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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.

IGEL’s presidential election result!

IGEL 2016 was a great success! The membership and board would like to thank vice-president Joe Magliano and his team for organizing this fine event in downtown Chicago!

At the general assembly meeting in Chicago on 9 July, the new IGEL president was elected. Votes were collected on site as well as by email in the weeks prior to the meeting. And here is the result!

The IGEL membership elected… Don Kuiken (Department of Psychology, University of Alberta).

Congratulations! We are looking forward to his legislature, which will be effective from 1 January 2017.

The current president, Frank Hakemulder, will carry on until that date. IGEL membership and board are deeply grateful for Frank’s service to the community, which includes vision and humor!

Find here Don Kuiken‘s Presidential Candidate Vision Statement:

Since joining IGEL in 1992, I have observed—and perhaps modestly contributed to—the association’s interdisciplinary evolution. Several decisions (e.g., adding “…Media” to its title, initiating SSOL) mark the association’s continuing effort to establish a distinct identity within an amorphous scholarly milieu. I am especially intrigued by our opportunities for continuing that effort. Perhaps because I personally have found some of my most convivial and resourceful colleagues within the association’s membership, I would like to see IGEL support the development of identifiable “research coalitions” (individuals who regularly communicate and potentially collaborate). Opportunities for such support include (1) off-year IGEL conferences (as in Indiana Pennsylvania [2013], Göttingen Germany [2015]), (2) special issues of SSOL (as in SSOL 3.2 [2013], SSOL 6.1 [2016]); and (3) pre-conference institutes (as in Montréal Canada [2012]) and training programs (as in Frankfurt Germany [2016]). These initiatives are already an important part of IGEL infrastructure, and our membership knows how to make them work. However, the association could do more to integrate the components of this infrastructure through activity cycles in which each component is oriented toward a single research theme. I can also imagine (limited-access) web sites devoted to continued communication and resource sharing among theme-related “research coalitions.” Enhancement of this infrastructure—and consolidation of such coalitions—would be wonderful to see.

Elect your IGEL president (even when not in Chicago)!

The election of the society’s new president will take place during the General Assembly in Chicago on Saturday 9 July, in Honore Ballroom. For those who will not be present in Chicago, we encourage you to vote by delegating your vote via email (see information below).

The Candidates
Don Kuiken, Department of Psychology, University of Alberta
Joe Magliano, Department of Psychology, Northern Illinois University

(more information on the candidates’ aims for IGEL can be obtained from

Delegating Your Vote
All IGEL members can vote. If you cannot vote in person at the General Assembly in Chicago, you can delegate your vote by sending an email to:

Frank Hakemulder (current President):
– Paul Sopcak (Secretary):

…by July 8, 12 pm CET.

In the email clearly indicate to whom you are delegating your vote (someone who will be present at the GA in Chicago) or indicate your candidate directly in the email (if you choose the latter option, your vote will be dealt with in absolute discretion and registered anonymously by Paul and Frank).

If your membership has lapsed, but you want your vote to count:
Simply (re)join IGEL before 6 July (go to IGEL Membership) and choose one of the above options to vote.

General Assembly Business Meeting 9 July

The General Assembly Business Meeting will take place during the Chicago conference: on 9 July, 12:45-1:30 pm.

Proposed Agenda

1. Approval of the Agenda
2. Approval of Minutes of 2014 General Assembly meeting
3. President’s Remarks
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. SSOL Editor’s Report
6. 2018 IGEL Conference Presentation
7. 2017 Mini-Conference Presentation
8. Presidential Election
9. Other Business
10. Adjournment

Every member of the Society is entitled to submit proposals concerning the agenda to the General Assembly. Please submit proposals by 29 June.

Please note that the new IGEL President is to be elected by all present IGEL members at the General Assembly. If you cannot be present please note that “Every member of the Society is entitled to delegate his/her right to vote to another member of his/her choice. Written notification of such a delegation should be provided to the President and Secretary prior to the General Assembly Business Meeting.” (Bylaws #10)

We invite all IGEL members and all participants of the conference interested in attending this meeting.


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