ALL SHALL COME: Sorting Brains Out—Best Conference in a While

The conference I’ve been so busy with is finally coming together. We’re convening on September 18 and 19, shortly before the Pope comes to Philly (why does nobody really care about the Dalai Lama’s coming?!), and we’ll be discussing the history of the mind and brain sciences in the past 125 years. Check out the details here and look at our gorgeous poster below (thanks to Wing (Dyana) So, Ian Verstegen, and the Visual Studies Program at Penn)!

Guys, I’m so excited. And I don’t even want to hide it!

Yeah, yeah, yeah!! Designed by Wing T. (Dyana) So.

Yeah, yeah, yeah!!
Designed by Wing T. (Dyana) So.

DH and Me

I’m in Indianapolis for HILT 2015. The digital-humanities workshop on “Large-Scale Text Analysis with R” sounded as if it can help me to finally surmount the obstacle of several thousands of neuroscientific articles I will have to analyze in order to continue my project on adult neurogenesis. Mark Algee-Hewitt from Stanford’s Department of English is an awesome instructor and thus far, I’ve understood everything and was even able to ask a not-so-stupid question during the first session. (Why does R return “character” when I ask about the class of a vector whose contents are characters—and not “vector”?)

I know I promised to continue this post a long time ago—odds are that it will happen soon.

CfP and Invitation: “Sorting Brains Out,” University of Pennsylvania, Sept. 18–19, 2015

Please spread the word about “my” conference, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of History and Sociology of Science, Sept. 18–19, 2015: “Sorting Brains Out: Tasks, Tests, and Trials in the Neuro- and Mind Sciences, 1890–2015.” Please publicize this announcement as widely as possible via faculty and grad student listservs, weblogs, newsletters, etc.

We will have graduate student and postdoctoral presentations on Friday. The list of confirmed speakers for Saturday includes Dr. Cathy Gere (University of California San Diego), Dr. Katja Guenther (Princeton University), Dr. Nicolas Langlitz (The New School), Dr. Emily Martin (New York University), Dr. Francisco Ortega (Rio de Janeiro State University), Dr. Tobias Rees (McGill University), and Dr. Matthew Wolf-Meyer (University of California Santa Cruz). All visitors are welcome to listen and discuss with us on both days.

Graduate students or postdoctoral scholars wishing to participate in the Friday sessions should submit an abstract of no more than 400 words to pennbrains2015@gmail.com by May 31, 2015. With your abstract submission, please indicate if you need any form of special accommodation.

If you have any questions, refer to the more detailed call for papers and/or contact us at pennbrains2015@gmail.com.

“A Critical Moment”: Sex/Gender and Brain Science Conference @ UCLA, 10/23–24

Here is a conference announcement I should have shared with you months ago: the Foundation for Psychocultural Research at the University of Californa in Los Angeles (FPR-UCLA) is hosting a conference titled “A Critical Moment: Sex/Gender Research at the Intersection of Culture, Brain, & Behavior” this October, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th.

Here is the announcement: Continue reading

HSS 2014 Brain Panel on Twitter

HSS 2014 was a phenomenal conference, and I have to admit that I liked my own panel best. My fellow panelists contributed fascinating papers and were just the nicest people to learn from (and with). It was a hitherto unprecedented opportunity to talk brains for me, having five brain papers on the same panel. We saw that several topics kept coming up (such as the economization of brains or minds and the animal/human divide, for instance). I gave you the panel information before; here is what made it to Twitter: Continue reading

Upcoming Talk at the HSS Annual Meeting

Join me and many other scholars in history of science / STS for the annual meeting of the History of Science Society in Chicago, Nov. 6–9. I will be presenting new insights into my ANG project of which I will provide a summary here as well. But even more important than my talk is the rest of my panel (in this case “my” in two meanings of the word, since I am both the organizer and a presenter): Continue reading

Upcoming Talk in Baltimore (T.C.) and Sensory History Project in Old City (David Barnes)

Only so you know how I’m spending my weekends: I will be presenting my plasticity project for the first time at JAS-Med this Saturday. This year, the conference is hosted by Johns Hopkins’s Department of the History of Medicine (and next year, it will be our turn!). Find the program here, and don’t hesitate to join us. At least Chris’s paper will be amazing, too.

One other literally historical project that you shouldn’t miss is David Barnes’s Sensory History Project in Old City this Friday evening. I will be there!

Neuroscience-y Updates

  1. Thanks to the wonderful Hypotheses team, we have the custom header back! They make my blogging life wonderful. (Having somebody else host your weblog is like renting an apartment with a doorperson and a janitor. Maybe even with a gym in the basement: you can exercise whenever you want to, but you never have to shovel the snow!)
  2. Podcasts of the NeuroGenderings III keynotes are online. Check it out: Continue reading