Wilson Alexander Shervington Annual Lecture: Given by Dr Sarah Abel

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Talk Title: Can Genetic Ancestry Really Tell Us Who We Are?

The 2019 Wilson Alexander Shervington Annual Lecture will be given by Dr. Sarah Abel, a British cultural anthropologist whose research looks at the social and political impacts of DNA ancestry testing technologies, drawing on fieldwork in the United States, Brazil, and Iceland.

Sarah’s talk will explore the links between DNA, history and identity and will weave in a screening of the documentary ‘The Language You Cry’ an amazing scholarly detective story that tracks the ancestral past of the African American Gullah people back to 18th Century Sierra Leone.

The film will be followed by two live DNA ancestry ‘reveals’ and family history conversations led by Dr Sarah Abel, with special guests and local root-seekers’ Paulette Hakeem (previously Welter) and Makeda Shervington-White - granddaughter of Wilson Alexander Shervington.


Speaker Bio: Dr. Sarah Abel is a British Academy postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Centre of Latin American Studies. She is a cultural anthropologist, whose research specialises in dynamics of race and racism in North American and Latin American societies. She earned her BA and MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and in 2016 she was awarded a PhD from the EHESS, Paris, for her thesis examining the science and social uses of DNA ancestry tests in Brazil and United States. For the past three years she has been affiliated to the University of Iceland, where she has conducted further research into how genomic data are shaping public conceptions of the past. Sarah has been a member of two major interdisciplinary European networks ( and ) and has presented her research in the UK, France, Mexico, the USA, and Japan. She is currently writing a book about the relationship between DNA, ancestry, and identity./ [EUROTAST](http://eurotast.eu/) [CitiGen](http://www.citigen.org/)

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