CfP Integrating the History and Philosophy of Biodiversity. Narratives of Diversity, Extinction, Conflict and Value. Brussels, October 2023

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Call for Papers
April 1, 2023
Subject Fields: 
Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Indigenous Studies

Dear colleagues,
[apologies for cross-posting]

The conference Integrating the History and Philosophy of Biodiversity. Narratives of Diversity, Extinction, Conflict and Value aims to bring together scholars from several traditions – at the very least, from philosophy of science, history of science, and environmental history – to propose different ways to think about ‘biodiversity’ and explore how they might interact. From philosophical studies on the empirical underdetermination of biodiversity to histories of environmental conflicts, including also historiographic and normative studies, this conference is purposedly multidisciplinary. We invite interested researchers to consult the full scope and motivations of the conference at

Deadline CfA

1 April, 2023, 23:59 CET.

Dates and location

The conference will take place over two days, October 20 and 21*, 2023, at the Museum of Natural Sciences (part of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences) in Brussels, Belgium. At the moment, given the public health situation in Belgium, we anticipate having a fully in-person meeting, though we will make changes to this policy as needed (and would also be happy to consider exceptions to this policy).

Asterisk: * For those who are able to stay for the morning of October 22, we have planned an excursion to a local museum – likely to the biodiversity collections at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, just outside Brussels. More details are forthcoming, but if you are able to stick around as you plan your travel, please consider it!


David Sepkoski (University of Illinois)

Alkistis Elliott-Graves (Bielefeld University)

Contact Info: 

Charles H. Pence, philosophy and history of biology, Université catholique de Louvain.

Max Bautista Perpinyà, history of science, Université catholique de Louvain.