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Call for Papers

Papers are being accepted for "Congitive Futures 2015 - Forging Futures from the Past: History and Cognition", an interdisciplinary conference taking place in Oxford on 13 - 15 April.

Building on the work of the Cognitive Futures network in Bangor (2013) and Durham (2014: http://coghumanities.com) the 2015 conference aims once again to bring together a wide array of papers from the cognitive sciences, philosophy, literary studies, linguistics, narratology, cultural studies, critical theory, film, performance studies and beyond.

The guiding question behind the conference will be the relative demands of universality and historicity in studies of cognition: how much historical specificity can and should a cognitive approach to culture take into account?; how might cognitive universals benefit from sociohistorical particulars?; what are the opportunities that cognitivism brings to ‘traditional’, historicist and poststructuralist inquiry?; is there a middle ground between a non-intentionalist, phylogenetic, cognitive evolutionary history and a literary history driven by human agency and subjectivity?

We invite responses to these large questions to bear on cognitive topics such as mindreading/mentalizing; embodiment; ‘bio’ narratives/biocentrism; movement/kinesis; space/navigation; the self/subjectivity/qualia; perception and memory; bilingualism/multilingualism; translation; performance; affect and emotion ; neuro-phenomenology; neuro-aesthetics. Other issues and topics relevant to the conference include, but are not limited to, the following:

Deep time, Deep history, Big history
Adaptation devices
Sociohistorical analyses of cognitive neuroscience and cognitive literary criticism
The biologization of culture
Postcolonial/cross-cultural perspectives on the cognitive
The linguistic turn and the cognitive turn
(Epi)genetics
Cognitive disability and mental illness

Confirmed plenary speakers: Hans Adler (Wisconsin); Paul Armstrong (Brown); Terence Cave (Oxford); Melba Cuddy-Keane (Toronto); John Neubauer (Amsterdam).

Submission Details

We will be accepting submissions for individual papers, pre-formed panels and pre-conference workshops. For individual papers please send 250-word proposals to cognitive2015@ccc.ox.ac.uk by 21st November 2014. For pre-formed panels and workshops, please submit individual abstracts as well as a summary paragraph. All submissions should be in Word file attachments and be anonymised. A short biography including the title of the paper, the name of the presenter, affiliation and email address should be sent as a separate attachment. For more information contact ben.morgan@worc.ox.ac.uk or sowon.park@ell.ox.ac.uk.