Workshop: "Making human heredity: populations and public health in the postwar era" - University of Cambridge - 28th-30th June 2012

The workshop 'Making human heredity: populations and public health in the postwar era' at the University of Cambridge, 28th-20th June 2012, is now open for registration:

The postwar study of human heredity was shaped by an array of fields engaged with the study of human populations, including cytogenetics, physical anthropology, epidemiology, public health and demography. This workshop will address the continuities in population thinking across these fields, and the shared practices, institutional structures and analytical and organisational technologies that constituted postwar human heredity.
The workshop aims to bring into view how human populations were shaped through sampling protocols and technologies of data organization. It will emphasize the roles of international organizations, such as the World Health Organization, in promoting and coordinating collection practices across different disciplines and countries. It will also recover the ways in which data and samples were negotiated by researchers with different interests, and re-appropriated in disciplinarily diverse research programmes.

Please use the link above for the draft programme. Papers will be pre-circulated. Those wishing to register for the event (places are limited; deadline: 14 June), please email Michelle Wallis (; price £25 (which includes lunch on the 28th and 29th of June, coffee and tea during breaks).
For any queries about the conference please email Michelle Wallis ( or Jenny Bangham ( The workshop is supported by the Wellcome Trust, the Genetics Society and by the Wellcome Trust Strategic Award in the History of Medicine on the theme 'Generation to Reproduction' (awarded to the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and colleagues in Classics, Geography, History, King's and Physiology, Development & Neuroscience, University of Cambridge). Convened by Jenny Bangham (University of Cambridge) and Soraya de Chadarevian (University of California, Los Angeles).