Kyla Schuller’s Talk (audio recording available)

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Professor Kyla Schuller gave a stunning lecture on the notion of the human nervous system as an impressible, malleable entity continuously remade by contact with its environment, a concept that lies at the heart of nineteenth-century U.S. cultural politics. Theorizing “impressibility” as a nineteenth-century keyword linking race and sexuality, the talk explored how scientists, reformers, and writers alike saw themselves as working in concert with a neurobiological substrate that they conceived of as, in its ideal form, fluid, malleable, and forever in dynamic exchange with surrounding bodies, objects, and forces.

 

To listen to her talk, please download the sound file here to listen on iTunes.