Exploring Early Modern Cognition: Challenges, Methods, and Future Possibilities

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The early modern period saw a flourishing of often contrasting ideas around the way humans acquire, manage, retrieve, and utilize information. Yet, understanding these ideas on human cognition requires analysis from multiple angles—historical, anatomical, neurological, philosophical, psychological, etc— unfortunately hindered by our current disciplinary arrangement. Our strict separation of the Humanities and Sciences constitutes a challenge to a well-rounded study of such theories. Taking on such a challenge, however, would lead to a deeper comprehension not only of the Early Modern but also of our own time, which directly derives from those conflicting ideas.

This roundtable will thus bring together scholars whose pioneering work is creating productive connections between disciplines, conducive to a fruitful exploration of the topic. Through a dialogue centered on methodologies and interdisciplinary practices, we aim at the recognition of such academic interest and of its methods, for the benefit of present and future scholars alike.
Period30 Mar 20222 Apr 2022
Event titleRenaissance Society of America
Event typeConference
LocationDublinShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Early Modern
  • Cognition
  • Distributed Cognition