EASST 2018 Lancaster | Panel (C01) Genetic technologies: Intersecting criminal investigation, disaster victim identification and commercial uses
We would like to invite you to submit proposals for papers to our
panel at EASST
2018: Meetings - Making Science, Technology and Society Together
, 25-28th July 2018, Lancaster University,
UK, entitled Genetic technologies: Intersecting criminal investigation,
disaster victim identification and commercial uses.
You might find more information below or here
The call for submissions closes 14 February 2018.
We are looking forward for your proposals.
Rafaela and Victor
(C01) Genetic technologies: Intersecting criminal investigation, disaster
victim identification and commercial uses
We aim to explore the intersections between the use of genetic technologies
in criminal investigation, disaster victim identification and commercial
uses. Our goal is to stimulate a debate on the mutable social, political
and commercial meanings attributed to genetic technologies.
Genetic technologies are playing a pivotal role about identity, how someone
may look or where someone originate from. Such applications have been
deployed in inter alia practices of disaster victim identification,
criminal investigation and in commercial genealogy testing. Despite the
similarity of deployed genetic technologies in these three domains, so far,
their implications have been framed differently.
The current academic debate on the use of genetic technologies in the field
of criminal identification tends to emphasize the risks of disproportionate
citizens’ surveillance, and threats to privacy and presumption of
innocence. The uses of genetic technologies in disaster victim
identification tends to be associated with a humanitarian rationale and a
form of respecting and honouring victims and their families’ rights to
‘know the truth’. Lastly, commercial genealogy testing has been framed
within a ‘economy of hope’ that allegedly allows to ‘find your
In this panel we welcome contributions that draw on diverse case studies to
critically engage with the mutable social, political and commercial
meanings attributed to genetic technologies in these three domains of
practice. Our aims are twofold: first, to scrutinize the development,
stabilization and politicization of genetic technologies in particular case
scenarios; secondly, to critically discuss the values and infrastructures
o How is expertise constructed and assembled in daily practices?
o What are the moral economies and commercial interests played out?
o How and what can we learn by juxtaposing the practices?
o What is made (in)visible?
o How is power embedded in those practices?
Rafaela Granja, PhD
Post-Doctoral Researcher/Investigadora em Pós-doutoramento
Project EXCHANGE (2015-2020), funded by the European Research Council
(Grant agreement 648608)
Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS) | University of Minho,
CV available here
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