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Technologies of the Mind is a VELUX Foundation core-group, awarded the Humanities Initiative grant in 2010. It is a interdisciplinary research group situated in the Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Linguistics at Aarhus University and is comprised of 5 thematic work packages and 5 research projects, within these themes. We explore the importance of culturally embedded technologies such as rituals, masquerade, meditation, writing and reading, as well as material artefacts, for extending and altering mental states, means of conceptualization and social identities. These distinct and identifiable human practices allow for people to act, think and perceive differently, individually as well as jointly. We argue that such practices effectively become technologies of the mind as they, like other technologies, change both the world humans live in and the way they live in it. Directed by Andreas Roepstorff, the research group has 3 senior researchers, 3 Post-docs, 3 PhDs, and 4 associated international collaborators.

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