Daydreaming across the disciplines: 20th and 21st century experiments with mind-wandering, daydreaming and fantasy

Dr Felicity Callard is giving a presentation entitled Daydreaming across the disciplines: 20th and 21st century experiments with mind-wandering, daydreaming and fantasy. She is Director of Hubbub (the Hub at Wellcome Collection) and Reader in Social Science for Medical Humanities at Durham University.

Date: Monday 30th May, 2016

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: Room E457, 20 Chancellors Walk (Menzies Building) Monash, Clayton campus

Abstract: In the first part of this talk I will discuss Hubbub, the interdisciplinary project that I direct. Based inside The Hub at Wellcome Collection in the heart of London, Hubbub is addressing rest and its opposites in mental health, neuroscience, the arts and the everyday. Hubbub comprises a large group of collaborators from the social sciences, humanities, life sciences and the arts, and has a strong commitment to experimentation across all these fields. One important strand of research focuses on experimentation in relation to the mind in motion and the mind ‘at rest’. In the second part of the talk I will consider in more detail how we are addressing the phenomena of mindwandering, daydreaming and fantasy — and in particular will reflect on some of the openings and difficulties posed by experimental interdisciplinary work. I will pay particular attention to the complex archive of attempts experimentally to investigate daydreaming; to the models of gender, race and psychopathology that haunt today’s neuroscientific models of the wandering mind; and to our efforts to torque current psychological paradigms being used to model mind-wandering.