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


If you want to participate in our workshop, please register until November 30, 2017 at our coordination office: