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Model brOrganisms


Materiality, History and Politics

Symposium, 21 – 22 Mar 2024

Model organisms are life forms used to test biological theories of various kinds in laboratory settings. Research with model organisms muddies the line between models as material objects and models as abstract entities. Model organisms are not fully constructed, since they are evolved beings, but the longer they reside in a laboratory the less they resemble their kin in the wild.

Organized by Maria Dębińska, Julia Sánchez-Dorado, Ben Woodard

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Sabina brLeonelli


The Future of the Model Organism Repertoire

Lecture, 21 Mar 2024, 19:00

This talk considers two recent and novel uses of simpler model organisms (such as zebrafish, water fleas, and nematodes) in contemporary life science research: as an indicator species in predictive toxicology and as a substitute for rodents and other mammals in translational biomedical research associated with new efforts to foster new approach methodologies (NAMs).

Part of the symposium Model Organisms

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Jan brBaedke


From Lichen to Human Life: Symbiotic Organisms as Models of Social Organization

Lecture, 22 Mar 2024, 19:00

This talk examines the historical use of model organisms in symbiosis research, focusing particularly on bipartite interactions like the plant root-rhizobium relationship and algae-fungi symbiosis in lichens. The latter has been pivotal in shaping diverse images of (i) societal structures and (ii) human individuality.

Part of the symposium Model Organisms

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KV Inactivity


Between Aesthetic Practice and Sociopolitical Challenge

11–12 July 2024
In English

Organized by Oliver Aas, Hana Gründler, Antje Kempe, and Barbara Kristina Murovec

This workshop responds to today's age of hyperactivity and 24/7 accessibility by examining practices of inaction, both old and new. Encouraging a broad approach to 'inactivity' — which is re-emerging as a key aesthetic and epistemological term for the twentieth-century — the workshop looks at and problematizes a variety of its modes, including the seemingly good (reflection), bad (passivity), and questionable (withdrawal).

The organizers thus invite scholars from art history, philosophy, sociology, literature, and related fields, and those who work in different geographical areas, to present a short talk of about 25 minutes (followed by a discussion).

A workshop of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institute, Research Group ‘Ethico-Aesthetics of the Visual’ and University Greifswald, Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research, in cooperation with the ICI Berlin

The submission deadline is 7 April 2024.

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Leigh brRaiford


When Home is a Photograph: Kathleen Cleaver's Albums of Exile

Lecture, 27 Mar 2024, 19:30

This talk examines how former Black Panther Party Communications Secretary Kathleen Neal Cleaver has used photography to make ’home‘ in the world. Raiford considers the everyday image making practices that a public figure committed to improving the conditions of Black lives globally has engaged to imagine, identify, create, fabulate, inhabit, leave and, sometimes, destroy 'home'.

Part of the ICI Lecture Series Models 2023-24

An ICI Event in cooperation with the American Academy in Berlin

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Kathrin brMaurer


The Sensorium of the Drone and the Modeling of Communities

Lecture, 29 Apr 2024, 19:30

As sensorial machine-human assemblages, drones are involved with cultural affects, technological materialities, and political discourses. Hence drones are not just technical instruments; they are interconnected with discourse. This talk will trace the world-making powers of drone technology in order to address how the sensorium of the drone can work as a model for imagining communities.

Part of the ICI Lecture Series Models 2023-24

Public Livestream available
At the venue: Registration will open on 16 Apr 2024

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Psychoanalysis in brTranslation

Psychoanalysis in

A Global Conversation

Conference, 2–3 May 2024

This conference aims to explore the potentials of writing a history of psychoanalysis from a global perspective through a comparative study of its politics of translation. 

Organized by Elizabeth Lunbeck, Andreas Mayer, and Romain Tiquet
A Centre Marc Bloch event as part of the ERC-funded programme MaDAf in cooperation with the ICI Berlin

At the venue: Registration will open on 16 Apr 2024

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Disruption, brTechnique, World

Technique, World

Thinking the Present with Jean-Luc Nancy
Trails brand Ruins

and Ruins

Poetry and Poetics of Place
Jeanne brWolff Bernstein

Wolff Bernstein

The Return of the Past in the Present: The Work of Edouard Manet