Artificial Life and Synthetic Life

Time and Location

May 19-20 2017, Université de Montréal, ITHQ, Montreal


May 19

Université de Montréal, 3200 & 3744 Jean Brillant Street

1p.m: Welcome at 3200 Jean-Brillant Street – Room B-4220

1:15p.m: Word of welcome by Frédéric Bouchard (Université de Montréal)

1:25 – 2:15p.m: Éric Muszynski (UQAM): “Is this pluralism? Diversity in biological explanations of behavior” – Commented by Francesca Merlin (IHPST – CNRS)

2:25 – 3:15p.m: Marga Vicedo (University of Toronto): “The ‘Disadapted’ Animal: Niko Tinbergen on Human Nature” – Commented by Kobi Finestone (Duke University)

30 minutes break – Moving to 3744 Jean-Brillant Street – Room 107

3:45 – 5:00p.m: Keynote speaker
Christophe Malaterre (UQAM) “Origines de la vie: les principes de l’évolution chimique”

5:00 – 7:00p.m: Cocktail LIA

May 20

ITHQ, 3535 Saint-Denis Street – Room Mont-Royal

9:45a.m: Welcome at l’ITHQ (with coffee and snacks)

10:00 – 10:50a.m: Philippe Huneman (Paris 1 – CNRS): Title to come – Commented by Felix Walpole (UofT)

11:00 – 11:50a.m: Sophia Rousseau-Mermans (Université de Montréal, Paris 1): "The Keystone Species Concept" – Commented by Philippe Huneman

12:00 – 1:30p.m: lunch at ITHQ

1:30 – 2:20p.m: Gregory Rupik (University of Toronto): “Enacting Metamorphosis: Organisms as Natural Agents in German Romantic Biology” – Commented by Robert Brandon (Duke University)

2:30 – 3:30p.m: Rafael Ventura (Duke University): “The Constructive Empiricist’s Dilemma”– Commented by David Montminy (Université de Montréal)

15 minutes break

3:45 – 4:35p.m: Nicola Bertoldi (Paris 1): “Of Gases and Populations: is there an analogy between statistical mechanics and population genetics?” – Commented by Denis Walsh (University of Toronto)

4:45 – 5:45p.m: Paul Thompson (University of Toronto): “The Biological Naturalising of Ethics” – Commented by Frédéric Bouchard (Université de Montréal)

6p.m – supper – location to be confirmed