The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in collaboration with the Branco Weiss fellowship “Society-in-Science”  is inviting to a workshop in Berlin on March 1-4 (organizers: Christina Brandt, MPIWG Berlin, and Giuseppe Testa, IEO Milan):   

This workshop is intended to further an interdisciplinary and international discussion on historical, cultural, social and philosophical issues of cloning and stem cell research. Hardly any other research field has evoked such controversies during the last years. In contrast to the vivid ethical debates, there are so far only a few contributions to the history of cloning and stem cell research. Thus, we will pay particular attention to elucidating historical aspects. Not only does the concept of the “clone” itself have a very multiplicitous yet unexplored history since the beginning of the 20th century, but the different trajectories of cloning research practices, their scientific contexts as well as politics, are just as poorly understood from a historical perspective. By analyzing cloning and stem cell research against the background of 20th-century life sciences, the overall aim of the workshop is to arrive at a better understanding of today´s research practices and concepts as well as the debates and politics related to them.               (Thanks to: Christina Brandt) 

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For a preliminary programme:

Thursday, 01 March 2007
Part I: Objects and Practices
14.30 Welcome:
H.–J. Rheinberger, G. Testa, C. Brandt
15.00 Opening lecture:
Chair: Edna Suárez, National University Mexico/ MPIWG
Everett Mendelsohn, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University
“The Historian and the Clone, Biology at the Boundaries”
15.45–16.00 Coffee break
16.00–17.15 Session 1: History of Cloning in Embryology and Developmental Biology
Chair: Jean–Paul Gaudillière, INSERM, Paris
Jane Maienschein & Mary Sunderland, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe
“In the Beginning: Cloning as Transplantation”
17.15–18:00 Manfred Laubichler, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe
“What is so Interesting about Speman´s Fantastical Experiment”
18:00–18.30 Coffee break
18.30–19.30 Evening lecture:
Chair: Jean–Paul Gaudillière
Sir John Gurdon, Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, Cambridge
“The History of the First Vertebrate Cloning Experiments”

Friday, 02 March 2007
Part I (contin.): Objects and Practices
9.30–11:00 Session 2: History of Cell Culture Techniques, Hybridity and Stem Cell Research
Chair: Ilana Löwy, CERMES, Paris
Hannah Landecker, Rice University, Houston:
“Of Hybrids and Cybrids: A Short History of Cell Fusion”
Linda Hogle, Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin
“Stem Cells: A Study in Transience”
11:00–11.30 Coffee break
11.30–13:00 Session 3: Stem Cell Research: Model Objects and Practices
Chair: Helga Satzinger, Welcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London
Michel Morange, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Département de Biologie, Paris
“From Mouse Teratocarcinoma to Human ES Cells”
Rachel Ankeny, School of History and Politics, The University of Adelaide
“Representing Stem Cells as Model Systems”
13:00–14.30 Lunch break
14.30–16.00: Session 4: Stem Cell Research: Applications and Challenges
Chair: G. Testa, European Institute of Oncology, Milan
Ronald McKay, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, NINDS, Bethesda
„Growth, Differentiation and Death: The Fundamental Choices of Stem Cells“
Michele Boiani, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Muenster
“Order vs Chaos in Oocyte–Mediated Nuclear Reprogramming”
16:00–16:15 Coffee break
16:15–17:15 Visions 1
Chair: Edna Suárez, National University Mexico/ MPIWG
Tom Mitchell, Department of English, University of Chicago
18.00–20.00 Round table discussion:
What can history of science and science and technology studies contribute to recent developments in biomedicine and life sciences?

Saturday, 03 March 2007
Part II: Concepts and Discourses
9.30–11.00 Session 5: Reproductive Medicine and Cloning
Chair: Carlos López Beltrán, National University Mexico
Sarah Franklin, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics
“Crook–Shaped Pipettes: The Cloning–IVF Interface”
Alan Trounson, Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories (MISCL), Clayton Victoria (Australia)
“Developments in Reproductive Medicine and Stem Cell Biology: A New Era of Medicine”
11.00–11.30 Coffee break
11.30–12.15 Chair: Staffan Müller–Wille, ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society, Exeter
Sheila Jasanoff, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
“Trials and Experiments: The Legal Accomodation of Novel Life Forms”
12.15–14.00 Lunch
14.15–15.45 Session 6: Moral Discourse and Science Policy
Chair: Staffan Müller–Wille, ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society, University of Exeter
Giuseppe Testa, European Institute of Oncology, Milan
“Clones in the Public Sphere: The Simultaneous Engineering of Genes and Values”
Christine Hauskeller, ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society, University of Exeter
“Shifting Targets – Clones and Cloning in Scientific and Moral Debates on Stem Cell Research”
15.45–16.15 Coffee break
16.15–17.45 Session 7: Inter/national Issues in Stem Cell and Cloning Debates
Chair: Silke Schicktanz, University of Göttingen
Herbert Gottweis, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Wien
“Korean Dreams: Hwang Woo–suk and his Politics of Cloning”.
Sarah Parry, Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation (ISSTI), University of Edinburgh
“Cloning and Stem Cell Research: Constructing Boundaries in the UK Stem Cell Debates”
17.45–18.00 Coffee break
18.15–19:30 Visions 2: Evening lecture
Chair: Giuseppe Testa, European Institute of Oncology, Milan
Lee Silver, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
“How Cloning and Genetic Engineering Could Impact the Future of the Human Species”

Sunday, 04 March 2007
Visions 3
9:30–10.45 Session 8: Scientific and Cultural Visions of Cloning
Chair: Carlos López Beltrán, National University Mexico
9.30–10.00 Christina Brandt, MPIWG, Berlin
“Scientific and Cultural Visions of Cloning in the 1960s and 1970s”
10.00–10.45 Corina Caduff, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich
“Clones in Contemporary Literature”
10.45–11.00 Coffee break
11.00–11.45 Jackie Stacey, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University
“The Cinematic Life of the Gene: Representations of Cloning in Contemporary Film”
12:00–13:30 Panel of commentators and final discussion
(Ilana Löwy, Staffan Müller–Wille, Jean–Paul Gaudillière, Helga Satzinger)

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