An afternoon symposium hosted by the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds

Friday 8 May 2009
Leeds Humanities Research Institute, University of Leeds

In this Darwin anniversary year, it is worth underscoring how much of what is now considered “Darwinian” came into being in the thirty years before the last major anniversary celebrations in 1959.  This period of the “Modern Synthesis” (Julian Huxley’s enduring label) is currently the subject of wide-ranging historical and philosophical reevaluation.  This symposium aims to bring together some of the new perspectives on diverse aspects of evolutionary biology during the Synthesis period.

Schedule for the symposium

1:00: Registration

1:25: Introduction (Gregory Radick, University of Leeds)

1:30-2:15: Richard Delisle (University of Lethbridge)
“The Multiple Foundations of the Darwinian Research Agenda”

2:15-3:00: Maurizio Esposito (University of Leeds)
“Unmodern and Modern Syntheses: The Dilemma Between Planaria and Drosophila”

3:00-3:30: Coffee break

3:30-4:15: Jonathan Hodge (University of Leeds)
“Sewall Wright’s New Synthesis: His Shifting Balance Theory of Evolution in its Diverse Original Contexts”

4:15-5:00: Joe Cain (UCL)
“An Epistemic Community Glued Together: Evolutionary Studies in the 1930s”

There will be a registration fee of £5.00 to cover costs.

As numbers are limited, if you would like to attend this event, please email Gregory Radick at
[email protected]