Darwin and Human Nature Conference – Cambridge, 19-20 April

We’re busy preparing for our Darwin and Human Nature Conference on 19 and 20 April 2012. It will be held at CRASSH (The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), University of Cambridge.


The conference will examine the series of intersecting boundaries that have defined the human from the mid-19th century to the present:

• human/animal

• civilized/savage

• woman/man

• mind/machine

• nature/culture.



We’ll be looking at how different disciplines have constructed and contested these boundaries, and reflect on the legacy of Darwinian frameworks of the ‘human’ today.


Convened by Dr Paul White, Dr Sophie Defrance and Professor Jim Secord, speakers will include:

  • Gillian Beer (English, Cambridge)
  • Carolyn Burdett (English, Birkbeck)
  • Tim Crane (Philosophy, Cambridge)
  • Sophie Defrance (DCP, Cambridge)
  • John Dupré (Philosophy, Exeter)
  • David Feller (HPS, Cambridge)
  • Phillipa Levine (History, University of Texas, Austin)
  • Tim Lewens (HPS, Cambridge)
  • Francis Neary (DCP, Cambridge)
  • Sadiah Qureshi (History, Birmingham)
  • Angelique Richardson (English, Exeter)
  • James Secord (HPS, Cambridge)
  • Roger Smith (History of Science, Moscow)
  • Kathryn Tabb ( History and Philosophy of Science, Pittsburgh)
  • Paul White (DCP, Cambridge)
  • Catherine Wilson (Philosophy, Aberdeen)
  • Elizabeth Wilson (Women’s Studies, Emory University)

Location: CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT


See the conference programme and register here


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