Brain research is a key research area to the question of what constitutes the human. With its methods of brain imaging – and thus the apparent ability to “see” into the “living brain at work” – human behavior seems to be explainable and predictable. At the same time, sexist assumptions inform a great deal of contemporary studies, which often catch the attention of the media by promoting the idea of a “male brain” and a “female brain”. This anthology brings together an international group of scholars to discuss brain research on sex/gender from a feminist and queer perspective. It offers a critique of neurosexism within brain research and within popular media that communicate this research to the public, and explores the prospects for feminist and queer neuroscientific research. Overall, readers can gain valuable insights for assessing brain research’s concepts and the value of brain references in popular media. The editors: Sigrid Schmitz has the Chair in Gender Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna, and is Scientific Head of the Gender Research Office at the University of Vienna, Grit Höppner is Research Associate at the Chair in Gender Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna.
How is performativity shaped by digital technologies - and how do performative practices reflect and alter techno-social formations? "Performing the Digital" explores, maps and theorizes the conditions and effects of performativity in digital cultures. Bringing together scholars from performance studies, media theory, sociology and organization studies as well as practitioners of performance, the contributions engage with the implications of digital media and its networked infrastructures for modulations of affect and the body, for performing cities, protest, organization and markets, and for the performativity of critique.With contributions by Marie-Luise Angerer, Timon Beyes, Scott deLahunta and Florian Jenett, Margarete Jahrmann, Susan Kozel, Ann-Christina Lange, Oliver Leistert, Martina Leeker, Jon McKenzie, Sigrid Merx, Melanie Mohren and Bernhard Herbordt, Imanuel Schipper and Jens Schröter.
In So What's New about Scholasticism? thirteen international scholars gauge the extraordinary impact of a religiously inspired conceptual framework in a modern society. The essays that are brought together in this volume reveal that Neo-Thomism became part of contingent social contexts and varying intellectual domains. Rather than an ecclesiastic project of like-minded believers, Neo-Thomism was put into place as a source of inspiration for various concepts of modernization and progress.This volume reconstructs how Neo-Thomism sought to resolve disparities, annul contradictions and reconcile incongruent, new developments. It asks the question why Neo-Thomist ideas and arguments were put into play and how they were transferred across various scientific disciplines and artistic media, growing into one of the most influential master-narratives of the twentieth century.Edward Baring, Dries Bosschaert, James Chappel, Adi Efal-Lautenschläger, Rajesh Heynickx, Sigrid Leyssen, Christopher Morrissey, Annette Mülberger, Jaume Navarro, Herman Paul, Karim Schelkens, Wim Weymans and John Carter Wood reconstruct a bewildering, yet decipherable thought-structure that has left a deep mark on twentieth century politics, philosophy, science and religion.