Lectures

Epistemic and Temporal Disjunctions: (Re)Mapping “Suicide Risk” Epigenetics Through Birth Cohorts

The McGill Group for Suicide Studies (MGSS) has garnered significant attention for its epigenetic models of suicide risk. These models suggest that early life adversity may set people on pathways of neurobiological vulnerability and, ultimately, suicide risk, which are correlated with distinctive epigenetic traits. While the core of this epigenetic and neuroscientific research is carried out on the donated brains …

Features

The collaborative turn: interdisciplinarity across the human sciences

Questions of health, medicine and science have long animated sub-disciplinary attentions in the social sciences and humanities. Recently, however, research around these topics has taken a marked collaborative turn. If topics in the medical and health sciences were once straightforward objects of study for anthropological, sociological or philosophical analysis, increasingly, to work ‘on’ such topics often means also to work …

AnnouncementsFeatures

Foreign Correspondents: Call for reviewers and books to be reviewed

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Over the past few years we’ve intermittently posted in a series called “Foreign Correspondents.”  The idea behind this series is to provide a forum for recent, important works that appear in languages other than English in the social sciences and humanities of medicine, health and science. If you would like to suggest a non-English language book for review or if …

Books

Reintroducing “Foreign Correspondents”

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We’re very pleased to reintroduce the “Foreign Correspondents” section of Somatosphere. The aim of the section is to provide contributors and readers of Somatosphere with a forum for recent, important works that appear in languages other than English – as well as announcements about conferences, journal issues, and other related projects. We proudly present the section’s first installment, a review …

Announcements

CfP: History of neurosciences and social and behavioural sciences conference

Below is a second call for papers for a joint, interdisciplinary conference that looks highly interesting:

The first Joint Conference of Cheiron (The international Society for the History of the Behavioral and Social Sciences) and The International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN) will be held in Calgary / Banff (Canada). The main conference will be from June …

Features

From Nature/Culture to Culturally-Dominated Nature: A Spring Conference Overview

A particularly packed spring conference season recently wound up for me, having attended four conferences over the course of about a month and a half. Two of these stood out for the contrast of the approaches to the human, personhood and the self and the questions they raised for the study of each. What was most interesting, was the relative …