Plasticity and Pathology: History and Theory of Neural Subjects
Organized by David Bates and Nima Bassiri
Friday, April 11
1.00 pm Welcome from Workshop Organizers (David Bates and Nima Bassiri)
1.15 – 3.15 pm Session One
Laura Salisbury (English, Exeter)
TBA [On narrative and neural subjects in Luria]
Nima Bassiri (ACLS Fellow, Literature and Neuroscience, Duke)
“Epileptic Insanity and Personal …
The brain speaks the truth of the self. I imagine it would not be controversial by now to suggest that this general formulation indexes a set of implicit constraints that have to some significant degree underwritten and informed the historical ontology of the modern self since the nineteenth century.
But let me be clear: to assert that the brain speaks …
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) involves using a pacemaker-like device to deliver constant, carefully targeted electrical stimulation to areas within the brain. It was first approved in the late 1990s as a therapy for managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The initial success of DBS led clinicians and device manufacturers to explore other possible applications, and in 2003 it was approved …
This week Martyn Pickersgill of the University of Edinburgh speaks to “Top of the heap” about some recent books on humanitarianism, pharmaceuticals, dementia and expertise.
Amongst other bits and pieces, I currently have two large projects on the go: one, on access to therapy in mental health, and the other, on neuroscience and family life. With regards to …
January, 2525. Below ground. Chemical fumes and white walls. A barely functional weblink with the following webpage, read to the sound of steady beeping:
The science of reading the electrical activity in the cerebral cortex is called encephalography; the material representation of the different electrical folds of the brain an encephalogram.
A biosignal like no other, the EEG is used …
The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging
by Margaret Lock
Princeton University Press, 2013.
328 pages, US $29.95 (Cloth)
Margaret Lock’s The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging is a welcome addition to a body of work that has so productively explored the historical contingencies, cultural specificities, and philosophical dilemmas that surround and shape bodies and people’s …