The ‘Literature and the Mind’ Centre at University of California Santa Barbara is a unique interdisciplinary centre and programme having as core members some of our project affiliates (Julie Carlson, Kay Young, Domnique Jullien, Porter Abbott) and our very own team fellow Sowon Park. Marco Bernini has recently become affiliated faculty member at Lit&Mind, and numerous exchanges and collaborations have been occuring between the centre and members of the Institute of Medical Humanities at Durham University. Here is how the Lit&Mind centre describes its mission: “Current developments in psychoanalysis, psychology, philosophy, cognitive science and neurobiology confirm the profound importance of language in structuring the mind’s representations and re-workings of reality. Study of the mind is now one of our most exciting and inventive fields of interdisciplinary research, informed by and informing not only literary criticism and theory but also the study of cultural and social practice. Language is known to play a central role in creating memories, processing emotions, and thinking. Verbal creativity and interpretation are vital to our survival and well-being; constructing narrative, analyzing the past, and creating fictional models are crucial to all human activity, from technological invention to falling in love to planning revolutions. This is why we have always needed, and always loved, literature. When we try to speak the unspeakable–whether trauma or rapture–we call it poetry. When our wishes are unfulfilled, we create legends. When we are terrified by one another, we put ourselves, and our conflicts, on stage, and try to learn empathy. “Literature and the Mind” explores how and why symbolic activity helps us create, rather than suffer from, reality.”