Darwinism After Darwin Conference

Darwinism after Darwin: new historical perspectives
University of Leeds, September 3rd – 5th 2007

“Prior to celebrations getting underway for the 2009 Darwin sesquicentenary and bicentenary, this conference will provide an opportunity to think afresh about the legacy of Darwinism and the efforts of historians to understand that legacy. The aim is to encourage new historical and historiographic perspectives on the ideas, research practices, and wider sociopolitics related to evolutionary theory from the late-nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries.”

Scheduled Presentations:

Science and the life story: the historical development of biographies of Darwin (Suzanne Gapps, University of Western Sydney)

A lesson from the past: how biologists use history (Graeme Beale, Edinburgh University)

Historiographical constraints: the divergence of conceptualisations of inheritance of acquired characteristics’ (Fern Elsdon-Baker, University of Leeds)

“Sure, we know all that”: dealing with popular Darwin myths (Peter C. Kjærgaard, University of Aarhus)

Paley evolving: natural theologies in the post-Darwinian nineteenth century (Richard England, Salisbury University, USA)

The un-heretical Christian: Lynn Harold Hough, Darwinism and Christianity in 1920s America (Dawn Mooney Digrius, Drew University, New Jersey)

Arguing from the evidence: the correct approach to Intelligent Design and the U.S. courts (Brian Thomasson, University of California)

From Darwin to Hitler: author meets critics. Richard Weikart responds to critics of his work. Participants include Staffan Mueller-Wille (University Of Exeter), Steve Fuller (University ofWarwick), and John Harwood (University of Manchester)

Rational evolution? Sexual selection in animals & humans, 1915-1935 (Erika Lorraine Milam, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)

Boas at the Darwin centenary (Greg Radick, University of Leeds)

Darwin at Cold Spring Harbor: the new synthesis tackles human evolution (Jessie Richmond, University of Leeds)

Darwinism on the other side of the Atlantic: race and scientific racism in Latin America

Science, modernity, and evolution: British scientific travellers in Latin America in the late-19th and early-20th centuries (John Fisher University of Liverpool)

Darwinisme et régénérescence au Mexique au XIX siècle (Sonia Lozano, Centrede Recherche Médecine, Sciences, Santé et Société (CERMES), Paris)

The transmission of scientific knowledge to Latin America: uses and misuses of Darwinism in Mexico in the XIX Century (Natalia Priego, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool)

How Darwin Online can suggest new historical perspectives (John van Wyhe, University of Cambridge)

The biogeography of power: August Weismann, acclimatization, and the German Empire (Adam Christopher Lawrence, University of California)

From Haeckel with love: Lennart Nilsson’s morphed embryos and the cultural loops of Darwinism (Solveig Jülich, Stockholm University)

“The Armageddon of the future”: racial poisoning and the Victorian laboratory (James Wood, University of Edinburgh)

Eugenics in 1921: a comparison (Hiram Caton, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia)

Communist reception of Darwin: postwar East Germany and Czechoslovakia incomparison, 1945-1965 (Uwe Hossfeld, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Michal Simunek and Tomas Hermann, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)

Darwinism and contemporary poetry (John Holmes, University of Reading)

The Thinking Path (Shirley Chubb)

Keynote Address [Title TBC] Peter Bowler, Queen’s University Belfast

Why doing history is like remembering: the implications of neo-Darwinian philosophies of consciousness for the practice of history (Francis Neary,CHSTM, University of Manchester)

Resolving the “Darwinian paradox”: Lionel Penrose and the genetics of mental ability, deficiency and disease (Edmund Ramsden, London School of Economics)

[Title TBC] Fabio Zampieri, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, UCL

Ignorance of natural selection in the social sciences (John Z. Langrish)

Darwin, evolution and late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British sociology (Chris Renwick, University of Leeds)

Giving Darwin a decent burial (Steve Fuller, University of Warwick)

Round Table Discussion. Darwinism after Darwin: new historical perspectives Participants: Joe Cain(UCL), Staffan Müller-Wille (University of Exeter), Greg Radick (University of Leeds), Jon Hodge (University of Leeds).

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