Posts Tagged 'Genetics'

The Identity Project

The Identity Project, a nine-month season of activity from the Wellcome Trust, is currently underway in London and elsewhere. The Trust supports a large amount of research into genetics (including the Human Genome Project), and the season is intended to explore ‘scientific and social perspectives of identity – historic and contemporary – to encourage debate and discussion and to ask how well we will ever be able to know ourselves’. The season includes an exhibition entitled Identity: Eight Rooms, Nine Lives, as well as several other events throughout the UK, including a workshop on 23 January 2010 on Secret Lives, which will feature a contribution from IdentiNet lead investigator Professor Edward Higgs (University of Essex). For further details, see The Identity Project website.

CFP: Biopolitics Across Borders

Papers are invited for a graduate student conference on Biopolitics Across Borders: Ideas and Practices, to be held at Columbia University on 9 April 2010. The conference will explore the ideas and practices of biopolitics on a transnational scale, the contribution of managing human life to international conflict and cooperation, and the challenges to transnational biopolitics as they have manifested at an individual and community level. Proposals with a historical dimension are particularly welcome; for further information and submission guidelines, see the conference flyer (pdf).

Exhibition: Photographers and Scientists Explore Identity

photo-idFrom police ‘mug shots’ and crime-scene recording to the portraits on civil status documents such as passports and ID cards, the practices of identification and photographic representation are closely related. These connections and others will be visually treated in ‘Photo-ID: Photographers and Scientists Explore Identity’, a major exhibition to be held in Norwich City Centre (UK) throughout August 2009. With financial support from The Wellcome Trust, the exhibition will showcase the work of ten specially-commissioned photographers who will explore the construction of personal and social identity, with special reference to the human genome project and the societal and ethical issues that surround it. The exhibition is free, and will be accompanied by a full programme of educational activities and a book. For further information, visit the exhibition website.

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