Liliana Albertazzi is Principal Investigator at CIMeC (Center for Mind/Brain Sciences) and Professor of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Language at the Department of Humanities of the University of Trento, where she is also head of the Experimental Phenomenology Laboratory. Her current works are mainly in the fields of crossmodality and experimental aesthetics. She is the author of five books, and more that 150 publications in academic journals (Axiomathes, Perception, i-Perception, Perception & Motor Skills, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Frontiers in Psychology, Art & Perception, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Seeing and Perceiving, Psychologia, etc.). She also edited 22 books with different publishing houses, including MIT Press, Springer, Benjamins, Ashgate, and Wiley-Blackwell. Albertazzi is also editor of the Handbook of Experimental Phenomenology: Visual Perception of Shape, Space and Appearance (Wiley). The list of her recent publications in aesthetics and language includes: Calligraphy and Klee’s Abstract Painting, Art & Perception 2015; Cross-modal associations between materic painting and classical Spanish music,Frontiers in Psychology 2015; Philosophical background: Phenomenology, in Handbook or Perceptual Organization, OUP 2015; Spatial elements in visual awareness, Philosophia Scientiae 2015; The semantics of biological forms, Perception 2014; The hue of angles: Was Kandinsky right?, Art & Perception 2014; The hue of concepts, Perception 2013; The hue of shapes, Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 2012; The perceptual roots of metaphor, in L. Albertazzi et al. es., Perception beyond Inference, MIT press 2010.
Michael Burke is Professor of Rhetoric (linguistics) at UCRA, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, where he is the head of department. He is also the chair of the International Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA), the Secretary of the Rhetoric Society of Europe and is a Routledge Linguistics Series Editor (in rhetoric and stylistics). He is best known for his research monograph Literary Reading Cognition and Emotion: An Exploration of the Oceanic Mind (2011). He has also published widely on pedagogy, rhetoric and stylistics in diverse journals including Language and Literature, Style, The European Journal of English Studies and Foundations of Science. Publications relevant to the field of neuro-humanities include: “Cognitive Stylistics: History, Development and Current Applications” Journal of Foreign Languages. Vol. 33/1, 2010, pp. 40-46. ’Progress is a comfortable disease: Cognition in a stylistic analysis of e.e.cummings’, M. Lambrou, and P. Stockwell, Contemporary Stylistics. London: Continuum, 2007. ‘Cognitive Stylistics’ in Encyclopaedia of Language and Linguistics (2nd Edition), ed. Keith Brown Amsterdam, Elsevier, 2006, pp. 218-221. ‘Emotion in stylistics’ in: Encyclopaedia of Language and Linguistics (2nd Edition), ed. Keith Brown Amsterdam, Elsevier, 2006, pp. 127-129. ‘How Cognition Can Augment Stylistic Analysis’. The European Journal of English Studies, Vol. 9.2 (August 2005), pp. 185-96. ‘Cognitive Stylistics in the Classroom: A Pedagogical Account’, in: Style (39):1, 2004. pp. 491-510. ‘Literature as Parable’, in: Cognitive Poetics in Practice (eds. J. Gavins and G. Steen), London: Routledge, 2003, pp. 115-128.
Anjan Chatterjee is a Professor of Neurology, and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BA in Philosophy from Haverford College. His clinical practice focuses on patients with cognitive disorders. His research focuses on spatial cognition and language, attention, and aesthetics using neuropsychological and functional neuroimaging methods. He also writes about neuroethics. He has two forthcoming books: Neuroethics in Practice, and The Aesthetic Brain, both to be published by Oxford University Press. He is on the editorial boards of: Cognitive Neuropsychology, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Behavioural Neurology, Neuropsychology, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, European Neurology, Empirical Studies of the Arts and Policy Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology. He was awarded the 2002 Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology by the American Academy of Neurology. He is a founding member of the Board of Governors of the Neuroethics Society, the President of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, and the President-elect of the Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology Society. He is on the Board of Mangers of Haverford College.
Vittorio Gallese is Full Professor of Physiology at the Department of Neuroscience (University of Parma), Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at the Dept. of Art History and Archeology (Columbia University) and Director of the Doctoral School of Medicine of the University of Parma. Since the beginning his research activity has been focused on the relationship between the sensory-motor system and cognition in non-human primates and humans. In more recent years Vittorio Gallese broadened his research interests to the field of cognitive science, investigating the neurobiological basis of intersubjectivity, empathy, language, theory of mind and aesthetics. He also applies neuroscientific methods to study Autism and Schizophrenia. Since many years he is involved in fruitful multidisciplinary collaborations with scholars of other disciplines, like philosophy of mind (collaborating with Alvin Goldman, Thomas Metzinger and Corrado Sinigaglia), cognitive linguistics (collaborating with George Lakoff and Art Glenberg), aesthetics (collaborating with David Freedberg), psychiatry and psychoanalysis (collaborating with Morris Eagle, Paolo Migone, Thomas Fuchs, and Josef Parnas) and narratology (collaborating with Hannah Wojchiehowski). The major scientific contribution of Vittorio Gallese consisted of the discovery of mirror neurons, together with his colleagues of Parma, and of the development of a unified model of basic aspects of intersubjectivity: Embodied Simulation Theory. Vittorio Gallese’s scientific activity is testified by more than 160 scientific publications in peer-reviewed international scientific journals and international scientific edited books.
