This past Friday and Saturday the Foundation for Psychocultural Research held its Fifth interdisciplinary conference on Culture, Mind and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Methods, Applications. I’m sad to have missed it, as it was clearly a very exciting event, bringing together key researchers from neuroscience, biocultural anthropology, cultural psychology, behavioral biology and other disciplines to discuss — in very concrete terms — some of the emerging questions and methodological approaches in the study of human subjectivity, sociality and biology. You can find the entire conference program here.
For those of us who were not able to attend, there will be conference reports and perhaps some videos from the event itself. Indeed, Daniel Lende has already posted a summary of themes from the first day of the conference at Neuroanthropology, and I am certain that he and Greg Downey will be writing up more of their thoughts and impressions soon. The conference was also covered on Twitter, through the #cmbucla hashtag, with Greg, Lance Gravlee, Angela Woods and others doing an impressively thorough job of communicating the basic arguments of each speaker. You can download a collection of all the conference tweets here. (It makes for interesting reading; this is certainly a new genre in academic communication).
Finally, one of the lectures is already online now: Tanya Luhrmann‘s “Hearing Voices in Accra and Chennai: How Culture Makes a Difference to Psychiatric Experience.” You can watch it below. If you’re interested, check out the conference website or the FPR blog for updates on conference reports and videos.
- Laurence Kirmayer, "Revisioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience, and Global Mental Health"
- Talking Brains: Problems and Perspectives of the Neurosciences
- Biological and cultural contexts of schizophrenia: a discussion panel
- Global mental health videos
- SPA Panel on Political Subjectivity - April 1, 2011, Santa Monica