AHRC project ‘Double Helix History’: 3-day events draft programme, 17-19 January 2019

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17 January: Plenary 1 and Public event

4:30-5:30, University of Manchester, Samuel Alexander building room A7

Plenary 1: Catherine Nash (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Dinner, 6-7, venue tbc

7:30-9:30, University of Manchester campus

Public event: Adam Rutherford in conversation/ Dan Davis/ Matthew Cobb


18 January: DNA and History conference

Conference location: www.manchesterconferencecentre.com

Coffee 8:30-9

9.15-9.45: Session 1

Muriel Bailly (Science Museum, UK): A Little History of DNA at the Science Museum

10-11: Session 2

Daryl Leroux (St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada): From French to Algonquin-Siberian to French Again: Genetic Genealogy and the Practice of Aspirational Descent

Joseph M. Yracheta (Missouri Breaks Industries Research, Inc., USA) and Krystal Tsosie (Vanderbilt University, USA): Leveraging individual and community ethics to protect Tribal concerns in genomics research

11-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.30 Plenary 2

Turi King (University of Leicester, UK)

12.30-1.30 Lunch

Including board game session led by Kirsty Surgey (University of Sheffield, UK): The genealogical dice roll: Why the scientific turn?

1.30-2.30: Parallel sessions 1

Session 1: Vikings, identity, ethics

Marc Scully (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, ROI): ‘A nation of migrants’ or ‘local DNA for local people’?

Natan Elgabsi (Åbo Akademi University, Finland): Hard Fact: The Ethics of Telling Genetic Stories


Session 2: Animal Genetics

Ophélie Lebrasseur (University of Liverpool, UK): Back to the Future: Tackling Global Challenges through Ancient Animal Genetics


Thomas Quick (Univesity of Manchester, UK): A ‘New Race’ in the Making: British Imperialism, Animal Breeding, and Early Genetics


2.30-3: coffee

3-4: Parallel sessions 2

Session 1: Archaeology and aDNA

Daniela Hofmann (University of Hamburg, Germany/University of Bergen, Norway) and Catherine J. Frieman (Australian National University): The archaeology of us: genetic pasts and futures

James Walker (University of Cambridge/ Durham University, UK) and Ophélie Lebrasseur (University of Liverpool, UK): Methodology and morality: getting to grips with DNA and the question of what it means to be human


Session 2: Kinship and ethics

Debbie Kennett (UCL, UK): Solving cold cases with genetic genealogy: can we, could we, should we?

Maarten H.D. Larmuseau (KU Leuven, Belgium): A genetic genealogical reconstruction of the history of human extra-pair paternity


4.15-5:30: Roundtable discussion organised by CitiGen Project

‘How can humanities scholars and geneticists collaborate to produce informed studies of human pasts?’

Chair: Hannes Schroeder (Natural History Museum of Denmark/ University of Copenhagen)
Presenters:  CitiGen postdocs: Sarah Abel (University of Iceland), Pierpaolo Maisano Delser (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland), Stefania Merlo Perring (University of York, UK)


19 January: ‘Double Helix History’ Platform for Investigation, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, 10.30-3.30

Family and visitor event showcasing innovative DNA work from: CitiGen (tbc), Manchester Museum, Kirstey Surgey (University of Sheffield), University of Manchester Division of Infection, Immunity and Respiratory Medicine, Natural History Museum, Francis Crick Institute

Aims and objectives: range of ways that DNA changes our understanding of the past and the present; profile raising; self-consciousness about genetic data and heritage

Narrative/ outline:

  1. Meet the ancestors: Ancient DNA
    1. Tom Booth/ NHM
    2. Manchester Museum
  2. Genes over time: genetic evolution and health
    1. Pippa Kennedy/ University of Manchester Division of Infection, Immunity and Respiratory
    2. Simon Underdown/ Oxford Brookes (tbc)
    3. Francis Crick Institute
  3. Genetic identity and the past
    1. CitiGen (tbc)
    2. Kirsty Surgey/ UoSheffield
  4. The genetic self
    1. ‘My DHH’ people showcase (UoM)
    2. Poetry exercise/ workshop, Mariah Whelan (UoM)

Each section is standalone but there is a clear coherence/ pathway through and this is how they will be organised.



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