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9th EMBL/EMBO Joint Conference 2008

Bettina Bock von Wülfingen, Humboldt University, Germany

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Bettina Bock von Wülfingen

Biography

Bettina Bock von Wülfingen is a science studies scholar with a Dipl. Biol. and Dr. Public Health. Her work revolves around epistemologies in Life Sciences, always applying a historical take. Her current second book project deals with methodology, more explicitly with the interrelation of instruments, background beliefs and models in reproductive genetics. One of the central issues of this project is to investigate why cellular biology and genetics were divided in questions of heredity around the turn to the 20th century and how it comes, that they come together again recently today.

In analysing this subject based on theoreticians of science such as Helmholtz, Wartofsky and Barad, the project raises some central epistemological questions related to novel developments in the field of human biotechnology. Bettina Bock von Wülfingen is currently based at Cultural Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as postdoctorial assistant at the graduate research group Gender as a Research Category, funded by the German Research Foundation. She did her doctorial thesis Geneticisation of Conception (transcript-Verlag, 2007) with a foucualdian discourse analysis on the health and illness notion in discourses on new reproductive and genetic technologies.

During her PhD and thereafter she received various international visiting fellowships within Science and Technology Studies, working inter alia at the IAS-STS in Graz/Austria, as a EU Marie Curie-fellow at SATSU in York (GB) and at the BIOS Institute, London School of Economics. Also her former work dealt with a historical take on epistemologies in biosciences. So did her studies on reproductive hormones; on the life of the virus and its immortalising molecularisation or, most recently, her analysis of Freud's theories of the unconscious mind as derivates of his work as cellular microscopist (in the anthology Das Geschlecht des Unbewußten, transcript-Verlag 2009).