Maria Teresa Giaveri is Full Professor of Comparative Literature in the Università di Torino, Vice-President of “Associazione di Studi di Teoria e Storia Comparata delle Letterature” (Italian section of ICLA) and of “Centro Studi ed Edizioni dei Testi” (Napoli). She is editor of several series of literary criticism (“Melusina”, ETS; “Al buon Corsiero” and “Imago Mundi”, Diabasis; “Castelli di Carta” Mesogea). She has published over one hundred contributions on Paul Valéry and Symbolist literature and on problems and methods of genetic criticism.
She published many essays in the field of genetic criticism. She has also done research work on relationship between literature and the arts and between different national literatures, namely: Borges e Dante (in AA. VV., Lectura Dantis, Edizioni dell’Università “l’Orientale”, 2001); Il viso, il naso: fra Marcel Proust e Murasaki Shikibu (in AA. VV., La scrittura e il volto,Napoli, Liguori 2006). She has, moreover, developed a method for the teaching of italian language at various levels. She is a translator and a research person in translation criticism.
She is a member of Conseil Scientifique de l’Université de Paris X Nanterre and in the board of scientific review as ”Genesis”, “Recto/Verso” (Paris CNRS) and “Between”(ICLA). In 2011 she was in the team of the ten Italian representative “Trans-Siberian authors” ( see www.transiberiana.ru)
Patrick Colm Hogan is a Professor in the Department of English at the University of Connecticut, where he is also on the faculty of the Program in Cognitive Science, the Program in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, and the Program in India Studies. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Mind and Its Stories: Narrative Universals and Human Emotion (Cambridge University Press, 2003), hailed by Steven Pinker as “a landmark in modern intellectual life,” and What Literature Teaches Us About Emotion (Cambridge University Press, 2011). His most recent books are How Authors’ Minds Make Stories (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and Narrative Discourse: Authors and Narrators in Literature, Film, and Art (Ohio State University Press, 2013). Forthcoming work includes Conversations on Cognitive Cultural Studies, a book of conversations with Frederick Aldama. Hogan has also edited or co-edited four books, including The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and authored over 150 articles, many treating literature and psychology.
Marco Iacoboni is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Iacoboni pioneered the research on mirror neurons, the “smart cells” in our brain that allow us to understand others. His research has been covered by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, The Economist, and major TV networks. Marco Iacoboni’s new book on mirror neurons is entitled Mirroring People: The New Science of How We Connect with Others (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2008).
Albert Meier is full professor of German Literature and Media at the Christian- Alberchts University of Kiel. He is also member of the following institutes: Academy of Science (Hamburg), Research Centre for European Classicism (Weimar) and Goethe-Gesellschaft (Weimar), where he is also member of the Board of Directors. His main research interests include poetics and aesthetics, the relation between classicism and romanticism, the logic of the prose, the Pop-Culture and the relations between German and Italian literatures. Currently his work is focusing on the literature as “art in words” and, in the foreground, on the poetic tendencies in 19th and 20th centuries.
Prof. David S. Miall Full Professor of the Department of English and Film Studies University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada Courses taught in British Romantic Literature, Gothic Fiction, Nineteenth-Century Novel, The Short Story, Hypertext Theory, Humanities Computing, Bibliography and Research Methods, History of Reading, Empirical Studies of Literary Reading, Cognitive Poetics, and introductory English courses. Currently he is working on a book-length manuscript co-authored with Don Kuiken, tentatively entitled A Feeling for Reading. With Don Kuiken (Psychology) I help direct a weekly lab meeting that includes several graduate students, in which we focus on our empirical and theoretical studies of reading. This has also been joined at various times by scholars and graduate students from Brazil, China, Poland, Finland, Tunisia, Denmark, and Holland.
Prof. Corrado Sinigaglia Associate Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at University of Milan.
He is professor of philosophy of science at University of Milan. He has been at University of Milan since 2001 when he was appointed a researcher there. Before that he studied at the Husserl-Archives of Leuven, at the Ecole Normale Superiéure, and at the University of Genova, where he obtained my PhD in philosophy of science.
His current work is mostly in the neuroscience, phenomenology, and philosophy of mind. He is interested in the enactive roots of social cognition, and he has proposed a motor approach to intentionality.
Gerard Steen is Professor of Language and Communication at the Department of Dutch Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam. He is the founding director of the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam <http://metaphorlab.org/>, an international expertise center for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research on metaphor in language, cognition and communication. He is a member of the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication, ACLC <http://aclc.uva.nl/>, at the University of Amsterdam, and of the Network Institute <http://www.networkinstitute.nl/> at VU University Amsterdam.
