Human Cognition in Andreï Makine’s Oeuvre -- La cognition humaine chez Andreï Makine

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Call for Papers
May 15, 2020
Subject Fields: 
French History / Studies, Humanities, Literature, Psychology


Human Cognition in Andreï Makine’s Oeuvre

La cognition humaine chez Andreï Makine


Journées d’études organisées par Luxembourg School of Religion & Society

Study days organized by Luxembourg School of Religion & Society

                                                                            3 et 4 décembre 2020 – December 3-4, 2020

Orateur invite – keynote speaker:

Alexandre Gefen (CNRS, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)



Call for Papers

Because of Andreï Makine’s Franco-Russian background, the central topic of his critical reception has been his double national, cultural, and linguistic filiation (see, for example, La Chance 1999; Mélat 2002; Safran 2003; Nazarova 2005; McCall 2005 and 2006; Parry, Scheidnauer and Welch 2004 and 2005; Laurent 2006; Lubkemann Allen 2006; Wanner 2008, 2011a and 2011b; Sylwestrzak-Wszelaki 2010; Gillespie 2010; Duhan 2017; Mistreanu 2017 and 2018; Ausoni 2018). There is also an important amount of work that addresses the depiction of the Russian or French space and history in his texts (Clément 2011; Derbac 2012; Hansen 2012 and 2013; Harmath 2016; Mistreanu 2017; Duffy 2018), as well as a number of studies on the auctorial, narrative, and stylistic strategies used in his oeuvre (Porra 1998; Clément 2011; Lievois 2014 and 2018; Pery-Borrisov 2014; Mistreanu 2017).

Despite being at the heart of Makine’s aesthetics, the literary depiction of human cognition has received a rather limited amount of critical attention to date (Mistreanu 2018 and 2019). The aim of the study days we are organizing is to fill this gap. We invite all the researchers interested in Makine’s work – in which we include the four novels the author has published under the pseudonym of Gabriel Osmonde –, in the burgeoning field of cognitive literary studies (cf. Oatley 2011; Caracciolo and Bernini 2013; Jaén and Simon 2013; Calabrese and Ballerio 2014; Zunshine 2015; Garratt 2016; Lavocat 2016; Cave 2016;Troscianko and Burke 2017), as well as in cognitive neuroscience and psychology, to discuss the way in which the human mind and brain are depicted in the texts of the youngest member of the Académie française. By “cognition” we understand all phenomena related to the human mind: not only reason and memory, but also perception, affect, emotion, imagination, body movements, and others (Collins, Andler and Talon-Baudry 2018). Our study days will be focused on two main axes. The first concerns the depiction of cognitive processes in Makine’s work, whilst the second one consists of the manner in which Makine’s texts may influence the reader’s mental activity.

We are particularly interested in the contributions of the researchers whose working language is English, as well as in empirical approaches to Makine’s work. We also encourage Ph.D. students and young scholars to submit their paper proposals. The proceedings of these study days will be published.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words, either in English or in French, as well as a bio-bibliographic notice (100-150 words), should be sent to by May 15, 2020. The authors whose abstracts are accepted will be contacted on June 15, 2020.



Study days La cognition humaine chez Andreï Makine Human Cognition in Andreï Makine’s Oeuvre (LSRS, Luxembourg): December 3-4, 2020

Deadline to submit a proposal: May 15, 2020

Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2020

Deadline to submit the written article: February 20, 2021


Organizing Committee:

Jean Ehret

Diana Mistreanu


Scientific Committee:

Jean-François Bonnot, University of Lorraine

Marie-Agnès Cathiard, Grenoble Alpes University

Marco Caracciolo, Ghent University

Jean Ehret, LSRS

Sylvie Freyermuth, University of Luxembourg

Timea Gyimesi, University of Szeged

Nathalie Roelens, University of Luxembourg

Cornelia Ruhe, University of Mannheim

Diana Mistreanu, LSRS



This event is the second in a series of study days on cognitive literary studies that will take place at the LSRS. The goal of this event is to prepare the international conference on cognitive literary studies organized by the LSRS in 2021.



