Past Event

Aaron Panofsky - Citizen Scientific Racism

March 23, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Event Description: 

This talk presents preliminary research from a study of white nationalists and their efforts to appropriate genetics and biology research for their own ideological and identity projects. Using historical sources and online data and interpretive methods, see how ideas from genetics have been prominent in public pronouncements and in online discussions among white nationalists and the alt right. These efforts were tracked across five domains: racist science journalism, “extremely online” scientific racism, genetic ancestry test hobbyism, the human biodiversity movement, and the emergence of a race science pseudodiscipline at the academic margins. Aaron Panofsky argues scientific racism is being reconstituted as a citizen science movement.

Event Speaker: 

Aaron Panofsky, Associate Professor in the Institute for Society and Genetics, Public Policy, and Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles

Event Information: 

This will be an online seminar via Zoom

This event is a part of the Seminar on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics as hosted by the Center for Research on Ethical/Legal/Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics at the Columbia University Medical Center. 

Please contact Paul S. Appelbaum at 646-774-8630 or [email protected] for more information. 

Please note, this event is not organized by the Center for Science and Society. Please refer to the event organizer for information regarding any possible cancellations or postponements.