Steen’s research interests have focused on metaphor and its use in a wide variety of discourse contexts modeled via the notion of genre. Currently, Steen and colleagues are working on building an interdisciplinary metaphor processing model that will combine approaches from the fields of linguistics (structural-functional grammar, cognitive linguistics, relevance theory), psychology (neuro science, psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, social psychology) and the social sciences (communication science). Embedded in a more comprehensive approach to all language and communication, as based on genre knowledge and genre acts, the model will be used to investigate structures and processes of metaphorical meaning in their situated context of use and to tap the resulting knowledge for practical applications in language and communication – such as text design and editing.
Steen’s main contributions include the development of a three-dimensional model for metaphor and a related procedure for metaphor identification as well as the development of an annotated corpus for metaphor in natural language use <http://metaphorlab.org/metaphor-corpus/> as well as a corpus of visual and multimodal metaphor <http://metaphorlab.org/vismet-corpus/>. He has published 17 monographs, edited volumes and special issues of scholarly journals, and over a 100 articles and book chapters. He is currently working on three edited volumes: The Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics, co-edited with Anne Barron and Gu Yueguo; Genre in Language, Discourse and Cognition, co-edited with Ninke Stukker and Wilbert Spooren; and Visual Metaphor: How Images Construct Metaphor. Parts of his work have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Arabic and Brazilian Portuguese. He serves on the editorial board of 10 journals and book series. In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious Dutch Science Foundation NWO Iris Vici grant for his program ‘Metaphor in discourse.’ He previously held chairs in Language Use and Cognition (2007-2013) and in Language and Communication (2013-2014) at VU University Amsterdam.
Peter Stockwell is a professor of Literary Linguistics at the University of Notthingham. He is also a Fellow of the English Association since 2011. He wrote over 70 articles and chapter between 1990 and 2012 and published: Subjectivity and Literature from the Romantics to the Present Day: Creating the Self (edited with Philip Shaw), London: Pinter (1991). Impossibility Fiction: Alternativity, Speculation, Extrapolation (edited with Derek Littlewood), Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi (1996). Investigating English Language: The Nature and Functions of Language (with Howard Jackson), Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes (1996, second edition 2011). The Poetics of Science Fiction, London: Longman (2000). Contextualized Stylistics (edited with Michael Burke and Tony Bex), Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi (2000). Routledge English Language Introductions (General series editor, 2001 onwards): 15 volumes. Sociolinguistics, London: Routledge (2002, second edition 2007). Cognitive Poetics, London: Routledge (2002). Poetics: Linguistics, History: Discourses of War and Conflict (ed. with Annette Combrink, Ina Biermann and Martin Wynne), Oxford: Humanities Computing Unit, Oxford University (2002). Language in Theory (with Mark Robson), London: Routledge (2005). Cognitive Poetics (Japanese translation by Shigeko Uchida), Tokyo: Tuttle-Mori Agency (2006). Poetyka Kognitywna: Wprowadzenie (Polish translation of Cognitive Poetics by Edyta Podolska-Frej), Kraków: Towarzystwo Autorów i Wydawców Prac Naukowych Universitas (2006). The Routledge Companion to Sociolinguistics (edited with Carmen Llamas and Louise Mullany), London: Routledge (2007). Key Concepts in Language and Linguistics (revised 3rd edition), London: Routledge (2007). Contemporary Stylistics (edited with Marina Lambrou), London: Continuum (2007). The Language and Literature Reader (edited with Ron Carter), London: Routledge (2008). Texture: Towards a Cognitive Aesthetics of Reading, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (2009). Introducing English Language (with Louise Mullany), London: Routledge (2009). The Handbook of Stylistics (edited with Sara Whiteley), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2013).
Mark Turner is Institute Professor and Professor of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University. He is the founding director of the Cognitive Science Network. Many of his papers are available on his author page on the Cognitive Science Network.
He is Founding Director of the Cognitive Science Network; Founding President of the Myrifield Institute for Cognition and the Arts; Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the National Humanities Center, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University, the New England Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Psychology, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for the Science of Origins; Extraordinary Member of the Humanwissenschaftliches Zentrum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität; External Research Professor of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. For 2011-2012, he is a fellow of the Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
Sigrid Weigel is Director of the Center for Literary and Cultural Research in Berlin and full Professor Professor at the Institute of Literature of the Technical University Berlin. She is also member of Academia Europaea and Honorary Member of the Modern Language Association. She direct different projects, namely: Figurationen des Märtyrers, Gesicht als Artefakt,Kulturelle Semantik Georgiens, SchädelBasisWissen,Susan Taubes- Edition and Zeugenschaft.
Hannah C. Wojciehowski is an early modernist and literary theorist who specializes in the history of subjectivity. She is currently Professor of English at the University of Texas and an Affiliate of the Program in Comparative Literature. She is currently working in the emergent field of neurocriticism, studying the phenomena of consciousness, memory, emotion, and cognition as they apply to literature and culture. In 2010-2011, she collaborated with Italian neuroscientist Vittorio Gallese to develop a theory of embodied simulation in literary narratives. They are currently collaborating on a longer study of embodied simulation. Other research interests include the history of gender and sexuality, early modern women’s writing, Tudor and Jacobean theater, travel narratives and 16th-century colonialism, the impact of science and technology on literature, and vice versa, the history and practice of literary criticism and theory, and the writings of French philosopher Michel Foucault.