Monthly Archives: January 2015

Nominations Sought

Dear Members,

Since all of our officers began the final year of their terms on January 1, I have constituted a nominating committee in accord with the Society’s By-Laws. I am pleased to announce that Martha Helfer ( has agreed to serve as the committee’s chair, along with Karin Schutjer ( and Vance Byrd ( as members. The committee will nominate eight members for the following four offices: Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, and two Directors-at-Large. The Vice-President will succeed to the Presidency after her or his three-year term in 2019.

Please contact Martha with your suggestions no later than April 1. If you are willing to be considered yourself, please also let Martha know.

Clark Muenzer
University of Pittsburgh

Call for Papers: Cognitive Science (2016 MLA)

Panel sponsored by the Goethe Society of North America, proposed by Charlotte Lee (Cambridge) and John H. Smith (UC Irvine)

Cognitive Science in/and the Goethezeit

Modern Languages Association Annual Convention
Austin, TX, 7-10 January 2016

A lot of work in the humanities recently has been drawn to the cognitive sciences, from the role of mirror neurons in empathetic and aesthetic experiences (Galese) to post-phenomenological interdisciplinary studies of the senses. And a lot of work on the Goethezeit has been drawn to varieties of scientific practices and to conceptions that once seemed antiquated but may actually have been all too prescient (the interrelations between the inorganic and organic, between mind and body, and between subject and object). This session would like to bring these two interests together. Building on a proposed conference on “Embodied Cognition and the Goethezeit” in Cambridge (September 2015), the session invites papers that would address such issues as the way literary and/or philosophical texts in the Age of Goethe explore cognitive processes or the way contemporary cognitive science might illuminate literary/philosophical texts; how the period looked at the intersection of mind and body; the extent to which the Goethezeit offers approaches to cognition that were not taken up by modern science but may be relevant again.

One-page abstracts by March 1, 2015, to Charlotte Lee ( and John H. Smith (