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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Brains in the Making: emerging models, methods, and modes of working Workshop

19th March 2015, 12:00 to 20th March 2015, 17:00, Holgate Room, Grey College

Timings to be confirmed

Brains in the Making is a workshop that emerges from existing synergies between three, large interdisciplinary projects led by Durham University: Hearing the Voice (HtV), the inaugural residency Hubbub at Wellcome Collection, and Cognitive Futures in the Humanities (CFiH). These projects involve academics from all three faculties whose research engages with the brain sciences, and who are committed to extending Durham’s existing strengths in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research.

The workshop will bring together external speakers from different disciplines who will, alongside academics from the Durham projects itemized above, advance conceptual and methodological debates surrounding the ways in which other disciplines might and should work with the neurosciences. Each of the contributing projects (HtV, Hubbub and CFiH) has been developing new interdisciplinary methods, though the models of interdisciplinarity differ across and within these projects. The workshop will address emergence by exploring what happens – to methods of enquiry and to the objects of intellectual concern – when researchers are entangled with one another in intense interdisciplinary exchange regarding the brain. The hope is that such “entanglements” will allow new modes of thinking and working to emerge – such that disciplinary expertise might be diffracted through researchers’ encounters with unfamiliar methods, modes of experimentation, and ways of conceptualizing key constructs. 

Experts from different disciplines and from the orbit of different projects will give short position papers in panels which seek to juxtapose their ideas so as creatively to spark new ideas and foreground axes of commensurability and incommensurability. Each workshop session will have space for participants to reflect on and interrogate emergent models and methods. The workshop will consider how such models and methods variously transform, disavow, encourage and/or close down existing (“disciplinary”) modes of thought and practice. Additionally, the workshop exemplifies the shared conviction that new areas of inquiry and ways of working do not emerge “out of nowhere”: they can arise through purposeful endeavour and creative, experimental practices that enable the collision of ideas that are not usually brought together. 

Short interviews and think pieces from workshop participants will be recorded. These will form an easily accessible digital resource for the latest thinking about interdisciplinary research involving the brain. 

The workshop will extend collaborations between researchers working within HtV, Hubbub and CFiH, as well as develop new national and international collaborations. 

Speakers:- Dr Ben Alderson-Day, Dr Felicity Callard, Dr James Carney, Professor Charles Fernyhough, Dr Des Fitzgerald, Dr Peter Garratt, Mr Philipp Haueis, Ms Shona Illingworth, Dr Simone Kühn, Dr Karin Kukkonen, Mr Sam McLean, Professor Andreas Roepstorff, Professor Nikolas Rose, Dr Susanne Weis, Dr James Wilkes and Dr Angela Woods

Register your interest here The deadline for registration is 20 February and successful applicants will be notified by 25 February. Priority will be given to individuals able to attend the full programme. Please contact Kimberley Staines Project Coordinator for Hubbub  for more information about this event.

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