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Ms. Ann-Sophie Barwich

Egenis Research Student


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Before starting my PhD project in philosophy I obtained my degree (Magister Artium) in Philosophy and German Literature Studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2009. My thesis concerned the integration of G.W. Leibniz’s framework of conceptual analysis into the modern debate about functionality in the Philosophy of Biology. During my studies I participated in internships at the Zeitschrift für Germanistik [HU Berlin] and the Functions of Consciousness project at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. I also worked as a Tutor for Practical Philosophy at the Department for Philosophy and later as a student research assistant both at the Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik [HU Berlin] and the Department for German Literature.



Tudor M. Baetu, Barwich, A., Brooks, D. Dutreuil, S. and Germain, P., 'Model Thinking in the Life Sciences: Complexity in the Making'/a>, Second European Advanced Seminar in the Philosophy of the Life Sciences, ‘‘In Vivo, ex Vivo, in Vitro, in Silico: Models in the life sciences’’ Hermance, Switzerland, 10–14 September 2012. Biological Theory, 2013.

Barwich, A., 'A Pluralist Approach to Extension: The Role of Materiality in Scientific Practice for the Reference of Natural Kind Terms', Biological Theory, January 2013. DOI:10.1007/s13752-012-0083-x.

Barwich, A. and Amilburu, A., 'Bridging Disciplines? An Inquiry on the Future of Natural Kinds in Philosophy and the Life Sciences', Biological Theory 6(2), 2012, 187-190.

Leonelli, S. and Barwich, A. ‘Editorial’, The Reasoner 6(3), 2012.

Barwich, A., Das Wundenmotiv in Tolkiens "Der Herr der Ringe" unter dem Blickwinkel der traumatischen Erfahrung. In: Inklings. Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik. Bd. 24. D. Petzold (Ed.). Moers: Brendow 2006.


LEIBNIZ-FORSCHUNGSSTELLE DER UNIVERSITÄT MÜNSTER (Ed.) Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Philosophischer Briefwechsel, Bd. 1: 1663–1685, Bd. 2: 1686–1694. In: Zeitschrift für Germanistik (ZfGerm) Heft 3/2010 Neue Folge. XX. Jg.; 675-677.

ARBEITSGEMEINSCHAFT LITERARISCHER GESELLSCHAFTEN UND GEDENKSTÄTTEN E. V. (Ed.): Literatur vor Ort. Literarische Gesellschaften, Museen und Gedenkstätten. In: Zeitschrift für Germanistik 3/2007.


'"If you can spray them, then they are real": Evidence Construction in Fragrance Chemistry', Ishpssb 2013, Montepellier, 8 July 2013."The Application of Theoretical Models and Strategies of Evidence Construction in Fragrance Chemistry," BSPS 2013, University of Exeter, 4-5 July 2013.

'The Descent of Scent: Model Thinking in Olfaction Theory', Egenis, University of Exeter, 25 March 2013.

'Modelling Evidence: Theory Assessment in Olfactory Research', Konrad Lorenz Institute, Vienna, 21 March 2013.

'Making Sense of Smell: Models in Olfaction Theory' - ‘Ex vivo, in vivo, in vitro, in silico': Second Advanced Seminar in the Philosophy of the Life Sciences, Brocher Foundation, Geneva, 10-14 September 2012.

‘The Scientification of Scent: Modeling the Mechanism of Primary Odour Recognition’ – BSPS Annual Conference, University of Stirling, 4-6 July 2012

‘Bending the Rules or Bending the Molecules: Contemporary Issues in Olfaction Theory’ - 7th annual integrated HPS workshop, UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies, 28-29 June 2012‘Get a whiff of this! Modelling the Mechanism of Primary Odor Recognition’ - Models and Simulations 5, University of Helsinki, 14-16 June 2012

'Natural Kind Terms as Sign Functions' - Natural Kinds in Philosophy and in the Life Sciences: Scholastic Twilight or New Dawn?, University of Granada, 7-9 September 2011.

'Science and Fiction: On the Reference of Models' - SPSP Conference, University of Exeter, 22-24 June 2011.

'Science and Fiction: On the Reference of Models' - Defending Realism. Ontological and Epistemological Investigations, University of Urbino, 20-22 June 2011.

'Representing Knowledge: On the Epistemic Condition of Reference' - Integrated HPS workshop, Cambridge, 18-19 April 2011.


Graduate teaching assistant, University of Exeter, 'Philosophy of Nature 1', Autumn 2010 and 2011

Graduate teaching assistant, University of Exeter, 'Knowledge and Reality 2', Spring 2011

Tutor, Humboldt-University at Berlin, 'Practical Philosophy', Winter 2007/08

Research Interests

My PhD project, supervised by Professor John Dupré and Professor Michael Hauskeller, addresses philosophical arguments about the role and application of scientific representations in research practice by way of a little explored contemporary controversy in olfaction theory, the science of smell. Scientific representations such as models, classifications, maps, diagrams, lists etc. serve a variety of purposes that range from the stipulation of relevant properties and correlations of the research materials and the systematic formation of research questions, to the design of experiments that explore or test particular hypotheses. By examining a variety of modelling strategies in olfactory research, I elaborate on how I understand the relation between representations and the world and why this relation requires a pluralist perspective on scientific models, methods and practices. My goal is to show to what extent a plurality of representations does not pose a problem for realism about scientific entities and their theoretical contexts but, on the contrary, that this plurality serves as the most reliable grounding for a realistic interpretation of scientific representations of the world and the entities it contains.