ROTO Lecture Series

Talks will be online via Zoom. Please register for each talk individually.

02.06.2022 6:00 PM CET
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Daniel J. Nicholson (George Mason University): What is Life? revisited

13.06.2022 4:00 PM CET
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Charles Dupras (University of Montreal): Ethical, legal and social issues in epigenomics

30.06.2022 6:00 PM CET
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Saana Jukola (Ruhr University Bochum): Bodies of Evidence – Causation in Forensic Medicine

Previous Talks

02.05.2022 4:00 PM CET
Stefano Canali (Politecnico di Milano) & Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter): Reframing the Environment in Data-Intensive Health Sciences

04.04.2022 4:00 PM CET
Matthew Sims (Ruhr University Bochum): The intentionality continuum thesis: assessing goal directed behaviour in organisms across the biological board

07.03.2022 6:30 PM CET
Emily Parke (University of Auckland): Four dimensions of life

31.01.2022 4:00 PM CET
Sarah S. Richardson (Harvard University): The Maternal Imprint: The Contested Science of Maternal-Fetal Effects

20.01.2022 6:00 PM CET
Daniel Brooks (Ruhr University Bochum): Leveling the World: The Stratified Image of Nature’s Organization

06.12.2021 6:00 PM CET
Abraham Gibson (University of Texas at San Antonio): Global Organism: The Science and Politics of Cooperation between World Wars

23.11.2021 4:00 PM CET
Thomas Pradeu (CNRS & University of Bordeaux): Cancer in the context of the organism

15.11.2021 4:00 PM CET
Isabel Smallegange (University of Amsterdam): Evolutionary explanations of developmental plasticity in the male dimorphic bulb mite (Rhizoglyphus robini)

21.10.2021 6:00 PM CET
Grant Ramsey (KU Leuven), Cristina Villegas (Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research): Evolutionary Dappling: How developmental constraints and drives can be evolutionary causes

11.10.2021 4:00 PM CET
Elselijn Kingma (Kings College London): Pregnancy and Biological Individuality

27.09.2021 4:00 PM CET
Joana Formosinho (University of Copenhagen): Visualising holobionts: Biomedical illustrations and the performance of more-than-human body imaginaries

01.07.2021 6:00 PM CET
Florian Sprenger (RUB) & Gottfried Schnödl (University Lüneburg): Holistic biology and National Socialism: The case of Jakob von Uexküll

14.06.2021 2:00 PM CET
Bartlomiej Swiatczak (University of Science and Technology of China): Struggle within: Evolution and ecology of somatic cell populations

24.06.2021 6:00 PM CET
Azita Chellappoo (RUB): Dysbiotic & dysfunctional: The (re)construction of obesity in the postgenomic age

06.05.2021 6:00 PM CET
Alejandro Fábregas-Tejeda (RUB): Organismal agency on the fringes of 20th-century biological science? The cases of E.S. Russell and R.S. Lillie

19.04.2021, 6 PM CET
Gregory Rupik (University of Toronto): Plants as Poems: Contemporary Lessons from Goethe’s Biology

29.03.2021 4:00 PM CET
Hugh Desmond (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique & University of Antwerp): Sentience and the moral argument for organismic agency

23.03.2021 4:00 PM CET
Tamar Schneider (Tel Aviv University, The Cohn Institute For History And Philosophy of Science And Ideas): The Immune Self: a stable boundary or a tentative outline? 

15.03.2021 2:00 PM CET
Matteo Mossio (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique): Autonomy and biological identity

23.02.2021 4:00 PM CET
Andrea Gambarotto (Université catholique de Louvain) & Auguste Nahas (University of Toronto): The Varieties of Kantian Teleology: A Contemporary Assessment


04.02.2021 6:00 PM CET
Guido I. Prieto (Research Group ROTO, Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Neither Machines nor Processes: Organisms as Systems

19.01.2021 5:00 PM CET
Abril Saldaña-Tejeda (University of Guanajuato): ‚You are Putting my Health in Danger‘: Genes, Diets and Bioethics under COVID-19 in Mexico

14.12.2020 4:30 PM CET
Özlem Yilmaz (University of Exeter): Plant Phenomes and Individuation in Plant Biology

10.12.2020 6:00 PM CET
Marco Tamborini (Technical University of Darmstadt): The Riddle of Form in Biology and the Dynamics of Interstitial Knowledge

21.07.2020 5:30 PM CET
Scott F. Gilbert (Swarthmore College): How developmental symbiosis can open new evolutionary trajectories




DFG-Emmy Noether Research Group
The Return of the Organism in the Biosciences:
Theoretical, Historical and Social Dimensions
Ruhr University Bochum