Recent public events
TEDx Oslo 2016
21 April 2016, 9:00-15:00, Norwegian National Theatre
In "Confronting race in 21st century Norway" Ageliki Lefkaditou discusses the science of human biological variation and the concept of race as a social and historical category.
Public Debate: What is race?
4 September 2015, 19:00, The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology
The debate will be introduced by professor of biological anthropology Jonathan Marks with a lecture on "Tales of the ex-Apes: How We Think About Race".
The technological revolution in DNA research during the last couple of decades has led to a boom in research on human population genetics. Forensic science uses DNA as a marker for ethnic identification, medical research explores the relationship between ethnicity, 'race', genetics, and disposition towards certain health risks, while DNA from ancient bones is used to investigate the relationships between past and present populations and reconstruct prehistoric population movements. Such research has received much public attention and has led to several historians and philosophers of science, social scientists, biological anthropologists, and geneticists raising the question whether we are witnessing the emergence of new (or revival of old) biological ideas about race, origins, and ethnicity. With this debate, we want to put the question What is race? on the agenda. Read more
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