Animation/Reanimation Conference

Friday, April 18 | 10:30 am

This one-day conference will explore reports of near-death experiences as well as fictions of after-death journeys from the perspectives of psychoanalysis, philosophy, anthropology, and film.

Berkeley Human Rights Seminars

The Nascent Photographic Statement of Human Rights

Thursday, April 22 | 4:00 pm

Ariella Azoulay (Brown University) considers what could be seen by citizens in the late 1940s as violations of human rights and what sovereign states did, and did not, present as such.

Body, Self, and Consciousness

Tuesday, April 29 | 7:30 pm

Thomas Metzinger is professor of theoretical philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. His research focuses on analytical philosophy of the mind, aspects of neuro- and cognitive sciences, and connections between ethics, philosophy of the mind, and anthropology.

Buddhism, Mind, and Cognitive Science

Friday, April 25 - Saturday, April 26

This conference explores the methodological underpinnings of the current encounter between Buddhism and cognitive science.


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Townsend Blog

April 02, 2014
A Street in Senegal

Rochelle Terman, political science graduate student and Townsend Center web consultant, reflects on her recent fieldwork in Senegal, her first experience conducting interviews.

March 11, 2014
Title page of forgery of Galileo's Sidereus Nuncius

Jane Raisch, coordinator of the History of the Book working group, reviews and reflects on her group’s recent conference on literary and artistic forgeries.