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Welcoming Nora Hein to the KLI

We are very happy to welcome Nora Hein to the KLI! Nora is a student in the master's program Organic Agricultural Systems and Agroecology at BOKU University in Vienna, where she had previously obtained a master's degree in Environment and Bio-Resources Management. At the KLI, Nora is working as a research assistant in the EU project PLUS Change, which uses a transdisciplinary perspective to investigate land use strategies and decision-making processes to address social, climate, and biodiversity objectives.


Parametric General Systems Theory and How to Apply It

Ievgeniia IVANOVA (University of Stirling, UK), 2024-06-13 15:00 (CET). To join our colloquium please register with Zoom


Welcoming Ievgeniia Ivanova to the KLI

We heartily welcome our new Visiting Fellow Ievgeniia Ivanova who will be with us till 28th June. Ievgeniia is a Visiting fellow at the University of Stirling, UK (2023-2024), and was an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen, UK (2022-2023). From 2012 to 2022 she held positions of senior lecturer and associate professor at the Odesa National Polytechnic University (Ukraine), National Medical University (Ukraine), and National University "Odesa Maritime Academy" (Ukraine). Ievgeniia’s research interests cover interdisciplinary areas such as philosophy and methodology of knowledge, epistemology, and philosophy of science using a systems approach to research complex intellectual, value, and social objects. During her stay here at the KLI, Ievgeniia will also give a colloquium talk titled, "Parametric General Systems Theory and How to Apply It".


Welcoming Juno Salazar Parreñas to the KLI

We are very happy to have Juno Salazar Parreñas with us at the KLI. Juno is an Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies and Feminist Gender and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University (USA). She is the author of Decolonizing Extinction: The Work of Care in Orangutan Rehabilitation, which received the 2019 Michelle Rosaldo Book Prize from the Association of Feminist Anthropology. During her stay at the KLI Juno will also be giving a KLI Colloquium talk titled "Co(w)-Evolution: Dairying from the Holocene to the Anthropocene in German Speaking Europe" on June 6th. (Click on title to continue.)


Co(w)-Evolution: Dairying from the Holocene to the Anthropocene in German Speaking Europe

Juno SALAZAR PARRENAS (Cornell University, NY), 2024-06-06 15:00 (CET). To join our colloquium please register with Zoom


New Publication: Special issue of the Bulletins et Mémoires de la Société dAnthropologie de Paris (BMSAP): Invasive, micro-invasive and non-invasive analyses of anthropobiological remains

KLI fellow Anne Le Maître, along with colleagues from the Société d'Anthropologie de Paris coordinated a special issue of the Bulletins et Mémoires de la Société d'Anthropologie de Paris (BMSAP) on the topic, "Invasive, micro-invasive and non-invasive analysis of anthropobiological remains. How and why?” This special issue comprises several articles stemming from the presentations given during the 2023 annual meeting of the Société d'Anthropologie de Paris. (Click on title to continue)


Group Leader in Philosophy of Biology or Theoretical Biology

KLI is hiring a Group Leader in Philosophy of Biology or Theoretical Biology


Book Review Forum: Pollution Is Colonialism by Max Liboiron, Durham, NC, Duke University Press, 2021

This book review forum, published in the journal Landscape Research is compiled by Laura Menatti (book review editor) alongwith Emma Waterson (Editor-in-Chief), with reviews contributed by Rosie 'Anolani Alegado (kanaka 'oiwi), tebrakunna country, Emma Lee, Niiyokamigaabaw Deondre Smiles, Tim Waterman and the book’s author Max Liboiron.


Interdisciplinary Symposium on Neuroscience and Philosophy on 24 June 2024: Too complex to understand? Bridging neuroscience and philosophy to build new tools to study the brain

This is a Satellite Symposium that takes place ahead of the FENS Forum 2024 and ventures into the intersection between neuroscience and philosophy. Date: 24 June 2024, Time: 3.00–7.00 pm, Venue: Sky Lounge, University of Vienna, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna. The sessions are chaired by: Igor Branchi, Isabella Sarto-Jackson, Markus Kunze, Thomas Bugnyar, Jan-Pieter Konsman, Fátima Sofia Ávila-Cascajares. Due to space limitation, please register for this event! (Click on title for details)


KLI in the world this summer

Summer heralds conferences and workshops, and our KLI Fellows will be participating in many of them around the world. Let’s take a look at who’s is presenting what and where this summer! (watch this space for more as the list progresses…)


Narrative Discourse and the Process of Science

Corey BUNCE (KLI), 2024-05-23 15:00 (CET). To join our colloquium please register with Zoom



