Organised by Sean Dyde, in cooperation with the University of Leeds and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.
The neurosciences are flourishing, while the relationship between the neurosciences and the humanities is not. Whereas some scholars have welcomed closer collaboration, much work attempting to bring the two together can seem off-puttingly imperial or else preparatory to a larger engagement. These deficiencies in turn have generated widespread doubt that either side has anything to learn from the other. In this two-day conference, we will argue differently. We explore ways in which the broad range of practices, methods and theories within the neurosciences and the humanities may offer cooperation, while the disciplines still retain their professional identities. Both fields working towards a common goal to describe, however tantalisingly, what it means to be human.
The speakers are:
Felicity Callard (Birkbeck University of London)
Reverie, Daydreams and Mind-Wandering in the Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Mind and Brain Sciences (abstract)
Alfred Freeborn (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Measuring the “Broken Brain”: Neuroimaging and the “Biological Revolution” in American and British Psychiatry (abstract)
Stephen T Casper (Clarkson University, United States)
A History of Locked-in Syndrome: The Making of Neurological Consciousness, 1880-Present (abstract)
Chuanfei Chin (National University of Singapore)
Neuroscientific Impasses and Historical Insights (abstract)
Stephanie Eichberg (Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung)
From Metaphor to Molecule: Decoding the Languages of Pain (abstract)
The event is free, but places are limited, so please register here.
Attendees may also be interested in attending our celebrations for the 60th anniversary of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds, to be held on the 19th and 20th of September. Further information can be found here.