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Epigenetic Landscapes and Social Configurations - Concepts, Cases and Challenges

With this workshop, EpiCenter and Interacting Minds Centre invite geneticists, biologists, epidemiologists, anthropologists, and other interested to explore the interface between epigenetic landscapes and social configurations. We invite you to bring along cases, concepts, and challenges from your field.

Info about event


Thursday 9 January 2014, at 09:00 - Friday 10 January 2014, at 13:00


Aarhus, Interacting Minds Centre, Nobelparken, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, building 1483-3


EpiCenter & Interacting Minds Centre

The reappreciation of epigenetic landscapes opens for new biological dynamics in the intergenerational transfer of dispositions. This may allow for a new rapprochement between sociological and biological understandings of habits and traits, but at least for now, it also raises a number of potential conceptual and methodological challenges at the interface between these.

NB: Registration required for this event. Please, click here to register

Programme Thursday, January 9th

09.15: Introduction, Andreas Roepstorff, Interacting Minds Centre, AU


09.30: Freddy Bugge Christiansen, Bioinformatics Research Center (BiRC): Epigenetic variation, phenotypic heritability, and evolution

10.15: Jörg Niewöhner, Humboldt Universität, Berlin: Contexts of genetic regulation – (what) can biology learn from anthropology and science and technology studies?

Coffee break


11.15: Zeynep Tümer, Copenhagen University: Mapping epigenetics

12:00: Michael Bang Petersen: Epigenetic Inheritance as an Evolved Mechanism for Social Learning

12.45-13.30: Lunch

13.30: Anders Lade Nielsen, Professor Epigenetics, Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University: Epigenetics in Psychiatric Diseases

14.15: Des Fitzgerald, King’s College, London: Epigenic Return: Urban life and mental health between history and the present



15.30: Uffe Juul Jensen, Aarhus University: Medical epistemology and epigenetics

16.15: Davor Löffler, Free University, Berlin:  Cultural Evolution and the Propagation of the Most Flexible

17.00: General discussion: Jens Seeberg, Epicenter, AU.

17.45: Reception

18.30: Speakers dinner


Programme Friday, January 10th

09.30-12.00: Brain storm: Socio-epigenetic futures: trends, topics and research projects

12.00-13.00: Lunch

Abstracts for the scheduled talks can be downloaded here

The programme for the workshop can be downloaded here

Also, please see the Links section below for articles and literature relevant to the workshop theme.

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