An international conference at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
21 – 22 May 2016
The visual imagination is one of the most powerful human capacities.
It plays a vital role in art and literature, religion and science, and has been studied and celebrated by artists, writers, philosophers, psychologists, and, now, neuroscientists.
The event, which is the culmination of the AHRC-funded research project, ‘The Eye’s Mind’, brought together leaders in all these fields to shape a new and more integrated understanding of this mysterious mental resource.
Keynote speakers included Paul Broks (psychology), Joel Pearson (neuroscience) and Michael Tye (philosophy).
Posters and presentations
Susan Aldworth – The art of imagination
Renate Brosch – What we ‘see’ when reading literary narratives: default visualization and vivid images
S.C. Chapman – Electrodynamics and astrophysics: Thinking in pictures
Juliana Dresvina – What Julian saw: the re-examination of the bodily and ghostly sight in Julian of Norwich’s “Showings”
Gyöngyvér Horváth – Visual imagination and the narrative image. The art historian’s approach
Xiaoyan Hu – Painting as the image of mind
Maithilee Kunda – Visual imagination – A view from artificial intelligence
Radu Leca – Spatial immersion through iconographic cues in seventeenth-century Japanese images
Matthew MacKisack – Imagery from Ancient to Modern, and back
Fiona Macpherson– Imagination and perception
Shaun May – Visual imagination in actor training
Bence Nanay – Mental imagery in the perception of visual art
Nick Watkins – (A)phantasia and SDAM: Personal, scientific and human perspectives
Nuala Watt – Partial sight and poetic form
Crawford Winlove – Neural correlates of visual imagery
Paul Worthington – The eye’s mind: Visual imaginations neuroscience and the humanities
David Zagoury – The teratological imagination: Fantasia and the creation of monsters in Renaissance art theory
Adam Zeman – The Eye’s Mind: visual imagination neuroscience and the humanitities