April 2-4, 2014
How do social and cultural notions of 'ethnicity', 'race' and ancestry interact with the production of scientific knowledge about genetic ancestry and human genetic variation?
The workshop dealt with this question, including its ethical dimension. We discussed ongoing processes and historical questions about the continuity or discontinuity between the racial typologies of “old” physical anthropology and present day human genetic variation research.
Image: The front page of the UNESCO Courier showing the first expert Statement on race, 1950. (UNESCO Courier July-August 1950/UNESCO.)
Participants and paper titles (by invitation only):
"From Calipers to Sequencers: Physical Anthropology in Greece and the Construction of Racial and National Identity, 1950’s to present"
"Race, Region and Time: Or the forensic presence of the past"
"Human variation: A biosocial perspective"
"What is (in) a Population? Scientific and Political Representations in South Africa"
Edna Maria Suárez-Díaz
"Race, ethnicity and populations in post-revolutionary Mexico"
Ricardo Ventura Santos
"Indians, mestizos and shades of “primitiveness”: Human biological diversity research in Brazil in the post World War II period"