When Does a Difference Make a Difference? Examples from Situated Neuroscience
Thursday 8 May 2014, 15h30-16h30, Aula – IDEHAP
Gillian Einstein, PhD, received her AB in Art History from Harvard University and her PhD in Neuroanatomy from the University of Pennsylvania. After doing research in vision as well as Alzheimer disease at Duke University, and science administration at the National Institutes of Health, she immigrated to Canada where she is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. She heads the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Women’s Health where she researches the effects of estrogens and culture on women’s biologies. She has edited and annotated a book for MIT Press on foundational papers in Hormones and Behaviour, “Sex and the Brain.” She is also the founder and current director of the University of Toronto’s Collaborative Graduate Program in Women’s Health, founding member and 2014 Program Chair of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Gender and Health of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Until July 1, 2013 she is Visiting Professor of Neuroscience and Gender Medicine at Linköping University, Sweden.
How Your Generic Baby Acquires Gender
Thursday 8 May 2014, 18h00-19h00, Aula – IDEHAP
Anne Fausto-Sterling is the Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Biology and Gender Studies in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University. She has achieved recognition for works that challenge entrenched scientific beliefs while engaging with the general public. She is the author of three acclaimed books that are referenced widely in feminist and scientific inquiry, as well as scientific publications in developmental genetics and developmental biology: Myths of Gender: Biological Theories about Women and Men (Basic Books, 1985, 1992), Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality (Basic Books, 2000), Sex/Gender: Biology in a Social World (Routledge, 2012). Dr. Fausto-Sterling is currently focused on applying dynamic systems theory to the study of human development. Her ambition is to restructure dichotomous conversations — inside the academy, in public discourse, and ultimately in the framing of social policy — in order to enable an understanding of the inseparability of nature/nurture. She asserts that Dynamic Systems Theory permits us to understand how cultural difference becomes bodily difference. Fausto-Sterling’s current case studies in this area examines the emergence of gender differences in behavior in early childhood.
Sex as Chimera: Tools for (Un)Thinking Difference
Thursday 8 May 2014, 14h30-15h30, Aula – IDEHAP
Rebecca Jordan-Young is the Tow Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College and Director of the Science and Social Difference Working Group at Columbia University. She is the author of Brain Storm: The flaws in the science of sex differences (Harvard, 2010), and many articles and book chapters at the intersection of science and social differences, especially gender, sexuality, and race. She is currently a KNAW Visiting Professor at Radboud University, The Netherlands and has been a Visiting Scholar at the Cognitive Neurosciences Division of the School for International Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy (2008).
Functional Neuroimaging (FNI) and Sex/Gender Research : of Differences, Dichotomies and Entanglement
Thursday 8 May 2014, 17h00-18h00, Aula – IDEHAP
Gina Rippon is Professor of Cognitive NeuroImaging in the Aston Brain Centre at Aston University. Birmingham UK. She graduated from Bedford College (University of London) with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Psychology, London, and subsequently gained a PhD in Psychophysiology from Birkbeck College (University of London). She has a background in psychology and neurophysiology and uses brain imaging techniques such as Magnetoencephalography (MEG), functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate the relationship between patterns of brain activation and human sensory, cognitive and affective processes. Her work has also focussed on ways of generating neurocognitive profiles, investigating the relationship between cortical activity patterns and cognitive and behavioural abilities (or disabilities) of individuals. Most recently her work has been in the field of developmental disorders such as dyslexia and autism. She is also involved in activities around the public communication of science, particularly in challenging the misuse of neuroscience to support gender stereotypes, and in work to correct the under-representation of women in STEM subjects, for example as a member of Speakers for Schools and WISE.