Workshop: Prof. Orly Goldwasser (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) – Prototype Theory and Egyptian Hieroglyphs (an introduction)

On February 6th and 7th 2015, the Research Training Group 1876 will hold a workshop with Prof. Orly Goldwasser (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) on "Prototype Theory and Egyptian Hieroglyphs (an introduction)".

Hegelstr. 59, Raum 00-309


Why is categorization central to the understanding of culture? What is prototype theory? How does it differ from earlier and other, current theories of categorization? What special relevance does this theory have to Egyptology and the hieroglyphic script? Do hieroglyphs bring new information to prototype theory and other general theories of categorization and classification? What is the connection between brain theory, hieroglyphs and prototypes? How can prototype theory be extended to other research questions?

Primary seminar objectives:
1. Create awareness to new research questions in any discipline one is working in.
2. Enhance interdisciplinary thinking.
3. Introduce new perspectives on Egyptian hieroglyphs.
4. Present research on categorization in the human mind, classification, classifiers and a few finds in the field of brain research.


Friday, February 6, 2015: 16:00-18:00
Topics: Introduction for Linguists – The Egyptian Hieroglyphic System

Saturday, February 7, 2015: 9:00- 12:30
Topics: Introduction to categorization theories – prototypes exemplars and schemas, implementation of prototype theory

Saturday, February 7, 2015: 14:00 - 18:00
Topics: hieroglyphs and prototypes, signifier and signified, classifiers, prototypes in the brain