Alan Richardson: Presentations

Alan Richardson: Selected and Upcoming Presentations


  • "Imagination: Literary and Cognitive Intersections," plenary lecture, Cognitive Futures in the Humanities, Durham, England, April 2014.

  • "Empathy for the Devil: From Mirror Neurons to Sympathy Theory to Shelley's The Cenci," Invited lecture, Aesthetic Enlightenments: Cultures of Natural Knowledge, Huntington Library, January 2014.

  • "Art on the Brain: Neuroesthetics and the Brain's Default Mode," invited lecture, University of Mainz, Germany, February 2013.

  • "The Neuropolitics of Dreaming," invited lecture, Michigan State University, 2012.

  • "Literature, Cognitive Science, and the Return of Imagination," invited lecture, Literature and Cognition Symposium, Haverford College, 2012.

  • "The Romantic Imagination and the Neuroscience of Dreaming," Iinvited lecture, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2011.

  • "Literature, Complexity, and the Brain," Invited talk, Teagle Colloquium, Haskins Laboratory, Yale University, 2011.

  • "Memory and Imagination: From Romanticism to Cognitive Neuroscience," invited lecture, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2011.

  • "Neuroscience and the Romantic Imagination," invited lecture, Summer Wordsworth Conference, Grasmere, England, 2010.

  • "Toward a Cognitive Historicism," invited lecture, Vanderbilt University, 2010.

  • "The Romantic Image, the Reader's Eye, and the History of the Senses," invited lecture, Questions of Affect: Emotion and Sensation, University of Colorado, 2007.

  • "The Neural Sublime," Invited lecture, Princeton University, 2007.

  • "Real Readers, Cognitive Theories, and Literary Texts," plenary lecture, IGEL annual conference, University of Alberta, 2004.

  • "Reading Minds—and Bodies—in Emma," Narrative: An International Conference, Burlington, Vermont, 2004.

  • "Language Strange: Maternal Vocalization and the 'Other' Voice of Romantic Poetry," plenary address, American Conference on Romanticism Annual Meeting, Marquette University, November 2003.

  • "Romantic Childhood, Postmodern Culture, and the Practice of Reading," keynote address, Romanticism and Parenting Conference, New York City, August 2003.

  • "Voicing the Other: Fractures in 'The Sorrows of Yamba'," International Conference on Romanticism, Florida State University, 2002.

  • "Between Enlightenment and Romantic Discourses: Embodied Universalism," invited lecture, Stanford Humanities Center, May 2002.

  • "Apostrophe in Life and in Romantic Art: Everyday Discourse, Overhearing, and Poetic Address," invited lecture, UCLA, January 2002; University of Michigan, February 2002.

  • "Byron's The Giaour: An Editor's Confessions, a Teacher's Dilemma," invited seminar, Nineteenth-Century Forum, University of Michigan, January 2002.
  • "A Neural Theater: Joanna Baillie's Plays on the Passions," invited lecture, Southern California Romantic Study Group, January 2002.
  • "Erasmus Darwin and the Fungus School," Modern Language Association Convention, New Orleans, 2001.

  • "Romantic Childhood and the Victorian Civilizing Mission," invited lecture, Locating the Victorians, London, July 2001.

  • "A Neuroanatomy of Criticism: Mapping Literary Scholarship on Minds, Texts, and Brains," invited lecture, The Work of Fiction: Cognitive Perspectives, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, June 2001.

  • "Embodied Universalism and Romantic Discourse," invited lecture, University of Washington, January 2001; University of St Andrews, Scotland, February 2001.

  • "Exhuming the Author; or, The Strange Case of Eaglesfield Smith, Lost Scottish Romantic Poet," invited lecture, University of Glasgow, Scotland, February 2001; Kirtlebridge Village Hall, March 2001.

  • "British Romanticism and The New Sciences of Mind," Modern Language Association Convention, Washington, D.C., 2000.

  • "Corporeal Minds, Nervous Bodies: Romantic Anti-Dualism," North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Conference, Tempe, Arizona, 2000.

  • "Romantic Idiots: Emotion, Cognition, and the Embodied Mind," American Conference on Romanticism Annual Meeting, Park City, Utah, 2000.

  • "Keats and the Spectacular Brain," keynote address, American Conference on Romanticism Annual Meeting, Indiana University, 1999.

  • "Dramatic Theory and Theory of Mind: Joanna Baillie's Neural Theater," Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, 1999.

  • "Reading Minds in Persuasion: Austen, Romanticism, and the Brain," invited lecture, University of New Hampshire, March 25, 1999.
  • "Romanticism and the New Psychology, Then and Now," North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Conference, Halifax, 1999.

  • "Fin de Siècle Romantic Scholarship," keynote talk, Wordsworth-Coleridge Association annual luncheon, Modern Language Association Convention, San Francisco, 1998.

  • "Of Heartache and Head Injury: Minds, Brains, and the Subject of Persuasion," Forum: Literature and the Cognitive Revolution, Modern Language Association Convention, San Francisco, 1998.
  • "Towards a Neural Historicism," Literature, History and Cognition panel, Society for Literature and Science Annual Convention, University of Florida, 1998.
  • "Xanadu and the New Unconscious: Coleridge, Romanticism, and the Brain," invited lecture, Dartmouth University, October 23, 1998.

  • "'A Beating Mind': Wordsworth's Cognitive Poetics," invited lecture, Wordsworth Summer Conference at Dove Cottage (England), 1998.

  • "'Kubla Khan': Coleridge and the Dream of an Embodied Mind," invited lecture, Coleridge Summer Conference, Somerset (England), 1998.

  • "The Romantic Brain: Literary Culture and Neuroscience in Britain, 1790-1830," ELH Colloquium Series, Johns Hopkins University, 1998.

  • "British Romantic Culture and the Science of the Mind," Center for Literary and Cultural Studies, Harvard University, 1998.

  • "Romanticism and the Unconscious: Building a Mind," keynote address, American Conference on Romanticism Annual Meeting, University of Georgia, 1998.

  • "Cognitive Science and the Future of Literary Studies," Cognitive Science and the Arts panel, American Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting, Santa Fe, 1997.
  • "British Romanticism as a Cognitive Category," North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Conference, McMaster University, 1997.
  • "Neural Romanticism," Modern Language Association Convention, Washington, 1996.