Monday 3rd September

1.00 Welcome

1.10 Histories

Science and the life story: the historical development of biographies of Darwin Suzanne Gapps, University of Western Sydney

A lesson from the past: how biologists use history Graeme Beale, Edinburgh University

Historiographical constraints: the divergence of conceptualisations of ‘inheritance of acquired characteristics’ Fern Elsdon-Baker, University of Leeds

“Sure, we know all that…”: dealing with popular Darwin myths Peter C. Kjærgaard, University of Aarhus

3.10 Tea/Coffee

3.40 Religion

Paley evolving: natural theologies in the post-Darwinian nineteenth century Richard England, Salisbury University, USA

The un-heretical Christian: Lynn Harold Hough, Darwinism and Christianity in 1920s America Dawn Mooney Digrius, Drew University, New Jersey

Arguing from the evidence: the correct approach to Intelligent Design and the U.S. courts Brian Thomasson, University of California

5.10 Break

5.30 Depart for main University of Leeds campus

6.00 PUBLIC EVENT From Darwin to Hitler: author meets critics

Richard Weikart responds to critics of his work. Participants include Staffan Mueller-Wille (University Of Exeter), Steve Fuller (University of Warwick), and John Harwood (University of Manchester)

7.30 Drinks reception, and dinner for conference delegates

Tuesday 4th September

9.00 Bodies

Rational evolution? Sexual selection in animals & humans, 1915-1935 Erika Lorraine Milam, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Boas at the Darwin centenary Greg Radick, University of Leeds

Darwin at Cold Spring Harbor: the new synthesis tackles human evolution Jessie Richmond, University of Leeds

10.30 Tea/Coffee

11.00 Latin America Darwinism on the other side of the Atlantic: race and scientific racism in Latin America

Science, modernity, and evolution: British scientific travellers in Latin America in the late-19th and early-20th centuries John Fisher University of Liverpool

Darwinisme et régénérescence au Mexique au XIX siècle Sonia Lozano, Centre de Recherche Médecine, Sciences, Santé et Société (CERMES), Paris

The transmission of scientific knowledge to Latin America: uses and misuses of Darwinism in Mexico in the XIX Century Natalia Priego, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool

12.30 Cyberspace

How Darwin Online can suggest new historical perspectives John van Wyhe, University of Cambridge

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Case studies

The biogeography of power: August Weismann, acclimatization, and the German Empire Adam Christopher Lawrence, University of California

From Haeckel with love: Lennart Nilsson’s morphed embryos and the cultural loops of Darwinism Solveig Jülich, Stockholm University

“The Armageddon of the future”: racial poisoning and the Victorian laboratory James Wood, University of Edinburgh

3.25 – 3.35 Break

Eugenics in 1921: a comparison Hiram Caton, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Communist reception of Darwin: postwar East Germany and Czechoslovakia in comparison, 1945-1965 Uwe Hossfeld , Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Michal Simunek and Tomas Hermann, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

4.30 Tea/Coffee

5.00 The Arts

Darwinism and contemporary poetry John Holmes, University of Reading

The Thinking Path Shirley Chubb

6.00 Break

6.15 Keynote Address

[Title TBC] Peter Bowler, Queen’s University Belfast

7.30 Conference Dinner

Wednesday 5th September

9.00 Mind

Why doing history is like remembering: the implications of neo-Darwinian philosophies of consciousness for the practice of history Francis Neary, CHSTM, University of Manchester

Resolving the “Darwinian paradox”: Lionel Penrose and the genetics of mental ability, deficiency and disease Edmund Ramsden, London School of Economics

[Title TBC] Fabio Zampieri, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, UCL

10.30 Coffee/Tea

11.00 Society

Ignorance of natural selection in the social sciences John Z. Langrish

Darwin, evolution and late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British sociology Chris Renwick, University of Leeds

Giving Darwin a decent burial Steve Fuller, University of Warwick

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Round Table Discussion

Darwinism after Darwin: new historical perspectives Participants: Joe Cain (UCL) , Staffan Müller-Wille (University of Exeter), Greg Radick (University of Leeds), Jon Hodge (University of Leeds).

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