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ADI lecture-The Politics of Postgenomic life; By Dr Maurizio Meloni

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Join the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation for a lecture being deliveredy by Dr. Maurizio Meloni, from the University of Sheffield, UK, on The Politics of Postgenomic life

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‘Postgenomic’ refers to the time after the Human Genome Project was completed in 2003, but it is more than simply a temporal notion. It is a distinct 21st century thought-style, one that emphasizes in an unprecedented way the plasticity of genomic functioning and its radical dependence on time and environment. In my paper I outline some of the implications of this view for our understanding of what it is to be human after the century of the gene. I highlight three axes of potential significance: a challenge to modernist views of the human body as insulated, discrete, and self-determined; a destabilization of the politics of nature-nurture as we have known it during the century of the gene; and a series of moral quandaries already emerging from the circulation of postgenomic views in debates on race, gender and class.

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Maurizio Meloni is a social theorist and a sociologist of the life-sciences with strong affiliations to science and technology studies and the history of science. He is the author of Political Biology: Science and Social Values in Human Heredity from Eugenics to Epigenetics (Palgrave, 2016) and the co-editor of Biosocial Matters: Rethinking Biology-Sociology Relationships (Wiley) and the upcoming Palgrave Handbook of Biology & Society. He is currently working on a manuscript on thePostgenomic Body to be published by Routledge. He has benefited from several research grants, including two Marie Curie fellowships, a Fulbright scholarship, and an annual membership at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (

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