Isomorphism of Knowledge: Scientific Projections on 20th and 21st Century Literature

10-11 May 2019

International Conference organized by the Department of Romance Linguistics, Ibero-Romanian Languages and Literatures, Italian, Classical Philology and Modern Greek; Center of Comparative Linguistics and Cognitivism; and the Humanities division of the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (IRH-ICUB).

Invited Speakers: Christine Baron (University of Poitiers), Amelia Gamoneda (University of Salamanca), Francisco González Fernández (University of Oviedo), Pilar Alonso (University of Salamanca).


The aesthetic and discursive strand of contemporary thought has set out the transversal unification between epistemological domains (Baron, 2007), blurring the lines between science and literature. The conceptual mappings that suggest an active role of literary forms and structures in the articulation of the scientific thought, and the underlying scientific and technological references building the fictional worlds constitute an intertwined field of meaning intended to give an account of the empirical universe as part of a new humanism, called by some the third culture (Fernández Buey, 2013).

The main purpose of this congress is to approach the study of XXth and XXIst century literature from an interdisciplinary perspective in order to understand the necessity of a definite rapprochement between exact sciences and humanities. It is primarily concerned with highlighting structural analogies between scientific and literary discourse, as well as narrative patterns and metaphorical mechanisms in scientific texts. Special attention is paid to the fundamental role of literary theory as the science of literature in defending its cognitive abilities.

We invite papers coming from epistemocriticism, cognitive poetics, embodied reading theory, neuroaethetics and philosophy of the arts.

This event is also envisioned as a two-day meeting between scholars for the preparation of a monographic volume to be submitted to a major international publishing press.


Conference languages: English, French, Spanish

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