10 years Cognitive Futures in The Arts and Humanities -
Catania 2024

From 4E to 5E Cognition: about Emotions

Department of Humanities – Department of Educational Sciences
University of Catania, Italy
June 3-5, 2024 – Aesthetic Emotions

10 years Cognitive Futures in The Arts and Humanities - Catania 2024

From 4E to 5E Cognition: about Emotions

Department of Humanities – Department of Educational Sciences
Monastero dei Benedettini, University of Catania, Italy
June 3-5, 2024 – Aesthetic Emotions

10 years Cognitive Futures in The Arts and Humanities

From 4E to 5E Cognition: about Emotions

June 3-5, 2024 – Aesthetic Emotions

10 years ago the series of Cognitive Future conferences started in Bangor, moved to Durham, Oxford, Stony Brook, Kent, Mainz and was held online (instead of in Osnabrück) during pandemic emergency. The war prevented its taking place in St. Petersburg. This year it took place in Warsaw; in 2024 it will be Catania – with a ten-year anniversary.

The focus will be on the latest epistemic paradigm of 4E Cognition and invite all interested scholars to reflect about the opportunity to enlarge this paradigm to 5E Cognition, including Emotions as part of any cognitive process.

The selection committee will, as always, be open to suggestions from all ranges of research into cognitive perspectives in the arts and humanities. We seek to address and challenge empirical and theoretical approaches to the topic of Emotion and Cognition and hope to enlarge our perspectives to other fields of research like the Study of Emotions in relation to Moving Images and Immersive Technologies, but also the Emotional components in Cultural Evolution; the Archeology of Emotions; etc. .



Topics are not limited to the ones we wish to suggest here:
  • 1. Epistemic paradigms form 4E Cognition to 5E Cognition

  • 2. Aesthetic emotions and quasi-emotions
  • 3. Emotions in socio-cultural and behavioral context
  • 4. Emotions and performative arts
  • 5. Emotions and Literature
  • 6. Emotions and the Medical Humanities
  • 7. Pictures in motions and emotions
  • 8. New technologies and emotions
  • 9. Cognition and emotion
  • 10. Memory and emotions
  • 11. Rhetoric and stylistic and emotional response

Deadline for abstracts and panel proposals: 15 February 2024

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Giovanna Colombetti

BA (Florence), MSc (Birmingham), DPhil (Sussex)

Talks Title
Against disinterest: implications of enactivism for cognition and aesthetic experience

A prominent figure in the world of cognitive science and philosophy, Prof. Colombetti specialises in the study of emotions and their influence on our experience and behaviour. Her work, at the interface of philosophy, psychology and neuroscience, has contributed significantly to the understanding of the role of emotions in human cognition. Prof Colombetti is known for her profound insights and innovative approaches to the study of affective processes.

Prof. Vittorio Gallese

Full Professor of Psychobiology, Department of Medicine & Surgery, Unit of Neuroscience, University of Parma, Italy.

Talks Title
Emotions in action. A neuroscientific perspective

Prof Vittorio Gallese is one of the leading minds in neuroscience. He is a pioneer in the study of mirror neurons and has contributed significantly to our understanding of how the brain understands and empathises with other people's actions, emotions and sensations. His work has profound implications in various fields, from psychology to philosophy and neuroaesthetics. He is known for his interdisciplinary approach and his ability to communicate complex scientific concepts in an understandable and engaging way. His research has not only revolutionised the field of neuroscience, but also offers new perspectives in art, literature and social science.

Prof. Hannah Chapelle Wojciehowski

Arthur J. Thaman and Wilhelmina Doré Thaman Professor of English Ph.D., Yale University

Talks Title
What Is Embodied Cognitive Microhistory

A distinguished academic and professor at the University of Texas. She is known for her in-depth research in medieval and early modern literature, with a particular focus on the intersections between literature, history, and visual culture. Her work is characterised by a unique combination of historical meticulousness and theoretical innovation, opening up new perspectives on the relationships between texts, images and cultural contexts. Prof Wojciehowski's ability to bring complex literary and cultural topics to life and make them accessible, coupled with her passion for interdisciplinary studies, makes her a fascinating and inspiring speaker.

Prof. Semir Zeki & Team (Samuel Rasche, Taylor Enoch)

Professor of Neuroaesthetics. University College London-

Talks Title
A New Approach to Aesthetics

Prof Semir Zeki is a world-renowned pioneer in the field of neuroscience. As a professor at University College London, he has led ground-breaking research in the field of neuroaesthetics, focusing in particular on visual perception and the neurobiological basis of beauty. His work exploring the fascinating connection between art, beauty and the human brain has revolutionised our understanding of how we perceive and process art and aesthetics.

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