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Homo Mimeticus: Theory and Criticism

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 HOM project word cloud

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Project "HOM" data sheet

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Organization address
address: OUDE MARKT 13
city: LEUVEN
postcode: 3000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Total cost 1˙044˙000 €
 EC max contribution 1˙044˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-11-01   to  2021-10-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
2    UNIVERSITAET BERN CH (BERN) participant 106˙375.00


 Project objective

Mimesis is one of the most influential concepts in Western thought. Originally invoked to define humans as the “most imitative” creatures in classical antiquity, mimesis (imitation) has recently been at the centre of theoretical debates in the humanities, social sciences, and the neurosciences concerning the role of “mimicry,” “identification,” “contagion,” and “mirror neurons” in the formation of subjectivity. And yet, despite the growing confirmations that imitation is constitutive of human behaviour, mimesis still tends to be confined to the sphere of realistic representation. The HOM project combines approaches that are usually split in different areas of disciplinary specialization to provide a correction to this tendency.

Conceived as a trilogy situated at the crossroads between literary criticism, cinema studies, and critical theory, HOM’s outcomes will result in two monographs and accompanying articles that explore the aesthetic, affective, and conceptual implications of the mimetic faculty. The first, radically reframes a major proponent of anti-mimetic aesthetics in modern literature, Oscar Wilde, by looking back to the classical foundations of theatrical mimesis that inform his corpus; the second considers the material effects of virtual simulation by looking ahead to new digital media via contemporary science-fiction films; and the third establishes an interdisciplinary dialogue between philosophical accounts of mimesis and recent discoveries in the neurosciences. Together, these new perspectives on homo mimeticus reconsider the aesthetic foundations of a major literary author, open up a new line of inquiry in film studies, and steer philosophical debates on mimesis in new interdisciplinary directions.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Nidesh Lawtoo
The Case of Eichmann Restaged : Arendt, Evil, and the Complexity of Mimesis
published pages: 106591292091120, ISSN: 1065-9129, DOI: 10.1177/1065912920911201
Political Research Quarterly 2020-04-24
2020 Daniel Villegas Vélez
\"Interruption—Intervention: On the interval between literature and music in Jean Luc Nancy\'s \"\"Myth Interrupted\"\"\"
published pages: 183-202, ISSN: 2057-7176, DOI: 10.21476/pp.2020.52277
Performance Philosophy 5/2 2020-03-11
2020 Niki Hadikoesoemo
Altering Bodies: Thinking of intervention through impersonation
published pages: 316-331, ISSN: 2057-7176, DOI: 10.21476/pp.2020.52281
Performance Philosophy 5/2 2020-03-11
2019 Nidesh Lawtoo
The Shadow of the Symposium: Sameness and Difference Replayed
published pages: 898-909, ISSN: 1080-6598, DOI: 10.1353/mln.2019.0101
MLN 134/5 2020-03-05
2019 Nidesh Lawtoo
The Double Meanings of Violence
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2016 Christopher GoGwilt, Ellen Burt Harrington and Nidesh Lawtoo
Conradian Crosscurrents: Creativity and Critique
published pages: , ISSN: 1935-0252, DOI:
Conradiana 2020-03-05
2019 Nidesh Lawtoo
(New) Fascism: Contagion, Comunity, Myth
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2020 Nidesh Lawtoo
“This Is No Simulation!”: Hypermimesis from Being John Malkovich to Her
published pages: 116-144, ISSN: 1050-9208, DOI: 10.1080/10509208.2019.1631692
Quarterly Review of Film and Video 37/2 2020-03-05
2020 Nidesh Lawtoo
(Neo)fascismo: contagion, comunita, mito
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2016 Christopher Gogwilt, Ellen Burton Harrington, Nidesh Lawtoo
published pages: 111-115, ISSN: 1935-0252, DOI: 10.1353/cnd.2016.0020
Conradiana 48/2-3 2020-03-05
2016 Nidesh Lawtoo
Conrad\'s Mimetic Turn
published pages: 129-142, ISSN: 1935-0252, DOI: 10.1353/cnd.2016.0027
Conradiana 48/2-3 2020-03-05
2019 Daniel Villegas Velez
Deleuze and the Simulacrum: Between the Phantom and the Fantasy (A Genealogical Reading)
published pages: , ISSN: 1370-575X, DOI: 10.2143/tvf.81.1.3286546
Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 2020-03-05
2019 Nidesh Lawtoo
\"“Violence and the Mimetic Unconscious (Part II) The Contagious Hypothesis: Plato, Affect, Mirror Neurons.\"\"\"
published pages: , ISSN: 1075-7201, DOI:
Contagion 2019-09-26
2017 Nidesh Lawtoo
Introduction: Poetics and Politics with Lacoue-Labarthe
published pages: 1133-1139, ISSN: 0026-7910, DOI:
MLN 132.5 2019-06-13
2018 ed. Nidesh Lawtoo
Poetics and Politics: With Lacoue-Labarthe
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
MLN 132.5 2019-06-13
2017 Nidesh Lawtoo
The Plasticity of Mimesis
published pages: 1201-1224, ISSN: 0026-7910, DOI:
MLN 132.5 2019-06-13
2017 Nidesh Lawtoo Eds. Alison J., Palaver W.
The Classical World: Sacrifice, Philosophy, and Religion.
published pages: 119-126, ISSN: , DOI:
The Palgrave Handbook of Mimetic Theory and Religion. 2019-06-13
2018 Nidesh Lawtoo
Introduction: Adriana Cavarero
published pages: , ISSN: 0162-413X, DOI:
Joseph Conrad Today 2019-06-13
2017 Nidesh Lawtoo
The Swarming of Mimesis. A review of William Connolly, Facing the Planetary: Entangled Humanism and the Politics of Swarming
published pages: , ISSN: 1053-1920, DOI:
Postmodern Culture 28(1) 2019-06-11
2017 Nidesh Lawtoo
The Power of Myth (Reloaded): From Nazism to New Fascism
published pages: 64-82, ISSN: 0014-0767, DOI:
L\'Esprit Createur 57(4) 2019-06-11
2019 Nidesh Lawtoo & William Connolly
The Politics of Mimesis: William E. Connolly
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Nidesh Lawtoo
Violence and the Mimetic Unconscious (Part I) The Cathartic Hypothesis: Aristotle, Freud, Girard
published pages: 159-191, ISSN: 1075-7201, DOI:
Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis and Culture 25 2019-06-11
2019 Nidesh Lawtoo
The Philosophy of Imitation in Focus
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
EU Research 2019-05-23
2017 Lawtoo, Nidesh and William Connolly
Rhetoric, Fascism and the Planetary: A Conversation between William Connolly and Nidesh Lawtoo
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:

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