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La cognition humaine chez Andreï Makine . Human Cognition in Andreï Makine’s Oeuvre
30 June 2020

Human Cognition in Andreï Makine’s Oeuvre

Call for Papers for Study Day on July 1-2, 2021

Abstracts of no more than 300 words, either in English or in French, as well as a bio-bibliographic notice (100-150 words), should be sent to diana.mistreanu by January 15, 2021.

The proceedings of these study days will be published.

The authors whose abstracts are accepted will be contacted before February 15, 2021.

Keynote speaker: Prof. Dr. Alexandre Gefen (CNRS, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)


  • Study days “Human Cognition in Andreï Makine’s Oeuvre”: July 1-2, 2021
  • Deadline to submit a proposal: January 15, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2021
  • Deadline to submit the written article: September 30, 2021

This event is the second in a series of study days on cognitive literary studies that will take place at the LSRS. The goal of this event is to prepare the international conference on cognitive literary studies organized by the LSRS in 2022.

Call for Papers

Because of Andreï Makine’s Franco-Russian background, the central topic of his critical reception has been his double national, cultural, and linguistic filiation (see, for example, La Chance 1999; Mélat 2002; Safran 2003; Nazarova 2005; McCall 2005 and 2006; Parry, Scheidnauer and Welch 2004 and 2005; Laurent 2006; Lubkemann Allen 2006; Wanner 2008, 2011a and 2011b; Sylwestrzak-Wszelaki 2010; Gillespie 2010; Duhan 2017; Mistreanu 2017 and 2018; Ausoni 2018). There is also an important amount of work that addresses the depiction of the Russian or French space and history in his texts (Clément 2011; Derbac 2012; Hansen 2012 and 2013; Harmath 2016; Mistreanu 2017; Duffy 2018), as well as a number of studies on the auctorial, narrative, and stylistic strategies used in his oeuvre (Porra 1998; Clément 2011; Lievois 2014 and 2018; Pery-Borrisov 2014; Mistreanu 2017).

Despite being at the heart of Makine’s aesthetics, the literary depiction of human cognition has received a rather limited amount of critical attention to date. The aim of the study days we are organizing is to fill this gap. We invite all the researchers interested in Makine’s work – in which we include the four novels the author has published under the pseudonym of Gabriel Osmonde –, in the burgeoning field of cognitive literary studies (cf. Oatley 2011; Caracciolo and Bernini 2013; Jaén and Simon 2013; Calabrese and Ballerio 2014; Zunshine 2015; Garratt 2016; Lavocat 2016; Cave 2016; Troscianko and Burke 2017), as well as in cognitive neuroscience and psychology, to discuss the way in which the human mind and brain are depicted in the texts of the youngest member of the Académie française. By “cognition” we understand all phenomena related to the human mind: not only reason and memory, but also perception, affect, emotion, imagination, body movements, and others (Collins, Andler and Talon-Baudry 2018). Our study days will be focused on two main axes. The first concerns the depiction of cognitive processes in Makine’s work, whilst the second one consists of the manner in which Makine’s texts may influence the reader’s mental activity.

Bibliographical references: see the attached document

Human Cognition in Andreï Makine’s Oeuvre – Call for Papers

Organizing Committee

Prof. Dr. Dr. Jean Ehret, LSRS
Dr. Diana Mistreanu

Scientific Committee

Prof. Dr. Jean-François Bonnot, University of Lorraine
Prof. Dr. Marie-Agnès Cathiard, Grenoble Alpes University
Dr. Marco Caracciolo, Associate Professor, Ghent University
Prof. Dr. Dr. Jean Ehret, LSRS
Prof. Dr. Sylvie Freyermuth, University of Luxembourg
Prof. Dr. Timea Gyimesi, University of Szeged
Prof. Dr. Nathalie Roelens, University of Luxembourg
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Ruhe, University of Mannheim
Dr. Diana Mistreanu, Senior Lecturer & Senior Research Fellow, LSRS


Study days: July 1-2, 2021
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