On 4th October, CitiGen post-doc Sarah Abel presented at the 5th conference on Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples, organised by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in Morelia, Mexico.

The annual ERIP conference is dedicated to the promotion of research, teaching, and the exchange of ideas about topics related to ethnicity, race, Indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, and other ethnic groups in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In her paper, entitled “Mestiçagem under the microscope”, Sarah talked about the way that Brazil’s demographic and colonial history has been conceptualised by Brazilian geneticists, and how this genetic information has been used politically, particularly in relation to the introduction of controversial affirmative action policies at public universities during the early 2000s.