Neuro Science  
Isabelle Bareither Isabelle Bareither

Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt University

Email: bareither(at)tatwortwissen(dot)de


Isabelle Bareither is currently a PhD student at the Berlin School Of Mind And Brain, where she works with neuroscientific methods such as EEG and fMRI. Her research interest lies in the effects of spontaneous brain activity on behaviour and perception. As a critically engaged science journalist, Isabelle is interested in the effects that the results of these methods have on the public. Her journalism acknowledges that while the new methods are great advances of the sciences, they also have their limitations, and results should be treated more carefully than they currently often are.
Felicity Callard Felicity Callard

Durham University, UK, Department of Geography, Centre for Medical Humanities, Wolfson Research Institute for Health And Wellbeing

Email: felicity(dot)callard(at)durham(dot)ac(dot)uk


Felicity Callard is a social scientist with an interdisciplinary background that includes geography, critical theory, and the history and sociology of psychiatry. Her doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University entailed working at the intersection of the humanities, history of psychiatry, cultural studies and social theory. Specifically, she explored the genealogy of agoraphobia from its emergence as a named condition in the 1870s to its gradual supersession by Panic Disorder in DSM-III, IIIR and IV. She has broad research interests in the history and living present of psychiatry, psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience. One strand of her research comprises an interrogation of new models of self, pathology, and the experimental subject within the neurosciences and biological psychiatry. She is currently collaborating with Dr Daniel Margulies (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive & Brain Sciences, Leipzig) on a critical exploration of the emergent field of resting state functional neuroimaging research, and with Dr Constantina Papoulias on a historical and conceptual study of the nascent interdisciplinary domain of neuro-psychoanalysis. She and Constantina also have an ongoing project to understand the "affective turn" within the social sciences and the humanities, and its use and deployment of neuroscientific findings.
Suparna  Choudhury Suparna Choudhury

McGill University Montreal, Canada, Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry

Email: suparna(dot)choudhury(at)mcgill(dot)ca



Suparna Choudhury is an Assistant Professor at the Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University and an Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research. She did her doctoral research in cognitive neuroscience at University College London, postdoctoral research in transcultural psychiatry at McGill and most recently directed an interdisciplinary research program on critical neuroscience and the developing brain at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin. Her current work investigates the production and dissemination of biomedical knowledge – in particular cognitive neuroscience – that shapes the ways in which researchers, clinicians, patients and laypeople understand themselves, their mental health and their illness experiences. Dr Choudhury’s research focuses primarily on the cases of the adolescent brain, cultural neuroscience and personalized genomic medicine. Her research investigates (i) How biological knowledge with significant social and clinical impact is produced. This line of research has focused mainly on the models, methodologies and disciplinary intersections in developmental cognitive neuroscience labs that work on the “teenage brain”. (ii) How this knowledge circulates and how it is it taken up, applied or resisted. This looks at how brain research informs mental health policy trans-nationally, how the language of genomics and neuroscience is interpreted by patient communities and lay users, and how these sciences shape everyday practices outside scientific research from education to meditation (iii) Social and political contexts of cognitive neuroscience, and interdisciplinary approaches to brain research through the framework of critical neuroscience.
Lukas Ebensperger Lukas Ebensperger

Humboldt University Berlin, Institute of Cultural Studies, Berlin

Email: lebenspe(at)uos(dot)de


Lukas Ebensperger is interested in the various intersections and tensions between natural and social sciences with a special emphasis on neuroscience and its influence on public and scientific discourse. His main fields of interest include ontology, hermeneutics and the history and philosophy of technology and science. After completing his BSc in Cognitive Science, Lukas am currently completing an MA degree at the Institute of Cultual Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin.
Lutz Fricke Lutz Fricke

Queen´s University Belfast

Email: l(dot)fricke(at)qub(dot)ac(dot)uk


Lutz Fricke is a Marie-Curie fellow in the ENGLOBE-Initial Training Network (www.englobe-itn.org) funded by the European Commission. The working title of his dissertation is "Normality, Identity and Normative Frameworks".
Lutz' project aims to get a better theoretical understanding of the concept of normality, its meanings and its historical dynamics in a globalized world, via three steps:
(1) Linking the genealogy of 'normality' to methods which can be utilized to construe a critical understanding of normalcy: Georges Canguilhem’s work on the problem of demarcating normalcy from deviance and Michel Foucault’s work on the techniques of normalization are paramount for this part.
(2) Linking normality to issues of personal and cultural identity: Charles Taylor’s theory of the self as being situated in cultural and normative frameworks, will provide the background in this part, supplemented and contrasted by Judith Butler’s notion of frame.
(3) Reflecting an enriched and elaborated theory of normality on different fields of cultural practices, such as the neuroscientific examination of human affairs. Ian Hacking’s thoughts on making up people, which are a result of his work on Foucault, will be of particular interest in this part.
Felix Hasler Felix Hasler


