[Humanist] 30.43 events: minds & brains; artefacts; postgrad symposium; DH Benelux

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat May 21 10:29:43 CEST 2016

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 43.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "M. Dabek" <meridethdabek at hotmail.com>                    (11)
        Subject: Call for Papers - New Perspectives Postgraduate Symposium
                (Deadline 30 May)

  [2]   From:    Sally Chambers <Sally.Chambers at UGent.be>                  (12)
        Subject: DH Benelux 2016: last few days for signing-up!

  [3]   From:    Susanne Schregel <s.schregel at UNI-KOELN.DE>                (78)
        Subject: Symposium Minds and Brains in Everyday Life/Edinburgh

  [4]   From:    Jonathan Coopersmith <j-coopersmith at tamu.edu>             (22)
        Subject: Artefacts conference CFP

        Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 10:56:54 +0000
        From: "M. Dabek" <meridethdabek at hotmail.com>
        Subject: Call for Papers - New Perspectives Postgraduate Symposium (Deadline 30 May)

Call for Papers - New Perspectives: Postgraduate Symposium for the Humanities

The New Perspectives: Postgraduate Symposium for the Humanities (NPPSH) at Maynooth University (Co. Kildare, Ireland) is actively seeking abstract submissions for short (10 min) papers, long (20 min) papers, and posters highlighting research in the humanities.

This brand new annual symposium will be taking place on 13th and 14th October 2016 in Maynooth, and will be hosted by An Foras Feasa. It is organised and run by postgraduate students to highlight new postgraduate research taking place in the Humanities, and the event will coincide with the annual Dean's lecture.

The themes of the first symposium will consider collaboration across disciplines in the Humanities, bringing focus to under-represented voices and areas of research, and the role of Humanities research both in how we educate others, and in how we interact with the world outside academia. What are we doing with our research, and how can we use it to make a difference to the wider society? These are just some of the themes that are relevant to this conference, but we will welcome all submissions from Humanities postgraduates.

Taught Masters, Research Masters, and PhD students are encouraged to submit. The papers will be subsequently published as part of conference proceedings.

* We encourage you to circulate this message to all postgraduate students and graduate studies departments. *

Submission Deadline: 30 May 2016, 5 PM

Follow us on Twitter: @nppshie

Best regards,
NPPSH 2016 Organising Committee

        Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 17:12:25 +0000
        From: Sally Chambers <Sally.Chambers at UGent.be>
        Subject: DH Benelux 2016: last few days for signing-up!

Dear colleagues,

With just three weeks to go before we welcome you to Luxembourg for the 3rd edition of the DH Benelux conference (http://www.dhbenelux.org), we wanted to let you know that ‘sign up’ for the conference (http://www.dhbenelux.org/#Sign-up-–-now-open!) will be closing next Wednesday 25 May.

In our online programme (http://www.dhbenelux.org/#Programme) you will find full details about the conference, including:

-our keynote speakers: Stephen Ramsay, Associate Professor at the Centre for Digital Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Arianna Betti, Head of Department & Professor and Chair of Philosophy of Language at the University of Amsterdam, in The Netherlands

-our 19 parallel sessions (http://www.dhbenelux.org/#Parallel-Sessions) in 11 thematic areas ranging from 'digital textual analysis’ to ‘geo-humanities’, alongside ‘digital arts and culture’ and ‘digital heritage and material culture’ interspersed with ‘digital transformations’ and ‘reflections on digital humanities’ and that is without even mentioning our interactive posters and demos session (http://www.dhbenelux.org/#Posters-and-Demos)

For those of you who would like to join us, please complete our sign-up procedure before Wednesday 25 May: http://www.dhbenelux.org/2016-luxembourg/conference-participation/

And don’t forget, we have pre-conference events too. For further details, see: http://www.dhbenelux.org/#Pre-conference-events

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Luxembourg!

With all best wishes,
Sally Chambers and Catherine Jones
DH Benelux 2016 Programme Committee Chairs

        Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 12:41:47 +0200
        From: Susanne Schregel <s.schregel at UNI-KOELN.DE>
        Subject: Symposium Minds and Brains in Everyday Life/Edinburgh

Minds and Brains in Everyday Life: Embedding and Negotiating  
Scientific Concepts in Popular Discourses
Symposium, to be held on 8 and 9 June 2016, IASH Edinburgh

This 2-day symposium aims to enable interdisciplinary discussion of  
how mind and brain figure in everyday understandings of ourselves,  
both historically and in contemporary society.
There is no conference fee, and guests are warmly invited. Please  
register by May 30:  


Day 1 – June 8:
Registration and tea/coffee

13.30-13.50: Welcome (Jo Shaw, Director of the Institute for Advanced  
Studies in the Humanities Edinburgh)
13.50-14.00: Welcome and Introduction (Tineke Broer and Susanne Schregel)

Brain Research and Neurological Potentialities in the 20th Century
14.00-14.45: Vincent Pidoux (STS/Psychology, Lausanne)
“Gain Complete Possession of your Brain”: The Vittoz Method as an  
Everyday Therapy of the Will and an Art of Living (1906–1925)
14.45-15.30: Anna Kathryn Schoefert (History, London)
“From Animal to Human Brains” (1963) and Back Again: Everyday  
Discourses of Instincts in the mid-Twentieth Century Brain

