Royal Holloway University of London Institute of Classical Studies The Open University


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The Open University, Royal Holloway University of London and the Institute of Classical Studies
4th and 5th July 2008

A conference devoted to exploring interdisciplinary work between classics (and in particular: Greek literature) and cognitive science, organised by the Classical Studies Department at the Open University, the Classics Department at Royal Holloway, and the Institute of Classical Studies. The conference was held at the Open University’s London campus (Hawley Crescent, Camden).

The conference has now taken place, but this website will stay live as a record of the event.


One of the most exciting developments in the humanities at the moment is the 'cognitive turn' represented in literary studies by such scholars as George Lakoff, Mark Turner and Ellen Spolsky: the growing awareness of the central relevance to traditional humanities disciplines of both empirical and theoretical research on how the human mind organises and processes information. An increasing number of classicists too are active in this area of convergence between the humanities and sciences. This conference brings together several of them.