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Feminist Seminar: Racial Reconciliation, Institutional Morality, and the Social Life of DNA by Dr. Alondra Nelson

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Feminist Seminar: Racial Reconciliation, Institutional Morality, and the Social Life of DNA by Dr. Alondra Nelson
Start:
November 1, 2017 12:00 pm
End:
November 1, 2017 2:00 pm
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Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Multi Purpose Room, Student Community Center

Alondra Nelson, Columbia University and Social Science Research Council
The use of genetic ancestry testing in the United States has grown exponentially since its emergence about fifteen years ago. In this same period, U.S. colleges and universities have increasingly uncovered and confronted their ties to the history of racial slavery. Although genetic ancestry tests are principally sought to provide genealogical information, these data have been marshaled into a wider range of social ventures, including the politics of remembrance and reconciliation. In this presentation, Alondra Nelson examines the recent use of genetic ancestry testing by the descendants of nearly three hundred enslaved men and women owned by Georgetown University, whom the institution’s Jesuit stewards sold to Southern plantations in 1838 in order to secure its solvency. The case of the GU 272 will be explored as a “reconciliation project,” a social endeavor in which DNA analysis is put to the use of repairing historic injury.

This event is sponsored by Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

Co-sponsors: Science and Technology Studies, Feminist Research Institute, African American and African Studies, Cultural Studies, American Studies, Performance Studies, Community and Regional Development, Women’s and Gender History Research Cluster

For more information please contact: Evelyn Farias, evfarias@ucdavis.edu

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