Keynote Speakers

Franziska Hartung

Franziska Hartung, Ph.D.

Franziska Hartung, Ph.D. is a cognitive neuroscientist and experimental psychologist at Newcastle University. Her many projects include research that investigates how person perception affects cognition and communication. In addition, she is investigating how stigma affects social interaction, particularly verbal communication, and potential applications for overcoming social bias. These projects include a variety of methods such as behavioral, semantic modeling and neuroimaging.  

Emily Troscianko
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Emily Troscianko, Ph.D.

Emily Troscianko, Ph.D. is a Research Associate at TORCH, Oxford University’s interdisciplinary research centre for the humanities, as well as a blogger (via “A Hunger Artist”, for Psychology Today), academic writing coach, and eating-disorder recovery coach. Her research spans the cognitive and health humanities, involving methods and principles from literary studies, experimental psychology, and psychiatry. Her first monograph, Kafka’s Cognitive Realism (2014), explored experiences of the “Kafkaesque” with a focus on mental imagery and emotional responses, and in 2018 she co-authored the third edition of the world’s leading textbook on consciousness (Consciousness: An Introduction, with Susan Blackmore). Current research objectives include empirical mapping of the links between narrative reading and eating disorders, and development of behaviour-focused models of mental illness inspired by dynamical systems theory. 

Richard Jean So, Ph.D.

Richard Jean So, Ph.D. is a professor of English and Cultural Analytics at McGill University working at the intersection of cultural analysis and data science. He used data-driven methods to study culture from the novel to Netflix to social media and writing platforms like Reddit. His work focuses on race, power, and inequality bringing together humanist methods of interpretation, such as close reading, with new computational methods, such as machine learning and natural language processing.  

Meghan Sanders

Meghan Sanders, Ph.D. 

Meghan Sanders, Ph.D. is a professor at Louisiana State University who specializes in media and psychology, focusing on the psychological effects of mass media, as they pertain to psychological and subjective well-being. Her research focuses on enjoyment and appreciation of entertainment, morality and narrative engagement, and positive media psychology.