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Professor Weingarden Presents Neuroarthistory Research at Paris Conference

Published April 19, 2016

LWVert2016Professor Lauren S. Weingarden presented her paper, “Embodying Baudelairean Modernity: A neuro-physiological model for reifying urban rupture,” at the annual conference of The Society of Dix-Neuviémistes (SDN). The meeting was sponsored by Kent University (U.K.) and was held in Paris, France, at Reid Hall/Columbia University Global Centers, on April 14-16, 2016. The SDN, founded in the U.K., fosters interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to the ‘long’ nineteenth century (1789-1914) in France and Francophone countries, embracing linguistic, literary, historical, cultural and philosophical perspectives. Using literary and medical texts, painted images and photographic archives, Weingarden seeks to describe the embodied, lived experience ‒ sensory, affective, cognitive ‒ that defines modernity and engenders physical, psychic and social transformations. In this paper she extends her endeavor by re-examining Charles Baudelaire’s “A Painter of Modern Life” (1863) and Baudelairean painters’ representation of his modernist mandate, through the bifocal lens of Cognitive Poetics and Neuroscience.