About margaretfreeman

I am co-director of Myrifield Institute for Cognition and the Arts.


Schedule of discussions

August: Dickinson and the Bible. Guest Emily Seelbinder, Queens University

September: Dickinson in 1862. Guest Ivy Schweitzer, Dartmouth College, on her blog White Heat

October: Dickinson and the Sense of Place. Adrienne Rich, “Vesuvius at Home.”

November: Mabel Loomis Todd and Publication. Member Polly Longsworth on Midori Asahina (Keio University) “Reconsidering Mabel Loomis Todd’s Role in Promoting Emily Dickinson’s Writings”

December: Dickinson and Nature. Annual luncheon in celebration of Dickinson’s birth

January: The Devil in Dickinson. Guest Elizabeth Shively, St. Andrews University, Scotland.

February: Dickinson and Contemporary Women’s Rights Literature

March: open

April: open

May: open. Annual luncheon in commemoration of Dickinson’s death


Postgraduate Fellowships

The Cognition, Communication, and Creativity Lab at the University of Murcia (Spain), led by Javier Valenzuela and Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas, is seeking to support the best candidates from any nationality for Spain’s postdoctoral funding schemes: the Juan de la Cierva Fellowships (either for initial or experienced postdocs) and the Ramón y Cajal Grants (tenure-track research professorships). We already have a very successful track-record in these and several other funding competitions.

Eligible candidates will have completed their PhD within the following dates: 1 January 2013 – 31 December 2017 (Juan de la Cierva Fellowships), 1 January 2007 – 31 December 2014 (Ramón y Cajal Grants).
Our candidates should be interested in developing an interdisciplinary profile, suitable for producing groundbreaking research into central aspects of human communication and cognition. The lab’s main areas of interest are: cognitive semantics-pragmatics, oral/written/multimodal poetics, multimodal communication (gesture, prosody, gaze, facial expression), media (film, television, art, social media), quantitative methods (corpus/computational linguistics, stylistics, psycholinguistics), and digital humanities (data mining, visualization).

The Juan de la Cierva and Ramón y Cajal schemes are based on the cv and track-record of the applicants and their hosts. No elaborate research proposals are needed. The applications are written in English and you will be assisted throughout the application process.
The deadlines for these schemes in 2018 are 11 January (Initial JdC postdocs), 10 January (Experienced JdC postdocs) and 16 January (RyC grants). However, host universities will establish earlier internal deadlines, so candidates should communicate with us as soon as possible.

If you are interested in working with us, please follow these instructions and send an email to both cpcanovas@um.es and jvalen@um.es, with a one-page proposal and a cv. You can find further information about us in these links: