Isomorphism of Knowledge: Scientific Projections on 20th and 21st Century Literature, 10-11 May 2019

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).


Les opérations de l´esprit vont pouvoir nous servir, avant qu’on les ait appelées divertissement ou loi, théorème ou chose d´art, et qu´elles se soient éloignées, en s´achevant, de leur ressemblance.

(Paul Valéry, Introduction à la méthode de Léonard de Vinci, 1894)

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 international conference is to approach the study of 20th and 21st century literature from an interdisciplinary theoretical 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 literary discourse and scientific domains (mathematics, physics, life sciences, economics, law, etc.), from the methodological approach of epistemocriticism: algorithms, complex networks, fractal geometry, big data, chaos theory, neuroscience, biology etc.  The focus lays on approaching narrative patterns and metaphorical mechanisms in scientific texts as a possibility for producing and expressing new meaning. Special attention is paid to the fundamental role of literary theory as the science of literature for defending its cognitive abilities. The emergence of a third epistemic domain conceptualized as an integrated space generated through conceptual projections between pre-structured experiential and knowledge domains (Alonso 2014), could be a means to account for the way human beings build and maintain certain narrative patterns to observe and represent the surrounding world.

We invite papers coming from epistemocriticism, cognitive poetics, embodied reading theory, neuroaethetics and philosophy of the arts, on the following topics:

  1. The literary discourse of sciences; the figuration of scientific and literary theories in literary works; Structural analogies between the literary and the scientific discourse.
  2. Metaphor and figurative language in scientific discourse.
  3. Literary theory as the science of literature in literary texts. Literature and cognition encompassed. Literature and neuroscience. Neuroaesthetic and embodied reading.
  4. The current state of epistemocriticism and cognitive poetics.

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.

Please submit your proposal to the conference email address  Extended date for applications is 15.02.2019. The proposals shall include the following information: name, academic affiliation, title of the contribution, a 250-300-word abstract, 5 key-words and a short biography of the contributor. The scientific committee will peer-review all contributions and will consider the scientific adequacy, the methodological approach and the innovative contribution of the proposal.

Acceptance confirmation: 01.03.2019

Conference languages: English, French, Spanish

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