CfP: "Off the Lip" - Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Innovation

30 Apr 2015 - 00:00

Workshop and Conference: Preliminary notice and call for participation

Deadline May 15 2015

Short papers and posters are invited for a conference to be held at the University of Plymouth, UK between 7-11 September 2015.

Workshops: 7-8 September

Conference: 9-11 September


Confirmed Plenary Speakers

  • Amy Ione, Director of the Diatrope Institute, Berkeley, California, USA
  • Roger Malina, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Technology, Professor of Physics, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
  • Sundar Sarukkai, Professor and Director of the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal, India

The promise of cognitive innovation as a collaborative project in the sciences, arts and humanities is that we can approach creativity as a bootstrapping cognitive process in which the energies that shape the poem are necessarily indistinguishable from those that shape the poet. For the purposes of this conference the exploration of the idea of cognitive innovation concerns an understanding of creativity that is not exclusively concerned with conscious human thought and action but also as intrinsic to our cognitive development. As a consequence, we see the possibility for cognitive innovation to provide a theoretical and practical platform from which to address disciplinary differences in ways that offer new topics and concerns for research in the sciences and the humanities.

Papers should consider cognitive aspects of creativity, including but are not confined to:

  • Poetics, language and cognition
  • The dynamics and performativity of imagination
  • Affect and named emotions
  • Affective artefacts (artefacts as scaffolding device for mind)
  • Creativity as a ‘self corrective process’
  • Cognition as creativity
  • Memory, metaphor, and media literacy
  • Archives, identity and emotionality
  • Art, mental health and consciousness
  • Networking and Network Studies
  • Creativity and mental imagery
  • Creativity and innovation in development
  • Social creativity
  • Neuroscience of creativity
  • Creativity as an iterative process
  • Simulating and modelling creativity

Confirmed Workshops

  • Prof. James Daybell, ‘Gender, Archives and Memory in Early Modern England’
  • Dr. Min Wild, ‘Hanging in Dreams on the Back of a Tiger: Lies, Science and the Philosophy of Metaphor’
  • Prof. Gemma Blackshaw, ‘The Art of Consumption: Picturing tuberculosis in alpine sanatoria around 1900’
  • Prof. Mat Emmett, ‘Visual Mediators: Exploring the transactional capabilities of diagrams, maps and schematic notations’
  • Dr. Daniel Grey, ‘Oral History, Infanticide and the Archive’

The workshops will engage participants in the contributions made by past and current research in the Humanities in the understanding of cognition as a creative interaction with daily life, featuring case-studies and examples that will suggest how to build bridges between current trends in the cognitive sciences and established bodies of knowledge.

Conference papers

Proposals are invited for papers dealing with responses to the research challenge of cognitive innovation from the sciences and humanities. We are particularly interested in offering opportunities for reporting on recent and emerging work in all disciplines and will give special attention to speculative approaches that involve more than one discipline.

Papers (20 minutes) will be delivered in 30-minute slots to allow good time for discussion, and will be published following the conference. Papers may also be presented as posters in the interactive poster+ session.


We encourage non-traditional forms of research presentations in the context of the familiar conference poster event.


Propose 6-minute cognition-related artworks including screenings, mini-lectures and performances to be interleaved with spontaneous contributions from delegates reflecting on the day’s discussions and exchanges.

To submit a paper, poster or CogSlam please send a title and abstract of no more than 300 words together with a brief bio to:

Deadline 15 May 2015



There are no conference registration fees for students and a nominal fee of £ 50 for all other participants to cover lunches and coffee, with an additional £ 30 for those delegates wishing to attend the conference dinner. The conference administrator will assist with bookings for accommodation if required.


Off the Lip is a collaboration between CogNovo ( and Transtechnology Research (, at the Cognition Institute, University of Plymouth.

CogNovo (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN604764) is funded by the EU Marie Curie programme.