Union within the Horizon 2020 Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754345 and by the Regione del Veneto.
The 14 available positions allow to perform competitive high quality scientific research in the following area: from Arts and Humanities to Legal and Economic Sciences, from Health and Life Sciences to Natural and Engineering Sciences.

In particular we would like to draw your attentions to the following research area: The experience of the Other: the stranger, the foreigner, the different, the outsider, the unknown within the Phd programme in Foreign Literatures, Languages and Linguistics.

More information on the INVITE website: http://sites.centri.univr.it/invite/the-call/research-areas/experience-stranger/

The INVITE doctoral programme aims to encourage each student’s intellectual curiosity and support the acquisition of critical thinking skills by training them in the use of innovative theoretical tools and practical methods.

INVITE is open to early-stage researchers of any age and nationality and from any country. Few restrictions apply to candidates:

  • They must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline;
  • They must hold a Master’s Degree (Master of Science or Master of Arts) or similar degree equivalent to the Italian Laurea Magistrale / Specialisticathat, in their country of origin, grants access to PhD programmes;
  • They must not already hold a PhD and must have less than 4 years (full-time equivalent) of research experience.

On the Press room page (http://sites.centri.univr.it/invite/press-room/) you will find some pictures and a short presentation you can use to promote the call for applications.

For further information about the call you can visit the INVITE website (http://www.univr.it/invite) or you can contact us by email (invite@ateneo.univr.it), or download this file INVITE PhD Position information file.

 

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