Ausoni, Alain. Mémoires d’outre-langue. L’Écriture translingue de soi, Geneva, Slatkine Érudition, 2018, 200 p.

Calabrese, Stefano and Stefano Ballerio (eds.). Linguaggio, letteratura e scienze neuro-cognitive, Milano, Ledizioni, 2014, Kindle.

Caracciolo, Marco and Marco Bernini.Letteratura e scienze cognitive, Rome, Carocci, 2013, 126 p.

Cave, Terence. Thinking With Literature: Towards a Cognitive Criticism, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016, 224 p.

Clément, Murielle Lucie. Andreï Makine : l’Ekphrasis dans son œuvre, Amsterdam, Rodopi, 2011, 158 p.

--- Andreï Makine. Le multilinguisme, la photographie, le cinéma et la musique dans son œuvre, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2011, 386 p.

Collins, Thérèse, Daniel Andler and Catherine Tallon-Baudry (eds.). La Cognition. Du neurone à la société, Paris, Gallimard, 2018, 727 p.

Derbac, Gheorghe. “‘Présent passé. Passé présent’. Écriture et ethos de l’histoire dans Requiem pour l’Est et La Vie d’un homme inconnu d’Andreï Makine”, Études romanes de Brno, vol. 31, no 1, 2012, p. 281-294.

Duffy, Helena. World War II in Andreï Makine’s Historiographic Metafiction. ‘No One Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Forgotten’, Leiden-Boston, Brill-Rodopi, 2018, 328 p.

Duhan, Alice. “L’Écriture en langue étrangère comme pratique et comme poétique: le cas de deux écrivains ‘francographes’, Nancy Huston et Andreï Makine”, Nottingham French Studies, vol. 56, no 2, 2017, p. 212-226.

Garratt, Peter. The Cognitive Humanities. Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 259 p.

Gillespie, David. “Bartavels, Ortolans, and Borshch: France and Russia in the Fictional Worlds of Andreï Makine”, Australian Slavonic and East European Studies, vol. 24, no 1-2, 2010, p. 1-18.

Hansen, Julie. “Stalingrad Statues and Stories: War Remembrance in Andreï Makine’s The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme”, Canadian Slavonic Papers: Revue Canadienne des Slavistes, vol. 54, no 3-4,2012, p. 341-356.

--- “‘La simultanéité du présent’: Memory, History and Narrative in Andreï Makine’s Novels Le Testament français and Requiem pour l’Est”, Modern Language Notes, 2013, vol. 128, no 4, p. 881-899.

Harmath, Erzsébet. Andreï Makine et la francophonie. Pour une géopoétique des œuvres littéraires, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2016, 294 p.

Jaén, Isabel and Julien Jacques Simon. Cognitive Literary Studies. Current Themes and New Directions, Austin, University of Texas Press, 2013, 279 p.

La Chance, Brook. “Intertextualité française et construction d’identité dans Le Testament français d’Andreï Makine”, in Loris Petris and Marie Bornaud (eds.), Études de lettres, no 2, University of Lausanne, 1999, p. 201-210.

Laurent, Thierry. Andreï Makine, Russe en exil, Saint-Denis, Connaissances et Savoirs, 2006, 74 p.

Lavocat, Françoise (ed.). Interprétation littéraire et sciences cognitives, Paris, Hermann, 2016, 224 p.

Lievois, Katrien. “Suppositions de traducteurs: les pseudo-traductions d’Andreï Makine”, Traduction, terminologie, rédaction, vol. 27, n2, 2014, p. 149-170.

--- “La pseudo-traduction traduite: les traductions anglaise, néerlandaise et allemande et La Fille d’un héros de l’Union soviétique d’Andreï Makine”, in Judith Woodsworth (ed.), The Fictions of Translation, Amsterdam-Philadelphia, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018, p. 215-232.

Lubkemann Allen, Sharon. “Makine’s Testament: Transposition, Translation, Translingualism, and the Transformation of the Novel”, Revue des littératures de l’Union européenne, vol. 4, 2006, p. 167-186.

McCall, Ian. “Andreï Makine’s France. A Translingual Writer’s Portrayal of his ‘terre d’accueil’”, French Cultural Studies, vol. 16, no 3, 2005, p. 305-320.

