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Two new Research Clusters: "The Embodied Mind" and "Tragedy"

14 November 2017

We are proud to announce two new Research Clusters in our Department, "The Embodied Mind" and "Tragedy", both funded by the Faculty of Arts.

The Embodied Mind Research Cluster 

The Embodied Mind is a research cluster started by Prof. Esther Eidinow and Dr Bella Sandwell. It aims to build interest, and develop research, in the area of 'Cognitive Humanities', with the intent of establishing Bristol as a centre for this new and exciting interdisciplinary field.

The field of ‘Cognitive Humanities’ is broad and we are deliberately setting out to be as inclusive as possible. The title of the cluster reflects the most basic characteristic of research in this area: engagement with theories concerning the embodied mind in cognitive science and the cognitive social sciences.

Funding from the Faculty of Arts will support a number of events this year, including: social events to connect scholars working in these areas both within Bristol and beyond, aimed at generating conversation and ideas, and a speaker event; there are also funds available to support members' research initiatives. Further information will be announced soon--and we hope you'll get involved!


Tragedy Research Cluster 

Dr Emma Cole (Liberal Arts/CLAH) and Dr Lyndsay Coo (CLAH) have been awarded funding from the Faculty of Arts for a new Tragedy Research Cluster. The cluster aims to take advantage of the Faculty’s remarkable current concentration of expertise in tragedy, which covers its text and transmission, criticism, performance, reception, theory, and intellectual history.

The funding will support three events throughout the remainder of this academic year: a seminar based on the reading group format; an event tied to the publication of Revenge and Gender in Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Literature (forthcoming June 2018; ed. Lesel Dawson); and a special event led by a distinguished external speaker. The activities will strengthen interdisciplinary collaborations across the Faculty by forging new cross-departmental research links, and will give members the opportunity to locate their own area of specialism within the much wider chronological, geographical and intellectual framework of the tragic tradition.

Stay tuned for further details!

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