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3 years 1 month ago - 3 years 1 month ago #242 by Staffan Müller-Wille
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Hello everybody,

I am Staffan, one of the organizers of the summer school. My interest in this year's theme mainly derives from my fascination with the history of the concept of a "struggle for life" -- i.e., that life is not balanced as such but operates at the limit of viability, so that death, by implication, plays a productive role in its evolution. This was of course a key concept of Darwin's theory, but has an interesting pre-history, pace Foucault, in the human sciences, including the humanities, history in particular.

Apart from that, I am currently obsessed with anything to do with Lapland, parasitic insects in particular; see . Elena Isayev, my partner who will join the school as a guest to treat us to some Lucretius, shares this interest, but perhaps not quite the obsession.

In case you wonder why Ischia should be a good place to discuss the North: a collegaue in Rovaniemi (Finland) claims that Lapland and Sicily mirror each other; in Sicily it can get +40°C, in Lapland -40°C.

Looking forward to learn a lot!

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