A number of audio recordings from the two day event “The Future of the History of the Human Sciences” held in April 2016 are now available online. The event was held to mark the passing of the editorship of History of the Human Sciences from James Good to Felicity Callard and had as its aim a consideration of the “changes wrought in the broad interdisciplinary field of the history of the human sciences by new developments in the medical humanities, biological sciences, and literary/cultural theory.” Among the talks available online are ones delivered by Roger Smith, Peter Mandler, and Steve Fuller. As History of the Human Sciences reports,
Thanks to the kind permission of many of those who took part, we can now also make available recordings of a number of the talks. Abstracts for each talk can be found here.
• Roger Smith, “Resisting Neurosciences and Sustaining History”
• Steve Fuller, “Kuhn’s Curse and the Crisis of the Human”
• Des Fitzgerald, “The commotion of the social”
• Maurizio Meloni, “The Social as the Non-Biological: Genealogy and Perspectives”
• Jessica Hendy, “Molecular Archives of Human History: Moving Beyond Text-Based Sources”
• Michael A. Finn, “Possibilities and Problems with the Growing Archive”
• Peter Mandler, “The Language of Social Science in Everyday Life: What it Does, How it Circulates, How to Track it”
• Amanda Rees “Biocultural Evolution Then and Now: The Brain in Environmental Context OR Counterfactualising the History of Biology and Sociology”
AHP readers may be interested in a new open access monograph, Rethinking Interdisciplinarity across the Social Sciences and Neurosciences. The book is a product of the research collective Hubbub, the inaugural resident of the Wellcome Collection’s interdisciplinary research space The Hub. Written by Felicity Callard and Des Fitzgerald, Rethinking Interdisciplinarity across the Social Sciences and Neurosciences
offers a provocative account of interdisciplinary research across the neurosciences, social sciences and humanities. Setting itself against standard accounts of interdisciplinary ‘integration,’ and rooting itself in the authors’ own experiences, the book establishes a radical agenda for collaboration across these disciplines. Rethinking Interdisciplinarity does not merely advocate interdisciplinary research, but attends to the hitherto tacit pragmatics, affects, power dynamics, and spatial logics in which that research is enfolded. Understanding the complex relationships between brains, minds, and environments requires a delicate, playful and genuinely experimental interdisciplinarity, and this book shows us how it can be done.
History of the Human Sciences will be under new editorship as of January 2015. Full details on the journal, and its new editors, follow below.
HISTORY OF THE HUMAN SCIENCES aims to expand our understanding of the human world through a broad interdisciplinary approach. The journal publishes articles from a wide range of fields – including sociology, psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, philosophy, literary theory and criticism, critical theory, art history, linguistics, and the law – that engage with the histories of these disciplines and the interactions between them. The journal is especially concerned with research that reflexively examines its own historical origins and interdisciplinary influences in an effort to review current practice and to develop new research directions.
James Good, the editor of History of the Human Sciences for 15 years, will be stepping down at the end of 2014. The incoming editors are: Dr Felicity Callard (Durham University) [Editor-in-Chief], Dr Rhodri Hayward (Queen Mary University of London), Dr Angus Nicholls (Queen Mary University of London). They have assumed responsibility for new submissions since 1 July 2014. Dr Chris Millard (Queen Mary University of London) takes over as the new Book Reviews Editor. The journal also welcomes the following new members to the Advisory Editorial Board: Dr Sabine Arnaud, Prof Cornelius Borck, Prof Jamie Cohen-Cole, Prof Stefanos Geroulanos, Prof Sarah Igo, Prof Junko Kitanaka, Prof Rebecca Lemov, Prof Michael Pettit, Dr Chris Renwick, Dr Sadiah Qureshi, Prof Barbara Herrnstein Smith, Prof Marianne Sommer, Prof John Tresch, and Dr Neil Vickers.
Each editor is based in a different discipline – geography, history, and literary studies / critical theory – and all have strong cross-disciplinary interests. They look forward to continuing the journal’s rigorous interdisciplinary investigation of the human condition.
REGULAR SPECIAL ISSUES
The journal provides comprehensive coverage of a range of themes across the human sciences. Special issues and sections have been devoted to:
- Historians in the Archive
- Inventing the Psychosocial
- Foucault Across the Disciplines
- Neuroscience, Power and Culture
- Reflexivity in the Human Sciences
- The New Art History
- Rhetoric and Science
- New Developments in the History of Psychology
- Writing as a Human Science
- Hans Blumenberg
- Constructing the Social
- Identity, Self and Subject
- Making Sense of Science
- Identity, Memory and History
- Who Speaks? The Voice in the Human Sciences
The new editors welcome any enquiries about the journal and suggestions for special issues. Please write to:
Felicity Callard firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhodri Hayward email@example.com