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Key figures of modern neuroscience (such as F. Crick and R. Sperry) have repeatedly expressed the need for a revolution in explaining personality, rethinking its nature, and also offered a new neurocentric epistemology.

These claims tentatively divided the researchers in the social sciences into "neuro-optimists" and "neuro-pessimists." While neuro-optimists found the brain science to have the potential for reassembling their own disciplines and developing new areas of knowledge, neuro-pessimists took a defensive position, implementing a critical program against the next wave of naturalistic expansion. There are many social studies between these two extremes; these try to explain specific phenomena and processes associated with the manufacturing of neuroscience as it is, the legitimation of neurocentric rhetoric in various social practices, and the mechanisms of interdisciplinary cooperation between the brain science and other areas of knowledge. In so doing, they aim to avoid overly ideological and biased attitudes and use their own theoretical languages.

In the new issue of “Sociology of Power”, we propose to consider the problem of the neuro-turn in the social sciences in the broadest context, from different conceptual positions and by applying a variety of empirical materials.

We are pleased to invite authors to submit papers relevant to the following topics. Note that the list of topics is not exclusively limited to these areas, and may include related concerns:
- modern philosophy of mind and the challenges of neuroscience: the problem of free will and personal identity;
- the anthropological model of the "cerebral subject": discourses and practices;
- neurohacking: the ideology and practice of neuro-enhancement;
- ethical problems surrounding the development and application of modern neurotechnologies;
- ethnography of neuroscience laboratories;
- the disciplinary expansion of neuroscience: reductionism or a new epistemology?
- neuroscience and law;
- the neuro-turn in psychiatry;
- the rhetoric of modern neuro-enlightenment.

Abstracts of the articles (200-250 words) should be submitted to the organizers by the 2st of February, 2020—in either Russian or English—through the submission form on the journal website or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (the deadline for full texts will be disclosed at a later date).

Fernando Vidal - PhD, Research Professor, ICREA (Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies), and Professor, Medical Anthropology Research Center (Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain)
Asya Filatova – PhD, Associate Professor, Don State Technical University (Rostov-on-Don, Russia)