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Welcome to BrainCultures


BrainCultures is a lab convened by faculty in the Program in Literature with funding from the Mellon Foundation. The lab is dedicated to exploring the neurosciences, their history, and their theoretical and philosophical applications in the humanities. Instead of turning away from humanistic modes of inquiry so as to bring neuroscientific methods and findings to the humanities’ objects of study, BrainCultures flips this conventional neuro-humanities discourse on its head. Students and faculty pursue ways that such disciplines as philosophy, sociology, history of science and medicine, psychoanalysis, media studies, and film criticism can be brought to bear on the neurosciences, particularly the cultural and scientific representations of the brain.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, BrainCultures-hosted events and projects have been either cancelled or postponed. Please see posts under the Events tab in the menu for a catalog of past events such as film screenings and workshops with visiting scholars.