Report: The 1st International Cultural Neuroscience Consortium Meeting

18 06 2013

Liz Losin has written a wonderfully detailed report of the first International Cultural Neuroscience Consortium Meeting. If, like me, you could not attend this event, I recommend reading Liz’ article over at the Neuroanthropology blog.


5th FPR-UCLA Interdisciplinary Conference: Culture, Mind, and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Methods, Applications – 19–20 October 2012 / Los Angeles, California

8 05 2012

5th FPR-UCLA Interdisciplinary Conference: Culture, Mind, and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Methods, Applications will be held at UCLA,  Los Angeles, California from 19–20 October 2012.


“Many lines of research on culture, mind, and brain can no longer be neatly separated. Some questions run together, thanks to our growing understanding of the genome, the biological roots of human sociality, and the mutual constitution of cultures and selves, as well as the complex interactions between the physical, cultural, and social environments underlying health and illness.

The aim of this 2-day conference is to highlight emerging concepts, methodologies and applications in the study of culture, mind, and brain, with particular attention to:

  1. cutting-edge neuroscience research that is successfully incorporating culture and the social world;
  2. the context in which methods are used as well as the tacit assumptions that shape research questions; and
  3. the kinds and quality of collaborations that can advance interdisciplinary research training.

The conference is designed to appeal to a wide academic audience of biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists, epidemiologists, and those in related fields interested in learning about cutting-edge interdisciplinary research at the intersection of culture, mind, and brain.”

What I really love about this conference and what makes it even more promising is its actual focus on interdisciplinarity. The impressive speaker list includes Shinobu Kitayama, Shihui Han, Denise Park, Marco Iacoboni, Daniel Lende & Greg Downey (of the Neuroanthropology blog), Georg Northoff, Laurence J. Kirmayer and many more.


Early registration ends on August 20, 2012. Late registration from August 21, 2012 to September 20, 2012. There is no opportunity for poster presentations, but students may apply for limited conference scholarships to be refunded. For more information and registration link here. Please note that seating is very limited. Please note that the FPR conference in 2010 sold out two months before the end of early registration.

McGill University’s Summer Program in Social and Cultural Psychiatry – May/June 2011

4 04 2011

In 1995, the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University inaugurated an annual summer school in social and cultural psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. The program provides the conceptual background for research and clinical work in social and cultural psychiatry and will be of interest to:

  • postdoctoral trainees, researchers, and clinicians in psychiatry and other mental health disciplines
  • residents and graduate students in health and social sciences
  • physicians, psychologists, social workers and health professionals

The summer program has reached its 17th edition this year, is directed by Laurence J. Kirmayer and will take place from 2nd May – 3rd June 2011. For more information, link here. Read the rest of this entry »

University of South Carolina’s 28th Annual Multicultural Symposium: Cultural Neuroscience – April 2011

21 02 2011

The Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina will host its 28th Annual Multicultural Symposium on April 8th. The symposium is organized by the Black Psychology Graduate Student Association. This year’s topic is Cultural Neuroscience: Understanding How Biology & Culture Shape the Mind & Behavior.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Lasana Harris, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University (neural correlates of person perception and decision-making)
  • Dr. Joan Chiao, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University (psychological and neural processes underlying social behavior and emotion processing)
  • Dr. Vivian Ota Wang, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health (genomics and public health)
  • Dr. Susan Fiske, Department of Psychology, Princeton University (stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination).

For additional information on the programme and contact information, link here.

via University of South Carolina Psychology Department Chair’s Blog

Experimental Methods in the Study of Cognition and Culture – Course at the Summer University Programme at Aarhus University – August 2011

18 02 2011

This year’s Summer University Programme at Aarhus University in Denmark will include an interesting course on “Experimental Methods in the Study of Cognition and Culture”.

Description: What can cognition and brain function tell us about cultural forms? And how does culture impinge on cognitive processing and brain functions? The interface between culture on the one hand, and cognition and brain science on the other is a fast-developing research area attracting numerous scholars and scientists with different backgrounds. Neuroscientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists, anthropologists, and humanists of various sorts seek to find out how evolved cognitive capacities, cultural learning and social and institutional forms interact to constrain, or even produce, human behavior. Such interdisciplinary work not only calls for a high degree of translatability between terminologies found in each individual discipline. It further calls for knowledge about, and experience with, different methodologies. Read the rest of this entry »

Symposium on Empathy: Self, Society, Culture – November 2011

10 02 2011





Indiana University organizes a symposium titled “Empathy: Self, Society, Culture” on November 11-12, 2011.

Growing out of a two-year grant-supported project on “Virtuous Empathy: Scientific and Humanistic Investigations” this symposium aims to explore theories and practices of empathy. Papers are invited to explore both virtuous and vicious forms of empathy, and to do so from a variety of perspectives. Proposals for papers are invited in three broad categories: Empathy and Psychology; Empathy and Ethics; and Empathy in Culture, History, and Society. Read the rest of this entry »

2nd Summer Institute in Cultural Neuroscience – July 2011

8 02 2011

The Center for Culture, Mind and the Brain, CCMB at the University of Michigan, will be hosting its second Summer Institute for Cultural Neuroscience (SICN) from July 18-20, 2011. The event is organized by Shinobu Kitayama, Director of the CCMB and Carolyn Yoon, Associate Professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

The SICN has a great line up of leading researchers on this field such as Shinobu Kitayama, Joan Chiao, Daphna Oyserman, Denise Park and Adreas Roepstorff. Read the rest of this entry »