Berlin School of Mind and Brain


Email: felix(dot)hasler(at)hu-berlin(dot)de


Felix Hasler obtained his PhD in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Bern. From 2000 to 2010, he was a research associate in psychopharmacology at the University Hospital of Psychiatry in Zurich, where he conducted experimental research into the neurobiological mechanisms of action of hallucinogenic drugs. Felix then moved to the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science where he was working on the book project “Neuromythologie”, a critique on the interpretative authority of the “new sciences of the brain”. Since 2011, Felix is an associated researcher at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain at Humboldt University. He is also involved in journalism and in multimedia projects at the intersection of neuroscience, art and journalism.
Philipp Haueis Philipp Haueis

Wesleyan University, CT, USA, Department of Philosophy



Email: philipphaueis(at)gmail(dot)com


Philipp Haueis is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University. In 2012, he obtained his MA degree in philosophy from Humboldt University Berlin. His MA thesis was on applying philosophical discussions about vague concepts to the problem of fuzzy boundaries between cortical areas in the brain. By analyzing different neuroanatomical approaches (cytoarchitectonics, task-based fMRI, resting state functional connectivity studies), Philipp tried to assess how neuroscientific practitioners deal with indeterminacy when delineating cortical areas. In his current research project, he uses the literature on exploratory experimentation in history and philosophy of science to systematically assess current research in human brain mapping. In particular, Philipp inquires whether the concept of “functional connectivity” can be used to investigate the organizational principles of the human brain, without testing theories from cognitive science or psychology.
Jan-Christoph  Heilinger Jan-Christoph Heilinger

Munich Center of Ethics, University of Munich, Germany

Email: heilinger(at)lmu(dot)de


Jan-Christoph Heilinger is Academic Director of the Munich Center for Ethics at Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, Germany. His interests include philosophical anthropology (conceptions of human nature, human self-understanding between nature and culture), philosophy of mind (functions of phenomenal experience, free will) and ethics (including applied ethics of the neurosciences, e.g. the ethics of human biotechnological enhancement, but also meta-ethical questions and questions about global justice). Jan holds a PhD in philosophy from Humboldt-University Berlin.
Kati Hennig Kati Hennig


Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Humboldt-University Berlin, Institute of Philosophy

katihennig(at)gmx(dot)net


Kati Hennig is currently completing her MA degree in philosophy and is working as a research assistant at the Berlin Graduate School of Mind and Brain and at the Humboldt-University department of natural philosophy and philosophy of science. Her research interests focus on a critical assessment of the epistemology of cognitive neuroscience (at the interface of questions and problems in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, psychology and cognitive science) and the role the neurosciences were given to play in present day society (placing the analysis of political, economical, sociological as well as historical factors at the basis of this investigation).
Armin Hoyer Armin Hoyer

Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, department for medical sociology

Email: armin(dot)hoyer(at)stud(dot)uni-frankfurt(dot)de


Armin Hoyer is currently teaching courses in medical sociology and global health at Goethe-University's medical school in Frankfurt am Main. Armin studied philosophy, sociology and psychoanalysis in Frankfurt am Main and Paris and graduated in 2011 with a thesis on the history of the evolution and institutionalization of neuroethics (M.A.). Studying medicine in his 5th year, Armin is particularly interested in the social and political dimensions of modern medicine as well as in the philosophy and history of psychiatry and psycho-somatic medicine. His research project for a future Dr. med. dissertation is concerned with changes in epidemiological surveillance strategies for sexually transmitted diseases since the advent of HIV/AIDS.
Daniel S. Margulies Daniel S. Margulies

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig

Group Leader - Max Planck Research Group: Neuroanatomy & Connectivity

Email: margulies(at)cbs(dot)mpg(dot)de


Dr. Margulies leads the Neuroanatomy and Connectivity Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. His research investigates the organizational properties of spontaneous brain dynamics and their implications for individual variability in cognition and behavior—focusing specifically on the prefrontal cortex. Before entering neuroscience, he studied literature and philosophy, and continues to collaborate with social scientists and historians on questions of the emergence of contemporary controversies in neuroscience. Dr. Margulies has also created works of art that aim to interrogate the epistemic assumptions of cognitive neuroscience, and collaborates with visual artists on methods of representing the complexity of brain connectivity.
Moritz Merten Moritz Merten

