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Seminar 6

Nation building and forensic science

ERSC seminar 6: Genetics, Conflict, Race and Nation Building (20/21 July)

When:   Thu, 20 July 2017, 12:00-17:15

      Fri, 21 July 2017, 10:00-15:30
Where: Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3EH

The final seminar in our series will explore ways in which nation-building projects intersect with forensic technologies and security scenarios across boundaries. Using case studies, the seminar will explore how notions of nation are enacted or obscured by different social actors and their engagement with DNA technologies while constituting forensic databases, policing borders or fighting terrorism.

Bursaries for Early Career Researchers are available and will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The bursary can cover reasonable travel costs and accommodation for up to £250. Bursary holders will be asked to write a brief thematic summary of the seminar discussions for the seminar series website. Please contact for further information.


Day 1 - Nation Building, DNA, Conflict and Disappearances

12:00-13:00        Arrival & lunch buffet

13:00-13:15        Welcome (Matthias Wienroth, Newcastle University)

13:15-13:30        Introduction to the topic of the day (Ernesto Schwartz-Marin, Durham University)


13:30-15:00        Session 1

                                Chair: Robin Williams (Northumbria University)

1. Noa Vaisman (Aarhus University): Kinship knowledge and the state: The case of Argentina’s adult ‘living disappeared’

2. Nayanika Mookherjee (Durham University): 'Boundaries of blood' and genealogies of 'war-babies' of the Bangladesh war of 1971

15:00-15:30        Refreshments

15:30-17:00       Session 2

                                Chair: Erica Haimes (Newcastle University)

1. Elisabeth Anstett (CNRS): Necromarket: exhumations and genetics in post-genocide context

1. Alan Robinson: The disappeared. Developing Mexico’s forensic capacity: Challenges and opportunities

17:00-17:15        Summary & close (Arely Cruz Santiago, Durham University)


Day 2 - Genetics, Race and Nation Building

09:30-10:00        Arrival

10:00-10:15        Introduction to the topic of the day (Ernesto Schwartz-Marin)

10:15-11:45        Session 1

                                Chair: Chris Lawless (Durham University)

1. Sarah Abel (University of Iceland): ‘Reversing the Middle Passage’? DNA ancestry testing and the pursuit of African ethnicities in two post-slavery societies

2. Yulia Egorova (Durham University): GM food and Genomic Sovereignty

11:45-12:15        Refreshments

12:15-12:45        Summary (Ernesto Schwartz-Marin)

12:45-13:00        Close of seminar (Matthias Wienroth)

13:00-14:00        Lunch buffet


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