Marmura Lecture Series in Arabic Studies 2021-22: Elise Burton

When and Where

Friday, October 15, 2021 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Online via Zoom


Elise Burton


Genetic Research and Territorial Occupation: Palestine, Sinai, and the Aden Emergency
by Elise Burton, Assistant Professor, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto

Elise Burton is a historian of the life sciences in the modern Middle East, focusing on developments in genetics, evolutionary biology, physical anthropology, and medicine during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Her research examines the relationship of these sciences to the formation of racial, ethnic, and national identities, and how these identities, in turn, shape the dynamics of transnational scientific collaborations. She is the author of Genetic Crossroads: The Middle East and the Science of Human Heredity (Stanford UP, 2021).

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