FOLK – From racial types to DNA sequences

Human diversity, race, and racism

How do scholars think about race, racism, and human diversity today? How does DNA research affect our understandings of our origins and identities?

A great big family of mutants

We all originate from Africa, where our ancestors lived over 100,000 years ago. How does that relate to the human biological diversity we see today? Originally produced for the exhibition "Nous et les autres. Des Préjugés au racisme" – Muséum national d’histoire naturelle – Musée de l’Homme 31 March 2017 to 8 January 2018.

Can genetics help us to classify humans?

Human DNA is almost 99.9% identical. Race cannot describe human genetic diversity. At the same time, we can all see that differences in the ways we look are related to geographical origins. How can genetics explain this? Originally produced for the exhibition "Nous et les autres. Des Préjugés au racisme" – Muséum national d’histoire naturelle – Musée de l’Homme 31 March 2017 to 8 January 2018.

Images from race science

Kristian and Alette Schreiner were central in anthropological research in the early 1900s.  They traveled to Tysfjord to measure and photograph the Sami people. How has this research been experienced by the research subjects – and their descendants?

Reclaim the stories

Kristian and Alette Schreiner studied the Sami population at Tysfjord in the early 1900s. Their perception of the Sami as  racially primitive  affected their research and their encounter with the locals.  How does the local community engage with the Schreiners' research today?

The Schreiners in Setesdal

Anthropologists Kristian and Alette Scheiner went to Setesdal to study the local population in the early 1900s. Based on previous anthropological studies  in that area, they expected to find a nearly pure Nordic racial type in the population.  How is their research seen by the locals today?

Tracing the genomic history of the Vikings

DNA research on human remains is changing the ways we understand human history. How is this research being done? What are its moments of difficulty and uncertainty?

Read a summary of the related PhD thesis.

The art and science of facial depictions

How can researchers give a face to a Viking Age skull? Can we know what these people may have looked like?

My family portrait

This short version of the documentary “My family portrait” focuses on the search for family origins and how the past may still affect family relations.

Full version: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/myfamilyportrait

Suddenly Sami

This short version of the documentary “Suddenly Sami” focuses on the director’s search for her roots and how it affects her perception of identity.

See full version  here