A call for papers for the 2012 AAA Conference on the topic:
"Human Experience in the Genomic Age"
With the completion of the sequencing of the human genome and subsequent onset of the Genomic Age, genetic technology now plays a more prominent role in many aspects of modern day life. Applications of genetic technologies may be found within medicine, law enforcement, food production, and human reproduction. Given the controversy surrounding genetically modified organisms, assisted reproductive technologies, genetic databases used in law enforcement, direct to consumer genetic tests and the like, it is imperative to ask how genetic technologies have affected various facets of the human experience. Have traditional boundaries regarding how people understand themselves and others changed as a result of the use of DNA technologies? How has the relationship between science and cultural aspects of identity, privacy, kinship, food, et cetera been altered as a result of an improved scientific understanding of genetics?
Presenters from broad anthropological backgrounds and experiences are invited to consider different social meanings of scientific data and examine the question of what it means to be human in the genomic age.
Please send abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 10, 2012.
Dr. Jada Benn Torres
University of Notre Dame
Department of Anthropology
619 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
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