Cognitive Futures in the Arts and the Humanities

15-17 May 2020 Osnabrück University, Osnabrück, Germany

The Cognitive Futures in the Humanities conference series goes back to its inaugural conference 2013 in Bangor, Wales. After highly successful events at Durham, Oxford, Helsinki, Stony Brook, Canterbury and Mainz, the 2020 conference in this series will take place at Osnabrück University, Germany (15-17 May, 2020).

Like the first conference in Bangor, CFAH 8 provides a forum and interface for scholars from various humanities, the arts, and cognitive science. In resonance with research expertise at Osnabrück the particular focus of CFAH 8 will be situated cognition and multimodal communication. In particular, we would like to invite papers and posters that concentrate on tractable problems (and how these can be solved) or that present current and innovative methodologies. Nevertheless, this conference is in no way restricted to these aspects or fields of research and submissions from the whole range of approaches represented in the Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities network are welcome, including empirical as well as theoretical approaches.
For the first time, this conference will be held in conjunction with a spring school on “Cognitive Science meets the humanities and arts: building the next generation” (11-13 May, 2020) and the International Conference on Multimodal Communication (ICMC, 8-10 May, 2020).

The conference runs from Friday, 15 May 9am to Sunday, 17 May ca. 2pm.

Keynote Speakers

  • Barbara Dancygier

    University of British Columbia

  • Patricia Kolaiti

    University of Brighton

  • Albert Newen

     Ruhr-Universität Bochum

  • Pascal Nicklas

    Johannes-Gutenberg Universität Mainz

  • Marjan Sharifi


  • Mark Turner

    Case Western Reserve University


Registration is open until May 1, 2020.

Conference Fee

  • Regular fee
    • until Feb. 14, 2020: 100€
    • from Feb. 15, 2020: 120€
  • Reduced fee*
    • until Feb. 14, 2020: 50€
    • from Feb. 15, 2020: 60€

    *Reduced fees apply to students. Please send a copy of your student ID (or any other equivalent document) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

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