This Saturday, CitiGen postdoc Sarah Abel will give a talk entitled “Can genetics tell us who we are?” at the Irish World Heritage Centre, Manchester, as part of the UK’s nationwide festival of humanities, Being Human. Sarah’s talk will look at the origins of political and scientific ideas about race and inheritance, linking this to the way we continue to think about identity, and the categories that are reproduced in DNA ancestry tests today. The presentation will cover themes from...


On 1 November, CitiGen PI Hannes Schroeder gave the opening keynote at the 15th Congress of the Latin American Association of Biological Anthropology in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.


Next week CitiGen PI Hannes Schroeder will present at the Wenner-Gren Symposium ‘Atlantic Slavery and the Making of the Modern World’, held in Sintra, Portugal. Hannes will be presenting a joint paper written with Sarah Abel, entitled ‘Essential origins: the role of genetics in constructing historic and contemporary identities’. The paper will discuss the use of genetics as a tool for estimating ‘ethnic’ origins, and the ramifications of these approaches for shedding new light on histories of transatlantic slavery. The...


On Friday 12 October, CitiGen postdoc Sarah Abel will present at the conference ‘Identity & identification by DNA’, hosted at the EHESS Paris. Her paper is entitled ‘Written in our DNA? Genomic ancestry testing and the reclaiming of “lost” histories’, and will focus on the use of ancient DNA and genetic genealogy techniques to shed light on histories of transatlantic slavery. For the full conference programme, click here.


On Saturday, September 8th, CitiGen PI Hannes Schroeder presented recent research at a meeting at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York, entitled “Taíno: A Symposium in Conversation with the Movement”. The meeting was scheduled to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition titled “Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean”. On the day, experts representing Indigenous studies, human genetics, anthropology, linguistics, and other academic disciplines came together to discuss exhibition themes in dialogue with...


On the 4th of September CitiGen PI Hannes Schroeder presented at a Lorentz Center workshop in Leiden, the Netherlands, entitled “Diaspora, Migration and the Sciences: A New Integrated Perspective“. The workshop was organized by Harry Oster, Tracy Prowse, and Leonard Rutgers and brought together scientists from the natural sciences and the humanities to discuss new approaches to the study of migration, past and present.


On April 6th, CitiGen PI Hannes Schroeder and Matthew Collins organized an Archeology Research Day at the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. The meeting brought together archaeologists and researchers from related fields from across Denmark and beyond and featured a series of talks and poster presentations of on ongoing research. For the full programme, click here.


This Thursday, Sarah Abel and Gísli Pálsson will present a joint paper at the opening of the new exhibition “FOLK – from racial types to DNA sequences” at Oslo’s Teknisk Museum.


This week members of the CitiGen network attended a conference in Vienna held by our funders, Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA).


This week, an article by CitiGen post-doc Sarah Abel was published in the journal Genealogy, as part of a special issue entitled “Sankofa; or ‘Go Back and Fetch it’: Merging Genealogy and Africana Studies”.


On Wednesday 23 February, CitiGen post-doc Sarah Abel presented as part of the CRASSH seminar series “Power and Vision: The Camera as Political Technology” at the University of Cambridge.


Research by CitiGen project members was covered in Science Magazine this week. Read the full story here.


CitiGen researchers Hannes Schroeder, Pierpaolo Maisano Delser, Dan Bradley et al. published a paper on the Origins and Genetic Legacies of the Caribbean Taino in PNAS this week. The paper can be found here.


Today CitiGen PI Hannes Schroeder gave a talk at the Pufendorf Institute in Lund, Sweden, as part of a seminar series on the Role of Archeology and Ancient DNA in Migration Research.


CitiGen PI Dan Bradley was interviewed on Irish national radio this week in relation to the Cheddar Man facial reconstruction study carried out by the British National History Museum and UCL.