Flavio D’Abramo obtained his doctorate at the Sapienza University in Rome during which he conducted fieldwork at the Imperial College London (School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics). Since then, he has collaborated with the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) and was a visiting scholar at the Ruhr-University Bochum (Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine). He was also a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the Free University of Berlin with fieldwork undertaken at the Charité University hospital.
His research combines history, philosophy, and sociology of science to analyze the origins of biomolecular, genetic, and epigenetic models. Furthermore, he studies the application of these models to developing biomedical technologies under the guiding policies of national and international agencies and the cultural patterns influencing scientific production within healthcare systems.
Flavio’s current research at the MPIWG examines the historical, geopolitical, and economic factors impacting different scientific models that have been developed to consider organisms’ biological changes in relation to different kinds of environmental stresses (such as changes in temperature, photoperiod, or diet; exposure to X-rays; and relationship to a specific social group or class). The different scales (temporal and spatial) and values within the models are of particular interest. His research also focuses on the explanations used by scientists and scientific institutions to facilitate a transdisciplinary debate that considers scientific uncertainties related to key notions such as susceptibility, toxicity, and risk. His long durée approach to historical phenomena allows him to highlight the role of biological and medical institutions in a grand narrative within the contemporary debate surrounding the Anthropocene.
D'Abramo, F. (2018). Anthropocene Campus Melbourne 2018: A Report. Anthropocene Curriculum, 07.11.2018, 1-8.Read More
D'Abramo, F. (2018). An appraisal of the biological sublime between eugenics, epigenetics and the political economy of life sciences. Azimuth, 12(VI), 129-145.Read More
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
Technische Universität Berlin, Department for the History of Technology
Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University
Tel Aviv University, Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas
43rd conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), New Orleans
The Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture, Erice (Italy)
42nd conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Sydney
Epigenetics: Innovation of Memory? Life Science Paradigms as Challenge and Opportunity for Historians
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
The Politics of Plasticity: On Solidarity and Mutual Aid
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Philosophy, Prague
CRI Research Seminar
Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (CRI), Paris
University of Campinas, Institute of Geosciences, Group for S&TS, Campinas
Science and Democracy Network, 16th Annual Meeting
Harvard Law School, Cambridge (MA)