JAS-Med 2014 at Baltimore was a fantastic conference. The papers were of really high quality, the talks engaging, and the attendees kind and curious.
As you may have assumed already, I presented parts of my research project on the intersection of adult neurogenesis (ANG) research and the neuroscientific quest for sex/gender differences in brains. As mentioned earlier, it is puzzling to read the standard account of ANG history—or, more broadly, of brain plasticity—and then realize that none of these ideas of malleable brains have had influence on rigid neural and social sex/gender classifications, as Rebecca Jordan-Young, Catherine Vidal, Cordelia Fine et al., and others argue. Continue reading
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!
I am puzzled by comparing three pieces on later 20th-century neuroscience I read recently (in chronological order): Rebecca Jordan-Young’s Brain Storm, Nikolas Rose and Joelle Abi-Rached’s Neuro, as well as Tobias Rees’s dissertation Plastic Reason. The historical arguments, despite similar periodization, don’t seem to go together very well—to phrase it mildly. Continue reading
What a productive day! I realized that I love Elizabeth Wilson (or … her books) and that the owl is really a Bryn Mawr thing (and Wikipedia tells us, why), see: Continue reading
“Weltmeisterschaft 2014” by Jürgen Lousberg (CC BY-ND 2.0)
The World Cup is over, Germany gets the fourth star, and I get back to work.
My investigation into the extent to which cerebral plasticity researchers and brain sex/gender difference researchers talked to each other over the course of the 20th century is a bit challenging. I’ve been reading and thinking and emailing people and writing and thinking and reading and attending a Digital Humanities (DH) conference—and suddenly I realized that what I’m doing here is totally a DH project. More importantly, it’s one I need help with. Continue reading
… I’m doing enough of that already! Only a few more days of maintenance at hypotheses.org, and we’ll hopefully have the neuroscience-y header back:
But let’s distract ourselves with research content and let me introduce my current summer project to you: Continue reading