4 – 8 October 2017
In the context of evolutionary developmental biology, epigenetics and phylogenetic research, where development and generative processes of organismal form are considered, the Goethean motto; Form (μορφή) as Formation (Bildung) a nd Transformation (Umbildung), provides morphology with a new meaning. The seminal research program that Goethe conceived under the rubric of Morphology does not include development; rather it is the science of development itself. It has become a keyword among contemporary biologists proclaiming its renaissance in our understanding of evolution. Consequently, it is also not surprising that Goethe has been cited by many plant developmental geneticists, due to a number of findings that could possibly, by way of molecular models and experimental tests, corroborate the foreseen ideas in his essay “An Attempt to Explain the Metamorphosis of Plants” published in 1790.
Moreover, the Goethean concept of Bildung carries in its core an educational aspect, which invites the morphologist to engage, develop and evolve her/his cognitive capacities in an intentional kind of process one could call Participation. Goethe himself proposed in one of his Maxims and Reflections, a Delicate Empiricism connecting with the conceptual content of a phenomenon. Thus, morphology is a participatory science, in so far as it provides the possibility of recognizing the intrinsic correlation between mind and form, and it is simultaneously a Morphology of Human Knowledge.
Therefore, besides celebrating the 200 years of the publication of Goethe's morphological notebooks, “On Natural Science in General, Morphology in Particular”, the aim of the conference is firstly to trace back Goethe’s inceptions of the original dynamic way of seeing by revisiting the conceptual and empirical foundations of his morphology; secondly, to prospect for its place and role in contemporary research and education in biology; and finally, to point out its ethical implications in questions of environmental and ecological public awareness.
Johannes Kühl, João Felipe Toni, Ruth Richter & the Team of the Natural Science Section
Malte Ebach, Sydney, Australia, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales.
Michaela Glöcker, Dornach, Switzerland, Medical Section at the Goetheanum.
Susanna Kümmell, Witten, Germany, Institute for Evolutionary Biology and Morphology, University of Witten/Herdecke.
Craig Holdrege, Ghent, USA, The Nature Institute. Rolf Sattler, Kingston, Canada, Departments of Botany and Biology, McGill University.
Mark Riegner, Prescott, USA, Environmental Studies Department, Prescott College.
Rolf Rutishauser, Zürich, Switzerland, Institute for Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, University of Zürich.
Wolfgang Schad, Witten, Germany, Institute for Evolutionary Biology and Morphology, University of Witten/Herdecke.
Peer Schilperoord, Alvaneu, Switzerland.
João Felipe Toni, Dornach, Switzerland, Research Institute at the Goetheanum and Institute of Botany, University of Basel.
Johannes Wirz, Dornach, Switzerland, Research Institute at the Goetheanum.
There will be three slots for short presentations. See homepage for details: http://www.forschungsinstitut.ch/en/conferences-colloquia/evolving-morphology-17/contributions/
Autumn Conference of the Natural Science Section
at the Goetheanum from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 October 2017
Booking closes: Wednesday, 20 September 2017
regular price: CHF 300 with meals: CHF 475
concessions¹: CHF 210 with meals: CHF 385
¹ Concessions apply for students, schoolchildren, OAPs, the unemployed, those in training, military or civil service and people with disabilities who receive benefits. Proof of status has to be submitted with your booking form.
Conference meals (vegetarian with dessert) include 3x lunch and 4x evening meal at CHF 175 in total. Breakfast (4x) can be booked separately at CHF 60. The other meals cannot be booked separately. We regret that food intolerances cannot be catered for.
(Booking possibility on the booking form, further information: www.goetheanum.org/6644.html) Accommodation with mattresses on the floor: 4 nights from 4 to 8 October 2017 for CHF 40 Please bring a sleeping bag, a pillow and a sheet; limited spaces.
For the period of the conference: CHF 25 (not right next to the Goetheanum building). If you have a disability, please display your disability badge in your car.
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The Goetheanum is situated south of Basel in the Swiss Jura. As a cultural venue that includes a theatre and a study, research and conference centre it offers around 700 events every year. The listed building is seen as an impressive example of organic architecture.
At Basel Swiss Station (SBB) take train S3 (destination Laufen) to Dornach-Arlesheim, then local bus no. 66 to bus stop Goetheanum (travel time c. 30 mins)
From Basel Swiss station (SBB) take tram no. 10 to Dornach-Arlesheim station, then local bus no. 66, to bus stop Goetheanum (travel time c. 50 minutes).
Leave the motorway Basel – Delémont (H18) at junction Reinach Süd and follow signs to Dornach, from there follow signs to the Goetheanum (travel time from Basel centre c. 20 mins).
Walk uphill from Dornach-Arlesheim station, following signs. Walking time c. 15 minutes
For more information about accommodation close to the Goetheanum go to Visitor Information.
Organizer: Natural Science Section