This Tuesday 11th June, CitiGen postdoc Sarah Abel will present a seminar paper at the University of Porto’s Department of Health and Society, entitled “Can DNA ancestry testing debunk racist ideologies?” The presentation draws on Sarah’s work on the uses of DNA ancestry in the United States and Brazil, and examines the ways in which these technologies can be open to both racist and anti-racist uses. The seminar is organised jointly by the Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade de...


CitiGen researchers Sarah Abel and Gísli Pálsson, and historian George F. Tyson, have published a new paper on the use of names to trace patterns of kinship, ancestry, and belonging in the context of slavery.


On 27 February CitiGen PL Hannes Schroeder presented at the Wine and Science event at the Natural History Museum of Copenhagen. Attended by over 450 people, the evening was entitled “Roots Of Europe” and other speakers included archaeologist Kristian Kristiansen and linguists Guus Kroonen and Benedicte Nielsen Whitehead.


This week, CitiGen researchers led a roundtable discussion at the “DNA and History” conference in Manchester.


This week CitiGen PL Hannes Schroeder presents at the Lorentz Center in Leiden.


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”.