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Domain Agents | IGEL

Domain Agents

Making IGEL known to the world – making the world known to IGEL


IGEL’s Domain Agents work at an interface between IGEL and the wide world of the empirical study of literature and media.


What is the function of a Domain Agent? 

The Domain Agents distribute information about the society and its activities in their particular domains of study as well as in their local networks. One important aspect is to spread the word about SSOL, IGEL’s high-quality journal.
The domain agents also keep IGEL in the loop about interesting developments and initiatives in their particular networks. Our aim is eventually to visualize an international IGEL network of research, institutions, and events.

How can you become a Domain Agent? 

IGEL is happy to have gathered a number of well-known and active scholars that like to support IGEL and its aims. In the following, some of the current domain agents introduce themselves. See further below for a full overview of current domains and scholars.

Children’s Literature
Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer, German Department, Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen, Germany
Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer’s research is into children’s literature and lying research; picturebook research; cognitive-narratological study of children’s literature.

Cognitive Poetics
Peter Stockwell, Chair in Literary Linguistics, University of Nottingham, UK
Peter Stockwell is a stylistician working in cognitive poetics, and currently exploring the empirical verification offered to literary linguistics by corpus techniques.
Keys: stylistics, cognitive poetics, corpus stylistics.

Comparative and Intercultural Studies China
Yehong Zhang - Tsinghua University
Yehong Zhang is Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Tsinghua University, China

Digital Humanities
Christof Schöch, Department for Literary Computing, University of Würzburg, Germany
Christof Schöch is a Research Associate at the Department for Literary Computing, University of Würzburg, where he leads the junior research group Computational Literary Genre Stylistics (CLiGS). Christof’s interests in research and teaching are Digital Literary Studies, the French Enlightenment, the contemporary French novel, and open access.

Digital Style Studies
Karina van Dalen-Oskam, Head of Department of Literary Studies at Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands; professor of Computational Literary Studies at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Karina van Dalen-Oskam’s research focuses on computational literary studies, especially on stylometry; her main project is currently The Riddle of Literary Quality.

Dreams and Literature
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Don Kuiken, Department of Psychology, University of Alberta
Don Kuiken specializes in the study of literary reading, dreaming, and phenomenology, in particular the aesthetic effects of significant reading experiences and impactful dreams.

Early Socialization / Education
Joan Peskin, Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Joan Peskin’s main research interests are: a) Empirical research on writing poetry; b) Theory of mind and audience awareness in emergent literacy.

(American) German Studies
Gerhard Lauer, German Department, Göttingen University, Germany
Gerhard Lauer is a scholar who uses historical, experimental and computational methods to look at aesthetic behavior of humans.

Anne Mangen, The Reading Centre, University of Stavanger, Norway
Anne Mangen‘s research is on the impact of digitization on reading – at different levels (sensorimotor/ergonomic; perceptual; cognitive; emotional); of different kinds of texts (linear & non-linear; narrative & expository; literary). Additional research interests include: reading assessment; writing (in particular, cognitive implications of the shift from handwriting to keyboard writing); potential associations between meditation and literary reading.

Text / Image Relations
Natalia Igl, German Literary Studies, Faculty of Languages and Literatures, Bayreuth University, Germany
Natalia Igl’s two main current research projects are (1) on the multimodality of historical illustrated magazines and (2) on the cognitive poetics of multiperspectival narration in German avant-garde literature. Keys: cognitive poetics, historical narratology, multimodality, text-image-relations, perspectivization, modernity.

Universals / Evolutionary Literature

Patrick Colm Hogan, Department of English and Program in Cognitive Science, University of Connecticut
Patrick Colm Hogan’s cognitive research includes both formal and political concerns. This range of interest is illustrated by his most recent books, which are Beauty and Sublimity: A Cognitive Aesthetics of Literature and the Arts and Imagining Kashmir: Emplotment and Colonialism.


Overview of Domains and Domain Agents

Domain Name Affiliation
Bibliotherapy Karin Kukkonen & Mette Steenberg Oslo, Norway / Aarhus, Denmark
Children’s Literature Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer Tübingen, Germany
Cognitive Poetics Peter Stockwell Nottingham, UK
Comparative and Intercultural Studies & China Yehong Zhang Tsinghua University, China
Corpus Stylistics Michaela Mahlberg Nottingham, UK
Digital Humanities Christof Schöch Würzburg, Germany
Digital Style Studies Karina van Dalen-Oskam Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dreams and Literature Don Kuiken Edmonton, Canada
Early socialization / Education Joan Peskin Toronto, Canada
Economics of Literature Canon & Literary Institutions Anatole Fuksas  Cassino, Italy
(American) German Studies Gerhard Lauer Göttingen, Germany
Egyptology Camilla di Biase-Dyson Göttingen, Germany
Foregrounding Frank Hakemulder Utrecht, The Netherlands
Gender/Feminist Studies Ozen Odag Bremen, Germany
Globalization of literature and media Peter Vorderer Amsterdam, The Netherlands
History of Reading [Historische Rezeptionsforschung] Jeroen Salman Utrecht, The Netherlands
Humor Jeffrey Goldstein Utrecht, The Netherlands
Internet Anne Mangen Stavanger, Norway
Metaphor / Symbolism Ralph Mueller Fribourg, Switzerland
Media psychology Elly Konijn Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Narrative Competency Studies Juliane Stude Münster, Germany
(Cognitive) Narratology David Herman Durham, UK
(Digital) Narratology Jan-Christoph Meister Hamburg, Germany & South Africa
Oral literature Lalita Pandit Wisconsin, USA
Persuasion / Narrative impact Melanie Green Buffalo, USA
Philosophical Aesthetics Greg Curry Nottingham, UK
Psychonarratology Marisa Bortolussi; Peter Dixon Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Psychophysiology of reading Jan Auracher Kobe, Japan
Sociology of Literature Maciej Marek Warsaw, Poland
Text/ Image relations Natalia Igl Bayreuth, Germany
Theatre Thalia Goldstein Pace University, USA
Thematics Max Louwerse Tilburg, The Netherlands
Universals / Evolutionary Literature Patrick Colm Hogan University of Connecticut, USA

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