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Expert Meeting - Forms of Knowledge: The ‘Cognitive Turn' and the Middle Ages

When:Fr 14-05-2021 10:00 - 14:00
Poster for the event containing the programme, accompanied by a picture of an intricately carved 14th-century French ivory mirror case depicting a lady and gentleman on horseback, hunting with falcons, accompanied by attendants.

Key-note lecture by Victoria Blud (University of York); Workshop presentations by Frank Brandsma (University of Utrecht) and Suzette van Haaren (RUG/ University of St Andrews).

For more information or questions, please contact the organisers:
Catrien Santing and Babette Hellemans.


On the crossroad of psychology, biology, sociology, anthropology, medicine and the wide variety of disciplines in the Humanities, there is an increasing interest in the cognitive sciences and how knowledge from this area influences literary studies, history, art history, and studies in material culture. This meeting seeks to discuss the possibilities, but also the limitations of incorporating knowledge systems from different academic fields.

Programme (CET)

10:00 - 10:15 Introduction and Welcome by Catrien Santing en Babette Hellemans
10:15 - 10:35 Emotions: Knights and Neurons, by Frank Brandsma
10:35 - 10:45 Respondent Babette Hellemans
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:45 'Not shaped or formed as other letters are': 4E Cognition and Methodologies for Medievalists, by Victoria Blud
11:45 - 12:00 Respondent Sebastian Sobecki
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch break
12:30 - 12:50 Holding the Digital Medieval Manuscript: Experience and Embodiment, by Suzette van Haaren
12:50 - 13:00 Respondent Catrien Santing
13:00 - 14:00 Discussion, conclusions, and follow-up plans