September 3–5, 2015
Image above: Already in 1993, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research at sponsored a conference to discuss the controversial theoretical, methodological and ethical implications of the Human Genome Diversity Project. (Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc.)
The technological revolution in genetic research during the last couple of decades has led to a boom in research on human genetic variation, including research on the genetic makeup, ancestry, and prehistory of ethnically, linguistically, or geographically defined human populations. As a result, historians and philosophers of science, social scientists, biological anthropologists, and geneticists have once again engaged into discussions about the reality, reemergence, or even the non-disappearance of race. This workshop turns the attention towards the notions of 'ethnicity', 'race', and ‘ancestry’ associated with the production of knowledge about human genetic variation, and will engage with questions such as:
How are these concepts defined and used within diverse research areas such as human evolution, population movements and prehistory, biomedicine, and forensics.
To what extent do they reflect social, cultural, or political ideas about ancestry, ethnicity, race and nationhood
What are the social, cultural and/or political implications of their use?
Participants and paper titles (by invitation only):