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Full Title: Cognition and Poetics 2012

      
Short Title: CaP-12
Location: Osnabrueck, Germany
Start Date: 25-Apr-2013 - 27-Apr-2013
Contact: Alexander Bergs
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.blogs.uos.de/cap12
Meeting Description: CaP-12: Cognition and Poetics
International Conference 25-27 April 2013
Universität Osnabrück, Germany
www.blogs.uos.de/cap12
cap@uni-osnabrueck.de

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) 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 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)

In addition, the conference will also host a roundtable discussion on ‘Cognition and Poetics: Past, Present, Future’. Discussants are: Reuven Tsur, Margaret Freeman, Patrick Colm Hogan, Raymond Gibbs, Gerhard Lauer, Ralph Müller, Alan Palmer, Frank Kelleter, and Mark Turner.

The conference is part of the UOS Research Cluster on Cognition and Poetics.
Linguistic Subfield: Ling & Literature; Psycholinguistics; Cognitive Science
LL Issue: 23.4623

The following session(s) will be held during this meeting:
Workshop on Music, Poetics, and Cognition

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