Neuro Humanities Studies

CFP: Emotions and Cognition: Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience in Dialogue

RiFP – Rivista internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia

Deadline: September 30, 2016

 

What is an emotion? What is the relationship between emotion and cognition? How can one best articulate the distinction, if there is one, between cognition and emotion? What is the function of emotion with respect to cognition? And what contribution can neuroscience make to our understanding of emotions and the relationship between cognition and emotion? These are just a few of the key questions addressed by those philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists who investigate emotional experience.

RiFP – Rivista internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia, with the support of SINe – Società italiana di Neuroetica e Filosofia delle Neuroscienze, seeks to promote a broad interdisciplinary discussion on these themes for the first issue in 2017. RIFP and SINe invite all scholars who wish to contribute to this discussion to send original manuscripts on the relationship between emotion and cognition, from a theoretical and/or empirical and/or historical approach. The sub-themes of the present call for papers include, but are not limited to:

(a) work that focuses, including from a historical perspective, on the relationship between emotions and knowledge, by defining the possible differences between, or identity of, emotional experiences and cognitive processes. The relationship

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)

 

 

Second NeuroHumanities Dialogue

Metaphors as Source of Creative Thought

June 4, 5, 6, 2015

Neuro Humanities Studies
University of Catania
Department of Humanities

The Neuro Humanities Research Group of the University of Catania (Italy) is proud to announce the Second NeuroHumanities Dialogue, “Metaphors as source of creative thought”, which is going to take place on June 4, 6 and 7, 2015 at the Machiavelli Theatre, University Square, Catania (Italy).

The Neuro Humanities Studies Network, directed by Grazia Pulvirenti and Renata Gambino from  University of Catania, from 2011 aims at creating a multidisciplinary research community in order to develop and structure a linking platform for neuro-scientific, cognitive topics and humanities.

After an inspiring and ground-breaking First Neuro Humanities Dialogue about “Neuroaesthetics and Cognitive Poetics” at the University of Catania in 2014, the second edition of the Dialogue addresses relevant questions of the recent discussion about metaphors, such as: their cognitive value  and the concomitant neural processes, their embodied nature, the difference between metaphors conventionalized in language and discourse and novel ones, deliberate and non-deliberate metaphors.

Keynote speakers of the “Dialogue” 2015 are Neurologist Anjan Chatterjee from the University of Pennsylvania and Humanities Scholar Gerard Steen, Director of the Metaphor Lab and Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Amsterdam. The peculiarity of the meeting relies on its format: a real dialogue between two keynote speakers and ten discussants  from University of Osnabrück (Germany), Potsdam (Germany), Warsaw (Poland), Duke (USA), Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle, France), Bari, Palermo e Naples (Italy).

The convention is going to take place at the Machiavelli Theater, historic site in Catania, which was recently reopened thanks to the effort of the Department of Humanities at University of Catania and the non-profit Association INGRESSO LIBERO, founded in 2009 by the theatre director and pedagogue Lamberto Puggelli.

For further details, visit the website:  http://www.neurohumanitiestudies.eu/NHS2015/

 

Directors
Grazia Pulvirenti
Renata Gambino

Assistant Director
Federica Abramo (federica.ab@gmail.com)

Secretary Office
Simona Di Mari (simo_d_86@hotmail.it)
Sabrina Apa (sabrinaapa27@gmail.com)

Communication Office
Natalia Scandurra (natalia.scandurra@gmail.com)

 

Neuro Humanities Studies Research Group
University of Catania
Monastero dei Benedettini
Piazza Dante, 32 – 95124 Catania

neuhums@gmail.com

 

RFP: Advancing the Science of Imagination: Toward an “Imagination Quotient

Deadline (Letter of Intent): 30 September 2014

 

The Imagination Institute has issued a request for proposals for grants for scientific on imagination.

 

“Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the Imagination Institute, a non-profit organization based in Pennsylvania dedicated to advancing the understanding of and research on imagination, has established under its initiative, Advancing the Science of Imagination: Toward an “Imagination Quotient,” a grants competition targeted to psychologists, neuroscientists, and educators who conduct research on theory of mind, mental imagery, mental simulation, perspective taking, prospective thought, daydreaming, mind wandering, counterfactual thinking, creativity, memory, curiosity, child development, aging, social cognition, and related fields, to support projects that seek to test and validate a proposed measure and develop an intervention for imagination/perspective. This initiative encourages such researchers to collaborate with individuals in corporate, military, school, health, university, governmental, and artistic settings to demonstrate that the proposed measure and interventions work in such a setting. Proposals from around the world will be welcomed.

 

In 2015, up to fifteen (15), two-year grants in the range of $150,000 to $200,000 will be awarded to scholars from around the world. The awards are intended to generate new scientific information in order to further clarify the construct of imagination and its measurement for the purpose of advancing an understanding of the human mind and its role in the optimization of human potential and flourishing. The award recipients will be brought together for a retreat at the conclusion of the program in the summer of 2017 in order to compare the results of their projects and to discuss longer-term efforts at generating an “Imagination Quotient”.”

