Biological Thought and the German Left

Workshop, 12 November 2019, Durham, United Kingdom
12th November 2019, 10:30 to 17:30, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study

This one-day workshop brings together established and emerging scholars to investigate how the life sciences impacted the social and political thought and action of the German left in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


  • 10.30-12.00 Opening keynote: Nicholas Saul (Durham): Bölsche, Biopolitics, Superorganisms and the Origins of Fascism around 1900

  • 12.00-1.00 Lunch

  • 1.00-2.00 Lydia Azadpour (Royal Holloway, London): Progressive Differentiation in Engel’s Philosophy of Nature

  • 2.00-3.00 Jack Coopey (Leicester): Totality and the Biology of the Whole: the Biology of the Ape to Man in Marx and Hegel

  • 3.00-3.30 Break

  • 3.30-4.30 Henry Holland (Hamburg): Biological Thought in Ernst Bloch

  • 4.30-5.30 Cat Moir (Sydney/IMLR): Büchner’s Body Politics

Organisers: Cat Moir (Sydney/IMLR) and Johan Siebers (IMLR); supported by Durham University's Institute of Advanced Study.


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