Stoffwechsel. Histories of metabolism

Workshop vom 28.-29. November 2014 in Berlin

28.11.2014 – 29.11.2014

From entire landscapes serving the production of biofuels to traces of radioactive isotopes in organisms and foodwebs, or to factory-made genes, thinking of life in terms of metabolism permeates boundaries. At stake are the delineations of organisms and their environments, that of the natural and the synthetic, and not least, limits of and within science. In this workshop, we will explore the history of metabolic research in the 20th century life sciences more broadly construed, from e.g. fermentation technologies or catalytic chemistry to photosynthesis. Our aim will be to fathom what taking into account the ‘metabolic dimensions of life’ may imply for the history and philosophy of the life sciences.

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