Scientists and “Superbrains”: Contested Figures of Open Minds
16.00-16.45: Susanne Schregel (History, Edinburgh/Cologne)
„The Intelligent and … the Rest“. Intelligence, Classification and  
(Un)doing Difference(s) In British Mensa (1946–1985)
16.45-17.30: Jamie Cohen-Cole (History, Berlin/Washington)
The Science of Children

Day 2 – June 9:

Modes of Thought and of Producing Knowledge
09.00-09.45: Breegje van Eekelen (History, Rotterdam)
Mind the Machine: Creative Ideation at Work in America (1938–1968)
09.45-10.30: Kim Ole Henneke and Christian Lassen (Literature/Cultural  
Studies, Oldenburg)
Beyond Deduction: Anticipation and Representation in Neo-Victorian  
Adaptations of Sherlock Holmes

Brain Optimisation and Cognitive Enhancement in the 21st Century
11.00-11.45: Torsten Heinemann (Sociology, Berkeley/Hamburg)
“Optimise Your Brain!” – Neuroscience’s Quest for a Better World
11.45-12.30: Brian Bloomfield and Karen Dale  
(Sociology/STS/Organisation Studies, Lancaster)
Imaginaries of Cognitive Enhancement

The Morality of Neuroscience
13.15-14.00: Felicity Callard (Durham/London)
14.00-14.45: Ties van de Werff (Philosophy, Maastricht)
Living Well with your Brain: Moral Repertoires of a Plastic Brain
15.00-15.45: Steven and Hilary Rose  (Neuroscience/Sociology, London)
Can Neuroscience Change our Minds?

15.45-16.15: Closing Discussion

The Venue
The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
The University of Edinburgh
Hope Park Square
Edinburgh EH8 9NW

The Symposium will take place in the Institute for Advanced Studies in  
the Humanities Edin-burgh. The Institute was established in 1969 to  
promote interdisciplinary research in the hu-manities and social  
sciences at the University of Edinburgh. It provides an international,  
interdisciplinary and autonomous space for discussion and debate.

This Symposium has been kindly funded by the EURIAS Fellowship  
programme/Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Actions – COFUND Programme – FP7 and  
the Royal Society of Edinburgh Susan Manning Workshops, in memory of  
IASH’s former Director, Susan Manning.

Dr. Susanne Schregel
a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne
Graduiertenschule der Philosophischen Fakultät
Universität zu Köln
D - 50923 Köln

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
The University of Edinburgh
Hope Park Square
Tel.: 0044-131-6511170

        Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 12:58:31 -0500
        From: Jonathan Coopersmith <j-coopersmith at tamu.edu>
        Subject: Artefacts conference CFP

Understanding Use: Science and Technology Objects and Users
Science Museum, London
2-4 October 2016

Just as transport has passengers, ovens have cooks, compasses have mariners and hikers, lawnmowers have gardeners, instruments have experimenters, Davy lamps have miners, radio has listeners, books have readers, television and film have audiences  … and museums have visitors.

Objects in science and technology museum collections have all, before their museum ‘lives’, been involved in many histories of consumption and use. The turn towards studies of use in technology studies, notably demonstrated by Oudshoorn and Pinch’s How Users Matter (2003), Edgerton’s Shock of the Old (2006) and Oldenziel and Hård’s Consumers, Tinkerers, Rebels (2013) is therefore congenial to curators and exhibition makers in science museums. This can manifest itself in social history displays, object biographies, and some close readings of wear and experience; in other words both object-centred research and display practice (historical and contemporary) have much to contribute in developing user studies as presently conceived in science and technology.

Drawing out comparisons between these differing kinds of user history is one of the key aims of this conference. What methodologies have been used in museums and in the universities to reveal histories of use? Which approaches have greatest analytical value? Can study of use in one field inform how we think of that in another? At the same time, the conference organisers argue, a focus on users in the past also offers a route to a rapprochement between object-related research in museums and that other kind of museum research, visitor research, as surely visitors are themselves users of museums. As we understand the relationships between objects and people in the past, so we can apply that understanding to the users of our exhibitions in the present. Equally, the myriad of ways in which social research has sought to understand the responses of visitors and other audiences holds out the promise of many registers in which artefacts in use may be understood.

This conference is linked to the 2017 Artefacts meeting at the Musée des Arts et Metiers in Paris. Whereas, in Paris the emphasis will be on histories of production, in London we will emphasis histories of consumption.

For this Artefacts conference we invite submissions of both philosophical and concrete examples of how an explicit turn to ‘users’ as a category of analysis can enrich both our understanding and our practice in museums. Examples might include, but are not limited to:

Methodologies for studying use, including object-stimulated oral history, reconstruction, re-enactment and other explorations of tacit and unrecorded skills;

Media and methods for recording and conveying use histories, including thick description, video and audio recording, performance, etc;

Sources for histories of use, including manuals, photographs, films, oral history etc; strengths and weaknesses of each;

Examples of museum displays that emphasise histories of consumption and use over invention and production;

Case studies of objects explored with respect to their use;

Categories of user, for example: passenger, worker, consumer, reader, listener, viewer;

Area of use: work, home, entertainment;

Museum visitors as ‘users’ of museums;

Visitor study methodologies and use-study methodologies;

Comparisons and contrasts.

Enquiries and offers of papers, quoting paper title, outline (c300 words), author, affiliation.
To: research at sciencemuseum.ac.uk
Deadline for submission of papers is 1st June 2016

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