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"Genetic Afterlives" Roundtable

Friday, February 26, 2021 at 1:00pm to 2:45pm

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In Genetic Afterlives: Black Jewish Indigeneity in South Africa, Noah Tamarkin considers new ways to think about belonging that can acknowledge the importance of historical and sacred ties to land without valorizing autochthony, borders, or other technologies of exclusion. 

Tamarkin will join a panel of anthropology professors from around the country to discuss his recently published book, which analyzes the Lemba people of South Africa and illustrates how they have given their own meanings to the results of DNA tests and employed them to manage competing claims of Jewish ethnic and religious identity, African indigeneity, and South African citizenship.

  • Noah Tamarkin, Author of Genetic Afterlives, Cornell University
  • Yulia Egorova, Durham University
  • Jonathan Marks, UNC Charlotte
  • Karen-Sue Taussig, University of Minnesota
  • Rayna Rapp, New York University
  • Casey Golomski, University of New Hampshire
  • J. Lorand Matory, Duke University
  • Kimberly Arkin, Boston University
  • Jonathan Boyarin, Cornell University
  • Moderator: Juno Parreñas, Cornell University

This talk is part of Reimagining Citizenship, a speaker series by Cornell Migrations.

Co-sponsored by the Cornell Departments of Anthropology and Science & Technology Studies, Africana Studies & Research Center. Hosted by eCornell.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies, Africana Studies and Research Center, Jewish Studies Program, Diversity, Global Cornell, Migrations, Institute for African Development


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