CFP: Minds and Brains in Everyday Life. Embedding and Negotiating Scientific Concepts in Popular Discourses

June 8-9, 2016, Hope Park Square, Edinburgh

Call for papers

The aim of this 2-day symposium is to enable an interdisciplinary discussion of how the mind and brain have, historically and in contemporary society, figured in everyday understandings of ourselves. The symposium will address questions such as: How are the mind and brain conceptualized, imagined and quantified in everyday life? How do (neuro)psychological discourses influence the understanding of the mind and brain outside of expert circles? How do these inform concepts of the self, social practices and social relationships in fields such as education, parenting, mental health and law? How do ideas of the mind and brain figure in popular media discourses and with what consequences? Finally, how can we use such analyses to reflect on historical and contemporary configurations of humanity?

There are open slots for presentations by researchers from a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to, sociology, neuroscience, history of science and knowledge, science and technology studies, philosophy, arts and literature, and psychology. We welcome proposals for 20–30 minute presentations.

Please send abstracts of up to 500 words as Word attachments by March 6th, 2016. Please include your full name, a short CV, affiliation, email address, phone number, and the title of your presentation. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by March 18th, 2016.

Abstracts should be sent to the organisers:

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Deadline: March 6, 2016

Posted: January 14, 2016