Oliver Rollins, Université de Chicago, interviendra dans le cadre d’une nouvelle série d’événements organisés par le réseau NeuroGenderings et le Laboratoire d'étude des sciences et des techniques (STS Lab).
Friday 13 May 2022: Zoom Talk
6am PDT, 9am EDT, 3pm CEST, 10pm Central Australia SummerTime
The STS Lab and the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lausanne & the NeuroGenderings (NG) network are pleased to present a new NG Lecture Series dedicated this year 2022 to discussing the science and politics of race in brain research and the contribution of neuroscience in and from the global South.
Discussant: Rebecca Jordan-Young, Barnard College & NG board member
Oliver Rollins is a qualitative sociologist who works on issues of race/racism in and through science and technology. Specifically, his research explores how racial identity, racialized discourses, and systemic practices of social difference influence, engage with, and are affected by, the making and use of neuroscientific technologies and knowledges. Rollins’s book, Conviction: The Making and Unmaking of The Violent Brain (Stanford University Press, 2021), traces the development and use of neuroimaging research on anti-social behaviors, with special attention to the limits of this controversial brain model when dealing with aspects of social difference, power, and inequality. Currently, he is working on two new projects. The first, Neuro-visions of the Prejudice Mind, examines the neuroscience of implicit bias, chiefly the challenges, consequences, and promises of operationalizing racial prejudice and identity as neurobiological processes. The other, Technoscientific Imaginaries of Anti-Racism, seeks to elucidate, and speculate, the socio-political dilemmas, ethical vulnerabilities, anti-racist potentials for contemporary (neuro)scientific practices.
There is a notorious and quite racist history that underpins biological research on violence. In attempts to eschew this past, today’s neuroscientific and genetic researchers reject deterministic and racist explanations of violence for brain-based risk models of such behaviors. Nevertheless, in Conviction, Rollins pinpoints a looming danger in this technology, due to the ways it re-envisions, and ultimately silences, the voices, bodies, and experiences of those most affected by social difference, power, and inequality. The threat from biological theories of violence today is less about the return of an older bio-deterministic explanation of crime. Instead, Rollins warns that the latent danger of the violent brain model rests in the way it will normatively preserve static social and racial inequities through the technical omission of unequal life chances.
Organizer and Chair: Cynthia Kraus, University of Lausanne & NG board member
Sponsors: STS Lab & ISS, University of Lausanne, NG Network, Barnard College, Emory University