[SydPhil] Fwd: 1st cfp - Moving Minds: converting cognition and emotion in history, Macquarie Uni, Sydney, March 2016
john.sutton at mq.edu.au
Fri Aug 7 20:57:42 AEST 2015
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First announcement and call for papers
*Moving Minds: converting cognition and emotion in history*
Macquarie University, Sydney
March 2-4, 2016
We are pleased to announce an interdisciplinary conference on *Moving
Minds: converting cognition and emotion in history *to be held at Macquarie
University in Sydney, Australia, on March 2-4, 2016.
- What is the history of the mind?
- How do cognition and emotion relate, now and historically?
- How are their histories to be studied?
*- Gail Kern Paster*, Folger Shakespeare Library and *Shakespeare
Quarterly, *Washington D.C.
*- Monique Scheer*, Historical & Cultural Anthropology, University of
*- Justin E.H. Smith*, Histoire et Philosophie des Sciences, Université
Paris Diderot - Paris VII
*- Harvey Whitehouse*, Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary
Anthropology, University of Oxford
*- Paul Yachnin*, English, McGill University and *Early Modern Conversions*
Contact and Enquiries: movingminds2016 at mq.edu.au <john.sutton at mq.edu.au>
This conference is jointly organized and sponsored by three distinct
interdisciplinary research groups spanning the humanities, social sciences,
and cognitive sciences: the ARC (Australian Research Council) *Centre of
Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders* (CCD), hosted by the Department
of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University (http://www.ccd.edu.au/); the
ARC *Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800 *(
http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/); and the McGill-based project *Early
Modern Conversions: religions, cultures, cognitive ecologies *(
The primary historical focus of the conference is the Medieval and Early
Modern period (roughly 1100-1800), but we will also consider historical,
comparative, or theoretical papers addressing earlier or later periods.
*Background*: The history of moving minds and moved minds involves
conversions and transformations of many forms, in technology and religion
and natural philosophy, in rituals and skills and forms of reasoning, in
art and music and language and identity. Is there a field of ‘cognitive
history’ or ‘historical cognitive science’? Is there a ‘cognitive turn’ in
cultural history and literary theory? If so, how does it relate to the
maturing interdisciplinary study of the history of emotions? Do these
approaches advance on existing historical work on mentalities, practices,
embodiment, the senses, memory, narrative, or material culture?
Likewise, can historical evidence actively inform the cognitive sciences?
Is the use of modern psychological categories in interpreting the past
inevitably anachronistic or presentist? In what ways are emotional and
cognitive phenomena intrinsically historical? In turn, how do minds shape
and constrain history? How do cognition and emotion fit into an
understanding of history on deep or evolutionary timescales?
*Call for Papers*: We now invite submissions of abstracts for papers and
symposia. Please submit abstracts of 300-600 words by *Friday 30 October
2015* by email to movingminds2016 at mq.edu.au. We invite submissions from
humanities, social sciences, and cognitive sciences. We seek papers that
address relations between cognition and/or emotion in history. We welcome
both specialist research papers within specific sub/disciplines, and
integrative papers aiming to forge connections between sub/disciplines.
Contributed papers should be no longer than 20 minutes presentation time.
Symposia should include at least three papers offering distinct
perspectives on a single topic, and may include a commentary. We also
welcome detailed proposals for specific debates, book symposia and
author-meets-critics forums, or sessions of other formats, on theoretical,
conceptual, comparative, or controversial issues in the interdisciplinary
history of moving minds or emotion and cognition. No individual should be
presenting author or first author on more than one paper.
Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the program committee, and
decisions on acceptance will be notified by *20 November 2015*. We
anticipate subsequent publication of refereed conference proceedings.
Further details on conference registration, accommodation, social events,
and local information will follow.
*Conference committee *
Organizers: John Sutton (Cognitive Science, Macquarie); Evelyn Tribble
Local committee: Amanda Barnier (Cognitive Science, Macquarie [CCD]);
Malcolm Choat (Ancient History, Macquarie); Greg Downey (Anthropology,
Macquarie); Helen Groth (English, University of New South Wales); Antonina
Harbus (English, Macquarie); Chris McCarroll (Cognitive Science,
Macquarie); Rachel Yuen-Collingridge (Ancient History, Macquarie)
Advisory committee: Patricia Badir (English, University of British Columbia
[Conversions]); Stephen Gaukroger (History & Philosophy of Science,
Sydney); Andrew Lynch (English & Cultural Studies, University of Western
Australia [CHE]); Juanita Ruys (Medieval & Early Modern Centre, Sydney
[CHE]); Benjamin Schmidt (History, Washington [Conversions]); Jacqueline
van Gent (English & Cultural Studies, University of Western Australia
[CHE]); Stephen Wittek (Early Modern Conversions, McGill [Conversions]);
Charles Zika (History, Melbourne [CHE]).
There will be a related Conversions/ History of Emotions event in Perth,
Western Australia, on March 7-8 after this conference: details to follow.
Professor John Sutton
Deputy Head, Department of Cognitive Science
Australian Hearing Hub
Macquarie University, Sydney,
NSW 2109, Australia
Phone: +61 (0)2 9850 4132
Email: john.sutton at mq.edu.au
[image: Macquarie University] <http://mq.edu.au/>
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