April 11th, 2013

Workshop: “Experientiality: Cognition, Literature, Culture”

Please note: a second paper has been posted below.

On the basis of talks given by M.C. and J.A. we will discuss new theoretical approaches to the narratological key-concept “Experientiality” in this special workshop organized by Ralf Schneider and Sven Strasen. Download the workshop’s programme here for further details and contact strasen@anglistik.rwth-aachen.de or ralf.schneider@uni-bielefeld.de for further information.

The readings for the workshop can be found here and here.

April 8th, 2013

Updated Program and Payment Deadline

As the conference draws close, we have uploaded another update of the preliminary program. Please head to the “Program” page for the most recent updates.

We also have to announce a deadline for payments via wire transfer. These can only be accepted until the 15th of April! Please make sure to have your fee transferred by that date or simply pay in cash at arrival.

We are looking forward to a great conference and welcoming all participants here in Osnabrück.

February 5th, 2013

Preliminary Schedule Updated

The preliminary schedule has been updated. Head over to the Program page to download the most recent version.

February 2nd, 2013

Announcement: Honorary Doctorate for Prof Reuven Tsur

We are very proud and excited to announce that Prof Reuven Tsur, internationally renowned scholar and one of the founding fathers of Cognitive Poetics, will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Languages and Literatures of Osnabrueck University. The award ceremony will take place in presence of both the President of the University and the Dean of the Faculty in the context of the international Cognition and Poetics Conference (CaP).

All members of Osnabrueck University and conference attendees are cordially invited! Time and place: Thursday, April 25 at 5.30pm, Room 41/121.

February 2nd, 2013

Preliminary Schedule Now Available

The preliminary conference schedule is now available on the Program page. Please be aware that the preliminary schedule is subject to change and will be updated over the coming weeks.

January 17th, 2013

Hotel Reservations

As the reservation system is now also available in English, this is just a reminder that we have secured a number of rooms at a wide range of hotels in Osnabrück for the CAP12. Please go to this page with the listing of all available rooms to book your room(s). You can find more information about the available hotels, contact information of the Tourism Service Osnabrück and a list of additional low-cost options at the Hotels page.

October 16th, 2012

Roundtable respondents

We are happy to announce the members of the planned roundtable discussion at the Cognition and Poetics conference 2013 in Osnabrück. Taking part in the roundtable discussion will be:

Prof. Raymond W. Gibbs, jr. (Department of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
Prof. Patrick Hogan (Department of English, University of Connecticut, USA)
Prof. Margaret Freeman (Myrifield Institute for Cognition and the Arts, Massachusetts, USA)
Prof. Ralph Müller (Faculté des Lettres, Université de Fribourg, Schweiz)
Alan Palmer (Independent Researcher, London, United Kingdom)
Prof. Jürgen Schläger (Centre for British Studies, Berlin)
Prof. Gerhard Lauer (Seminar für Deutsche Philologie, Universität Göttingen)

July 24th, 2012

Call for Papers posted

We have just posted the Call for Papers for Cognition and Poetics 2013 (CAP12). If you are interested in leading a workshop or presenting a paper, please head over to the Call for Papers page.

July 9th, 2012

Welcome to Cognition and Poetics 2012

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.

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)