Neurosocieties Symposium: The brain, culture, and ethics

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Event Details

25 August 2017 at 5:00 am – 25 August 2017 at 5:00 pm
Monash Club, 32 Exhibition Walk
Open to:
Academics, students, members of the public
No cost. RSVP required
Seminars & Workshops


A series of keynote presentations and roundtables to stimulate discussion on the cultural and ethical dimensions of neuroscience research, and to provide networking opportunities to facilitate future research projects and collaborations. Chaired by Professor LENORE MANDERSON (University of the Witwatersrand & Brown University) with talks by:

ROZANNA LILLEY: What’s in a flap? The curious history of autism and hand stereotypes

Rozanna is a social anthropologist and an author. Her work has focused on autism, inclusive schooling and the politics of stigma. In 2015, she completed a second PhD on experiences of primary school choice and change for mothers of students diagnosed with autism. She has published widely on maternal responses to autism diagnosis and early intervention, as well as autism and education. Rozanna’s approach is interdisciplinary, spanning anthropology, sociology, feminist theory and disability studies

CYNTHIA FORLINI: Ageing in a ‘neuro-society’: A neuroethics perspective on the social expectations and individual responsibilities

Cynthia is a Research Fellow (ARC DECRA), Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney. Her work explores the neuroethical issues that arise as we redefine the boundaries between treatment, maintenance, and enhancement of cognitive performance. She has examined these issues conceptually and empirically as they relate to the use of neurotechnology in different contexts such as competitive academic environments, research, healthy cognitive ageing, and dementia prevention.

GREG DOWNEY: Human echolocation and neurological potential in the body

Greg is Professor of Anthropology, Macquarie University. His research has focused on skill acquisition, sensory perception, phenomenology, neuroanthropology, and brain-culture interaction in sport and dance, with field research in Brazil, the United States, Fiji, and Australia. He is the author of Learning Capoeira: Lessons in Cunning from an Afro-Brazilian Art (Oxford, 2005), and The Encultured Brain: Introduction to Neuroanthropology (MIT, 2012).

John Gardner
The Neurosocieties Group at Monash, with funding from the Faculty of Arts