Zukunftskolleg Book Club

“Taking a leaf out of Fiction Meets Science's book, we have decided to look at novels that have a scientific content, in order to reflect within the book club the interdisciplinary setup of the Zukunftskolleg”

Founded in spring 2015 at the initiative of Julia Boll (Postdoctoral Fellow/Dept. of Literature), the Zukunftskolleg Book Club meets about three times a year to read and discuss novels that look at scientific procedures which are at or beyond the fringes of the ethic conventions of science. We ask ourselves: How do we – scholars from fields as diverse as law, literature, the natural sciences, philosophy or sociology – feel about these (possible) transgressions of what scientific research may do? Are similar procedures conceivable in our fields of expertise? How far may science go for the benefit of mankind?

The interdisciplinary setup of both the Zukunftskolleg and also its book club allows for exciting discussions that approach the leading question 'What may science do?' from many different angles and perspectives.

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What We Read So Far

Emily Balou, The Darwin Poems

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Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior

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Richard Powers, Generosity: An Enhancement

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Lily King, Euphoria

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Sydney Padua, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

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A. S. Byatt, Morpho Eugenia

Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

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Amitav Ghosh, The Hungry Tide

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Jonathan Lethem, As She Climbed Across the Table

Simon Mawer, Mendel’s Dwarf