Where to study neuroanthropology?
Posted by gregdowney on February 6, 2008
One of our readers, David Navega from Portugal, asked a great question about a very practical matter: where are the centres of neuroanthropological research? A great question which caused me to just about choke on my coffee. I had to break it to David that, well, I’m not really that sure. There are pockets of people around doing work that I would consider to be part of ‘neuroanthropology,’ broadly defined, though they might run screaming from the designation. But his question is an excellent one, and I would like to put that out to the readers, with an opportunity for them to write in with universities, centres, departments, or programs that would support this sort of research.
Aside from the two obvious candidates from the blog — the University of Notre Dame (where Daniel, Agustín, and a host of other good people work and teach) and Macquarie University (where I work, alongside great colleagues in my department and others) — there are a few programs that stand out. I’m going to list some, but I hope very much NOT to exclude anyone. If I don’t include your program, please drop us a line (without too much abuse of this author) to let us know you’re out there. We want to know where you are.
In Australia, I would recommend (in addition to MU) the University of Western Australia (especially for Prof. Victoria Burbank), the Australian National University, and Melbourne University (where I know of at least one very talented post-doc working along these lines). I would love to know of others because I would most certainly drag them to Sydney at some point for a lecture or something.
In the United States, the most likely candidates (although I’m not exactly sure since I have no recent reports) would be Washington University, Emory University, the University of California, San Diego (where Tom Csordas and Edward Hutchins both are), Duke University, Lehigh University (which seems to have a good relationship between cognitive science and anthropology), the University of Connecticut (now the home of Roy D’Andrade among others), and the University of Chicago (although probably in Human Development).
I really don’t know about programs in Europe, so here’s hoping someone will enlighten us. Please don’t hesitate to post better information though, as I freely admit that this information is woefully incomplete, likely out of date, and almost certainly biased.