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From: Thomas Reydon <reydon-u5M666SZyHntnZ3ZMSsken8Cep/1InJe <at> public.gmane.org>
Subject: CfA: Summer School on Superorganisms, Organisms and Suborganisms as Biological Individuals
Newsgroups: gmane.science.philosophy.region.europe
Date: Friday 27th February 2015 18:05:45 UTC (over 3 years ago)
Call for Applications

Superorganisms, Organisms and Suborganisms as Biological Individuals (First
Interdisciplinary Summer School on Individuality in the Life Sciences)

27-31 July 2015, Gut Siggen (East Holstein, north of Lübeck, Germany; see

The concept of biological individuality and the question of what makes
biological entities count as biological individuals are among the most
controversially debated issues in current philosophy of biology. Similarly,
in current historical and social studies of the life sciences, as well as
in biology itself, the concept of organismality (which traditionally is
closely linked to the concept of individuality) is a topic of renewed
interest. Examples include discussions on the role of the organism concept
in biology, on the question whether groups might count as superorganisms in
theories of group selection, whether theories of selection at the cell
level (e.g., in cancer research) may give rise to a “suborganism” view
of cells in the context of selection in cell lineages, or what the general
relation is between our ordinary concept of organismality and the diverse
individuation criteria that are applied in various scientific contexts .

This is the first of two international and interdisciplinary summer schools
on individuality organized by the Network Philosophy of the Life Sciences
in Germany. This summer school will explore the questions on which
organizational levels around the organism level (i.e., levels just above
and below the organism level individuals are found in the living world,
what reasons scientists have for recognizing particular entities as
individuals, and in what ways these reasons have changed throughout the
history of the life sciences. The second summer school (2016) will focus on
the concept of human nature. Both summer schools aim to bring together the
perspectives of the philosophy, history, and social studies of the life

Organizers, instructors & chairs: Marie I. Kaiser (Cologne), Thomas Reydon
(Hannover), Christian Sachse (Lausanne), Marianne Schark (Hamburg).
Lecturers: Yulia Egorova (Durham), Philippe Huneman (IHPST Paris), Erika
Milam (Princeton), Charles Wolfe (Gent).


Day 1: Arrival – introductory lectures by the organizers – group
formation and theme setting for group work – group work

Days 2-4: Lecture – group work – brief presentations by students

Day 5: “Meet an editor” session – closing discussion – departure
after lunch

A total of 20 places are available for advanced PhD students and recent
PhD’s working in the philosophy, history, or social studies of the life
sciences, or in relevant related areas. Accommodation and meals will be
covered for all participants. In addition, participants will receive travel
grants which should cover a considerable part of the costs incurred for
travel to Gut Siggen. There is no participation fee.

Please note that the event is still conditional upon funding being granted
by the Volkswagen Foundation!

How to apply: Send a single PDF containing a cover letter (not longer than
two pages) and a CV (not longer than four pages) by email to Thomas Reydon
([email protected]
). Your
cover letter should include a description of (1) your general research
interests and (2) the topic you are currently working on, and (3) should
make clear why participation in the summer school is relevant for your
current and future work. The deadline for applications is 12 April 2015,
decisions will be made by the end of April. For further information, please
contact Thomas Reydon
([email protected]


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