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SMART-Workshop is organized the members of the ASCA research group “Neuroaesthetics and Neurocultures”: Stephan Besser, Machiel Keestra, Julian Kiverstein, Flora Lysen.

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Date 28 February 2019
Time 09:00 - 17:00
Location University Library
Room Doelenzaal, University Library, Singel 425
Untitled (Maastricht project). Antye Guenther, 2018
Untitled (Maastricht project). Antye Guenther, 2018


The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers who work at the inter-section of the humanities, social sciences and cognitive neurosciences in order to systematically reflect on the ways in which we can investigate the shared boundaries – or interfaces, as we suggest to call them – between brain, body and culture. As a result of a paradigm shift in the sciences of brain and cognition in the last twenty years, human minds/brains are now seen by many as porous and intrinsically entangled with their social and cultural surroundings. This raises the conceptual and practical question how the interaction and entanglement of brain and culture can be investigated. We will explore in four panel sessions how researchers from different fields model and approach the entanglements of mind, body and culture and what the concept of brain-culture interfaces can contribute to the interdisciplinary discussion of these interactions.


  • 9:00-9:15            Walk-in & coffee
  • 9:15-9:30            Welcome & general introduction
  • Panel 1                
  • 9:30-10:30         Prof. Michael Wheeler (University of Stirling) and dr Jörg Fingerhut (Berlin School of Mind and Brain). Moderator: dr Julian Kiverstein (AMC)
  • 10:30-10:50      Discussion
  •                                 Panel 2
  • 11:10-12:10      Dr Shannon McBriar (Amsterdam University College) and dr Roel Willems (Radboud University Nijmegen/Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour). Moderator: dr Stephan Besser (UvA)
  • 12:10-12:30      Discussion
  •                                 Panel 3
  • 13:45-14:45      Dr Des Fitzgerald (Cardiff University) and prof. Patricia Pisters (UvA). Moderator: Dr. Machiel Keestra (UvA)
  • 14:45-15:05      Discussion
  •                                                  Panel 4
  • 15:20-16:20      Prof. Alexander Sack (Maastricht University) and Antye Guenther (Rotterdam/Brussels). Moderator: Flora Lysen (UvA)
  • 16:20-16:40    Discussion
  • 16:40-17:00      Closing statements
  • 17:00-17:45      Drinks

Organization: This workshop is organized the members of the ASCA research group “Neuroaesthetics and Neurocultures” ( dr Stephan Besser (Faculty of Humanities, UvA); dr Machiel Keestra (Faculty of Science, UvA); dr Julian Kiverstein (AMC); Flora Lysen (Faculty of Humanties, UvA).

‘Worlding the Brain’-series: This workshop is a continuation of a series of events that includes the international ‘Worlding the Brain’-conferences in Amsterdam (2016 and 2017) and Aarhus (2018).

Funding: The workshop is funded by SMART Cognitive Science (University of Amsterdam).

Registration: In order to sign up for the workshop (free entrance) please email, before February 15

University Library
University Library

Room Doelenzaal, University Library, Singel 425

Singel 425
1012 WP Amsterdam