University of Duisburg-Essen

Email: moritz(dot)merten(at)fu-berlin(dot)de


Moritz Merten is interested in how people perceive and experience public and scientific discourses, and how they incorporate them into the negotiation of their identity and self-perception. Together with Suparna Choudhury, he has worked on how teenagers perceive and react to the popular representations of neuroscientific theories about the "teenage brain". For his MA thesis, Moritz conducted ethnographic research with young people having a Turkish background and living in Berlin, inquiring their response to the public discourses about migrant youths and their experiences with everyday racism. Moritz is also interested in using anthropological methods to analyze and question the various ways in which socially and culturally constructed differences (e.g., gender, ethnicity or culture) are being naturalized through science. Moritz inquires these issues in his work on race and racism in science. His current work position is at the University of Duisburg-Essen in the field of educational studies, researching the influence of discrimination and segregation on the educational outcomes of migrant students.
Saskia Kathi Nagel Saskia Kathi Nagel

University Osnabrück, Institute of Cognitive Science, Osnabrück

Email: snagel(at)uni-osnabrueck(dot)de


Saskia Nagel is a post-doctoral researcher the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. Her research interests are in the neurosciences on sensory processing as well as in philosophy in the philosophy of mind and ethics. Sasskia completed her PhD in 2008 on the ethical and social consequences of neuroscientific research. During her MA studies in Cognitive Science she focused on empirical work on multimodal processing (using EEG) and on sensory enhancement. Saskia am interested in the phenomenon of plasticity and the possibilities to study and interpret it. Moreover, she works on questions of the interplay of sciences, humanities, and the public.
Jan Slaby Jan Slaby

Free University Berlin, Research Cluster "Languages of Emotion" & Institute of Philosophy

Email: slaby(at)zedat(dot)fu-berlin(dot)de
http://www.janslaby.com


Jan Slaby is a Junior Professor in the Research Cluster "Languages of Emotion" and the Institute of Philosophy at Free University Berlin, Germany. His working area is theoretical philosophy, with a focus on philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, phenomenology, theories of emotion and feeling, personhood, philosophy of psychiatry and philosophical anthropology.

Dr Slaby studied Philosophy, Sociology and English Literature at the Humboldt University in Berlin, graduated in 2001 with a thesis on Evolutionary Psychology (area: Philosophy of Science); Ph.D. in philosophy completed in June 2006 at the University of Osnabrück with a thesis on emotions, personhood and intentionality (published as "Gefühl und Weltbezug" with mentis, Paderborn, in 2008). After that he worked as a PostDoc researcher in the interdisciplinary project "Animal Emotionale. Emotions as the Missing Link Between Cognition and Action" at the Institute for Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. From 2007-2010 Dr Slaby was the coordinator of the interdisciplinary project "Neuroscience in Context" (VolkswagenFoundation), in which Critical Neuroscience originated as a subproject. From 2008-2010, he worked as an assistant professor ("akademischer Rat") in Philosophy at Philipps-University Marburg, Germany.

Max Stadler Max Stadler

ETH Zuerich

Email: max.stadler(at)wiss.gess.ethz(dot)ch


Max Stadler is a post-doctoral researcher at the Chair for Science Studies, ETH Zuerich. His current research project concerns a history of perception in the 20th century, through the eyes of soldiers, factory-workers, and office-clerks: of the ways human perception was shaped and mediated in factories and zones of war, through man-machine-interactions, and by disciplines such as ergonomics, military psychology and industrial physiology. Very deliberately, this project is conceived as a history of from below, de-centring in our accounts the more usual suspects: (neuro)science, art and the philosophers; a book manuscript on the (material) history of the nervous impulse is also in preparation

Max has obtained his PhD in the history of science, technology and medicine from CHoSTM, Imperial College London in 2010. Prior to coming to ETH, he was a pre- and post-doctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science (2009-2010), where he continued to pursue his doctoral research interests in the history of the nervous system in the 20th century. The two workshops he co-organized, "Membranes, Surfaces and Boundaries" (MPIWG Berlin, October 2010) and "Neuro-Reality Check" (MPIWG Berlin, December 2011), were/are by-products of this work. Max also holds a B.Sc in Cognitive Science, and a M.Sc in the History of Science.