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Referent/in:Prof. Nancy Campbell, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Thema:"Lively Selves or Risky Subjects: The Unsettled Life of a Technology of Solidarity"
Beschreibung:Colloquium of the Chair in Science and Technology Studies
Ausführliche Beschreibung:19.04.2018
University of California, Santa Cruz. Winner of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award.

"Just Genomes?"

Concerns about the links between racism and the then new science of genomics arose in the early 1990s when the proposal of the Human Genome Diversity Project raised worries that studies of human genetic variation would once again reduce human beings to their genes in ways that would strip them of rights. At the same time alarm bells sounded throughout the nascent genomics community about the immanent publication of Herrnstein and Murray's (1994) controversial bestseller, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. Human geneticists had done much work since World War II to distance the study of human genes from eugenics and race science under the NS regime, including inventing a new name for their field–genomics. Would that work, and the possibility of a genomic account of human differences, be undone before the research had even really begun? To avert this possibility, in the wake of the sequencing of the human genome–or the postgenomic era–genome scientists and their supporters proposed a new 'democratic' approach to genomics. In several high profile cases, they proposed to give power back to "the people" to define themselves, and to control use of their DNA. Yet the problem of race and racism persisted. Based on in-depth ethnographic study of these cases, this talk explores why. From the International HapMap Project, to David Reich's recent editorial in the New York Times, it explains how and by what means debates about 'race' and racism remain central to the postgenomic condition.

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Guggenheim Fellow.

"The Homelands of the Plague: Soviet Disease Ecology in Central Asia, 1920s-1950s."

This presentation analyzes the development of an important Russian/Soviet school of "disease ecology" at the intersection of human medicine, veterinary medicine, and ecological fieldwork. Part of a larger study in progress, I will argue that (1) although entanglements with the dynamic Soviet political system directly affected scientists' work and ideas, analysis of their local activities in the borderlands demonstrates a surprising independence and autonomy; and (2) initial analysis also points to the importance of indigenous nomadic peoples' knowledge and lived experience in informing scientific theories about endemic diseases. I conclude by discussing how collaboration between graduate students in the history of science, technology, and medicine, scientists, and informants in Kazakhstan have been essential to this historical project.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. FRIAS Fellow.

"Lively Selves or Risky Subjects: The Unsettled Life of a Technology of Solidarity."

Harvard University. FRIAS Fellow.

"Biomedicine in Its Human Contexts: How Wissenschaftsforschung Makes Us Smarter About Science."

All lectures are free and open to the public and will take place in the University Library, Veranstaltungssaal (1. OG), 16.00 h. More information at:

Supported by FRIAS, The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies
Veranstaltende Institution:Lehrstuhl für Science and Technology Studies

University College Freiburg
Professur für Science and Technology Studies
Bertoldstraße 17
79098 Freiburg

Telefon: 4415
Weitere Infos:
Ansprechpartner/in:Silvia Stößer
Tel: 67628
Zeit:17.05.2018 16:00 - 18:00
Ort:Veranstaltungssaal Universitätsbibliothek
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