2015 FPR-UCLA Conference Announcement!

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FPR-UCLA Interdisciplinary Conference

A Critical Moment

Sex/Gender at the Intersection of Culture, Brain, Behavior


FPR-UCLA Interdisciplinary Conference

23–24 (Fri–Sat) October 2015

This conference occurs at a critical moment in sex/gender research in neuroscience, anthropology, psychology, and related disciplines. New theories are utilizing a conception of the brain as dynamic, plastic, and adaptable and of sex and gender differences in brain and behavior as subject to the influence of a broad range of biological, cultural, and social or environmental factors. In organizing this conference, our aim is to bring the neuro- and social sciences together to consider three cross-cutting questions on sex and gender: why now? what’s fixed/changing/changeable? what’s at stake?

DAY 1: Friday, October 23, 2015

PART 1: Why Now? Chair: Art Arnold, PhD, Director, Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology, Brain Research Institute, UCLA Session 1: Toward a More Integrated Approach to Sex/Gender: Biological, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives

PART II:  What’s Fixed, Changeable, CHANGING? Chair: Gilbert Herdt, PhD, Professor and Founder, Graduate Program in Human Sexuality, California Institute for Integral Studies Session 2: Evolutionary and Cultural Contexts of Sex/Gender Differences in Brain and Behavior

DAY 2: Saturday, October 24, 2015

PART II (Continued): What’s Fixed, Changeable, Changing?

Part III: WHAT’S AT STAKE? (“What makes a difference and why?”)

Chair: Carol Worthman, PhD, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology; Director, Laboratory for Comparative Human Biology, Emory University

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About Constance A. Cummings

Constance A. Cummings, PhD, is Project Director of the non-profit Foundation for Psychocultural Research, which supports and advances interdisciplinary research and scholarship at the intersection of brain, mind, culture, and mental health and illness. She is co-editor (with Carol Worthman, Paul Plotsky, and Dan Schechter) of Formative Experiences: The Interaction of Caregiving, Culture, and Developmental Psychobiology (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and (with Laurence Kirmayer and Rob Lemelson) the forthcoming Re-Visioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience, and Global Mental Health (Cambridge, 2015). She received her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from New York University.

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