fascinating to watch the zeitgeist whisp its ghostly stuff around.
The currently fashionao term for this topic is "bio-cultural
co-constructivism". Beats the hell out of al lthe ideas
anyone had until ... ugh...until.... ugh,....... forget when.
On 11/13/06, Cunningham, Donald James <email@example.com> wrote:
> From the Brain to Human Culture:
> Intersections between the Humanities and Neuroscience
> An interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Comparative Humanities
> Program at Bucknell University to be held at
> Bucknell University
> Lewisburg, PA, USA
> April 20-21, 2007
> Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
> Prof. Andy Clark,
> Dept. of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
> Prof. Michael Gazzaniga
> Dept. of Psychology, University of California at Santa Barbara
> Papers (20 minutes) and/or panels (maximum of four speakers) are solicited
> for an interdisciplinary conference examining the intersections between
> recent work in the humanities and neurosciences. In the past decade, the
> various branches of neuroscience (as well as linguistics, sociobiology and
> other fields) have begun to take up the ethical, artistic and behavioral
> questions that were previously thought to be the province of scholars in
> the humanities and to challenge the centrality of learned human behavior
> these and other areas. Scholars such as Simon Baron-Cohen, Marc Hauser,
> Steven Pinker (among many others) have begun to provide scientific
> of ethical phenomena and neuroscientific research has coined new
> subdisciplinary fields such as "neuroethics," and "neuroaesthetics."
> Scholars in the humanities, in their turn, have begun to produce
> critical-philosophical accounts of the claims of these scholars and new
> work on subjects such extended consciousness, artificial intelligence,
> robotics, and the effects of digital culture on human subjectivity and
> cultural production. The purpose of this conference will be to explore the
> status of this important debate at the present time
> We especially encourage papers that cross conventional disciplinary lines
> and/or that directly address the scholarly, institutional, and practical
> consequences of the ways in which the humanities and sciences are
> interacting at present. Papers from across the whole range of both the
> humanities (art, religion, literature, philosophy, film studies, history,
> languages, etc.) and neuroscience and its related fields (psychology,
> cognitive science, physiology, animal behavior, organismal and
> biology, etc.) are welcome.
> Given the interdisciplinary nature of the panels and audience, we ask that
> potential presenters be aware that they will not just be addressing
> specialists in their field. Selected papers from the conference will be
> considered for publication in an edited book in the Aperçus: Histories
> Texts Cultures series from Bucknell University Press.
> Among the possible themes for papers and panels are:
> - can new disciplines like "neuroethics" work alongside traditional
> humanistic modes of enquiry or is conflict between the two inevitable?
> - what have the humanities done to respond to these new developments in
> - what new configurations of the relationship between the sciences and the
> humanities could be made possible by this new work?
> - how are questions of culture (human activity in the world) being related
> to the activities of the mind and brain in new and productive ways? And
> vice versa?
> - how does neuroscientific study affect the way we understand the
> of books, films, and digital media?
> - how are "rationality" and "emotion" seen as part of human decision
> process by humanists and neuroscientists?
> - how has recent research in evolutionary biology and psychology affected
> our perceptions of cultural productions?
> Please send a 500-word abstract and CV as an email attachment to:
> Prof. John Hunter
> Comparative Humanities Program
> Bucknell University
> Lewisburg, PA 17837
> Submissions via regular mail will be accepted if necessary. Comments and
> inquiries to the above address are welcome.
> DEADLINE:December 15th, 2006.
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