The Mind of Modernity blog is featuring a six part exposition of IASS Director Liah Greenfeld’s forthcoming book, Mind, Madness, and Modernity: The Impact of Culture on Human Experience, in which she presents a new framework for understanding mental illness. Over the next two weeks, Mind of Modernity will feature posts outlining the major elements of the argument, and summarizing logical, empirical, and historical evidence to support the claims of the book. The introduction to this exposition has already been posted and the rest will be available according to the following schedule:
9/14 – Doing Away with Dualism: A Solution to the Mind/Body Problem
9/16 – A Symbolic Reality: The Emergence of Culture and the Mind
9/19 – Madness: A Modern Phenomenon
9/23 – Schizophrenia and Manic-Depressive Illness: What do we Know?
9/27 – Diseases of the Will: Schizophrenia and MDI as One Illness
IASS Director, Liah Greenfeld was recently named Distinguished Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University, Hong Kong for a term of five years, starting May 2011. During yearly month long stays, Professor Greenfeld will deliver public lectures, faculty/graduate seminars, and chair weekly research discussions with colleagues of the Department. Read the full press release here.
On April 15, 2010, IASS and Boston School of Nationalism Studies members Oyeshiku Carr, Chandler Rosenberger, Oliver Benoit, Katrina Demulling, and Nikolas Prevelakis came together for the panel, “Empires of the Mind: Intellectuals, Anti-Colonialism and Nationalism in the Global South,” at the Association for the Study of Nationalities Convention at Columbia University in New York. Read the rest of this entry »
IASS Member James Stergios, delivered Boston University’s University Professors Program’s Convocation Speech on Sunday, May 16th, 2010. A summary of the text of his advice to BU’s graduates can be found on his Boston Globe Blog, “Rock the Schoolhouse,” and the full text can be found here.
On Saturday, May 1, 2010 the IASS sponsored a Student Conference on “Mentalism, Madness, and the Mind.” The full audio for the conference, both the presentations and the ensuing discussions, is now available on the IASS website.
Peter Baehr’s latest book is Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism, and Social
Science (Stanford University Press, 2010.) The book explores Arendt’s
critique of sociology – especially sociological explanations of Bolshevism
and National Socialism – and the response to that critique of
contemporaries such as David Riesman, Raymond Aron, and Jules Monnerot.
At the April, 2009, Conference of the Association for the Study of Nationalities at Columbia University, IASS members Jonathan Eastwood, Nikolas Prevelakis, Oliver Benoit, Katrina Demulling, Oyeshiku Carr, and Chandler Rosenberger participated in the panel “A World of Nations: Applying the Theories of Leah Greenfeld to Comparative Politics.” They discussed how Greenfeld’s theories on nationalism applied to Africa, the Balkans, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Their panel was also chosen to be showcased in the upcoming issue of the Association’s journal, Nationalities Papers.
Renowned social scientist Liah Greenfeld will receive the 2008 UAB Ireland Distinguished Visiting Scholar Prize and present a free, public lecture 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 in the Alys Stephens Center Jemison Concert Hall. Greenfield’s analysis of modern culture and mental disease is examined in her lecture, “Madness in Modern Society: A Key to the Mind?” Read the rest of this entry »
IASS Member Jonathan Eastwood’s The Rise of Nationalism in Venezuela (Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 2006) offers a novel account of the rise of nationalism in Venezuela and the broader Hispanic world. Read the rest of this entry »