CfR/A: Postgenomic Determinisms: Environmental Narratives after the Century of the Gene (Online Workshop, RUB, March 25–26, 2021, Deadline: March 1, 2021)

Submitted by Jan Baedke (Ruhr University Bochum).


Postgenomic Determinisms: Environmental Narratives after the Century of the Gene
(Online workshop, Ruhr University Bochum, March 25–26, 2021)

This online workshop focuses on new postgenomic trends towards environmental determinism. It aims to address the conceptual foundations and theoretical presumptions of different forms of strong causal influences on organisms and human bodies. In addition, it will historically contextualize this new environmentalist trend, and explore the anthropological, social and political contexts affecting and being affected by these developments.
This workshop will bring together scholars from history and philosophy of science, social sciences, biologists and activists who have expertise in postgenomic trends towards determinism from philosophical, anthropological, socio-political, and historical perspectives.

Salim Al-Gailani (University of Cambridge), Tatjana Buklijas (University Auckland), Azita Chellappoo (Ruhr University Bochum), Joseph L. Graves Jr (North Carolina A&T State University), Beth Greenhough (University of Oxford), Martha Kenney (San Francisco State University), Tiana Dodson (Body Liberation Coach), Maurizio Meloni (Deakin University), Jamie Lorimer (University of Oxford), Jan Baedke (Ruhr University Bochum), Francesca Merlin (University of Paris), Ruth Müller (Technical University of Munich), Abigail Nieves-Delgado (Wageningen University), Javier Suárez (University of Bielefeld/Jagiellonian University in Krakow)

Call for posters:
There will be a virtual poster session during the workshop. We invite graduate students/early career scholars to submit abstracts for posters. Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 1st, 2021.

Attendance at the workshop is free, although we require registration in advance. The talks and Q&As will be held on Zoom. The coffee breaks and poster session will be held on Gather Town.

For more information about the program, registration, and call for posters, please visit:

Azita Chellappoo
Jan Baedke
‘ROTO’ Research Group (The Return of the Organism in the Biosciences),
Ruhr University Bochum