Neuro Humanities Studies

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 

 

For the invitation link: turner@case.edu

 

For more information:  https://cognitivescience.case.edu/data-science-colloquium/

Weltkultur 2019

 

Give a look at the program!
Weltkultur Program

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.

 

Here is the full program: http://bit.ly/ENTbro

Registration is open until June, 30thhttp://bit.ly/ent2019

New NHS 2019 Program and Abstracts

NHS 2019 is now online!

Have a look to the NHS 2019 Program and Abstracts

Read information about this year Keynote Speakers

Participate in the Dialogue!

 

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!

Training School: “Empirical Methods for Humanities Scholars”

Dates of the Training School: 22 – 24 September 2016

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The International Society for Empirical Studies of Literature (IGEL) is collaborating with the COST Action group E-READ to organize its first Training School in Empirical Methods for the Humanities. The Training School will be hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on the 22d until the 24th of September of this year.

The aims of the Training School are to teach early career researchers coming from the Humanities the basics of empirical research methodology and to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration. The participants will learn – through lectures and hands on sessions – to design and set up an experiment; to decide on measuring devices and statistical tests, to use statistical procedures to explore data and conduct basic inferential tests, and to report results.

Integral to this training school is the mentor system we are currently setting up. We will match every participant to a researcher that is a member of our IGEL/E-Read community with similar research interests. That researcher will mentor the participant before the training school – providing guidance to the participant to further develop their research question – and after the training school – collaborating with the participant to conduct and report the experiment developed during the training school.

There are 10 places available in the training school. These 10 participants will be awarded a fellowship that covers the accommodation (incl. breakfast), the training school (incl. lunch and coffee) and a social activity on Saturday afternoon.If you want to participate, please send your application, including:

  • Your personal information (name, affiliation, research area/interest)
  • A brief motivation of why you would like to participate in the training school
  • A research question plus a brief description of the research project you would like to develop over the course of the training school

to Dr. Moniek Kuijpers atigelboard@gmail.com before the 30th of May.

If you have any questions about the training school or the application procedure you can send an email to igelboard@gmail.com

NHS 2016 – Third NeuroHumanities Dialogue

  

Third International Neurohumanities Dialogue

Ars et Ingenium
the Processes of Imagination

May 26, 27, 28, 2016

NewHums Research Center – Neurocognitive and Humanities Studies
International NeuroHumanities Studies Network
Lamberto Puggelli Foundation
Department of Humanities
University of Catania

 

The NewHums Research Center – Neurocognitive and Humanities Studies of the University of Catania (Italy), the International NeuroHumanities Studies Network and the Lamberto Puggelli Foundation are proud to announce the Third NeuroHumanities Dialogue, “Ars et Ingenium: the Processes of Imagination”, which is going to take place on May 26, 27 and 28, 2016 at the Benedictine Monastery of Piazza Dante, Catania (Italy), with the participation of the most important scholars working on this topic, such as Semir Zeki and Mark Turner among many others prominent researchers.

 

After an inspiring and ground-breaking First NeuroHumanities Dialogue about “Neuroaesthetics and Cognitive Poetics” at the University of Catania in 2014, and a Second NeuroHumanities Dialogue on “Metaphors as source of Creative Thought” in 2015, the third edition of the Dialogue (organized by The NewHums Research Center – Neurocognitive and Humanities Studies, directed by Grazia Pulvirenti, and the International NeuroHumanities Studies Network, directed by Grazia Pulvirenti and Renata Gambino from the University of Catania), will be focused on the cognitive value and neural processes of Imagination. Art in general, and literature in particular, are a favoured object to reflect meta-critically upon the “imaginative processes” of imagination as a complex multimodal and emergent phenomenon implying cognitive and emotional activations.

Thus, this year dialogue will address relevant questions of the recent discussion about imagination, such as: its cognitive value and the concomitant neural processes; the reason why imagination is such an important factor in human experience; how imagination arises in the human, how it can be measured and improved.

