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Sydney Sawyer Seminar: Critical Histories of Human Biology and ‘Hybridity’ in the Pacific
In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the islands of the Pacific became a vast archipelago of laboratories for the study of culture contact and race mixing.
In this session we will examine critically the research of various physical anthropologists, human biologists, and population experts into the form, character, and attributes of recently colonized Indigenous peoples. We discuss the fascination of these scientists with hybridity and racial destiny. Most historians of racial thought have focussed on the construction of human typologies, but here we also consider unsuccessful and often disturbing attempts to account biologically for mixed-race populations.
When: Friday 14 May, 1-5 pm
Where: Holme and Sutherland Rooms, Holme Building , The University of Sydney
Further Information: sydney.edu.au/arts/research/sawyer_seminar_series/