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Chrisophe Bonneuil

Chrisophe Bonneuil

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Christophe Bonneuil is a Senior researcher at the Centre A. Koyre of History of Science (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – CNRS) and associate researcher at the Institut National de la recherche Agronomique – INRA (Science in Society Unit, IFRIS).

He is interested in how nature (biodiversity, heredity, crops) has been co-constituted into (shifting and situated) objects of knowledge and objects of government since Darwin.

After a PhD on science and the disciplining of nature in the French colonial empire (1997), he has investigated since ten years the epistemic, social, political and cultural aspects of plant genetics from Mendel to post-genomics. He has published (with Frederic Thomas) Genes, pouvoirs et profits. Recherche publique et regimes de production des savoirs de Mendel aux OGM (Paris: Ed. Quae-ECLM, 2009), as well as several articles.

Christophe is also more generally interested in Science studies issues such as socio-technical controversies and the democratization of the governance of R&D, science and globalization, etc. He is teaching at the master program on History of science and science studiesof the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Ehess, Paris). He is member of INRA’s Committee for History, of the Fondation Sciences Citoyennes and of the advisory board on science en technology of the regional government of Ile-de-France.

While visiting scholar at Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Science, Technology and Society from Sept. to Dec. 2010, he will complete a book on the controversy around Genetically Engineered Organism in France. He will also benefit from Harvard’s rich intellectual environment to pursue ongoing STS research on the staging of science at the WTO, on the mexican GM controversy, and on the measure of biodiversity and its “services”.

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