The Center for Place, Culture and Politics presents
The Postgenomic Family
A talk by Alondra Nelson
Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Columbia University
Co-editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (Rutgers University Press 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Room 6112 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue
Professor Nelson will discuss the state of the family after the genome. Nelson addresses the paradox of how ‘postgemonic’ can be seen as both denoting a marker of the proliferation of the logics and techniques of genetic science, and a historical and socio-technical juncture in which the family becomes simultaneously highly flexible and deeply intractable. She will discuss this paradox in the context of kin-keeping practices, novel affiliations, and views of kinship as both a health risk and health resource. Nelson is author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), which received the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the Race, Gender, and Class section of the American Sociological Association. Nelson is also co-editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (Rutgers University Press 2012) and Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life (New York University Press, 2001).
Co-sponsored with Women’s Studies. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.