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New Social Research Lecture Series: Good Life, Governance & Futurity

The New Social Research programme lecture series focuses on how our lives are governed by different forms of technologies. New and old connections between selves and technologies shape our visions of good life not only in the present but also in the years to come. Technological innovations, such as brain and face imaging tools, genetic manipulation, in vitro fertilization, and self-tracking technologies, affect how people manage their own and others’ health and happiness, and the kind of futures we are building in terms of “good life”. The following events welcome students and researchers to ponder our shared human and more-than-human future.

The seminar series dates are: February 1st, 7th, 11th, 20th and 21st.

Theme 1: Neuroscience, self-control and governance
Panel Discussion (in Finnish)

Lecture: Addiktion aivosairausmalli, tulevaisuuden hoito ja hallinto [The Brain Disease Model of Addiction and the Future of Treatment and Governance]
Guest speakers: Mauri Aalto (TaU), Anna Alanko (HU), Anja Koski-Jännes (TaU), Susanne Uusitalo (UTU)

Neuroscientific perspectives on addiction are influential in informing addiction policy and the development of new treatments, and neuroscientific study of addiction has advanced our understanding of the mechanisms of motivation, valuation and self-control. Nevertheless, conceptualization of addiction as a brain disease remains highly controversial across the addiction research community, as it is taken to favour pharmaceutical and other medical interventions. Neuroscientific perspectives have also gained prominence in the public understanding of addiction, changing the way in which diverse problems in self-control are conceptualized. We will cover issues such as the problematic ethical implications of the brain disease model, ways of integrating social and biological factors in understanding and treatment of addiction, the future of pharmacological treatments of behavioural addictions, the impact of neuroscience on the self-understanding of people with self-control issues, broader implications of neuroscience of agency on our practices of self-governance.

Mauri Aalto is a professor of addiction medicine at Tampere University. Anna Alanko is post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki Centre for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance (CEACG). Anja Koski-Jännes is a professor emerita in social psychology at Tampere University, specialized in addiction, and Susanne Uusitalo is a university lecturer in ethics at University of Turku.

New Social Research Lecture series

Theme 2: Technological Disruptions and Policy Making
Thursday February 7, 2019, 12–14
Venue: Pinni B 3116

Theme 3: Digital Visualities
Guest lecture
Monday February 11, 2019, 12–14
Venue: Paavo Koli Auditorium


Theme 4: Contested futures of biomedical care
Guest lecture, discussion (day 1)
Wednesday February 20, 2019, 14–16
Researcher workshop (day 2)
Thursday February 21, 2019, 10–16
Venue: LINNA 5014



The New Social Research programme