Not Just Fun and Games: The Sociopolitical Import of “Recreational” Genetics


WHEN February 5, 2017
6:30-8 PM WHERE NYUAD Campus, Conference Center WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

DNA is a master key that unlocks medical and forensic secrets, but its genealogical life is also revelatory. Tracing genealogy is now the second-most popular hobby amongst Americans. This billion-dollar industry has spawned popular television shows, websites, and a booming heritage tourism circuit. However, this talk reveals how genetic genealogy is also being propelled into a variety of sociopolitical uses, including kin-keeping, reparations politics, citizenship projects, and public commemoration. 

  • Alondra Nelson, Dean of Social Science and Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
Hosted by
  • NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

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