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Call for papers IGEL Conference 2018!


The International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature (IGEL) invites submissions to the 2018 biennial conference across all areas of the empirical study of literature and media, including but not limited to, cognitive processing of literature, literature/media and culture, neuroscience and literature, literary reception, reading and emotion, historical study of literature, and corpus analysis of literature.

Submissions may be accepted either as spoken presentations (individual papers or parts of pre-organized symposia) or as poster presentations. The format of spoken presentations (whether paper or symposia) is 20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion.

The review committee requires a summary of the presentation. The summary should be 600-800 words and contain a short introduction, a description of the methods as appropriate, and a brief conclusion. The committee will not accept papers or posters based on data that have yet to be collected. Acceptance decisions will be communicated to the authors by March 15, 2018.

Submission Online submission system
(click on the “Abstracts” tab)

Submitters must provide the following information for each submission (see online registration for details):

  1. Author information
  2. Co-authors (if any)
  3. Three to five relevant keywords
  4. A 100-word abstract
  5. You indicate the format (poster, paper, symposium paper) by ticking the appropriate box

Submitters download/attach the above-mentioned summary, which should include a title and be no longer than 600-800 words (not including bibliography). Please do NOT include author information in the summary.

It should contain a short theoretical introduction/framework, methodological overview (including quantitative or qualitative approach), key findings, and a brief discussion. The summary should be saved using a generic name (e.g. summary.pdf). Proposals that exceed the specified length will not be reviewed.

Inquiries about the submission process or the conference should be sent to (please put “IGEL” in the subject line).


Format: A symposium includes a minimum of three and a maximum of four speakers (each with 20 min presentation + 10 min discussion). Suggestions for Symposia should be emailed to before December 10, with “IGEL Symposium Proposal” as the subject line, and should include

1) an overall symposium title

2) an overall symposium abstract (max. 300 words)

3) a list of speakers (including affiliations)

4) titles and summaries (max. 200 words) of each speaker’s contribution

Chair/discussant may also serve as speaker, i.e. fill one of the maximum of four slots in a symposium. Accepted symposium proposals will then have to be submitted following the same guidelines as regular proposals by using the online registration described above.

Outstanding Student Paper Award

IGEL will give an Outstanding Student Paper Award. In order to be considered for this award, the first author must be a graduate student, and the student’s supervisor must send a recommendation to describing the student’s contribution to the

research project. First authors should indicate the eligibility of their submission using the provided checkbox during the submission process.

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: January 20, 2018.

Additional Information
The IGEL 2018 conference website:

We look forward to seeing you in Stavanger for the 2018 IGEL conference!

CFP Journal Special Issue: Empirical Studies of Literariness

Scientific Study of Literature (SSOL)

Guest Editors: Massimo Salgaro & Paul Sopcak


The Empirical Study of Literariness: A Special Issue of The Scientific Study of Literature

As a follow-up to a successful conference at the Paris Institute of Advanced Study in October 2017, the journal of the Scientific Study of Literature (SSOL) is planning a special issue dedicated to the empirical study of literariness. We are inviting paper submissions that contribute to the development of our disciplinary discussions of literariness. We expect the special issue to be an important addition to the current scholarship on this issue. The special issue will consist of an introductory piece by David Miall and up to 9 contributions studying literariness from one or more of the following perspectives: 1) empirical or computational stylistics, 2) literary modes of reading, and 3) literary reading experiences as an interaction of formal or semantic features of literary texts with distinct reading styles.

Please indicate your interest in submitting a manuscript to be considered for the special issue by sending an abstract to Massimo Salgaro ( and Paul Sopcak ( by December 31, 2017. The deadline for submission of papers is February 15, 2018.

All submitted manuscripts will run through the journals standard peer review process.
Please follow the journal’s submission guidelines for authors in preparing your manuscript for submission:

Paris Conference 2017: What is Literariness – Full schedule

Massimo Salgaro (University of Verona) and Paul Sopcak (MacEwan University), in collaboration with the Paris Institute of Advanced Study (IEA) and the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature (IGEL), are organizing a conference to be held in Paris on the topic “What is Literariness?”.

With the support of:

Fritz Thyssen foundation



Institute for Advanced Study (IEA) Paris

David Miall will offer a keynote address, and presenters will include: Mark J. BruhnNigel FabbFrank Hakemulder, Arthur M. JacobsGerhard LauerWinfried MenninghausYeshayahu Shen, and Willie van Peer.

You can find the registration link here.

The meeting will be held at the Paris Institute for Advanced Study (located in the heart of Paris); and the dates are set for October 10-13, 2017.

You can find the schedule listed below,  and you can hover over authors’ names to find a short bio.

You can download the abstracts (and bios) for paper presentations here.

You can download the abstracts (and bios) for poster presentations here.


Day Time Presenter/Theme
Tues, Oct.10 6:00-6:10 PM Paul Sopcak & Massimo Salgaro

Opening address

6:10-6:50 PM Willie van Peer & Anna Chesnokova

The invisible net

6:50-7:30 PM Frank Hakemulder

Conceptualizing foregrounding: An interdisciplinary research program

Wed, Oct. 11 Empirical studies of foregrounding
9:20-10:20 AM Keynote speakerDavid Miall

The experience of literariness

10:20-10:40 AM Coffee break
10:40-11:20 PM David Hanauer

Intermediate states of literariness: Criticality and literariness in the factual (ethnographic) poem and the fictional prose paragraph

