Neurological Imaginaries

Photo credit: Neurone development, artwork by Stephen Magrath. Credit: Stephen Magrath.

My newest project, Neurological Imaginaries bridges my interest in both arts-based ethnography and medical sciences as an experimental ethnography that encompasses non-textual forms, creative nonfiction, and affect theory to explore traumatic brain injuries and memory disturbances.

This research is funded by a Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research award and a Social Science and Humanities Research Council grant. 

Sensate Memories, Multimodal Ethnography Roundtable, August 13, 2020.

Publications / Papers


Manuscript In Process. A forgetful ethnography: Memory, injury and cerebral suffering.

Manuscript in Process. with Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, Havana Syndrome: Political imagination and Science Fictions. 

2019 Neurological Disturbances and Time Travel. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience.

Art, Neuroscience and Ethnography, Platypus, CASTAC, October 2, 2018

Affective Science, or the Sad Brain, Imaginings Series - Affect, Centre for Imaginative Ethnography, 2014

Neurological disturbances and time travel, Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) annual meeting, Santiago, Cuba, May 17, 2018


A forgetful ethnography, Colleex Workshop, Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation, Lisbon, Portugal, July 13-15, 2017


An Ethnography of Invisibility: Neuro-Medicine and Felt Theory, Affective Evidence, AAA, Minneapolis, November 17, 2017


An ethnography of invisibility? African Neuroscience, memory and feeling, Technoscience Salon, York University / University of Toronto, October 10, 2014



“Neurological Imaginaries” Series seeks to bring neuroscientists, anthropologists, and artists together in an interdisciplinary conversation to discuss epistemological tensions within traumatic brain injury care.

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