Session 2: Jenny Bangham's Blood Relations: Transfusion and the Making of Human Genetics (Chicago, 2020)
“Blood is messy, dangerous, and charged with meaning. By following it as it circulates through people and institutions, Jenny Bangham explores the intimate connections between the early infrastructures of blood transfusion and the development of human genetics. Focusing on mid-twentieth-century Britain, Blood Relations connects histories of eugenics to the local politics of giving blood, showing how the exchange of blood carved out networks that made human populations into objects of medical surveillance and scientific research. Bangham reveals how biology was transformed by two world wars, how scientists have worked to define racial categories, and how the practices and rhetoric of public health made genetics into a human science. Today, genetics is a powerful authority on human health and identity, and Blood Relations helps us understand how this authority was achieved.”
Date: 23 February 2022, 16:30 (Wednesday, 6th week, Hilary 2022)
Venue: 47 Banbury Road, 47 Banbury Road OX2 6PE
Venue Details: Seminar Room
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Organising department: Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology
Organisers: Carlos López Beltrán, Alex Aylward
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Part of: Reading Group: History of Modern Biology
Booking required?: Required
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Audience: Members of the University only
Editor: Belinda Clark