Another Proposed AAA Panel: Human Experience in the Genomic/Post-Genomic Age


With the completion of the sequencing of the human genome and subsequent onset of the Genomic/Post-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?

In this session 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 (limited to 250 words)  to by April 1, 2013.

**From the AAA website**

Once accepted into the session, presenters are responsible for submitting their own individual abstracts (of no more than 250 words), paper title and keywords.  Presenters must be current members unless eligible for a membership exemption (anthropologists living outside of the US/Canada or non-anthropologists) and have paid registration for the 2013 Annual Meeting in order to upload abstract information.  Presenters must submit this information by 5:00pm EDT on Monday, April 15, 2013.

Submitted by:

Dr. Jada Benn Torres
University of Notre Dame
Department of Anthropology

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Note from the editor: If you are organizing a food/nutrition related panel for the AAA meetings this year–or, really, for any conference–we would be happy to post it here at FoodAnthropology. Just send it along to and we will take care of it.

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