The Encultured Brain: Building Interdisciplinary Collaborations for the Future of Neuroanthropology.
8 October 2009
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana
UPDATE: We had a wonderful day yesterday. The keynotes by Harvey Whitehouse and Patricia Greenfield were excellent, the speed presentations came off very well, and we made a lot of connections. A great conference.
You can now access the conference statement The Encultured Brain: Why Neuroanthropology? Why Now?.
The conference starts at 9AM on Thursday October 8th. The first talk will be by Daniel Lende on “Neuroscience and the Real World.” That will be followed by one set of speed presentations.
The first keynote “Mirror Neurons and the Ontogeny and Phylogeny of Cultural Processes” by Patricia Greenfield will start at 11AM.
The second keynote “Explaining Religion” by Harvey Whitehouse will begin at 3:00 PM.
There will be a methods roundtable at 1:45PM, and a second set of speed presentations at 4:35PM. Greg Downey will close the conference with his talk “A Brain-Shaped Culture” at 5:25PM.
Please click here for the FULL SCHEDULE, including the titles for all the speed presentations and more information on the keynotes.
This conference will promote neuroanthropology, which aims to integrate anthropology, social theory, and the brain sciences. As the first conference exclusively in this area, The Encultured Brain will provide a vision for the future of this line of integrative research, sparking conversations and establishing connections across disciplinary boundaries.
Confirmed keynote presenters:
Prof. Patricia Greenfield
Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UCLA
Former Director of the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development
Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, Los Angeles (CDMCLA)
Prof. Harvey Whitehouse
Head of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at Oxford
Head of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA)
Director of the Centre for Anthropology and Mind (CAM)
You can find the CONFERENCE SCHEDULE HERE and the abstracts for these keynotes and the opening and closing addresses here.
Conference supported by: the Lemelson/Society for Psychological Anthropology Conference Fund, made possible by a generous gift from The Robert Lemelson Foundation; and by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the Office of Research, the Kellogg Institute, and the College of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame, and the Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University.
Click for the OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT AND MORE DETAILS ON SUBMISSONS AND REGISTRATION. You can also see our approach to speed presentations for the Encultured Brain conference.
Please email any questions or inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Neuroanthropology.net was very happy to convene a panel, The Encultured Brain: Neuroanthropology and Interdisciplinary Engagement, at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropology Association in San Francisco. The double session demonstrated that anthropology can creatively engage the neurosciences through biological mechanisms, synergistic ethnography, and critique.
We have a number of postings, including profiles of the participants, versions of some of the papers, and a host of other resources scattered throughout our weblog. This page brings those all together to provide a consolidated record of the meeting, which we expect will only be the first of many.
With that in mind, if you would like to explore the session, you may find the following pages of special interest:
Daniel’s two post-conference postings to discuss what happened:
The Encultured Brain – Part One on the San Francisco AAA Conference
The Encultured Brain – Part Two on the San Francisco AAA Conference
And from waaaaay back in March, the original announcement we posted for the panel:
Neuroanthropology Session at the AAA Conference
Profiles of participants
Ryan Brown and Cultural Psychophysiology
Rebecca Seligman and the Cultural Neuroscience of Dissociation
Rachel Brezis, Autism and Neuroanthropology
Peter Stromberg, Smoking and Entrainment
Agustin Fuentes and Niche Construction
Katherine MacKinnon, Capuchins, and People
Christina Toren, Our Intersubjective Relations, and Ethnography
Cameron Hay, Healing and Memory
Hal Odden, Theory of Mind, and Human Development
Greg Downey and the Synergy of Sport
Daniel Lende, Ethnography and Addiction
Naomi Quinn, Robert Sapolsky and Claudia Strauss: Our Discussants
Daniel discussed the panel (and a lot of other things) in an interview with Scientific American. We posted on it, Daniel interviewed at Scientific American, or you can just go over to the original piece at SA, Getting Hooked on Sin.
Greg went ahead and posted his paper, complete with graphics, after he gave it:
Balance between cultures: equilibrium training
If you want to know more about this panel, or our future plans for conferences, please contact us:
Greg Downey gdowney @ mq.edu.au
Daniel Lende dlende @ nd.edu