CIN Dialogue 2014: Geschlecht und Gehirn. Neurobiologische vs. kulturelle Bedingungen von Geschlechterrollen
December 03 2014, 19h c.t.
Lecture Hall Audimax, Neue Aula, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz, Uni Tübingen
Do lifelong differences between men and women have their origin in neuroanatomical differences, or are gender differences in fact determined by historical and cultural influences?
Our everyday experience is fundamentally guided by the general distinction between men and women. This distinction, by way of its omnipresence, exerts a dominating effect on society and public discourse, frequently triggering questions such as: What is “gender“, and how can we recognize its determination? Is it a timeless and ahistorical constant or is the category of “gender“ dependent on
contingent cultural and mental distinctions? Are the differences between men and women biologically determined, or does biology merely provide the basis for the evolution of “gender“ as a “category of social order, differentiation
and stratification“ (Ute Frevert)? The distinction between sex and gender is a - sometimes controversial - attempt to structure this discourse, which also raises the question of whether a binary distinction (such as masculine/feminine) is sufficient at all. In the past few years neuroscientific research has repeatedly suggested that the distinction between men and women could also be explained in neuroanatomical and cognitive terms: “Men and women have different brains“
(Onur Güntürkün). Is gender, thus, a matter of the brain? Are neuroanatomical differences the basis for lifelong cognitive differences? Historian Ute Frevert and neuroscientist Onur Güntürkün will debate these questions in a discussion chaired by journalist Elisabeth von Thadden.
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- Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience
- University of Tübingen