Cognitive Spring Break

Cognitive Science meets the humanities and arts: building the next generation

11 - 13 May, 2020 - Osnabrueck, Germany

The mission

The human mind is studied from two different fields - on the one hand, the ‘traditional’ arts and humanities and on the other hand, the ‘modern’ cognitive science.

The key idea of this spring school is that any future collaboration between these two fields will only be possible if the next generation of scholars in the arts, humanities, and cognitive sciences is trained in such a way that they can understand, appreciate and engage in the work that is being carried out in this fundamentally interdisciplinary field.

To facilitate the growth of this new generation of scholars, the spring school will offer a variety of courses taught by world leading experts in the arts, the humanities, and the cognitive sciences that will showcase current and state-of-art research in the respective fields.

Students are encouraged to explore new fields and lines of study outside their usual expertise in order to truly benefit from this interdisciplinary experience.

The Spring School will be held between two international conferences:

(Participation in one of the two conferences is included in the registration fee to the spring school.)

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The spring school is organized by the Institute of English and American Studies of Osnabrueck, University.

The Crew

(our workshop organizers)

Amy Cook

Associate Professor of Shakespeare, Theatre History & Cognitive Theory at Stony Brook University

Thomas Hoffmann

Professor of Linguistics at Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Albert Newen

Professor of Philosophy at Ruhr Universität Bochum

Pascal Nicklas

Department of Microscopic Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University Medical Center Mainz and Comparative Literature Department, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz

Marjan Sharifi

Researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences