CFP: Kalamazoo 2011--special session "Brainstorming Early Drama: Cognitive Approaches"

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Comparative Drama, Western Michigan University
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Call for papers, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12-15, 2011.

Panel Title: "Brainstorming Early Drama: Cognitive Approaches"

Over the past two decades, a productive example of interdisciplinarity has been the application of cognitive theory and neuroscience to investigate research questions in the humanities. This approach has led not only to novel interpretations of cultural products, but also to sustained attention to the physiological processes involved in reading, perceiving, imagining, and creating texts. Cognitive theory has been increasingly influential in medieval studies, a recent example being Jill Stevenson's _Performance, Cognitive Theory, and Devotional Culture: Sensual Piety in Late Medieval York_ (Macmillan, 2010). This panel invites papers that adopt cognitive approaches to explore any aspect of medieval drama and performance.

Abstracts of 250 words for papers of 15 minutes are invited by 15 September 2010.

Contact: Anthony Ellis, Department of English, Western Michigan University,