Cognitive Futures 2024 @ University of Catania

Deadline: 15th January 2024

10 years Cognitive Futures in The Arts and Humanities

From 4E to 5E Cognition: about Emotions

June 3-5, 2024 – Aesthetic Emotions

10 years ago the series of Cognitive Future conferences started in Bangor, moved to Durham, Oxford, Stony Brook, Kent, Mainz and was held online (instead of in Osnabrück) during pandemic emergency. The war prevented its taking place in St. Petersburg. This year it took place in Warsaw; in 2024 it will be Catania – with a ten-year anniversary.The focus will be on the latest epistemic paradigm of 4E Cognition and invite all interested scholars to reflect about the opportunity to enlarge this paradigm to 5E Cognition, including Emotions as part of any cognitive process.The selection committee will, as always, be open to suggestions from all ranges of research into cognitive perspectives in the arts and humanities. We seek to address and challenge empirical and theoretical approaches to the topic of Emotion and Cognition and hope to enlarge our perspectives to other fields of research like the Study of Emotions in relation to Moving Images and Immersive Technologies, but also the Emotional components in Cultural Evolution; the Archeology of Emotions; etc.


Topics are not limited to the ones we wish to suggest here:

  • Epistemic paradigms form 4E Cognition to 5E Cognition
  • Aesthetic emotions and quasi-emotions
  • Emotions in socio-cultural and behavioral context
  • Emotions and performative arts
  • Emotions and Literature
  • Emotions and the Medical Humanities
  • Pictures in motions and emotions
  • New technologies and emotions
  • Cognition and emotion
  • Memory and emotions
  • Rhetoric and stylistic and emotional response


Deadline for abstracts and panel proposals: 15th January 2024

Proposals for both individual papers and panels are to be submitted to

Submission details: We will accept submissions for both individual papers and pre-formed panels on a given topic. Innovative panels and round-table discussions are also welcome, as are performance presentations, workshops and posters. For individual papers, please, send 250-word. For pre-formed panels, please, submit individual abstracts, as well as a summary paragraph. We will consider only one individual paper per scholar but it is possible to submit both an individual abstract and a full panel proposal, should you wish to do so. All submissions should be sent as word file attachments, displaying the title and text of the abstract only, with the name of the presenter, affiliation and email address as part of the body of the mail itself.

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