Friday, 26 February 2010

Deadline for submission of Outline Proposals

Thursday 8th April 2010, 12:00 p.m. (noon) CET

The thematic programme “Understanding and Misunderstanding: Cognition, Communication and Culture (EuroUnderstanding)” addresses a set of inter-related questions of major current theoretical and practical importance, such as: How do communicative processes give rise to shared understandings, and how do these processes vary between cultures? How do intercultural misunderstandings arise, and what are their consequences? How do cultural and historical processes, and cultural-cognitive models, impinge on individual cognition, cognitive development and the development of personal identity? How can intercultural communication be made more effective in diverse cultural contexts?

Scientific Objectives
Understanding and misunderstanding can and should be investigated at differing levels of analysis, from neural to cultural processes. However, a comprehensive explanatory account of these phenomena requires the integration of the different levels in a non-reductionist framework. The Humanities disciplines, with their focus on meaning, are crucial to this explanatory integration. EuroUnderstanding provides opportunities for Humanities-based researchers to collaborate with each other, and with researchers from life and social science disciplines, in advancing the science and scholarship of understanding and misunderstanding.

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