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 studied the interdisciplinary exchange between brain researchers and philosophers of mind, especially in the context of neuroscientific dream research. A project on how culture became an object of scientific research in Euro-American and Japanese primatology is nearing completion. 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. “Primatology of Science: On the Birth of Actor-Network Theory from Baboon Field Observations.” Theory, Culture & Society (2017), online first.

  2. “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]

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

  4.   “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]

  5. “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