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 Studies (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?”.

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.

The meeting will be held at the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies (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  presentations here.

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


Day Time Presenter/Theme
Tue, Oct.11 6:00-6:10 PM Opening Address


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

The invisible net

 6:50-7:30 Frank Hakemulder: Conceptualizing foregrounding: An interdisciplinary research program
  Wed, Oct. 11 Empirical studies of foregrounding
9:00-10:30 AM Keynote Speaker:

David Miall

The experience of literariness

10:45-11:25 AM David Hanauer: Intermediate states of literariness: Criticality and literariness in the factual (ethnographic) poem and the fictional prose paragraph
11:30-12:10 PM Anne Mangen, Anežka Kuzmičová, Jana Lüdtke, Lilla Magyari, & Arthur M. Jacobs: Narrative styles and mental imagery
12:10-2:00 PM LUNCH
2:00-2:40 PM Stefan Blohm & Christine A. Knoop: Literarinesses: A bag of three-sided coins
2:45-3:30 PM Moniek M. Kuijpers & Frank Hakemulder: Rereading and literariness
3:30-4:00 PM Plenary for Open Discussion
[4:15 IGEL Meeting]
Thurs, Oct 12 Cognitive and neurocognitive studies of response to style
9:15-9:55 AM Arthur M. Jacobs: Reader responses to style in poetry: A neurocognitive poetics perspective
10:00-10:40 AM Yeshayahu Shen: Structural invariance in poetic synaesthetic metaphors
10:45-11:25 AM Winfried Menninghaus: Poetic speech melody: A crucial link between music and language
11:30-12:10 PM Manon Jones: Neurocognitive responses to prosody
12:10-2:00 PM LUNCH
2:00-2:40 PM Roel M. Willems: Measuring eye movements to understand the processing of literariness
2:45-3:30 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 Presentations & French Aperitif
Fri, Oct. 13 Evolving research perspectives
9:15-9:55 AM Yehong Zhang: Literariness in cross-cultural poem reading
10:00-10:40 AM Caroline Kutsch, Julia Vaeßen & Sven Strasen: T-REX: Triggers of reader emotion and experientiality
10:45-11:25 AM Nigel Fabb: Epiphany as elaborated surprise, and the literary techniques which produce it
11:30-12:10 PM Don Kuiken: Living Metaphor as the Site of Bidirectional Literary Engagement
12:10-2:00 PM LUNCH
2:00-2:40 PM Mark J. Bruhn: The Proof in the Pudding: On the Empirical Values of Literary Interpretation
2:45-3:25 PM Gerhard Lauer: How does literariness develop? An ontogenetic approach
3:30-4:00 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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