Ettore Majorana International School announces workshop RECENTERING NEUROSCIENCE ON BEHAVIOR: A BRAIN-BODY-ENVIRONMENT INTEGRATED APPROACH. The school has a new format with neuroscientists and philosophers teaching alongside. The list of speakers include our own Isabella Sarto-Jackson and Alejandro. F. Tajeda! Organizers: Igor Branchi & Francesca Cirulli (Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Roma) [Click on title for details]


KLI in the world: KLI Fellow Laura Menatti is presenting a talk at the 11th International Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable 9-10 May 2024

Laura Menatti is presenting a talk at the 11th International Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable 2024 - Bringing together philosophical work on medicine and health across disciplines and cultures from six continents. Laura's talk is titled: Rethinking Health through a Salutogenic Perspective: Challenges to Face the Current Health and Climate Crises. The conference is online and registration is free. (For talk abstract and details on conference, please click on title)


Navigating the ‘Epistemological’ and the ‘Ethical-Political’ of Knowledge Co-Production in Inter- and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research

Marina Knickel (KLI), 2024-05-16 15:00 (CET). To join our colloquium please register with Zoom


KLI in the world: KLI Fellow Somya Mani will give a talk at the conferece Physics of Cell Fate Decisions, 13-16 May, to be held at ISTA Klosterneuburg

The conference is organized by ISTA, and aims to bring together various disciplines – including physics, information theory, applied mathematics, and data science – to explore a central problem of developmental biology: how cells integrate external signals and make fate decisions. The focus of the conference is on bridging the gap between the biological phenomena of interest and their theoretical, modeling, and rigorous data analysis treatments. Somya’s talk is titled, "A simple mathematical model to tease out links between tissue morphology and healing".


Welcoming Kevin Lala to the KLI

We look forward to having Kevin Lala in our midst again. Kevin is Professor of Behavioural and Evolutionary Biology at the University of St Andrews (Scotland), and also serves as an External Faculty of the KLI. In their latest book, Evolution Evolving: The Developmental Origins of Adaptive Diversity (Princeton University Press, 2024), Kevin and his co-authors makes the scientific case for an Extended Evolutionary Synthesis. While the book is aimed at a specialist audience, it is written in a way that makes it accessible to general readers as well.


Welcoming Elis Jones to the KLI

We are very happy to welcome our new Post-Doctoral Fellow Elis Jones here at the KLI. Elis had earlier come to the KLI as a Visitor Fellow in 2022. Since then, he has been awarded a PhD degree in Sociology from Exeter University’s Egenis Centre in October 2023 for his thesis, “Understanding the role of value in coral reef science”. Here at the KLI, Elis’s post-doc project, “Theorising the Blue Economy: Connecting Economic, Ecological and Epistemic Value in Coral Reef Research”, aims to integrate the scientific and ecological significance of reef ecosystems into the emerging concept of 'blue economics’. (Click on title to continue.)


Hari Sridhar awarded a Max Planck-India Mobility Grant for the period 2025-2027

We're very happy to announce that Hari Sridhar has been awarded a Max Planck-India Mobility Grant for the period 2025-2027. The grant will allow Hari to spend a month every year in the 'Knowledge Systems and Collective Life' department of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin, working on shared research interests and developing ideas for collaboration between MPIWG and the Archives at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru. In particular, Hari hopes to work closely with MPIWG's newly launched Laboratory for Oral History and Experimental Media, to participate in efforts to develop new approaches to oral histories of knowledge.


New Paper: The Cliff Edge Model of the Evolution of Schizophrenia

Prose, poetry, creativity…but hang on, did Evolution extort a heavy price for such human ingenuity? Perhaps. Of the many traits that separate modern humans from our close ancestors, Schizophrenia is one; a severe and disabling mental disorder unique to us Homo sapiens, which evolved as we diverged from archaic hominids including the Neanderthals and the Denisovans. Schizophrenia’s high prevalence (1%) also make its an evolutionary paradox. How did it evolve and why, despite it severely reducing evolutionary fitness, has Evolution not weeded it out yet, or at least made it rare? Philipp Mitteroecker and Giuseppe P. Merola review the many theories proposed to explain the evolution of Schizophrenia and test them against modern epidemiological and genetic evidence. They also present the first mathematical formulation of the Cliff Edge model of Schizophrenia, significantly demystifying this evolutionary puzzle. (Click on title to continue...)


An Elephant in the Room? The Place of Science and Scientists in Conservation Decision Making in India

Hari SRIDHAR (KLI), 2024-04-25 15:00 (CET). To join our colloquium please register with Zoom