IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Asifa Majid, Radboud University, The Netherlands

IAS BMVP Asifa Majid

 ‌Language, culture, and cogniion: interdisciplinary approaches to the understanding of concepts

24 April - 7 May 2017

Asifa Majid is Professor of Language, Communication and Cultural Cognition at the Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University. She is also an Affiliated Principal Investigator at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. She investigates concepts in language and cognition by conducting crosscultural, interdisciplinary studies, and by tracing how concepts develop over a child’s lifetime within different cultural contexts. Awarded her PhD in Psychology from the University of Glasgow in 2001, she is the author of over 85 publications. She has been awarded various prizes and awards (e.g. the Ammodo KNAW Award 2015 for the Humanities, Radboud Science Award 2015) and received a NWO VICI grant (€1.5million) to study olfactory language and cognition across diverse cultures. Her work has also been recognised outside the scientific community: she was named one of The Libertine 100 because “Her innovative research opens up a whole new frontier of language and ‘smell vocabulary’.”

The events that are scheduled for Professor Majid are as follows:
  • 5 PM, Thursday April 27, Public lecture: How we map thoughts into words in different languages. (Peel Lecture Theatre, School of Geographical Sciences, University Rd)
  • 12 PM, Friday April 28. Student seminar: on cross-cultural and cross-linguistic elicitation techniques. (Senior Common Room, Department of Experimental Psychology, 12a Priory Rd)
  • 1 PM, Wednesday May 3, Cross-departmental seminar: What do hunter-gatherers and wine experts have in common? (LT1, Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, 43 Woodland Rd)

During her stay in Bristol, Professor Majid will be hosted by Professor Fiona Jordan (Archaeology and Anthropology)