Are Genes Jewish? Conceptual Ambiguities in the New Genetic Age
Public event 31.05.2007
SpeakersDr Susan Kahn, University of Harvard
VenueThe Auditorium, Symposium Hall, Royal College of Surgeons, Hill Square, Edinburgh
In this lecture, Susan Martha Kahn analyzes contemporary understandings of so-called “Jewish genes” in three distinct but intersecting fields: population genetics, medical genetics, and rabbinic debates about the appropriate uses of new reproductive technologies. Dr Kahn argues that the concept of the Jewish gene is proving remarkably seductive to contemporary Jews and she examines the potential consequences of this problematic embrace.
Dr Kahn is the Associate Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, where she directs the masters program in Middle Eastern Studies. Her book Reproducing Jews: A Cultural Account of Assisted Conception in Israel (Duke 2000) won a National Jewish Book Award, as well as the Society for Medical Anthropology’s annual award for outstanding research in gender in health. She received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University.