Workshop Conceptualizing the Environment: Contemporary Philosophical Issues

25-26 Juin 2018

IHPST, salle de conférence 13 rue du Four, 75006 Paris

25-26 juin 2018

 

Organizers

Antoine Dussault (Université de Montréal/CIRST/IHPST)

Francesca Merlin (CNRS/IHPST)

Gaëlle Pontarotti (Université Paris-Diderot/IHPST)

Program

25th June 2018

9:00 – 9:15 am – Introduction to the workshop by the three organizers

Introductory Section: Historical Perspectives

9:15 – 10:00 am

From “milieu” to “environment”. Biology, sociology and political philosophy by Comte and Spencer

Fehrat Taylan (Université de Liège)

Section 1 : Environment in Molecular Biology (Genomics and Post-Genomics)

10:00 -10:45 am

Beyond two common metaphors: towards a better understanding of the environment at the molecular scale

Antonine Nicoglou (Université Paris-Diderot & IJM, LabEx ‘Who Am I ?’)

10:45-11:15 am – Coffee break

11:15 – 12:00 am

The epigenome as an integrator of environmental signals

Jonathan Weitzman (Université Paris-Diderot)

12:00 – 12:45 am

TBA

Michel Morange (ENS Paris)

1:00 – 2:30 pm – Lunch

Section 2 : Environment in Developmental Biology

2:30 – 3:15 pm

For an interdisciplinary study of environment in epigenetics

Francesca Merlin (IHPST, CNRS & Université Paris 1)

3:15 – 4:00 pm

Normal and cancer stem cell niche

Lucie Laplane (IHPST, CNRS & Université Paris 1)

4:00 – 4:30 pm – Coffee break

4:30 – 5:15 pm

Environment and developmental determination : is a more inclusive concept of development possible ?

Karine Prévot (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre)

5:15 – 6: 00 pm

How different is the developmental niche from the selective niche?

Paul Griffiths (University of Sydney)

8:00 pm : Conference dinner

26th June 2018

Section 3 : Environment in Evolutionary Biology

9:00 – 9:45 am

Darwin and Kropotkin on the Role of Abiotic Environment in Evolution

Anne-Marie Gagné-Julien (Université du Québec à Montréal)

9:45 – 10:30 am

The Extended Synthesis plus one more thing

John Odling-Smee (Mansfield College, University of Oxford)

10:30 – 11:00 am – Coffee break

11:00 – 11:45 am

Environmental Heredity: Conceptual Ambiguities and Epistemological Issues

Gaëlle Pontarotti (Université Paris-Diderot & IJM, LabEx ‘Who Am I ?’)

11:45 – 12:30 am

Environment as Abstraction

Denis Walsh (Toronto University)

12:30 – 2:00 pm – Lunch

Section 4 : Environment in Ecology and in Earth sciences

2:00 – 2:45 pm

Environment : four versions in Ecology and Earth Sciences?

Denis Couvet (Museum national d’histoire naturelle, Paris)

2:45 – 3:30 pm

Ecological Niche Construction

Antoine Dussault (CIRST & IHPST)

3:30 – 4:00 pm – Coffee break

4:00 – 4:45 pm

Making Sense of Keystone Species-Environment Relationship: How The Ecological Niche Concept Can Help

Sophia Rousseau-Mermans (Université Paris 1 & Université de Montréal)

4:45 – 5:30 pm

Counterfactual, factual, abiotic, biotic, complex, unpredictable: what it’s like to be an environment ?

Philippe Huneman (IHPST, CNRS & Université Paris 1)


5:30 – 6:30 pm – General discussion and conclusion by Antoine Dussault, Francesca Merlin et Gaëlle Pontarotti


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