Life Science – Life Writing (Justus Pötzsch, Madeleine Böckers & Oliver Kuchenbuch)
Graduiertenkolleg Life Sciences - Life Writing
- Thu 11.07.19 11 h – 13 h
Research Training Group: Life Sciences - Life Writing
With: Madeleine Böckers, Oliver Kuchenbuch, Justus Pötzsch
Moderation: Laura Hille
How do new possibilities for human life that have been enabled by biomedical advances lead to marginal experiences? For example, how do people feel who are alive today thanks to reproductive medicine? The research training group of the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz ›Life Sciences, Life Writing: Borderline experiences of human life‹ is situated between biomedical explanations and life experience. In short talks, three doctoral candidates offer individual insights into the focal aspects of their current research.
›Microplastic – What happens in the human body?‹
Humans are continuously filling the ocean with plastic, which over time disintegrates into microscopically small particles. Marine animals ingest this ›microplastic‹. What happens when people consume these animals and thus also the microplastic? Madeleine Böckers offers an insight into the subject drawing on the oestrogen receptor as an example.
›Epigenetics - Hybridizing Medicine and Optimization?‹
In life sciences a systemic perspective is gaining traction, which is associated with epigenetics, a term referring to the study of processes surrounding contextual genefunction in specific cell types. This new molecular biological focus on interactions — including those between the genome and the environment — carries far-reaching anthropological consequences. DNA can no longer be considered to guarantee the exclusive identity of a species. On the level of the individual, relationships between lifestyle and gene regulation call for a discussion about individual narratives of subjectification. Former strictly cultural practices of selfforming may be complemented by a biological layer with implications for future generations, and this necessitates a reassessment
of our everyday capacity to impact biology.
›The Anthropocene as an Impulse for Resituating the Human: Transhumanism vs. Posthumanism‹