Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

Harvard Kennedy School of Government | Harvard University

The Molecularization of Identity: Science and Subjectivity in the 21st Century

April 29-30, 2016, 9:00am-6:00pm
Day 1: Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor, Littauer Building, HKS; Day 2: Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS


Recent advances in biological and computational technologies are changing the way we imagine race, gender, kinship, citizenship, and disease risk. Existing taxonomies may be displaced or reconfigured, impacting the ways in which people are governed, how lives are lived, how groups are known, and how power is exercised. Drawing upon the tools and expertise from multiple disciplines and geographical regions, and with specific attention to the material and lived dimensions of these developments, this symposium interrogates the complex ways in which the molecular realm is an emerging site for constituting human identities in the 21st century.

Registration required at the workshop’s EventBrite page.

Organized by the Program on Science, Technology and Society.

Co-organizers: Ruha Benjamin (Princeton) & Ian McGonigle (Harvard)