Who Do You Think You Are? Modern Identities Between Genes and Rebirths, India c. 1950s - 1980s
3025 Walnut Street
What makes us who we are? Is it our genes? Or is it our memories? Projit Bihari Mukharji will discuss how, in newly-independent India, two new sciences, genetics and parapsychology, tried to answer this question in their distinctive ways. At the time, both disciplines were also struggling to define their identities. Even as this search for disciplinary identity was interlaced with the quest to define human identity scientifically, their role in identity politics and nation-building was too obvious to ignore. As scientists, from each discipline tested their theories and refined their methods, scientific questions about human identity also became questions about the identity of science itself.
Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Science Café. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.
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Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.
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