Call for papers Double-Helix History: DNA and the past
University of Manchester, 17-18 January 2019
Keynote speakers: Turi King (University of Leicester) and Catherine Nash (Queen Mary, University of London)
Ancient-DNA analysis, DNA for genealogy, Cheddar Man, Richard III, the ‘Golden State Killer’, DNA and IQ – the use of genetic science is extremely high profile at the moment, discussed around the world in academic journals and popular publications alike.
This conference, part of the AHRC-funded ‘Double-Helix History’ project, seeks papers discussing the role and impact of genetic science on the understanding, imagining, and use of the past.
Key questions include:
- Does genetics change the way we think about history, and of the human?
- How is genetic science presented and understood in popular culture?
- How does direct-to-consumer genetic testing affect our understanding and imagining of the past?
- What are the key questions that Ancient DNA analysis raises for society?
- How does genetic science challenge ‘traditional’ modes of historical knowledge?
- How does genetics impact upon our understanding of history, race, identity, and gender?
We seek papers from a range of disciplines and backgrounds. Different and innovative types of delivery (poster, panel, conversation) will also be considered.
Please send abstracts of 250 words to Jerome de Groot: Jerome.firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract deadline: 15 September 2018
There are travel bursaries available for PGRs and ECRs. There will be no charge for the conference and speakers will have their accommodation covered.
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