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Minds on stage: cognitive approaches to Greek tragedy - 14-15-16/04/2016, Leiden (Netherlands)

Cognitive approaches to classical literature have been steadily gathering steam in recent years. This conference focuses on Greek tragedy, a genre that has a long history of being read ‘cognitively’. Ever since Aristotle, many of the central themes in research on Greek tragedy centre on minds – the minds of the dramatis personae, the actors, the authors, the viewers, the readers, the artists, the scribes. This conference hopes to bring together those interested in both Greek tragedy and questions of cognition, with the aim of taking stock as well as exploring new cognitively-inflected approaches to classical texts. All are welcome!

FECHA /DATE/DATA: 14-15-16/04/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Vossius conference room, Leiden University Library (Leiden, Netherlands)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Ineke Sluiter (Leiden University); Felix Budelmann (Oxford University)

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Thursday, April 14

13:00-13:50 Welcome & registration, coffee ("Koffiekamer", Huizinga building) 14:00-14:30 Opening, welcome

14:10-14:50 Keynote: Prof. Edith Hall (King’s College London) ‘Visualising tragic recognition: plots, plays, and family (re)unions’

14:50-15:30 Dr Rosie Wyles (University of Kent) ‘Pelasgus' cognitive awareness’

15:30-16:10 Prof. Seth Schein (University of California, Davis) ‘Generic expectations and the interpretation of Attic tragedy’

16:10-16:30 Tea, coffee break

16:30-17:10 Dr Lucy van Essen-Fishman (University of Oxford) ‘Remember to what sort of man you give this favour’: memories of Sophocles’ Ajax’

17:10-17:50 Dr Zina Giannopoulou (University of California, Irvine) ‘"I" and "not I": silence and cognition in Sophocles’ Trachiniae’

19:00 Informal dinner

Friday, April 15

9:30-10:10 Keynote: Prof. Ruth Scodel (University of Michigan) ‘Prospective attribution and persuasion’

10:10-10:50 Jussi Nybom (King’s College London) ‘Neuroscience and the paradox of tragedy’

10:50-11:10 Tea, coffee break

11:10-11:50 Hanna Golab (Princeton University) ‘The limits of subjunctive reality: Athenian audience and its emotional response’

11:50-12:30 Prof. Barbara Goff (University of Reading) ‘The pity of sight: Euripides Hekabe’

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:40 Dr Marco Catrambone (Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa) ‘The implication game: mind-reading in Sophocles’ dialogues’

14:40-15:20 Prof. Sheila Murnaghan (Penn University) ‘Reading the mind of Ajax’

15:20-16:00 Dr Jon Hesk (University of St. Andrews) ‘Perspective-taking, empathy and deliberation in Greek Tragedy. A rhetorical and political approach’

16:00-16:20 Tea, coffee break

16:20-17:00 Dr. Emmanuela Bakola (University of Warwick) ‘Seeing the invisible: interior spaces, the ‘unseen’, and the Erinyes in the Oresteia’

17:00-17:40 Dr Al Duncan (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) ‘Before the [mind’s] eye: reading vs. seeing Greek Tragedy’

19:30 Conference dinner

Saturday, April 16

10:10-10:50 Keynote: Dr Nick Lowe (Royal Holloway University London) 'Tragedy and dreaming'

10:50-11:30 Dr Florence Yoon (University of British Columbia) ‘The limitations of children’s thinking’

11:30-11:50 Coffee, tea break

1:50-12:30 Dr David Jacobson (Loyola University Maryland) ‘Engaging the audience: demonstratives and conceptual metaphors of space in Greek drama’

12:30-13:10 Afroditi Angelopoulou (University of Southern California) ‘Feeling words: gustatory metaphors in Seven Against Thebes’

13:10-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:10 Dr Michael Carroll (Trinity College Dublin) ‘Deliberating through metaphor: the dilemma of Pelasgus in Aeschylus’ Suppliants’

15:10-15:50 Dr Naomi Weiss (Harvard University) ‘Seeing dolphins on the tragic stage’

15:50-16:10 Tea, coffee break

16:10-16:50 Dr Lynn Kozak (McGill University) ‘Follow my gaze: the theory and practice of staging sight in Euripides’ Bacchae’

16:50-17:15 Final discussion and closing remarks

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