SAVE THE DATE 14-15/09 "Connected and Plastic. Porous boundaries of humans and machines in biomedical innovations"

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Luca Chiapperino

May 9, 2023, 9:35:35 AMMay 9
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Dear colleagues,

the PaSTIS Research Unit (Padova Science Technology and Innovation Studies - University of Padova) and the STS Lab UNIL (Laboratoire d’étude des sciences et des techniques - Université de Lausanne) are pleased to invite you to participate to the joint seminar entitled "Connected and Plastic. Porous boundaries of humans and machines in biomedical innovations" to be held in Padova (FISPPA Department - Section of Sociology - Via Cesarotti n. 10/12), on 14th and 15th September 2023.

The seminar will explore the different socio-technical dimensions related to ongoing biomedical approaches to “connected” and “plastic” brains and bodies, hence to assess their implications ranging from health practices and policies to care relationships, up to the reconfiguration of patients’ identities and care environments.

The seminar will be opened the 14th of September at 10:00 CET by two confirmed keynote speeches delivered by Ruth Müller (University of Munich) and Ola Söderström (University of Neuchâtel).

During the afternoon is scheduled a research forum for discussing STS-inspired inquiries  exploring how various biomedical domains, from neuroscience to epigenetics, are currently reconfiguring the boundaries between body, brain and environment, thus enacting specific imaginaries, health policies, and identities.

The seminar will be closed the 15th of September 2023 by a roundtable devoted to address issues about transdisciplinarity, responsibility and public engagement in the field of neuroscience and epigenetics.

More details about the programme will be released soon.


Registration will open in the next few weeks. The seminar is free of charge.

The seminar is organized with the support of the University of Padova (Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology) and the University of Lausanne (Institut des Sciences Sociales, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences), within their ongoing privileged partnership for joint projects. More info on the event on the institutional website of the partnership, here.


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions to the following email address: <



We are looking forward to meeting you in Padova.

All the best,

Luca Chiapperino
SNSF Ambizione Lecturer
University of Lausanne
Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
Quartier UNIL-Mouline
Bâtiment Géopolis, Bureau 5556
CH-1015 Lausanne - Switzerland
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