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“Race/ism: A Human Ecological System” by Dr. Shay-Akil McLean - Queering Research 2020-21: Racial Justice, Health Justice Webinar
Queering Research 2020-21: Racial Justice, Health Justice

Dr. Shay-Akil McLean
“Race/ism: A Human Ecological System”
Thursday, January 28, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Race/ism was created by European colonizers in order to seize land, labor, & gain control of the means of production. For every capitalist crisis, market disaster, & form of resistance that colonizers met from colonized peoples, they created a “new race”. Using a historically grounded analysis of race/ism & Darwinian evolutionary human biology, Dr. McLean discusses the role of racist colonial capitalism in creating & reproducing the major health disparities we see in colonized populations.

Dr. McLean is a social & natural scientist who studies evolutionary genetics, theoretical population genetics, race/ism, Du Boisian historical sociology, science & technology studies (STS), philosophies of science, & philosophies of biology. His work seeks to understand how social, political, & economic inequalities influence health & contribute to the perpetuation of health inequalities. By analyzing human genetic data, human osteological remains, medical/dental records, & historical demographic methods, he aims to better understand how the relationships that colonized/racialized peoples have to various forms of structural domination dictate who gets sick, when they get sick, where, why, & how. Their research aims to contribute to the field by providing new ways of understanding how the social, political, & economic effects the biological & demonstrate how to see the body as material evidence of inequalities commonly understood as covert.

Jan 28, 2021 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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