Fall 2011


This seminar will bring non-scientists into critical engagement with neuroscientific knowledge in order to build interdisciplinary conversations about the brain, mind, body, and culture. Readings for the seminar will draw from philosophy, feminist theory, sociology, legal studies, political science, the arts, memoir and fiction as well as more traditionally brain-focused disciplines. Alongside the seminar, which will meet every three weeks, a NeuroCultures Lecture Series organized in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Women and Society will offer monthly lectures open to the public that echo the Seminar’s key themes.
Victoria Pitts-Taylor is Professor of Sociology at Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. She is also the Director and Coordinator of Women’s Studies at The Graduate Center. She is author of In the Flesh: the Cultural Politics of Body Modification (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2007), and editor of The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body (Greenwood Press, 2008). Among other articles, she recently published “The Plastic Brain: Neoliberalism and the Neuronal Self” in the journal Health. She is co-editor of the journal Women’s Studies Quarterly (WSQ).
Jason Tougaw is Associate Professor of English at Queens College, CUNY. He is the author of Strange Cases: The Medical Case History and the British Novel (Routledge) and co-editor, with Nancy K. Miller, of Extremities: Trauma, Testimony, and Community (U Illinois). His current book project is called The One You Get: A Neurobiography.
Rachel Liebert is a doctoral student in Social-Personality Psychology at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

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