is an anthropologist and historian of science studying epistemic cultures of mind and life sciences. He is the author of Neuropsychedelia: The Revival of Hallucinogen Research since the Decade of the Brain (2012) and Die Zeit der Psychoanalyse: Lacan und das Problem der Sitzungsdauer (2005). He is currently working on a project on the interdisciplinary exchange between brain researchers and philosophers of mind, especially in the context of neuroscientific dream research. He has also started a new project on how culture became an object of natural scientific research in primatology and related disciplines. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research in New York.

What’s new?

I will be on sabbatical at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton from Fall 2017 to Spring 2018.

Here are some texts I’ve published earlier this year:

  1. “Fieldwork in Skepticism: How an Anthropologist Learns to Cultivate Doubt and Other Virtues in a French Neuroscience Laboratory.” Book review of Tobias Rees’ Plastic Reason: An Anthropology of Brain Science in Embryogenetic Terms. Dialectical Anthropology (2017). [Full text]

  2. “Opaque Models: Using Drugs and Dreams to Explore the Neurobiological Basis of Mental Phenomena.” Progress in Brain Research (2017), 1-20. [Full text]

  3.   “Baboons and the Origins of Actor-Network Theory: An interview with Shirley Strum about the shared history of primate and science studies.” BioSocieties 12:1 (2017), 158-167. [Full text]

  4. “Synthetic Primatology: What Humans and Chimpanzees Do in a Japanese Laboratory and the African Field.” British Journal for the History of Science Themes 2 (2017), 1-25. [Full text]

Nicolas Langlitz