ARCHIVE - Neurogenderings III

The 1st international Dissensus Conference on brain and gender


8-10 may 2014, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

In 2010, the conference NeuroGenderings: Critical Studies of the Sexed Brain was held in Uppsala (Sweden). It brought together experts from different disciplines to identify theoretical and methodological strategies for social scientists, cultural scientists and neuroscientists to engage with radical, intersectional feminist and queer studies of the brain. Two years later, NeuroCultures — NeuroGenderings II was organized in 2012 in Vienna in order to continue the critical engagement with neuroscience and particularly to address processes of gendering in today’s rapidly emerging “neurocultures.”

Behind these international and transdisciplinary meetings lies NeuroGenderings (NG), a network which aims to elaborate innovative theoretical and empirical approaches for questions of sex/gender and sexuality for neuroscientists; to analyze the social and political underpinnings of the ongoing “cerebralization” of human life and especially of sex/gender, and to discuss the impacts of neuroscientific sex/gender research in sociopolitical and cultural fields. Some of these approaches can already be found in [2] and [24].

In cooperation with the network NeuroGenderings, the Laboratory of Sociology (LabSo) and the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lausanne will host a three-day conference entitled “NeuroGenderings III – The 1st international Dissensus Conference on brain and gender,” 8-10 May 2014. We encourage submissions from scholars and students from all domains in the humanities, in the social, biological and medical sciences, including clinical practice, to discuss current developments — and alternatives to the existing research trends, models and practices— in the areas of brain, sex/gender and sexuality.


Concept: Cynthia Kraus (University of Lausanne) and Anelis Kaiser (University of Bern)

Organization: Cynthia Kraus (UNIL), Anelis Kaiser (UNIBE), Christel Gumy (UNIL), Alba Brizzi (UNIL)

Scientific Committee: Isabelle Dussauge (University of Uppsala, Sweden), Cordelia Fine (University of Melbourne, Australia), Hannah Fitsch (TU Berlin, Germany), Rebecca Jordan-Young (Barnard College, U.S.A.), Anelis Kaiser (UNIBE), Cynthia Kraus (UNIL), Emily Ngubia Kuria (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany), Katrin Nikoleyczik (Bonn, Germany), Deboleena Roy (Emory University, U.S.A.), Raffaella Rumiati (SISSA Cognitive Neuroscience Sector, Italy), Sigrid Schmitz (University of Vienna, Austria), Catherine Vidal (Pasteur Institute Paris, France)


Our special thanks go to the following collaborators at the University of Lausanne:

Christel Gumy for all her excellent work for many important aspects of the conference organization, from suggestions for the program to webmastering the event, and much more; Alba Brizzi for accommodation, travel, food and beverage arrangements, and other logistics advice; Fiona Friedli for her much appreciated logistics help from October to December 2013; Michael Posse for the wonderful conference poster; and Sarah Schlatter who helped us launch the conference website in August 2013, when most people were on holidays.

We extend our special thanks to Prof. Franciska Krings, Vice-Rector of the University of Lausanne, who kindly accepted to join us and open the conference.

We would also like to thank the NeuroGenderings core group who acted as members of the scientific committee for the conference program and the papers selection; our four distinguished keynote speakers; the conference chairs; and, of course, the participants to the sessions and roundtables.

Finally, we thank our academic partners and sponsors for their generous support: the Sociology Laboratory (LabSo), the Institute of Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lausanne; the Interface Science-Societé of the University of Lausanne; the University Institute of the History of Medicine and Public Health of the University of Lausanne and University Hospitals CHUV; the Department of Psychology of the University of Bern; and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Program PDF  (213 Ko)

Bionotes PDF  (531 Ko)

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