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Conference: Integrating the History and Philosophy of Biodiversity.

octobre 20-octobre 21

Integrating the History and Philosophy of Biodiversity. Narratives of Diversity, Extinction, Conflict and Value

Brussels, October 20–21, 2023


Keynote Speakers

David Sepkoski, University of Illinois. Prof. Sepkoski is the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in History of Science at the University of Illinois.

Alkistis Elliott-Graves, Bielefeld University. Prof. Elliott-Graves is Junior-Professor of Philosophy at Bielefeld University.


Preliminary Schedule

October 20

9h30–9h45: Registration, Welcome and Coffee

9h45–10h: Conference Welcome. Charles Pence

10h–11h: Keynote: David Sepkoski (University of Illinois), “Biodiversity Past, Present, and Future: Are We in a Sixth Mass Extinction?”

11h–11h30: Federica Bocchi (Boston University), “What is ‘evidence’ in evidence-based biodiversity conservation? Potential, Actual, and Good Evidence in IUCN’s Red List”.

11h30–11h40: Coffee Break

11h40–12h10: Joeri Witteveen (University of Copenhagen), “Species Conservation, Classificatory Risk, and Adequacy-for-Purpose”

12h10–12h40: Michael Bennett McNulty, Max Dresow, and Lauren Wilson (University of Minnesota), “The Role of Conceptual Models in Ecosystem Conservation: Motivations and Challenges”

12h40–14h: Lunch Break

14h–14h30: Robert Frühstückl (University of Bielefeld), “From Species Richness to Multidimensional Biodiversity Change: Epistemological and Conceptual Shifts in Biodiversity Research”

14h30–15h: Oliver Lucier (Yale University), “Opening the Climate Envelope: The History of Climate Envelope Models, 1970–2010”

15h–15h15: Coffee Break

15h15–15h45: Erika Lorraine Milam (Princeton University), “African Mammals as Cultural Heritage: On Biodiversity in the Age of Decolonization”

15h45–16h15: Linde De Vroey (University of Antwerp), “Rewilding Between Recolonization and Re-Indigenization: Place-Based Rewilding as a Pathway for Coexistence”

16h15–16h45: Séan Thomas Kane (Binghamton University), “Royal Monopolies and the Ineffective Colonial Conservation of the Brazilwood Tree (1500–1570)”

16h45–17h: Coffee Break

17h–17h30: Carlos Tabernero (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), “Fiction Film and the Construction of Visual Socio-Cultural Spaces for Biodiversity”

17h30–18h: Xinyue Liu (University of Oxford), “Sightings: The Role of Ghost Species in Accounting Biodiversity Loss”


October 21

10h–10h15: Arrival and Coffee

10h15–10h45: Tamara Caulkins (Central Washington University), “Artifice and Biodiversity in the Greenhouse: Unruly Plants and Complicated Climates in Early Nineteenth-Century France and England”

10h45–11h: Coffee Break

11h–11h30: Carlos Santana (University of Pennsylvania), “Pay Attention to the Shaved Bumblebee Behind the Curtain: Debiasing Field Collection of Biodiversity Samples”

11h30–12h30: Keynote: Alkistis Elliot-Graves (University of Bielefeld), Title TBD

12h30–14h: Lunch Break

14h–14h30: Clémence Gadenne-Rosfelder (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales [EHESS]), “From Reduction to Preservation: A Long History of Genetic Biodiversity in Farmed Pigs (France, 1850–2000)”

14h30–15h: Brigid Prial (University of Pennsylvania), “Laboratory Work as Conservation: American Lab Scientists, Extinction, and the Proper Use of Chimpanzees, 1945–1980”

15h–15h30: Matt Przemyslaw Lukacz (Harvard University), “Epistemic Conflicts over Conservation by Algorithm and the Purpose of Social Science”

15h30–15h45: Coffee Break

15h45–16h15: Julia Nordblad (Uppsala University), “A Conceptual History of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, 1986–1997”

16h15–16h45: Shadrach Kerwillian and Gregg Mitman (Ludwig Maximilian University), “Disease as a Silver Lining? The Troubled History of Biodiversity and Health in the Upper Guinean Forests of West Africa”

16h45–17h: Conference Goodbye. Charles Pence and Max Bautista Perpinyà



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