Next week, I shall be taking forward the ‘Experimental Entanglements’ work that Des Fitzgerald and I (along with colleagues Simone Kühn and Ulla Schmid) developed in the context of our Berlin workshop (at which many Durham CMH members and affiliates participated). I shall be joining colleagues from McGill University and from Berlin at a workshop in Montreal in an attempt to ‘map the field of neurocritique and neuroentanglements’. Additional details are below.
Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry
McGill University / Jewish General Hospital, Montreal
Critical Neuroscience Workshop:
Mapping the field of neurocritique and neuroentanglements
Thursday, November 29, 2012, 9 am – 3.30 pm
Room G.23 Institute of Community & Family Psychiatry
4333 Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Jewish General Hospital
Workshop Description: Critical neuroscience is a multidisciplinary initiative (first initiated in Berlin) that probes recent developments in and around the cognitive neurosciences from methodological, historical, cultural and political perspectives. This event is part of a series of small workshops and graduate courses, running since 2008, in which network members will present new work and discuss recent developments in the growing universe of human-level neuroscience. At this workshop, the main focus is on assessing emerging approaches to neurocritique – both from within (newly intensified debates about methods and limitations of techniques) and from outside neuroscience (e.g. anthropological, historical or political critiques). Another focus is on “experimental entanglements”: we will discuss both the opportunities and the difficulties one encounters when attempting to engage constructively in experimental work from a multidisciplinary perspective.
This will be a small workshop that provides an opportunity to discuss critical approaches to neuroscience and the impact of new interdisciplinary projects seeking to nuance experimental work in the field. Some background in critical neuroscience is necessary.
9.00 – Felicity Callard (Durham) – Introduction: Experimental Entanglements in Cognitive Neuroscience
9.40 – Jan Slaby (Berlin) – Don’t Beep Me Bro’! A Worry About Introspection
10.20-10.50 Coffee Break
10.50 – Suparna Choudhury & Alberto Sanchez-Allred (Montreal) – Neurotechne: Attention and other subjective substances
11.30 – Daniel Margulies (Leipzig/Berlin) – Meeting the Brain on its Own Terms
12.10 Short Break
12.20 – Sabine Arnaud (Berlin) – Inventing the abnormal in late nineteenth-century France and Italy: The deaf, an exemplary case