Call for papers: The Humanities, the Neurosciences and the Brain

Conference dates: Thursday-Friday, May 12-13, 2016
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UC Santa Barbara
Abstract deadline Monday, February 29, 2016

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center welcomes paper proposals for “The Humanities, the Neurosciences and the Brain,” an interdisciplinary conference exploring the multiple accords, and discords, that characterize humanistic and neuroscientific approaches to the study of the brain.  Gabrielle Starr, author of Feeling Beauty: The Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience, will give the keynote address.  We invite papers that explore creative framings of neuroscientific inquiry through humanistic perspectives, as well as artistic explorations of inner states and mental landscapes.  We also welcome presentations that raise ethical, philosophical and social questions about neuroscientific knowledge of the brain and its functioning.  Interdisciplinary papers that draw from all fields of the humanities, humanistic social sciences, arts, and brain sciences are welcome. Possible topics include:

Artificial intelligence
Brain injury
Consciousness and the unconscious
Criminal justice and brain imaging
Emotional states
Historical understandings of the brain
Life stages and the brain
Literary representations of mental states
Mapping the brain
Memory and forgetting
Mental health and education
Music and the brain
Narrative and the brain
Performance and the brain
Poverty and brain development
Religious experience and the brain
Representations of the brain in popular culture
Visual arts and the brain

To participate, please send a 250-word abstract and a brief CV for consideration to by Monday, February 29, 2016.  If you have questions about the conference, please contact IHC Associate Director Emily Zinn:

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