Diversity Conference Will Address Concepts of Ethnic Identity

Diversity ConferenceWill explore theme of official and unofficial ethnic self-identification from perspectives of genetics, marketing and other disciplines

A team of professors has just submitted a proposal for a 90 minute panel discussion at the 12th International Diversity Conference in Vancouver, B.C., June 11-13, 2012.

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Perspectives on Ethnic Identity: Epigenetics, Marketing, DNA and Genealogy

Donald N. Yates, DNA Spectrum
Dr. Anne Marie Fine, Fine Natural Medicine
Elizabeth Caldwell Hirschman, Rutgers Business School
Teresa A. Panther-Yates, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix
Wendy D. Roth, University of British Columbia
Phyllis E. Starnes, DNA Consultants

Genetics has transformed many of our notions of race, ethnicity and identity. How do people in North America’s melting pot of emigrants admixed with indigenous and African slave descendants self-identify when naming their primary and ancillary ancestries for official and unofficial purposes? The fundamental question of who you are and what you claim to be will be raised from the perspectives of marketing and consumer studies, sociology and direct-to-the-consumer DNA testing, genealogy (with a focus on the ethnic group known as Melungeons), epigenetics and medical marketing, and the special case of American Indian Descendants and Partial Descendants.

Stream: Identity and Belonging; the Politics of Diversity; Globalisation
Presentation Type: 90 minute Colloquium in English

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