Call for Papers

Although the complexity and ubiquity of the personification phenomena call for a multi-disciplinary approach, to date the topic has been mainly investigated only within the boundaries of specific fields and problems.

However, our interdisciplinary conference will draw these different levels and modalities of personification into dialogue. By bringing together keynotes and scholars from cognitive psychology, neuroscience, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, linguistics, narratology, literary studies, anthropology, and beyond, we hope to create a network for further collaborative exploration of these phenomena and to establish theoretical ground towards a shared study of the human flair for personification.

Please send us your abstracts (250-300 words) for a 20 minute presentation, including a short bionote (150 words) by February 23, 2018. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches, co-presentations, and performative modes of delivery. We also welcome pre-formed panels, for which we ask an additional panel description (150 words). Please fill the Google Form with your proposal and details here.

You will be notified of your acceptance no later than March 16, 2018.

Topic may address, but are not limited to:

  • Agency and Personification
  • Anthropomorphism
  • Attribution of Intentionality
  • Felt presences
  • Fictional Minds
  • Imaginary Companions
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Narrative and Personification
  • Personification and Communicative Frameworks
  • Personification of Gods and Deities
  • Personification of Values and Abstract Concepts
  • Social Cognition and Personification
  • The characterful qualities of voices and visions
  • Trait-Attribution and Characterization of Persons
  • Zoomorphism

This call for papers can also be downloaded as a PDF.