 

Further info about the request for proposals and its full description can be found in the website: http://imagination-institute.org/

NHS Dialogue 2014 – University of Catania

1st Transdisciplinary Dialogue:

Neuroaesthetics and Cognitive Poetics

6-7 June 2014

 

 

The research group of NeuroHumanitieStudies Project is proud to announce the 1st Transdisciplinary Meeting about Neuroaesthetics and Cognitive Poetics in Catania. The meeting will focus on the dialogue between Prof. Semir Zeki and Prof. Michael Burke.

Visit the website

www.neurohumanitiestudies.eu/NHS2014

 

Read flyer

Michael Burke is professor of rhetoric at the Humanities Faculty of UCR, Utrecht University  in Netherlands. His research interests range from rhetoric to neuroscience. He is member of several international projects about pedagogical stylistics, cognitive literary science and rhetorical pedagogy. Chair of the international Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA) and member of many other research associations. His recent book, Literary Reading Cognition and Emotion: An Exploration of Oceanic Mind (2011) has broken a new path in the linguistic research field.

http://www.ucr.nl/about-ucr/Faculty-and-Staff/Academic-Core/Pages/Prof–Dr–Michael-Burke.aspx

 

Semir Zeki  is a British neurobiologist who has specialized in studying the primate visual brain and more recently the neural correlates of affective states, such as the experience of love, desire and beauty that are generated by sensory inputs within the field of neuroesthetics. Professor of Neurobiology, since 2008 he is professor of Neuroestetics at UCL, his last three books, A Vision of the Brain (1993), Inner Vision: an exploration of art and the brain (1999); Splendors and Miseries of the Brain (2009) have opened the way to a new trans-disciplinary approach to art fruition and brain functions.

http://www.vislab.ucl.ac.uk/

 

For further info please contact:

Simona Di Mari (simo_d_86@hotmail.it)
Prof. Renata Gambino (renatagambino@gmail.com)

Call for Papers: IAEA 2014

The 2014 Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA)

will be held in New York City from August 22-24, 2014.

 

Deadline: 1 April 2014

 

The 2014 IAEA Congress is an opportunity for researchers and scholars from different domains and countries to present and share empirical research on aesthetics, creativity, and the psychology of the arts. Submissions may address questions concerning: aesthetic perception, appreciation, emotion, experience, and judgment; the creative process in various media and domains; cultural studies; musicology; art historical perspectives on aesthetics and creativity; architectural and design studies; museology; philosophical, theoretical, and methodological issues in aesthetics research; and others.

 

Detailed information about the Congress venues, program, submission guidelines, registration, travel, and accommodations may be found on the official Congress website:

 

http://iaea2014.weebly.com/

 

Congress Organizing Committee: Aaron Kozbelt (Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center), Paul Locher (Montclair State University), Pablo Tinio (Queens College)

 

Questions about the 2014 Congress should be emailed to: iaeacongress2014@gmail.com 

 

For more information about IAEA, please visit: http://www.science-of-aesthetics.org

CFP – 10th Conference of the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor

METAPHOR IN COMMUNICATION, SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
Cagliari, June 20-23, 2014

Department of Pedagogy, Psychology, Philosophy
School of Communication Science
University of Cagliari

 

The Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor welcomes researchers from various theoretical approaches studying metaphor and metonymy in different forms of expression and in different realms of use in society (e.g., educational, political, commercial, artistic). Contributors to the 2014 conference may approach metaphor and metonymy from a variety of perspectives (including philosophical, cognitive, discursive, cultural, pedagogical, social, etc.) and by applying a variety of methods (including discourse analytical methods, corpus-based methods, experimental methods, etc.)

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Deadline

Call for Papers – IGEL

International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media

Conference Torino 21 – 25 July 2014

Deadline: 15th January  2014

You are invited to send proposals for conference papers and symposia in the following and related fields:

  • Literary reading processes (emotion, cognition, personality, etc.);
  • The social role of literature and related media (e.g. film, theatre, Internet, multimedia, virtual reality);
  • Educational implications of empirical studies of literature and the media;

Call for Papers – Cognitive Futures in the Humanities

The 2nd International Conference will take place at Durham University, 24-26 April 2014.

Deadline: 1st December 2013

CONFIRMED PLENARY SPEAKERS

  • ALAN RICHARDSON (Boston College)
  • PATRICIA WAUGH (Durham University)
  • MARK ROWLANDS (University of Miami)
  • DAVID HERMAN (Durham University)
  • ALAN PALMER (Independent scholar)
  • VYVYAN EVANS (Bangor University)

PLUS A ROUNDTABLE ON INTERDISCIPLINARITY INCLUDING ELLEN SPOLSKY (BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY) AND MICHAEL WHEELER (STIRLING UNIVERSITY)

Project

The Neuro Humanities Studies Network aims at creating a multidisciplinary research community in order to develop and structure a linking platform for neuro-scientific, cognitive topics and humanities.



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