 

Keynote speakers of the “Dialogue” 2016 are

 

  • On afternoon May 26

Semir Zeki, neurobiologist and founder of Neuroaesthetics from University College of London;
Mark Turner, cognitive scientist and founding director of the Cognitive Science Network from Case Western Reserve University

 

  • On morning May 27

Deborah Jenson, humanities scholar and coordinator of the NeuroHumanities Research Group of Duke University;
Arthur M. Jacobs, experimental and neurocognitive psychologist from Free University of Berlin

 

  • On afternoon May 27

Helmut Leder, Head of the Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods at the University of Vienna;
Gabrielle Starr, Dean of the College of Arts and Science at New York University

 

The peculiarity of the meeting relies on its format: a real dialogue between two keynote speakers each session and invited scholars from international institutions, who will join the dialogue as discussants during the conference days and the final round-table of the 28th May.

 

The convention is going to take place at the Palazzo del Rettorato of Piazza Università on the 26th May, and it is going to continue at the Benedictine Monastery, historic site in Catania, which today hosts the Department of Humanities (DISUM) of the University of Catania.

 

For further information, please visit http://www.neurohumanitiestudies.eu/NHS2016/

 

 

Promoters
NewHums Research Center – Neurocognitive and Humanities Studies
International NeuroHumanities Studies Network
Department of Electric, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences
Department of Chemical Sciences
Department of Humanities
University of Catania
Lamberto Puggelli Foundation

 

Team
Giovanni Gallo, Renata Gambino, Daniela Giordano, Grazia Pulvirenti, Giuseppe Spoto, Mario Zappia

 

 

Organization
Grazia Pulvirenti and Renata Gambino
NewHums Research Center – Neurocognitive and Humanities Studies
International NeuroHumanities Studies Network
Department of Humanities
Monastero dei Benedettini
Piazza Dante, 32 – 95124 Catania

 

 

Administrative Office
Federica Abramo (federica.ab@gmail.com)

 

Foundation Administrative Office
Elena Maita (elenamaita91@gmail.com)

 

 

Conference Report – NHS2015

Second NeuroHumanities Dialogue

Metaphors as a Source of Creative Thought

4-6 June 2015

NHS Research Group
Department of Humanities
University of Catania

 

On the dates of June 4-6, 2015, the University of Catania and the Teatro Machiavelli hosted the Second NeuroHumanities Dialogue on the theme of “Metaphors as a Source of Creative Thought”, organized by the NeuroHumanities Research Group based at the Department of Humanities of the University of Catania.

The event built on the success of last year’s NeuroHumanities Dialogue about “Neuroaesthetics and Cognitive Poetics” and expanded the number of sessions and participants, while promoting lively scholarly discussion through its tried and tested dialogical format, already introduced with the first meeting.

Specifically, the Second NeuroHumanities Dialogue addressed the issue of metaphor from a variety of points of view, ranging from cognitive and neural approaches to linguistics, literature, and art.

The conference program featured three dialogical sessions with two invited keynote speakers and six other speakers, together with a final roundtable-session with all the participants contributing to the discussion.

The opening address of the conference was delivered by the NHS research group leaders, Professor Grazia Pulvirenti and Professor Renata Gambino, who presented the NewHums – Neurohumanities Studies Research Centre, inaugurated in Catania on the 11 May 2015 with a guest lecture on “The Origin of Beauty” delivered by Prof. Semir Zeki, neurobiologist at the University College London. Newhums is the first research centre in Italy to be devoted to the analysis of such phenomena of human mind as memory, consciousness, imagination, cognition and learning, with a specific focus on creative processes. Professors Gambino and Pulvirenti explained that the centre is the result of a complex networking activity with both private and public scholarly institutions, in order to promote, coordinate, and publish research which put together neurological, cognitive, biological and digital studies with best practice and knowledge in the field of art, performance and the humanities.

Anjan Chatterjee, Professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, delivered the first keynote speech on the theme “Building Metaphors in the Brain”. Professor Chatterjee presented his current research on the neural bases of human cognition. He reported on behavioural experiments conducted on patients with cognitive disorder, aimed at investigating the neural underpinnings of such phenomena as relational thinking, spatial thought, and the procedures of abstraction and extraction that take place in our brains, especially when exposed to metaphorical language. Further experiments contrasting the patients’ reactions to novel and familiar metaphors gave evidence of two different cognitive strategies, pointing out that novelty in language demands a higher level of abstraction and increased cognitive control in order to creatively elaborate the sense of the sentence.

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