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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Professor Nikolas Rose: Narratives of the self in a neurobiological age

29th January 2009, 17:15 to 18:15, Calman Learning Centre, Room 407

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE FROM DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY TO ROOM 407, CALMAN LEARNING CENTRE

This is the seventh lecture in the Rhetoric of Personhood Seminar Series.

Will developments in the new brain sciences have as significant consequences for our relations to ourselves in this century as the psy
sciences did for the twentieth century?

Neurotechnologies from neurogenetics to psychopharmacology are already impacting upon educational practices, in diagnosis and treatment of children's problems at school, on the criminal justice system and judgments of risk, and of course on mental health practice and policies, with the radical transformations of psychiatry, psychiatric genetics and the emergence of the idea of susceptibility. To what extent are these developments transforming the ways in which individuals understand, speak, judge and act on themselves and the ways in which they are understood and governed by others? To what extent are developments in the brain sciences implicated in a mutation in human ontology? Can one say: "Where psy was, shall neuro soon be?".

Contact m.b.carrithers@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.