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LINGUIST List 23.3172

Tue Jul 24 2012

Calls: Ling & Lit, Cognitive Sci, Psycholing/Germany

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 24-Jul-2012
From: Meike Pentrel <mpentreluos.de>
Subject: Cognition and Poetics 2012
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Full Title: Cognition and Poetics 2012
Short Title: CaP-12

Date: 25-Apr-2013 - 27-Apr-2013
Location: Osnabrueck, Germany
Contact Person: Alexander Bergs
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.blogs.uos.de/cap12

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Ling & Literature; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2012

Meeting Description:

CaP-12: Cognition and Poetics
International Conference 25-27 April 2013
Universität Osnabrück, Germany

Over the past 30 years we have seen a growing body of research devoted to the cognitive underpinnings of literature and the arts in general, especially with regard to the linguistics of literature. This first international conference on cognition and poetics (CaP-12) aims at bringing together scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, literature, culture, aesthetics, semiotics, linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, philosophy, history, and psychology in order to illuminate the possibilities (and limitations) of taking a fresh look at literature and other poetic artifacts (such as film, music, art, drama) from a cognitive perspective. On the one hand, we need to take stock of what has already been done in this field over the past 30 years or more, on the other hand, some ideas and methods will have to be critically evaluated in the light of new research, and there are also many new pathways to be discovered and developed. In particular, a cognitive approach to literature raises questions about the basic nature of aesthetic experience and whether there are specific constraints and features (differentia specifica, as Jakobson termed them) that characterize the individual art forms, their production, and their reception.

Eventually, we hope to arrive at a fruitful collaboration and symbiosis between the different disciplines.

The conference will take place from the 25-27 April 2013 at the Institute of English and American Studies of the University of Osnabrück, Germany.

Invited plenary speakers so far include:

Mark Bruhn (Regis University, Denver)
Wallace Chafe (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Barbara Dancygier (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)
Suzanne Nalbantian, Long Island University, New York

The conference is part of the UOS Research Cluster on Cognition and Poetics.

Call for Papers:


The conference will feature up to six plenary talks by leading scholars. In addition, the conference invites proposals for special workshops and themed panels/sessions.

Scholars interested in organizing a workshop or panel/session should outline the topic and rationale of the project (in no more than 400 words), develop a suitable format, and invite participants to the event. Needless to say, all participants will have to register for the main conference. Please send proposals to capuni-osnabrueck.de by 30 November 2012.

We also invite abstracts for 20-minute papers on topics dealing with cognition and poetics in the broad sense outlined above, including:

- Cognitive perspectives and cultural history
- Aesthetics, emotion, affect
- From sentence to text: linguistic perspectives and the macro level
- Universals and specifics in cognition and aesthetic experience
- Creativity and the arts
- The differentia specifica of the arts
- Blending
- Brain versus mind
- Literature and experience
- Constructional approaches to language and literature
- Text types / genres from a cognitive perspective
- The evolution of the arts
- Pragmatic perspectives on authors and readers

Submission Details:

Please send 250-word abstracts to capuni-osnabrueck.de by 30 November 2012. Abstracts should be sent as anonymized attachments in MS Word format.

You need to specify in your email text:

- Your name
- Affiliation
- Email address
- Title of the talk

Acceptance of papers will be sent out by 31 December 2012.

Stipends & Waivers:

Graduate students and PhD Candidates are particularly invited to send paper and workshop proposals. We offer fifteen (15) grants for graduate students which cover the conference fee and accommodation. These grants will be awarded for the fifteen best proposals.

For further details about the conference please contact Professor Alexander Bergs (abergsuos.de), Professor Peter Schneck (pschneckuos.de), or Ms Meike Pentrel, who is in charge of organizing the conference (mpentreluos.de).

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