Biopolitics and Psychosomatics: Participating Bodies
8 July 2016, University of Cambridge
Darin Weinberg, University of Cambridge
Monica Greco, Goldsmiths, University of London
Robbie Duschinsky, University of Cambridge
Michael Schillmeier, University of Exeter
Can we think of our living bodies as involving forms of social intelligence, agency, and power? And if so, how might this proposition transform the ways …
This month’s web roundup comes through a bit late – paradoxically- due to technical difficulties (my computer died!). Although I will be able to recover most of my files, the past days were a reminder of just how much we depend on technology to go about our lives, including saving our work, our thoughts and ideas… which leads me directly …
As the year winds up, many publications around the web are doing “highlights of 2015”-type lists, so I thought I’d compile some of these to give a bit of shape to the end of the year, and to draw attention to a few things you might have missed.
Science outlined the 2016 US budget that was just passed, focused specifically …
The capacity of individuals to imagine another’s perspective or personal agenda, and our own ability to feel anger, despondency or frustration in response to their pain and distress, has been singled out as something to consider in multiple stories and studies found on the web this month. Is empathy a choice, or something less conscious? Is it always a good …
The Open Mind: Cold War Politics and the Sciences of Human Nature
by Jamie Cohen-Cole
University of Chicago Press, 2014, 368 pages.
The Closed World of the Open Mind
In Jamie Cohen-Cole’s hands, the concept of the open mind becomes an effective historiographical tool with which to trace some of the intersections of the social sciences and American political culture …
Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science
by Daniel P. Todes
Oxford University Press, 2014. 880 pages.
It is going to be difficult for reviewers to avoid clichés about this wonderful biography – and wonderful it is, as both a work of scholarship and as a highly readable story of a truly ‘Russian life in science’. Some basic things …