ANTHRO 1824 - Taught by Prof. Anna Jabloner on Wednesdays 12:45pm-2:45pm in room Peabody 561.
This seminar examines the increasingly convoluted relationship between genetics/genomics and race in the United States. In this contemporary moment, geneticists are debating definitions or “locations” of race on the human genome. Some draw on older racial classifications, others claim that the complexities of human ancestry can not be captured by race. In this course, we will read social scientific studies of race categories in genetics and genomics, as well as scholarship on the meanings of race as identity category in American society. Rather than define what race really is or pass judgments on biology, our goal will be to understand a) the historically and culturally specific relationship between race and genetics, and b) the political stakes and charged conditions and implications of the current entanglements of genomic science and race categories in U.S. society.
Prof. Jabloner will hold open office hours on August 24 via Zoom from 3-4pm EST. Feel free to drop in at any time during that hour to ask questions or say hello.