Workshop "The Study of Literature, Reading, and Cognition: Interdisciplinary Approaches, Concepts, and Terms"

Monday, October 5 - Tuesday, October 6


Online Interdisciplinary Workshop

The Aachen Center for Cognitive and Empirical Literary Studies (ACCELS) will host a two-day online workshop on "The Study of Literature, Reading, and Cognition: Interdisciplinary Approaches, Concepts, and Terms" in October (5th-6th) 2020.The aim of the workshop is to install a transdisciplinary dialogue (or polylogue, rather) between psychology, literary studies, and linguistics. We will discuss phenomena of literary reception for which the disciplines involved have used similar, but not always congruent, concepts and terms. Panels will focus on concepts that are potentially problematic because of their use in multiple contexts, their fuzziness, their metaphoricity, etc. These include

  • Absorption, Identification, Immersion, Empathy, Experientiality, Literary Emotions, Qualia
  • Mental Models, Situation Models, Cultural Models, Patterned Practices, Embodiment, Enactivism,
  • Frames, Scripts, Simulators
  • Narrative Perspective, Focalization, Unnatural Narration, Storyworlds
  • Cognitive Grammar, Construction-Integration-Networks
  • etc.

Workshop participants are (in alphabetical order):

  • Alice Bell, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Alexander Bergs, Universität Osnabrück
  • Marisa Bortolussi, University of Alberta
  • Jens Brockmeier, The American University of Paris
  • Marco Caracciolo, Ghent University
  • Barbara Dancygier, University of British Columbia
  • Peter Dixon, University of Alberta
  • Richard Gerrig, Stony Brook University
  • Marcello Giovanelli, Aston University
  • Melanie Green, University at Buffalo
  • Chloe Harrison, Aston University
  • Karin Kukkonen, University of Oslo
  • Moniek Kuijpers, University of Basel
  • Brian Schiff, The American University of Paris
  • Paul Sopčák, MacEwan University
  • Peter Stockwell, University of Nottingham
  • Lieven Vandelanotte, University of Namur

If you are interested in listening to the discussions, please send us an e-mail to and you will receive the link needed to attend the Zoom-conference.