Biological Thought and the German Left - Workshop

Institute of Advanced Study
, University of Durham


This one-day workshop brings together established and emerging scholars to investigate how the life sciences impacted on the  social and political thought and action of the German left in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Opening keynote: Nicholas Saul (Durham): Bölsche, Biopolitics, Superorganisms and the Origins of Fascism around 1900

12.00-1.00 Lunch

Lydia Azadpour (Royal Holloway, London): Progressive Differentiation in Engel’s Philosophy of Nature

Jack Coopey (Leicester): Totality and the Biology of the Whole: the Biology of the Ape to Man in Marx and Hegel

3.00-3.30 Break

Henry Holland (Hamburg): Biological Thought in Ernst Bloch

Cat Moir (Sydney/IMLR): Büchner’s Body Politics

Organisers: Cat Moir (Sydney/IMLR) and Johan Siebers (IMLR); supported by Durham University's Institute of Advanced Study.

Registration to attend is essential. To register please visit and complete all relevant fields.

Additional information
The Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, Cosin’s Hall, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RL
General Enquiries: 0044 (0) 191 334 2589

Location and travel information
The Durham University Institute of Advanced Study is located within Durham City, is situated on Palace Green and is a part of Durham's World Heritage Site.