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"Marks of Spectres: Mind, Morality, and Religion in Cultural Discourse"

Objective

"My project will expedite my entry into a position of professional maturity by allowing me to engage in a sustained programme of research, training and dissemination activities at the Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology (ICEA), University of Oxford, UK.

In the first instance, I will embark on a research programme that uses methods developed in cognitivist approaches to religion to analyse a recurrent topic in literary, intellectual and political discourses––the use of supernatural rhetoric to frame the articulation of moral norms. I will show how all of these ostensibly secular discourses articulate, in coded form, the same innate intuitions that link supernatural agency with the enforcement of moral imperatives in religious discourses. I will pursue this agenda by way of four case studies, which will focus on Indo-European narrative, nineteenth-century fiction, psychoanalytic discourse and European political rhetoric.

In addition to my research agenda, I will engage in a series of training activities in my host university. Under the guidance of the scientist-in-charge, Professor Robin Dunbar (Director, ICEA), I will engage in programme of directed reading and research in cognitive anthropology. Supporting this, I will attend graduate courses in cognitive and social-scientific methodologies offered by the ICEA. Also, I will undertake training in developmental psychology and sociology by way of graduate seminars in the Departments of Experimental Psychology and Sociology. Finally, I shall receive complementary skills training in research management from the Oxford Insitute for Learning

My project's knowledge deliverables will come in four forms: a monograph in the Macmillan series 'Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance,' three journal articles (Journal of Indo-European Studies, PMLA, Political Communication), several conference papers, and a major international conference to take place at my host."

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IEF
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Funding Scheme

MC-IEF - Intra-European Fellowships (IEF)

Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 278 807,40
Administrative Contact
Gill Wells (Ms.)