This series of lectures is devoted to putting into epistemological, historical and anthropological perspective the problems raised by the study of human actions consisting in "making the living". The objective is to shed light on the issues related to the contemporary development of life sciences and biotechnologies, based on research and reflections that the history and anthropology of sciences lead on their concepts, practices and representations as well as on their social and political uses.

This cycle is coordinated by Andreas Mayer (CNRS, Centre Koyré), within the framework of the CNRS-PSL Interdisciplinary Nursery "Domestication and Manufacture of Living Things" (

From 16h to 18h, Collège de France, Site Ulm

3, rue d'Ulm, 75005, ground floor

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

(Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin)

System and Synthesis. Some Historical Reflections

Jeudi 4 décembre 2014

Alexandre Métraux (Archives Henri Poincaré, Université de Lorraine)

Le vivant ? Fabriquons-le ! Quelques réflexions épistémologiques

Jeudi 29 janvier 2015

Nick Hopwood (University of Cambridge)

Haeckel’s Embryos: Images, Evolution and Fraud

Jeudi 26 mars 2015

Stefan Helmreich (MIT, Cambridge, Mass.)

What Was Life? Anthropological Answers from Three Limit Biologies

Jeudi 9 avril 2015

Soraya de Chadarevian (UCLA, Los Angeles)

Heredity and the Study of Human Populations:

Surveys and Registries as Tools for Genetic Control, c. 1960

Jeudi 21 mai 2015

Staffan Müller-Wille (University of Exeter)

Making and Unmaking Living Populations

The Uses of Statistics Around 1900

Jeudi 18 juin 2015

Jessica Riskin (Stanford University)

L’horloge inquiète.

Une histoire dialectique de la science mécaniste de la vie