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Workshop - The Cognitive Turn in History

From:Th 04-11-2021
Until:Fr 05-11-2021
Where:Academy building
Workshop poster

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. Modern notions of joy, stress, home sickness, depression, diseases, and other so-called ‘body sciences’ are being used to understand medieval sources. The increasing use of jargon and specialization, however, creates pressure on the ways vocabulary and insight into other knowledge systems are used. This meeting seeks to discuss the possibilities, but also the limitations of incorporating knowledge systems from different academic fields.


Thursday 4 November
Van der Leeuwzaal (Academy building)

13:45 - 14:15 Welcome
14:15 - 14:30 Opening by Catrien Santing
14:30 - 15:30 Julia Dresvina (University of Oxford and Greene's Institute)
Cognitive and Affective Transformation of Information in Medieval Self-Narratives

Chair: Catrien Santing
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:00 Theo Lap (University of Groningen)
The Cognitive Communication of Consolation: Analyzing Continuing Bonds in 12th-Century Letter Collections

Chair: Babette Hellemans

Friday 5 November
Room A8 (Academy building)

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome
9:15 - 10:15 Victoria Blud (University of York)
Turning into What? Medieval Studies, Cognitive Studies and Transformation

Chair: Catrien Santing
10:15 - 10:30 Short break
10:30 - 11:30 Frank Brandsma (Utrecht University)
Theory of Mind, Lancelot's Lunacy and Rehab

Chair: Babette Hellemans
11:30 - 12:30 Micol Long (University of Padua)
Hidden Invitations: On the Use of the Notion of Affordance to Study Medieval Gift-Giving

Chair: Babette Hellemans
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:00 James Kennaway (University of Groningen)
Music and the Brain: Neuroscience, History and Critical Medical Humanities

Chair: Catrien Santing
15:00 - 15:15 Short break
15:15 - 15:30 Presentation by Editorial Board Groniek
15:30 - 16:00 Conclusions and Round Table
Babette Hellemans and Catrien Santing


For more information, please contact one of the organizers:

Catrien Santing: c.g.santing
Babette Hellemans: b.s.hellemans