30 May 2024 Start
31 May 2024 End
Greece Auditorium I Aristotle University, Research Dissemination Center September 3rd Avenue, University Campus, Thessaloniki / Livestream

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Cognitive Theory and Later Latin

May 30-31, 2024

The 18th Trends in Classics conference on “Cognitive Theory and Later Latin: Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period” is jointly organized by the Department of Classics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies of Innsbruck. The event is to be held on May 30-31 2024 in Auditorium I at KEDEA, September 3rd Avenue, University Campus (

The event will be both in person and online. It is possible to attend it virtually through our livestream (all times are local, British Summer Time + 2):

The organizers,
Anna Novokhatko (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Florian Schaffenrath (Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Neulateinische Studien)
Stefan Tilg (University of Freiburg)
Antonios Rengakos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki & Academy of Athens)
Stavros Frangoulidis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Thursday, 30 May, 2024

Welcome and general introduction

PANEL 1. Chair:  Chrysanthe Tsitsiou-Chelidoni (Thessaloniki)

Paul Dilley (Iowa), Monastic Renunciation, Hagiography, and Mental Health
Stefan Tilg (Freiburg), How Do They Know? Knowledge of Invented Characters and Events in Early Modern Latin Prose Fiction

Maik Patzelt (Berlin), On Martyrs, Demons and Devils: A Cognitive Approach to Christian Horror Stories
Sean Leatherbury (Dublin), Living and Thinking with Things in Late Antiquity: Ennodius on Firmina’s Jewelry
Isabella Sandwell (Bristol), Embodied Doctrine: The Cognitive Benefits of Using Material Images of Natural Reproduction to Represent Relations Between the Divine Father and Son

PANEL 2. Chair:  Evina Sistakou (Thessaloniki)

Roy Gibson (Durham), Late Antique Letter Collections as Extended Cognition?
Anders K. Petersen (Aarhus), Changing the Mind of the Unlearned and the Ill Taught: Cognitive Perspectives on Augustine’s Teaching in De cathecizandis rudibus and De utilitate credenda
Katharine Earnshaw (Exeter), St Augustine and Bede: A Crossover Between Environmental and Cognitive Approaches

Istvan Czachesz (Tromsø), A Cognitive Neuroscience Approach to Apocalyptic Literature: The Visio Pauli as a Test Case
Niklaus Largier (Berkeley), The Symbolic Potential of Form: Shaping Cognition in Prayer

Keynote Lecture
Miranda Anderson (Edinburgh), A History of Distributed Cognition: Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period

Friday, 31 May, 2024

PANEL 3. Chair:  Panagiota Sarischouli (Thessaloniki)

Anna Novokhatko (Thessaloniki), Embodied and Situated Cognition in Augustine’s Discussions on Metaphor
M. William Short (Exeter), Alanus de Insulis’ Omnis mundi creatura from the Perspective of Cognitive Linguistics

Frank Bezner (Freiburg), Cognition and Perception in 12th Century Latin Lyrics
Racha Kirakosian (Freiburg), Meister Eckhart’s Theory of Mind: Towards Neuromedievalism
Jesper Sørensen (Aarhus), Malleus Maleficarum: Magic and Witchcraft Between Community and State

PANEL 4. Chair:  Florian Schaffenrath (Innsbruck)

Niall Slater (Atlanta), Supplementary Similes and Metamorphic (Dis-)Embodiment: Vegio’s Revisions of Vergil
George Kazantzidis (Patras), Mental Illness, Cognitive Errors and Cognitive Therapy in Caelius Aurelianus’ De morbis chronicis

Yasmin Haskell (Melbourne), Programming Piety: The Cognitive-Affective Codes of Jesuit Poetic Pedagogy
Martin Korenjak (Innsbruck), Virtual Space Travel in Early Modern Times

Concluding Remarks