African Studies Workshop Featuring Noah Tamarkin


Monday, October 18, 2021, 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Virtual Event


Presenting: Locating Controversy in Established Technoscience: Debating National DNA Databases in South Africa

Noah Tamarkin Photo


Discussant: Kaushik Sunder Rajan (University of Chicago)

Noah Tamarkin is an assistant professor of Anthropology and Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University and a research associate at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. His research examines how DNA transforms power and politics as it becomes unevenly part of everyday life through technologies like ancestry testing and criminal forensics. He is the author of Genetic Afterlives: Black Jewish Indigeneity in South Africa (Duke University Press 2020). His work has also appeared in Cultural Anthropology, American Anthropologist, Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, History and Anthropology, and Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.



A week in advance, the presenter’s paper will be circulated through the Harvard African Studies Workshop listserv. It is assumed that everyone has read the paper before the workshop.  After presentation and commentary, Workshop attendees are invited to engage in critique and discussion, under the moderation of the Workshop Chairs. 

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ORGANIZER(S):  Harvard University Center for African Studies