International Workshop "Resurrecting the Ancient Mind – Cognitive Science in Archaeology and Philology"

The Research Training Group 1876 "Early Concepts of Man and Nature: Universal, Local, Borrowed" invites to its

International Workshop
Resurrecting the Ancient Mind - Cognitive Science in Archaeology and Philology

to be held on 5th and 6th December 2017 at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany).


December 5th, 2017 Institut Français, Schillerstr. 11, 55116 Mainz

Opening Talk and Discussion

10:15-10:30 Welcome and Introduction by Tanja Pommerening and Sonja Speck (Mainz/Egyptology)
10:30-11:30 Lambros Malafouris (Oxford/Archaeology)
Archaeology, Mind and Material Engagement: On the Cognitive Ecology of Marks, Lines and Traces
11:30-12:00 Discussion
12:00-13:30 Lunch Break


Panel 1: Cognitive Theory in Art and Archaeology
(organizers: Sonja Speck, Katharina Zartner and Prof. Dr. Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser)

13:30-14:00 Bob Kentridge & Charles Heywood (Durham/Psychology)
Can Factors in the Psychology of Visual Perception Account for Stylistic Regularities in Palaeolithic Art?
14:00-14:30 Paul Pettitt (Durham/Archaeology)
Cave Art, Cognitive Style. Materials and Methods for the Scientific Investigations of the Origins of Art
14:30-15:00 Coffee Break
15:00-15:30 Christoph Huth (Freiburg/Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology)
The Many Faces of Prehistoric Pictorial Representations
15:30-16:30 Panel Discussion with Brief Lecture by Sonja Speck (Mainz/Egyptology) and Katharina Zartner (Mainz/Archaeology)
16:30 Optional Visit of the Christmas Market in Mainz
20:00 Dinner


December 6th, 2017 Institut Français, Schillerstr. 11, 55116 Mainz

Panel 2: Cognitive Approaches to Natural Phenomena and Landscape
(organizers: Laura Borghetti, Mari Yamasaki and Prof. Dr. Tanja Pommerening)

09:30-10:00 Ezra Zubrow (Buffalo/Anthropology)
Ancient Cognition and Mind: The Creation of the Cultural Landscape
10:00-10:30 Almo Farina (Urbino/Ecology)
The Rural Sanctuaries: Heritage from the Past to Have a Better Future
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:30 Fiona Coward (Bournemouth/Archaeology)
Putting the ‘Fit’ back into ‘Survival of the Fittest’: Environments, Landscapes, and Multiscalar Evolution in the Human Lineage
11:30-12:30 Panel Discussion with Brief Lectures by Laura Borghetti (Mainz/Byzantine Studies) and Mari Yamasaki (Mainz/Archaeology)
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break


Panel 3: Cognitive Lingustics and Philology
(organizers: Shahrzad Irannejad, Mirna Kjorveziroska, Marie-Charlotte von Lehsten, Oxana Polozhentseva, PD Dr. Annemarie Ambühl and Prof. Dr. Tanja Pommerening)

14:00-14:30 Ines Köhler (Berlin/Egyptology)
Let the Sky Fall. How Landscape and Nature Shape Ancient Egyptian Thinking
14:30-15:00 Anthony Corbeill (Oxford/Classics)
Perceiving the Roman World through Latin Grammatical Gender
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-16:00 John R. Taylor (Otago/Linguistics)
Words and the World
16:00-17:00 Panel Discussion with Brief Lecture by Shahrzad Irannejad (Mainz/History of Medicine)
17:00-17:30 Final Discussion and Concluding Remarks
17:30 End of the Workshop