--- “French Literature and Film in the USSR and Mao’s China: Intertexts in Makine’s Au temps du fleuve Amour and Dai Sijie’s Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise”, Romance Studies, vol. 24, 2006, p. 159-170.

Mélat, Hélène. “Andreï Makine: Testament français ou Testament russe?”, Revue Russe, n°21, 2002, p. 41-49.

Mistreanu, Diana. “Moscou, Leningrad/Saint-Pétersbourg, Paris. Les villes-palimpseste d’Andreï Makine”, Études romanes de Brno, no 1, 2017, “(É)migrations, transferts, exils: métissages et dynamiques de la ville”, p. 143-152.

--- “Décentrement et topoï romanesques. La France-Atlantide et la Russie-Atlantide d’Andreï Makine”, in Sylvie Camet (ed.), Décentrement et travail de la culture, Louvain-la-Neuve, Éditions Academia, 2017, p. 199-205.

--- “‘Ils veulent conjurer le silence’. Ellipses et non-dits chez Andreï Makine”, Quêtes littéraires, n°7, 2017, Edyta Kociubińska and Judyta Niedokos (eds.), Lublin, Wydawnictwo Werset, online:, January 10, 2020, p. 182-191.

--- “L’éléphant dépecé et le ciel du Sud. Une lecture de L’Amour humain (2006) d’Andreï Makine à travers le prisme de la narratologie cognitive”, in Sergiu Mişcoiu, Buata B. Malela and Simona Jişa (eds.), Littérature et politique en Afrique: approche transdisciplinaire, Paris, Les Éditions du Cerf, 2018, p. 279-291.

--- “Pas de sortie facile. Immensités, intimités et intensités sibériennes chez Andreï Makine”, Écho des études romanes, vol. 14, no 1-2, 2018, p. 113-127.

--- Andreï Makine et la cognition humaine. Pour une transbiographie, doctoral dissertation, University of Luxembourg-Université Paris-Est Créteil, 2019, 510 p.

Nazarova, Nina. Andreï Makine, deux facettes de son œuvre, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2005, 250 p.

Oatley, Keith. Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction, Hoboken, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, 290 p.

Parry, Margaret, Marie-Louise Scheidhauer and Edward Welch (eds.). Andreï Makine : La Rencontre de l’Est et de l’Ouest, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2004, 164 p.

--- Andreï Makine, Perspectives russes, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2005, 138 p.

Pery-Borissov, Valeria. “Paratopie et entretien littéraire: Andreï Makine et Nancy Huston ou l’écrivain exilé dans le champ littéraire”, Argumentation et analyse du discours, vol. 10, 2014, online:, January 15, 2020.

Porra, Véronique. “Un Russe en Atlantide: Andreï Makine, du discours littéraire à la citoyenneté”, in János Riesz and Véronique Porra (eds.), Français et Francophones: Tendances centrifuges et centripètes dans les littératures françaises/francophones d’aujourd’hui, Bayreuth, Schultz et Stellmacher, 1998, p. 67-85.

Safran, Gabriella. “Andreï Makine’s Literary Bilingualism and the Critics”, Comparative Literature, vol. 55, no 3, 2003, p. 246-265.

Sylwestrzak-Wszelaki, Agata. Andreï Makine. L’identité problématique, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2010, 258 p.

Troscianko, Emily T. and Michael Burke (eds.). Cognitive Literary Science. Dialogues Between Literature and Cognition, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017, 368 p.

Wanner, Adrian. “Russian Hybrids: Identity in the Translingual Writings of Andreï Makine, Wladimir Kaminer, and Gary Shteyngart”, Slavic Review, vol. 67, no 3, 2008, p. 662-681.

--- “Andrei Makine: ‘Seeing Russia in French’”, in Adrian Wanner, Out of Russia. Fiction of a New Translingual Diaspora, Evanston, Northwestern University Press, 2011, p. 19-49.

--- “The Russian Immigrant Narrative as Metafiction”, The Slavic and East European Journal, vol. 55, n1, 2011, p. 58-74.

Zunshine, Lisa (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015, 804 p.



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