'Race' and 'ethnicity' and the science of human genetic variation 1945-2012
The overall aim of this project is to investigate the interactions between societal and scientific processes in the establishment of concepts of 'ethnicity' in physical anthropology and human population genetics from 1945 to 2012. Read more...
Upcoming and recent public events
The long journey of White Fox and other American Indians
People, destinies, and the handling of human remains
2 December 2016, 18:00, at the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology
In the summer of 1874, three Pawnee Indians—White Fox, White Eagle, and Red Fox—came to the North for a series of public performances. The many stories of the battles between native Americans and colonists, and later settlers, and the US government had aroused public curiosity and the group toured Copenhagen, Oslo, Fredrikstad, and a number of places in Sweden. White Fox died in Gothenburg under tragic circumstances, and his body was involved in an early repatriation case in 1996.
The lecturer, Dan Jibreus of the Karolinska Institute, will throw light on both the background of the journey, the repatriation process, and a follow-up journey to the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma in 2015.
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Race, science, and society in the 21st century
3 October 2016, 18:00, in the Pugh Hall Ocora, University of Florida
The lecture by Ageliki Lefkaditou (PhD), a historian of science focusing on physical anthropology and human genetic variation, will explore how the technological advances in DNA research have reinvigorated scientific interest in human differences. The lecture will reflect on the preconceptions of race in historical and contemporary societies and how this influences racial discourse. The event is free and open to the public and will be streamed live on the Bob Graham Center website at www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu.
The program is sponsored by: Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, Center for Greek Studies, Florida Museum of Natural History, Genetics Institute, UF Departments of Anthropology, Biology, Classics and History and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.
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.
What is race?
4 September 2015, 19:00, at 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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