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EDNOTE. VN offers an intriguing case for such a theme. Dr. Alexander has
published extensively about VN.

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Call for Papers (apologies for cross-postings)

Poetics-Cognitive Science Colloquy

Dactyl Foundation for the Arts & Humanities
SoHo, New York City, NY
September 16-18, 2005

Among the disciplines informing cognitive poetics, neuroscience has been
undersung and underutilized, a trend that seems to suggest imminent remedy.
Indeed, the recent experimental and theoretical advances offered by
neuroscience question the traditional judgment that literary knowledge is
incompatible with scientific knowledge. What insights might detailed
attention to the neuronal activity of the brain lend to the creative
process? Might this directionality be reversed, that is, might the complex
structures interrogated by poetics yield a formal understanding that could,
in turn, shed light on neuroscientific problems?

Related questions which might be addressed include: What role do the
complexity sciences play in understanding the emergence of consciousness
and, by extension, emergent meaning in creative works? What, if anything, is
to be gained through empirical approaches to literary texts? How might such
approaches be implemented? Many readers praise texts for speaking to a
reader's "spiritual" side. Can a study in cognitive poetics help clarify and
redefine what is meant by this term? or by other phenomena often deemed
inaccessible to science, such as a poem's "irrational" or "artistic"
qualities? Can post-structuralist theory be helpfully rearticulated in
neuroscientific terms? Is the oft-observed variable nature of literary
analogous to brain processes exhibiting similar transitory behaviors? Can
the same be said of more stable qualities and behaviors?

This conference is intended to be a small, select gathering of scholars
interested in probing these questions, collaborating on research, and
reporting relevant findings in their respective fields. Participants will
include: literary theorists, neuroscientists, writers, artists, cognitive
scientists of various disciplines, e.g., linguistics, physical psychology,
social psychology, and the philosophy of mind.

Hosted by Dactyl Foundation for the Arts & Humanities, the Center for
Inquiry, and the Flow Chart Foundation.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to both Victoria
N.Alexander and Sharon Lattig by
January 15, 2005.