Visual Production of Alterity in Urban, Digital and Genetic Spaces

21 February 2018, 12:00 - 14:00

Seminar room SG2, Alison Richard Building

The Production of ‘Difference’, Identities and Inequalities in Urban Spaces, Digital Technologies and Genetic Science.

Dr Felipe Hernández (University Senior Lecturer, Fellow of King’s College, Director of Studies for Christ's College and King’s College, Cambridge University)
Dr Paulo Drinot (Senior Lecturer in Latin American History, UCL)
Dr Sarah Abel (Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Iceland)


The panel will discuss the production of alterity, racism and inequalities in urban spaces, digital technologies and genetic science. Their presentations will approach from different, yet complementary, perspectives the idea of difference and its constitution and representation through images. More importantly, they will shed light on how these images are materialised in our everyday interactions and make us reflect on the consequences of this. Their presentations will be followed by an open discussion with the public.

Dr Felipe Hernández has been working on Urban Spaces of Internal Displacement and the reproduction of inequalities. His research addresses racial discrimination (prevalent racists attitudes) and their expression on the urban form (urban exclusion and socio-spatial injustice). He is also Chair of Cities South of Cancer (CSC), an interdisciplinary Research Group whose members work on a wide variety of urban issues in Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the USA.

Dr Paulo Drinot  has researched how comics and web-sites view and express memory formation on major historical events and processes, including race, ethnicity and national identity construction. His main research interests include state formation, racism and exclusion, gender and sexuality, and memory and historiography. His current projects include an edited volume on comics and collective memory in Latin America.

Dr Sarah Abel earned her Phd in social anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and obtained an MPhil in Latin American Studies and a BA in Modern and Medieval Languages, both from the University of Cambridge. In her presentation 'The Scientific Construction and Social Uses of DNA Ancestry Tests and their political mobilisation through photo portrait projects', she will address how genetic ancestry testing is reshaping notions of kinship, race and ethnicity, and stimulating new modes of social identification based on genetic knowledge.



Open to all.  No registration required
Part of Power and Vision: The Camera as Political Technology Research Group Seminar Series

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