Workshop – Conceptualizing the Environment: Contemporary Philosophical Issues

BOOKLET (including abstracts & practical information)

PROGRAM

25th June 2018

9:45 – 10:00 am – Introduction to the workshop by the three organizers

Introductory Section: Historical Perspectives

10:00 – 10:45 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)

10:45 – 11:30 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 ?’)

11:30 – 12:00 am – Coffee break

12:00 – 12:45 am – The epigenome as an integrator of environmental signals
Jonathan Weitzman (Université Paris-Diderot)

1:00 – 2:30pm – Lunch

Section 2 : Environment in Developmental Biology

2:30 – 3:15pm – 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 – How different is the developmental niche from the selective niche?
Paul Griffiths (University of Sydney)

5:15-6:00 pm – General discussion

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