11:20-12:00 PM Anne Mangen, Anežka Kuzmičová, Jana LüdtkeLilla Magyari, & Arthur M. Jacobs Narrative styles and mental imagery
12:00-2:00 PM LUNCH
2:00-2:40 PM Stefan Blohm & Christine A. Knoop Literarinesses: A bag of three-sided coins
2:40-3:00 PM Coffee break
3:00-3:40 PM Moniek M. Kuijpers & Frank Hakemulder Rereading and literariness
3:40-4:00 PM Plenary for open discussion
[4:15 IGEL Meeting]
Thurs, Oct 12 Cognitive and neurocognitive studies of response to style
9:20-10:00 AM Arthur M. Jacobs

Reader responses to style in poetry: A neurocognitive poetics perspective

10:00-10:20 AM Coffee break
10:20-11:00 AM Winfried Menninghaus

Poetic speech melody: A crucial link between music and language

11:00-11:40 PM Manon Jones

Neurocognitive responses to prosody

11:40-1:40 PM LUNCH
1:40-2:20 PM Roel M. Willems

Measuring eye movements to understand the processing of literariness

2:20-2:50 PM Coffee break
2:50-3:30 PM Kathy Conklin & Josephine Guy

Empirical studies of literariness: Understanding the value of authorial revision

3:30-4:00 PM Plenary for open discussion
4:15-5:15 PM Poster & French Aperitif
Fri, Oct. 13 Evolving research perspectives
9:20-10:00 AM Yehong Zhang

Literariness in cross-cultural poem reading

10:00-10:40 AM Caroline KutschJulia Vaeßen & Sven Strasen

T-REX: Triggers of reader emotion and experientiality

10:40-11:00 AM Coffee break
11:00-11:40 PM Nigel Fabb

Epiphany as elaborated surprise, and the literary techniques which produce it

11:40-12:20 PM Don Kuiken

Living metaphor as the site of bidirectional literary engagement

12:20-2:00 PM LUNCH
2:00-2:40 PM Mark J. Bruhn

The proof in the pudding: On the empirical values of literary interpretation

2:40-3:00 PM Coffee break
3:00-3:40 PM Gerhard Lauer

How does literariness develop? An ontogenetic approach

3:40-4:00 PM Massimo Salgaro

Closing Discussion

Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities 2017



Call for Proposals: due – 9 January 2017

The fifth annual conference of the Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities, to be held at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York, aims to bring together a wide array of papers from the cognitive sciences, philosophy, literary studies, linguistics, cultural studies, critical theory, film, performance studies, musicology and beyond.

In accordance with the original purpose of the network, the aims of the conference are:
– to evolve new knowledge and practices for the analysis of culture and cultural objects, through engagement with the cognitive sciences
– to assess how concepts from the cognitive sciences can in turn be approached using the analytical tools of humanities inquiry (historical, theoretical, contextual)
– to contest the nature/culture opposition whose legacy can be identified with the traditional and ongoing segregation of scientific and aesthetic knowledge.

We continue to examine these issues through a variety of approaches from cognitive sciences, arts and humanities, and draw on methods ranging from quantitative research to critical theory.

The theme of the 2017 conference is “Mind Fields of Language.” The goal is to recognize and value the diverse ways in which terms common to the field are used in different disciplines. A short and by no means comprehensive list includes empathy, embodiment, participation, affordances, reader/spectator, theory of mind, and consciousness, and we welcome proposals that address the past and present usages of these terms, and their value to future research. Although this is the theme of the conference and special attention will be given to proposals that focus on this theme, we want a broad range of papers from the breadth of research being done in this area.

The topics studied include aesthetics, mindreading or mentalizing, embodiment, “bio” narratives and biocentrism, perception and memory, affect and emotion, performance, movement and kinesis, subjectivity/qualia and the narrated self, conceptual blending, multimodality, linguistic creativity and figurative language, bilingualism/multilingualism, translation and digital text processing.

We will be accepting submissions for both individual papers and pre-formed panels. For individual papers, please submit a 250-word abstract. For pre-formed panels, please send individual abstracts as well as a summary paragraph. Please submit all proposals to by
9 January 2017.

All submissions should be Word file attachments, and include the title of the paper, four or five keywords featured in the paper, the name of the presenter, affiliation, and email address, as well as a short bio.

For more information on submissions or any other aspect of the conference, please contact the organizers at or check out the website.


Frontiers Research Topic on Identification and Liking in the Humanities

Frontiers Research Topic

The Impact of Psychology and Neuroscience on Theories of Identification and Liking in the Humanities

Many recent studies have shown how the mainly humanities domains of (i) culture, e.g. literature, poetry, painting, dance, theatre, music, sculpture, and (ii) communication, e.g. language, media, rhetoric, can benefit from mainstream and emerging psychological, cognitive and neurobiological insights, arguments, and methods. Numerous avenues have been explored including neurocognitive poetics, cognition and music, neuro-aesthetics, etc. Two related thematic areas that arguably warrant further and deeper investigation pertain to the concepts of ‘liking’ and ‘identification.’ This will be the focus of this Research Topic.

Abstract deadline = March 15, 2017

Manuscript deadline = April 21, 2017

For further information, please check here.

Annual Meeting Society for Text and Discourse, Germany, 18th-20th July, 2016

The Society for Text & Discourse (ST&D) announces the 26th Annual Meeting

July 18-20, 2016
Kassel, Germany

ST&D 2016 First Call for Proposals

Conference Venue: University of Kassel, Germany

The Society for Text & Discourse is an international society of researchers who investigate all aspects of text and discourse including processing and analysis. The purpose of the Society is to foster and promote excellence in research, to enhance communication among researchers in different disciplines, and to contribute to the education and professional development of those in the field or entering the field.

Submissions open: January 15, 2016
Submission Deadline: February 15, 2016
Authors will be notified of decisions by the beginning of April 2016.

Inquiries about the submission process or the conference should be sent