and Beyond

01. Information



Scientific Committee

Local Info


Tuesday, 2 May 2023

10.00 Chair: Manuel García-Carpintero (Barcelona)

10.00 Carola Barbero (Turin), “Lost in (Literature’s) Translation”

11.00 Julia Langkau (Geneva), “Life and Literary Fiction”

12.00 Coffee

12.30 Keynote:
12.30 Keynote: Susan L. Feagin (Temple), “Artistic Functionality”

13.30 Lunch break

15.30 Chair: Carlota Serrahima (Barcelona)

15.30 Bruno Leclercq & Louis Rouillé (Liège), “When Fictive Objects are Visualized: A Challenge for Descriptive Theories”

16.30 Merel Semeijn (Groningen/Institut Nicod), “Common Belief and Make-Believe”

17.30 Elisa Paganini (Milan), “Fiction as Non-assertive Communication”


Wednesday May 3, 2023

9.30 Chair: Daniel Gregory (Barcelona)

9.30 Keynote:

9.30 Keynote:Andrew Kania (Trinity), “The Meaning of Musical Works and Its Relation to Their Authentic Performance” [online]

10.30 Patrick Keating (Trinity), “Light and Time in the Hollywood Film Noir”

11.30 Coffee

12.00 Chair: Anaïs Giannuzzo (Geneva)

12.00 Mario Slugan (Queen Mary), “Potential Mechanisms Behind the Hypothesis that Fiction Influences Real-life Beliefs” [online]

13.00 Keynote:

13.00 María José Alcaraz León (Murcia), “Autofiction in Film and Theatre”

14.00 Lunch break

15.30 Chair: Ryan Doran (Barcelona)

15.30 Amber Ross (Florida), “Silent Narratives—Searching for the Fundamentals of Narratives Beneath Their Linguistic Form”

16.30 Dana LaCourse Munteanu (Ohio State), “Affects for Shock or for Prosocial Behavior? What Journalists can Learn from Aristotle and Novelists” [online]

17.30 Vanessa Brassey (King’s College London), “The Pictorial Narrator”


Thursday May 4, 2023

10.00 Chair: Patrick Connolly (Barcelona)

10.00 Sean Clancy (East China Normal), “Imaginative Resistance as a Methodological Hazard

11.00 Chiara Brozzo (Birmingham), “On the Proper Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature in Design”

12.00 Coffee

12.30 Keynote:

12.30 Jérôme Dokic (Institut Nicod), “Disinterestedness and the Sublime”

13.30 Lunch break


15.30 Chair: Teresa Marques (Barcelona)

15.30 Jacopo Frascaroli (York), “Engineers of the Human Soul: The Moral Responsibility of Artists and Designers”

16.30 Derek Matravers (Open), “On the Confusion Between Being a Representation and Being a Fictional Representation””




The conference will be held at the University of Barcelona, in Barcelona (Spain), as well as online. The in-person conference venue will be wheelchair-accessible and wheelchair-accessible facilities will be available. Service animals are welcome. We regret not being able to offer nearby disabled parking or a hearing loop. Upon request, however, we can use microphones and provide a quiet room. More generally, we will do our best to improve accessibility, both online and in-person, including for caregivers, and we encourage you to check the relevant boxes on the registration form to discuss how we can do so.


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02. Abstracts

03. Call for Papers

04. Registration

05. Bw Archive