Giulia Rispoli

Postdoctoral Fellow (Oct 2018-Dec 2019)

Dr. phil.

I studied Philosophy at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” where I received my PhD in 2015, and at the Faculty of Arts of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 2015 and in 2016, I was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre Alexander Koyré and at the Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. Over the last three years, I have been Visiting Scholar at the MPIWG (Dept. II), at the Centre for Complex Systems Analysis of the University of York (UK), and at the National University of Science and Technology in Moscow. My work has been mainly focused on the history of systems theories and cybernetics and on their application to the life sciences and ecology. In my MA thesis, published in 2012, I focused on the work of Russian Marxist Alexander A. Bogdanov and examined his General Science of Organization, Tektology (1913–1928). My doctoral thesis, recently published in a co-authored book, brought into focus the development of biogeochemistry in twentieth-century Russia, and the idea of co-evolution between the biosphere and the cosmic environment.

My current research deals with the history of biosphere studies and the emergence of the earth-system conception throughout the course of the twentieth century, and within the historical context of the Cold War. I explore how systems theory and cybernetics have shaped, and have been affected by, the development of global ecology—the discipline that investigates the role of humankind as an agent in the transformation of the planet.


Anthropocene Knowledge: Earth History in the Making


Historical Sources and Contexts of Anthropocene Thinking


IV. Knowledge in and of the Anthropocene


Tracing the Earth System Before Earth-system Science


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Selected Publications

Rispoli, G., & Rosol, C. (2018). Technology and the sublime: preliminary notes. Azimuth, 12(VI), 9-13.

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Rispoli, G., & Rosol, C. (Eds.). (2018). Technology and the sublime / Tecnologia e sublime [Special Issue]. Azimuth: Philosophical Coordinates in Modern and Contemporary Age, 12(VI).

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Ienna, G., & Rispoli, G. (2019). Boris Hessen at the crossroads of science and ideology: from international circulation to the Soviet context. Societate şi politică: Society and Politics, 13(1), 37-63.

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Rispoli, G. (2019). The space-time continuum and the tektological organization of the Earth-system. ISRF Bulletin, 18, 25-30.

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

“Pre-Gaian Thinkers: Vladimir Vernadskij and the Foundation of Biospherics.” Gaia and Earth System Science: scientific, historical and philosophical perspectives, IHPST

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris

“Rethinking Boundaries: Soviet Cybernetics across the Biosphere, the Ecosphere and the Noosphere Dimensions.” Experiencing the Global Environment

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (dep. II), Berlin

“Systems theories and the 20th century global ecology.” Le développement de l'écologie scientifique et l'émergence des éthiques de l'environnement

Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris

“To Mars and Back: The Science–Fiction Interface in Russian Interplanetary Utopia.” International Congrés Ciència i Ficció

Societat Catalana d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica, Barcelona

“From the Sun to the Earth: Biosphere as a living organism in Soviet Geo-ecology.” The 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine

The University of Manchester (Symposium: The Planet Earth, the Environment and the Cold War)

News & Press

Postdoctoral Fellow Giulia Rispoli for the ISRF on the tektological organization of the Earth system


Postdoctoral Fellow Giulia Rispoli in El País article on Soviet climatologist Vladimir Alexandrov