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From the Aesthetic Mind to the Symbolic Mind: Perceptual Dynamics, Mimetic Practices, Human Theatricality

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This competition aims to award 16 one-month research visit fellowships in Italy at university departments to as many young investigators of any nationality carrying out research outside of Italy.The project From the Aesthetic Mind to the Symbolic Mind: Perceptual Dynamics, Mimetic Practices, Human Theatricality, financed by ACRI, aims to investigate the relation between the relationships between the origins and features of the aesthetic attitude and the emergence of a symbolic mind in the human world from an interdisciplinary point of view.

The project will take place from 26th September to 28th October, 2017. During this period, the 16 researchers selected will work in one of the 8 host institutions (as detailed below).

The project will end with a conference at the Università degli Studi di Firenze. The selected researchers and some of the tutors of the 8 host institutions will attend the conference as speakers. Some of the most prominent scholars in the scientific fields involved will also attend and present at the conference. Among these are Andrew Benjamin (Monash University, Melbourne), Gregory Currie (University of York), Jérôme Dokic (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris), Daniel Dor (Tel Aviv University), Helmut Leder (Universität Wien), Christoph Wulf (Freie Universität, Berlin).

The conference will last three days, from 26th to 28th October. It will be divided into different sections and topics:
(1) The origins of a symbolic mind from an evolutionary point of view;
(2) The development of a symbolic mind from an aesthetic mind, also from an archaeological point of view;
(3) The cognitive implications of the aesthetic attitude;
(4) The psychobiological underpinnings of aesthetic and artistic practices;
(5) The relationship between “mimetic practices”, “human theatricality” and “aesthetic mind”.
Each one of the 16 young researchers selected will be assigned to one of eight departments of eight host institutions.

You can find the complete list of Departments and information about further requirements at the following URL: http://www.aestheticmind-bandoacri.unifi.it/ls-8–acri-competition.html

The deadline for submission of applications is May 2nd, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (CET).
Applications must be written according to the form enclosed in the competition notice (Attachment 2) and include name, surname, place and date of birth, address, telephone number, competition notice information.