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>From: "Andrew Shail" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Neurology and Modernity (6/1/06; collection)
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>We are seeking essays for the collection *Neurology and Modernity*. While
>psychoanalysis has been one of the most dominating discourses within accounts
>of modernity, offering explanations of the modern as a fundamentally nervous
>state, what has been less examined is the influence of its parent discipline,
>neurology. Continuing its own account of nerve force and brain function
>alongside the psychoanalytic notion of the unconscious, neurology was largely
>simultaneous with what we refer to as modernity.
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>Essays should engage broadly with the following sorts of questions: To what
>extent can the philosophical and cultural discourse of modernity be related to
>the emergence and development of the medical discourse of neurology? What
>truths inaugurated by neurology were fundamental to the Western self-
>perception as modern? What peculiarities of medical discourse reveal the
>predisposition towards perceiving history as schismic? What modern states,
>modern technologies and modern practices originated the concept of nerve
>force? To what extent are technological discourses of the period subtended by
>a neurological reframing of the perceiving body? What is the place of the
>concept of the body moved by brain function in the various widespread
>definitions of modernity? How have nerves and brain function been classed,
>sexed, gendered and raced?
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>Possible Topics:
>Academic orthodoxies
>Fashionable diseases
>Speed and time
>Projecting western mindscapes
>Neurology and psychophysics
>Neurology and popular culture
>Literature and the mind/brain
>Body of brain science
>Visual culture
>Nervous disorder as order
>Cinematic neurologies
>The evolved brain
>Neurology, brain injury and war
>Aphasia and modernist language
>Brain surgery and subjectivity
>Reflex arcs
>Neurologist as modern artist
>Freud and neurology
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>Deadline
>Please send a 300-word abstract and 1-page CV to both editors by 1 June 2006.
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>Editors
>Andrew Shail, University of Oxford ([log in to unmask])
>Laura Salisbury, Birkbeck College ([log in to unmask])
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>Andrew Shail, News International Research Fellow in Film, St Anne's College
>Mail: English Faculty, St Cross Building, University of Oxford
>Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ
>01865 281147

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