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Message posted on 08/02/2023

Seminar series "Ecobiosocial Complexities: encounters, critiques, integrations"

Dear colleagues,

We are very happy to announce the program of the second cycle of the international seminar series "Ecobiosocial Complexities: encounters, critiques, integrations".

The seminars are supported by the International Relations of UNIL, the SNSF Ambizione project "Constructing the Biosocial" (N.185822) and, for the Spring semester, by the STS Lab. @UNIL. The series will bring together the results and research paths of STS scholars working on the social dimensions of post-genomics and the turn towards environmental questions and social determinants of health in life sciences. The aim of the series is to identify the multiple ways forward of biosocial thinking in health promotion and society (for further information see abstract below and flyer attached).

The sessions will take place at the University of Lausanne and will also be accessible online via Zoom. More information on the series on the website of the STS Lab @UNIL. The link to last semester's program is here, and the one for the upcoming semester here.

You are already cordially invited to the very first seminar which will take place Wednesday, February 15th, from 12pm to 1:30pm. We will welcome (online only) Dr. Sergei Yu Shevchenko (former Russian Academy of Science) for a talk entitled: "Immunopolitics, immunosociality, and production of failing forms of life". A reminder will follow. Stay tuned !

Here is the whole program for the semester and a recap about logistics: 12pm-1:30pm; room GEO-2215 or 2218 (check the webpages of each event); or see you on Zoom:

  • 15 February 2023 "Immunopolitics, immunosociality, and production of failing forms of life". Sergei Yu Shevchenko, Independent Researcher/Russian Academy of Science.
  • 30 March 2023 "The Evolution of ACEs: From Coping Behaviors to Epigenetics as Explanatory Models for the Biology of Adverse Childhood Experiences". Ruth Mller, Technische Universitt Mnchen & Martha Kenney, San Francisco State University.
  • 12 April 2023 "Caring with Haunted Microbes". Astrid Schrader, University of Exeter.
  • 24 April 2023 "Dirty parenting and toxic terroir: The symbiopolitics of securing intergenerational microbial transmission". Beth Greenhough & Jamie Lorimer, University of Oxford.
  • 24 May 2023 "Why the microbiome, why now? Historicising the post-genomic turn in social theory (with an attention to fermentation)". Jamie Lorimer, University of Oxford & Joshua Evans, Danish Technical University.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Ccile Fasel, Francesco Panese and Luca Chiapperino

ABSTRACT This seminar series falls under the scope of the Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione Project "Constructing the Biosocial: an engaged inquiry into epigenetics and post-genomic biosciences" (N.185822). The series wishes to inaugurate a new phase of research around post-genomics, which both capitalises on ongoing social science research (in different national and international contexts) and puts at the center of this research and its future interdisciplinary perspectives and collaboration. The current global landscape of research in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) is populated by a wealth of studies of the social dimensions of post-genomic life sciences. More specifically, several projects grapple with the turn towards environmental questions and social determinants of health in the life sciences: on the one hand, it is imperative to critically assess and deconstruct these openings in biomedical sciences; on the other hand, it is also crucial to productively take biomedicines interest in the object of social sciences the social as an opportunity for a new wave of collaborative research.

The objective of the seminar series "Ecobiosocial complexities" is to connect the results and research paths of STS scholars working on these matters, and to identify the multiple ways forward of this research for health promotion and society. How can we move from state-of-the-art social science knowledge on the social and environmental turn in post-genomic life sciences to novel epistemic, socio-political and policy approaches to the biological and social determinants of health? What novel avenues of research are needed to achieve this objective? What novel circulations, encounters and integrations of scientific fields can promote biosocial research practices around post-genomics.

Luca Chiapperino SNSF Ambizione Lecturer University of Lausanne Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Institute of Social Sciences STS Lab Quartier UNIL-Mouline Btiment Gopolis, Bureau 5556 CH-1015 Lausanne - Switzerland Mobile: +41 78 890 10 08 ResearchGate Orcid

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