Egenis seminar with Christophe Bonneuil, 'Genes' inescapable ecologies'
SpeakersChristophe Bonneuil, Research fellow, Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris
University of Exeter,Egenis,Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJ
Room no: GF7
Time: 3:00 - 4:30pm
Linda Nash’s Inescapable Ecologies: A History of Environment, Disease, and Knowledge (U California Press, 2007) has illuminated the shift from a 19th century ecological body, porous to the environment, to a “modern body” where the environment (aside from microbial pathological agents) had no agency on its own in the production of health and disease, and then to new environmental health’s understanding of an “ecological body”.
In a quite parallel way, the talk will sketch how the advent of early 20th century modern genetics and mid-20th century genetic modernisations have not only standardised genetic landscapes, but also obscured and erased genomes' complex ecologies, and how these “inescapable ecologies” have re-emerged in the last decades.