On the Way Towards a Cognitive Historiography

Are we there yet?


  • Dimitris Xygalatas University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT/ Aarhus University, Denmark




historiography, cognitive science


The publication of the first issue of the Journal of Cognitive Historiography essentially aimed to mark the birth of a new interdisciplinary field, which is willing to take upon the challenge of exploring how people in past societies thought and behaved. Cognitive Historiography thus becomes the latest addition to a number of inter-disciplinary areas which combine a subject matter from the humanities with methods and theories from the cognitive sciences, such as Cognitive Linguistics, Cognitive Anthropology, Cognitive Archaeology, Cognitive Semiotics, and others. In what follows I offer a critical assessment of Cognitive Historiography as an emergent field, and particularly as it is represented in the inaugural issue of JCH.

Author Biography

Dimitris Xygalatas, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT/ Aarhus University, Denmark

Dimitris Xygalatas holds a joint position between the Interacting Minds Centre at Aarhus University and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, where he is directing the Experimental Anthropology Lab. He has previously held positions at the universities of Princeton and Masaryk, where he served as Director of the Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion. His main areas of interest are experimental anthropology and the experimental study of religion, and much of his work has focused on the practice of extreme rituals around the world. He has conducted several years of ethnographic research in Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, and Mauritius and has pioneered new methods, integrating ethnographic and experimental approaches in field research.


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How to Cite

Xygalatas, D. (2015). On the Way Towards a Cognitive Historiography: Are we there yet?. Journal of Cognitive Historiography, 1(2), 193–200. https://doi.org/10.1558/jch.v1i2.25885




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