The Human Sciences after the Decade of the Brain – Perspectives on the Neuro-Turn in the Social Sciences and the Humanities.
Alte Mensa Building, Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Germany
March 30 – March 31, 2015
It is now almost 25 years since the U.S. Congress authorized the then president, George Bush sr., to proclaim the decade beginning January 1, 1990 as the Decade of the Brain. This proclamation stimulated a number of initiatives that substantially benefitted neuroscience research in the following years. Alongside this rise of neuroscience and the corresponding increase of public awareness, many disciplines in the humanities and social sciences have shifted towards more brain based and evolutionary informed approaches. New research fields such as Neuroethics, Neuroeconomics, Cognitive Cultural Studies, Neuroaesthetics or even Neurotheology have gained a following. In addition to surveying the mutual interactions between the cognitive neurosciences and the social sciences and humanities, this interdisciplinary symposium investigates the methodological and conceptual prospects and perils of choosing a neuroscience approach to the social sciences and the humanities. The symposium aims to shed light on a broad range of epistemological, historical and sociological questions about the purported neuro-turn in the social sciences and the humanities. Speakers include among others
Sabine Maasen (TU Munich)
Steve Woolgar and Tanja Schneider (Oxford University)
Paul Hoyningen-Huene (Leibniz University, Hannover)
Scott Vrecko (King’s College London)
Melissa Littlefield (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Participation is free, but places are limited. To participate, please register until March 22nd by sending an e-mail to Jon Leefmann (leefmann[at]uni-mainz.de).
The symposium is part of the project ‘The Neuro-Turn in the European Social Sciences and Humanities’ funded by the German Research Association (DFG).