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Importance of Integrating Neurohumanities

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 12:30 – 1:30pm

Importance of Integrating Neurohumanities

Guest Lecture - Mani Ramaswami on the Importance of Integrating Neurohumanities
Professor Mani Ramaswami (TCIN) will give a presentation on Neurohumanities and its potential and importance within Trinity, followed by a Q&A.


Professor Mani Ramaswami (TCIN) presentation will touch on the history thus far of NeuroHumanities and NeuroHumanities research at Trinity, the work that is currently being supported and/or emerging, and exciting future potentialities in this area. It will also touch on the challenges of bridging disciplines, the importance of language, the tensions present between "soft" and "hard" sciences, and potential ways of negotiating the potential hurdles this emerging discipline often faces. All are welcome to attend the presentation and Q&A afterwards, which will provide a stimulating and exciting discussion.

About Professor Mani Ramaswami
Mani Ramaswami is the professor of neurogenetics at Trinity College Dublin. Ramaswami’s laboratory was among the first to combine cell biology and genetics to analyze synaptic mechanisms in Drosophila. His current work is focused on neuronal functions of RNA-granules and RNA-binding proteins in vivo and neural circuit mechanisms involved in behavioral habituation. Based on his laboratory’s studies of olfactory habituation in Drosophila, Ramaswami recently proposed that habituation may be generally mediated by inhibitory representations or negative images of excitatory stimulus ensembles created by a specific form of excitation-inhibition balancing that is altered in autism spectrum disorders.

About NeuroHumanities Networking Group
The newly formed NeuroHumanities Networking Group is dedicated to providing a functional framework for postgraduates engaged or interested in interdisciplinary research and seeking to expand their network and knowledge base. The NeuroHumanities Networking Group is piloting its first 4-week  series of online events over the summer, designed to foster connections within Trinity, hosted by Trinity Long Room Hub, hosted by Trinity Long Room Hub.. Organised by Amelia McConville, School of English and in association with the Institute of Neuroscience, and Fiona Stout, Fiona Stout, School of Creative Arts , the series is supported by the Postgraduate Wellbeing & Community Fund and Professor Mani Ramaswami, Director of Trinity Institute of Neurosciences (TCIN).  Attending all 4 sessions of the series is highly encouraged.

Upcoming events from the series
July 8, 12:30-2 pm - Functional Workshop - Fiona Stout on the Fluidity of Fascia
Fiona Stout will give a functional workshop on how fascia can be harnessed to promote fluidity in the body, using principles such as biotensegrity, mechanotransduction, and flow in an accessible way. Participants will need to register in advance, so as to avail of this spiky ball prop to use in the workshop, which will be mailed direct. For more context on Fiona and her interdisciplinary work, check out @missfiyoga on Instagram.
Details here

July 15, 12:30-2 pm - Interdisciplinary Panel -  The Challenges of Integrating Interdisciplinarity in Academia
A panel discussion linking to our first event, where experts in the field discuss the challenges of interdisciplinarity and Neurohumanities.
Details here

About the organisers
Amelia McConville is a PhD student conducting interdisciplinary research on visual poetry and poetics with Neurohumanities at the School of English and in association with the Institute of Neuroscience. Always fascinated by the overlap of art and science, she graduated with a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin in 2017, working in fundraising for the College before commencing doctoral research in 2018. Passionate about education, she works part-time with the Trinity Access Programmes and as a private tutor, and she is interested in yoga, film, music, and visual culture.

Fiona Stout is currently an MLitt conducting interdisciplinary, neurohumanities research on the interconnective soft tissue matrix known as fascia and fluidity in the actor-body. Key areas of research include fascia, neuroscience, trauma, embodiment, flow-state, cellular mechanics, biotensegrity, and physiology. Fiona moved to Ireland from California in 2014, graduating with a BA in acting from The Lir in 2017, after which she re-certified as a yoga teacher and has continued to upskill with workshops and trainings ever since. She seeks to facilitate ease for her students and collaborators, empowering them to use their bodies in more fluid and fascia-friendly ways. Key inspirations in her work include Katy Bowman, Amanda Brennan, Lisa Feldman Barrett, John Sharkey, and Antonio Damasio. Find her on insta and twitch @missfiyoga.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Online webinar
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice, Digital Humanities, Identities in Transformation, Making Ireland
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Careers, Conferences, Special events, Workshops and Training
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free but Registration Required

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