[csaa-forum] Symposium - The Biopolitics of Epigenetics

Sonja van Wichelen sonja.vanwichelen at sydney.edu.au
Tue Jun 20 11:21:02 ACST 2017

[The University of Sydney]

The Biopolitics of Epigenetics Symposium

Biopolitics of Science Research Network



One of the most significant developments in the biosciences today is groundbreaking research in the so-called "new biologies". This one-day symposium will focus on the most auspicious science in postgenomics: epigenetics. Experts in the social study of epigenetics have been invited to discuss the uses, implementation, and politics of epigenetic knowledge in society, policy, and law.

The science of epigenetics studies the relationship between genes, bodies, and the environment. It focuses on gene expression and its relationship with environment in the broadest sense of the word, including but not limited to bodies, history, culture, geography, economy, climate, and nutrition.

While the promises of epigenetics have been celebratory, often pointing to the end of genetic determinism and bringing new conceptualizations of rights and (restorative) justice, the symposium will particularly focus on the biopolitical dimensions of its use and discourse, providing a space to discuss exclusion, marginalization, and epigenetic determinism. How are material entanglements of social and biological life managed and "made governable"? And how does the further molecularization of the body relate to political subjectivity?

Professor Becky Mansfield<https://u.osu.edu/mansfield.32/>, Ohio State University, USA

Dr. Maurizo Meloni<https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/socstudies/staff/staff-profiles/maurizio-meloni>, University of Sheffield, UK

Associate Professor Megan Warin<http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/megan.warin>, University of Adelaide

Professor Isabel Karpin<https://www.uts.edu.au/staff/isabel.karpin>, University of Technology Sydney


Professor Emma Kowal<http://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/people/emma-kowal>, Deakin University

Associate Professor Melinda Cooper<http://sydney.edu.au/arts/staff/profiles/melinda.cooper.php>, University of Sydney

Associate Professor Tess Lea<http://sydney.edu.au/arts/gender_cultural_studies/staff/profiles/tess.lea.php>, University of Sydney

Dr. Sonja van Wichelen<http://sydney.edu.au/arts/staff/profiles/sonja.vanwichelen.php>, University of Sydney

View speaker bios and the symposium schedule here<http://sydney.edu.au/arts/biopolitics_science/documents/downloads/BiopoliticsEpigenetics_Program.pdf>.

27 June 2017

9.00am -5.00pm

CCANESA boardroom, Madsen Building (F09), University of Sydney<http://sydney.edu.au/maps/campuses/?area=CAMDAR>


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