Genetic Testing and Social Identities
(led by Sareeta Amrute)
Monday, January 26th, 2009, 12:00 – 1:20 pm, Communications 202
How do communities use genetic testing to map out, verify and reconceptualize who they are? What happens when scientists try to anticipate the needs of the communities from whom they sample? This session explores what happens when genetic testing meets other, sometimes conflicting ways of investigating and managing identities.
Readings for this session:
Alondra Nelson, “BioScience: Genetic Genealogy Testing and the Pursuit of African Ancestry.” Social Studies of Science 38 (2000).
Jenny Reardon, “Democratic Mis-Haps: The Problem of Democratization in an Age of Biopolitics.” Biosocieties 2/2 (2007).