CFP: Reading Mind: German Studies and the Neurohumanities: A special issue of Seminar (30.3.2020)

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Guest editor: Christine Lehleiter, University of Toronto


Reading Mind is a special issue of Seminar that seeks to engage critically with the Neurohumanities, here broadly defined as an area of research which employs findings from neurosciences and cognitive studies in the humanities (e.g. Jaén and Simons; Lindenberger; Massey; Quart; Turner). We are seeking articles that use such findings to understand literary texts and the way we interact with them. Reading Mind is interested both in the mind’s activities that literature stages and in how we can understand the mind that reads these literary texts with the help of neuroscientific knowledge and tools. At the same time, we are also interested in research that engages, and potentially questions, the premises and promises of neuroaesthetic approaches and situates them historically.


This special issue is devoted to both the study of literary texts and the study of the methods with which we approach literature. We invite studies on, and with, German texts from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. We are particularly interested in discussions which connect literary discourses with (historical or contemporary) scientific developments/methods and which reflect on this connection. We expect that most of the articles in this issue will be contributed by literary scholars, but we also invite contributions that produce knowledge about our engagement with literature in a neurobiological and neuroaesthetic context (e.g. Miall and Kuiken; Oatley).


Proposed articles may consider the following questions (among others):

  • How can literature studies engage productively with findings about the mind in fields such as cognitive studies and neurobiology?
  • Where do insights gained in literature/literary studies and those gained in neuroscientific disciplines converge and where do they diverge?
  • What do the neurosciences contribute to the understanding of the mind that is reading?


Please send a 500-word abstract and short bio to Christine Lehleiter ( by March 30, 2020. The editor will notify contributors by May 15, 2020 and final submissions (6000–9000 words; MLA 8th ed.) will be due no later than November 1, 2020 (preferably earlier). Submissions are welcome in English, French, or German. If you have any questions about the fit of a topic for this special issue, please feel free to contact Christine Lehleiter.  



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