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Editors: Piroska Csúri and Jimena Mantilla

At present, both scientific communications and popular texts dealing with the topic of subjectivity and the mind are frequently accompanied by images of the human brain. In addition to the fundamental role visual representations play in the very process of research and in the communication between scientists, within the last decades such images have emerged as an essential tool for the dissemination of scientific results to a lay public. In particular, with the emergence of a new generation of imaging technologies (principally, functional magnetic resonance imaging [fMRI], positron emission tomography [PET] and single-photon emission computed tomography [SPECT]) this tendency has intensified, resulting in a real boom of images of the brain. Currently, such technologies of visualization allow researchers to study the brain in action. As a consequence, such images of cerebral functioning are used to address the study of an ever wider variety of cognitive, affective and behavioral states and processes and even personality traits, contributing thus to the “cerebralization” of discourses on the human subject. In this sense, these technological images of the brain constitute the foundation for the present proliferation of fields of study that investigate the human subject through the brain, which range from the more traditional branches such as neurobiology or neurolinguistics to new areas of specialties such as neuroengineering, neuroinformatics, neuroeconomy, neuromarketing, neuropolitics, neuropyschopharmacology, neuroanthropology, neuroethology, neuropsychoanalysis, neurotheology, etc. At the same time, such multiplication of scientific perspectives has developed in parallel with the emergence of the voracious consumption of “neuro-knowledge”, as evidenced by the boom of cultural products of scientific diffusion (magazines, books, talks, workshops, television programs, etc.) dedicated to the topic of the human brain.

The availability of such imaging technologies of the brain therefore poses a variety of questions: How is the meaning of brain images constructed socially? What role do these images play in the social production of “facts” and “truths” regarding the individual, his/her identity, abilities and afflictions? How do these “facts” and “truths” circulate in different social spheres? More specifically, what role do images have in the circulation of expert knowledge (scientific or professional)? And how are such images re-appropriated by other social spaces? How do they take part in other types of lay practices and discourses? What impact do they have on the present transformation of fields of study, specialties, disciplines and circuits of dissemination dedicated to the study of the human subject? What role do the images play in the social legitimation of such fields of inquiry within scientific or professional circles and among the lay public? Among other considerations, given in particular the competitive pressure among disciplines to modernize, what impact does the availability of technological images of the brain have on fields dedicated to the human subject that do not—or cannot—draw upon the artillery of such novel imaging technologies?

Hence, for the present thematic dossier we extend our call for papers to articles that study the societal role of brain images and their contribution to the circulation of “psy knowledge,”—that is, discursive and practical knowledge related to subjectivity and the mind—within disciplines such as psychoanalysis, psychiatry, psychology, the different specialties of neuroscience, and beyond. We invite researchers to submit unpublished original texts that problematize the diffusion, circulation of brain images in either professional, scientific circles or among the lay public from a socio-historical, socio-anthropological, communicational or social studies of science perspective.

About the journal:
CulturasPsi/PsyCultures is a free-access electronic journal catalogued in Latindex with a system of double-blind peer review. It focuses on the discussion and debate on topics related to the circulation of “psy knowledge” and associated practices. In an ample sense, by “psy knowledge” we mean not only the development of scientific disciplines related to the study of subjectivity and the mind (such as psychoanalysis, psychiatry, psychology, neurosciences, etc.) but also extending to all forms of dissemination, circulation and reception of such discourses and practices, within scientific and professional circles and beyond. In particular, the journal places special emphasis on questions related to the transnational circulation of “psy knowledge”.

Reception deadlines:
The deadline for the electronic submission of manuscripts is March 15, 2015 for articles to be considered for the September 2015 issue of the dossier and September 15, 2015 for its March 2016 issue, respectively.

Review process:
Texts preselected by the editors will be evaluated through a system of double-blind peer review.

Manuscripts:
The journal receives electronic submissions of unpublished manuscripts on original research in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. To upload manuscripts, please proceed to http://ppct.caicyt.gov.ar/index.php/culturaspsi/about/submissions.
Articles accepted for publication will appear in their original language.

Submission guidelines and style:
The electronically submitted manuscript (max. 12,000 words) must be accompanied by an abstract in English, an abstract in the source language of the article (for manuscripts in Spanish, Portuguese or French), as well as five keywords.
For detailed submission guidelines and specifications on bibliographic style, please visit the following link: http://ppct.caicyt.gov.ar/index.php/culturaspsi

Contact address:
[email protected]