Conserving seeds, assembling worlds: Inquiring ex situ agrobiodiversity conservation in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Internal seminar on The Role of Science in the Political and Societal Debate, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center, Frankfurt, 18 November 2023.

Conserving Seeds - Assembling Worlds - Making Futures: An Inquiry into the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Oslo School of Environmental Humanities Miljøsalon, University of Oslo,15 March 2023.

'Taking Care of the Plants that feed the World': From ex situ Conservation to More-Than-Human Mutual Care. Invited lecture in the seminar «Environnements, santés, biologies» of the research unit Sociétés, Acteurs, Gouvernement en Europe (SAGE), Université de Strasbourg, 25 January 2023.

Techno-Solutionismus als Kosmopolitik: Eine Kritik am Beispiel von Verlust und Konservierung natürlicher Ressourcen. 41st Congress of the German Sociological Association (DGS), Bielefeld, 26-30 September 2022.

Maintaining Futures of Abundance and Loss: Agrobiodiversity Conservation in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), Madrid, 6-9 July 2022.

Conserving Crises - Suspending Solutions: The Techno-Politics of ex situ Agrobiodiversity Conservation. Conference of the ERC-Project CRYOSOCIETIES: Towards a Politics of Suspension: Time Space and Control in Cryopreservation Practises, Goethe University Frankfurt, 23-24 June 2022.

Book presentation and discussion with Katharina Hoppe on Die Kraft der Revision. Epistemologie, Politik und Ethik bei Donna Haraway (Campus, 2021), Frankfurter Kunstverein, 10 February 2022.

How to take care of the plants that feed the world? Zur Versammlung naturkultureller Zukünfte in Saatgutbanken. 40th Congress of the German Sociological Association (DGS), virtual conference, 14-24 September 2020.

The Techno-scientific Production of Natureculture(s) in Seed Banking. 4th Symposium of Social and Cultural Studies at SoCuM: Posthuman? New Perspectives on Nature/Culture, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 19-20 September 2019.

Freezing Seeds, Governing Biodiversity: The Cryopolitics of Natureculture at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), New Orleans, 4-7 September 2019.

Freezing Life, Escaping Death? Cryonics as a Meeting Point of Transhumanist Visions. Conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), Lancaster, 25-28 July 2018.



Franziska von Verschuer

Faculty of Social Sciences
Institute of Sociology
Research Group Biotechnologies,
Nature and Society

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