Research Meeting: presentation by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas

Event Date: October 3, 2017
Event Time: 9-11

Tuesday the 3rd of October, 09:00-11:00, Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas will present his research in the Potgieterzaal (Singel 425, Amsterdam).

Complex concepts, such as time, are often based on others that are more directly experienced, such as motion (“Saturday is approaching”). How complex are those conceptual patterns and how creative can their use be across different contexts and modalities? What can this tell us about the human mind, especially about creativity and the imagination? CREATIME proposes that the process for integrating conceptual structure and information from different modalities is more complex, creative, and flexible than what current theories of grounding, embodiment, or metaphor propose. To study what people actually do in the rich communicative and cultural contexts we all live in, we compare big data from speech, gesture, poetry, and film. For this we work with NewsScape, the Red Hen Lab’s Library of Television News (more than four billion words, 122 million screen images, and 340,000 hours of news) and PoetiCog, a multilingual database of poetic expressions that we are building. The CREATIME team includes researchers and students from the universities of Murcia, Navarra, Lancaster, Geneva, and Neuchâtel, as well as an extended network of collaborators around the world.

Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas is a EURIAS fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Amsterdam (September 2017- July 2018), and a researcher at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Navarra. This fall he will be moving to the English Department of the University of Murcia, as a Ramón y Cajal researcher (a tenure-track position funded by the Spanish Government). He has been a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh (with a project on the figurative language of emotions: EMOCCC), the Classics Faculty of the University of Oxford (Cognitive Patterns in Greek Emotion Metaphors), and the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (Cognitive Oral Poetics), as well as a Marie Curie Fellow at the universities of California San Diego, Case Western Reserve, Oxford, and Murcia (Blending and Image Schemas in the Figurative Language of Emotions).

Simone Wolfswinkel • September 19, 2017


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