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Genes, Genealogies, and the Construction of Identity

Thursday & Friday May 2 & 3, 2019

by Lisa Gannett
(Saint Mary’s University, Halifax)

Salle Mondrian, 646A
University Paris Diderot, Building Condorcet, 75013 Paris *

Genealogy is all the rage, and DNA testing is increasingly used to trace branches of family trees and establish national, ethnic, and racial ancestral proportions. How do patterns of DNA differences contribute to the construction of identity ? What are the ethical and political ramifications of adopting and attributing group identities based on genetic genealogy ? Can the science deliver on the expectations of the growing number of consumers who purchase DNA ancestry tests ?

Interested Researchers and Students may get the studied texts by writing to Claude-Olivier Doron (Univ. Paris Diderot, HPS, SPHERE) : colivierdoron ( at )

Lisa Gannett is a historian and philosopher of science, a specialist in the genetics of human populations, genetic ancestry and the notion of "race" in biology. She is currently staying as a visiting professor at SPHERE.

University Paris Diderot – CNRS
Laboratoire SPHERE - UMR 7219
Building Condorcet, 4, rue Elsa Morante
75013 Paris

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