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Representation: Past, Present, and Future

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 1 – 2pm

Representation: Past, Present, and Future

As part of the Neurohumanities Networking Series, Dr Tomas Ryan (Trinity College Dublin) and Dr Francis Fallon (St. John's University, New York) will be giving a public lecture on an ongoing neurophilosophy project at Trinity College Dublin, entitled 'Representation: Past, Present, and Future', in tandem with Dr. Kevin Mitchell (Trinity College Dublin). Researchers in neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and philosophy of mind make routine reference to 'representations'. However, the meaning of this term varies across these fields and its use is often vague or unhelpful. Reliance on such a concept results in miscommunication within the discourse on brain and mind. Dr Ryan and Dr Fallon will outline the progress of this project thus far, and how it aims to synthesize knowledge from different disciplines to work towards providing a solution to this problem.  BOOK HERE

About Francis Fallon

Francis Fallon is Assistant Professor in Philosophy at St. John’s University.  Interdisciplinary work includes co-directing Representation: Past, Present, and Future, based in Trinity.  He is also currently the Project Director of Change Detection During Saccades, funded by the Templeton World Charities Foundation (TWCF), as part of their Accelerating Research on Consciousness (ARC) initiative.  He is also part of TWCF-ARC’s flagship project, COGITATE, another adversarial collaboration using simultaneous replication methodology, in this case employing brain imaging techniques. 

About Dr Tomas Ryan
Associate Professor in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology (sub-discipline of Biochemistry) and a Principle Investigator at the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. Tomás also holds a joint faculty position at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His research team is supported by the European Research Council (ERC), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the Irish Research Council (IRC), the Jacobs Foundation, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the Lister Institute of Preventative Medicine, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

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. Organised by Amelia McConville, School of English and in association with the Institute of Neuroscience, and 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). 


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 Type: 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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