Newly formed ‘Biosocial Research Lab’ seminar series

Biosocial Research Lab

The recently formed Biosocial Research Lab in the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) is organising a series of monthly seminars that will run through the end of the year.

The Lab aims to support innovative, creative, ethical, and experimental research collaborations and dialogues across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences, with a shared focus on the biosocial dimensions of learning and behaviour.

In pursuing these aims, the seminar series is designed to offer participants an opportunity to engage with current concepts, issues, technologies, practices and findings in the emerging field of biosocial research. We also see this as an opportunity to forge collaborative relationships with scholars and practitioners working in diverse fields across the arts, humanities, and sciences. Please find details of the first Biosocial Research Seminar below:

The Epigenetics of Early Life Stress: Emerging connections with biosocial research
Dr. Chris Murgatroyd, School of Healthcare Science
Friday 26th May 2017
4pm – 6pm
Biosocial Research Lab – Brooks building – room 252

This initial seminar will explore Dr Chris Murgatroyd’s recent research on the epigenetics of stress factors during infancy, including the effects of tactile interactions between mother and child.

This research will also serve as the starting point for a broader discussion of epigenetics in the context of biosocial research, as aided by further examples from Chris’s website The Power of the Gene.

Drawing on these pivotal examples, our discussion will seek to explore potential resonances, convergences, questions, and problematics currently emerging in the intersections between the biological and the social sciences. In preparation for this discussion participants are invited to read the articles below:

https://www.docdroid.net/wWA7erm/murgatroyd-et-al-2015.pdf.html

https://www.docdroid.net/hLOPrEu/bioscience-and-the-sociology-of-education-youdell-2017.pdf.html

Please contact David Rousell d.rousell@mmu.ac.uk with any questions about the seminars, and to register your interest in attending.

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