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The International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN) and The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Cheiron) are pleased to announce their first ever joint meeting from June16-19, 2011 on the campus of the University of Calgary.  A workshop following the meeting will be held in the spectacular setting of Banff, Alberta from June 19 to June 23.

Historians, neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists and other professionals with an interest in the history of the neurosciences and the behavioral sciences will gather in Calgary, Alberta in June of 2011.  An exciting program with unique social events is on offer.  Stay tuned to this site for the upcoming Call for Papers, Registration Information and more.





In addition to the five keynote lectures the following highlights will form the framework of the conference:


Emily Martin (New York University)  "Anthropology and the History of Experimental Psychology."

Harry Whitacker (Northern Michigan University) "Reading between the lines: An exegesis of an 18th century text"

Anne Stiles (Washington State University) "Vampire Fiction and the Emergence of the Rest Cure"

Robert Wilson (University of Alberta) "Witnessing and complicity: Sexual crimes and wrongful accusation" 

Featured International CURA-Lecture (Banff Workshop) 

Paul Weindling (Oxford Brookes)  "The Communing Relationship: John W. Thompson and Karl Stern as Proponents of Jung and Buber on Patient Empathy."

- Introductory Lecture on the History of the Canadian West by the Head of the University of Calgary Department of History, Professor Warren Elofson

- Evening lecture and piano presentation by and with Professor Axel Karenberg (University of Cologne) entitled "A life in major and minor keys: Frédéric Chopin from a psychiatric perspective."  This lecture will be accompanied by Chopin pieces played by the renowned Canadian pianist Charles Forman (see ). 

-Banquet in Gasoline Alley at Heritage Park, Saturday evening.  See

- Wuensche Lecture by 1981 Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. David Hubel (Harvard University) – Dr. Hubel has kindly agreed to give another lecture to ISHN and Cheiron.  He will also be with the conference participants, attending the Banff Retreat with Workshops, for an evening session featuring his outstanding career in the neurosciences.

 - 1-2 sessions on educational and fictional films in the history of psychology and neuroscience, organized by a Cheiron committee and supported by ISHN members

- Reception in the new Taylor Family Digital Library with representatives of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, a book viewing of collection items from the past 500 years, and poster display of student posters

- A teaching panel on the history of psychology and neuroscience to exchange experiences with our colleagues from Cheiron and to discuss strategies and programs to promote student teaching and training in our field (undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate)

- Award Banquet together with Cheiron at the Calgary Heritage Park Historical Village

- Public Lecture of Professor Elizabeth Lunbeck (Vanderbilt University) in the Calgary Downtown Centre

After our bus transfer to the Banff Centre for the Arts on June-19, 2011 the retreat in the beautiful setting of the Rockie Mountains will include the following workshops:

- "Mind and Body Medicine"  Monday, June-20 (2011) - (Morning and Early Afternoon)

- "The 'Hard Problem' in History" Monday, June-20 (2011) -  (Later Afternoon)

-  "Eugenics and Psychiatry"  Tuesday, June-21 (2011) -  (One Day Workshop)

"Student History of Neuroscience Poster Workshop" -  Wednesday, June-22 (2011)   (Half Day or One Day Workshop -- depending on number of submissions)

The description for which can be found at: 


Silent Auction


A silent book auction will be prepared by Dr. Sherry Ginn (ISHN) and a group of colleagues from Cheiron.  It is open for all days of the conference being held at U of C, where allocated tables are set aside for it.

Please bring any doubles of books, journals, posters, etc., some of your own publications or books you no longer need.  The proceeds of the silent book auction will go towards student support at the Joint ISHN-Cheiron conference.  If you have any questions please contact Dr. Sherry Ginn.

Thanks to all our sponsors for helping make this conference a success!