The tentative title for our next interdisciplinary conference is “The Emerging Neuroscience of Culture: Prospects and Challenges,” which is planned for 2012. Below is a brief description (comments are warmly welcomed!):
Over the next decade, many aspects of human behavior and emotions will become increasingly understood using the research and techniques of neuroscience, in conjunction with anthropology, sociology, economics, and psychology. Combining a brain-based perspective with the critical significance of non-neuro-centric aspects of culture – systems of discourse, institutions, and belief – will lead to major advances in how we understand the different ways in which people live, organize, govern, and create meaning in global, national, and local contexts. The aim of this conference is to bring together anthropologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and those in related fields in a relaxed and collegial setting (formal talks and lab and field case studies alternating with roundtable discussions) to inform one another about the latest studies; discuss and debate different concepts, theories, and methodologies; and propose ideas for collaborative research projects. We are specially interested in teams that are developing multidisciplinary strategies, methodologies, and approaches and invite them to do joint presentations that include discussions or feature insights on the dynamics of these kinds of studies. We are also interested in presentations that consider the history and social implications of neuroscience.