Reconciling biological and social Indigeneity in the genomic era
Advances in genomics will have profound impacts on contemporary identities, including Indigeneity. A focus on social processes since the 1970s has left scholarship on Indigenous identity ill-equipped to grapple with the consequences of the genomic era.
This team will develop and test a biosocial model of Indigeneity that will enhance existing knowledge of Indigenous identification as a critical factor in monitoring and improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people. Drawing on multidisciplinary expertise, Indigenous and non-Indigenous investigators will examine biological and social influences on Indigeneity in narratives of self representation and in two fields currently being transformed by genomics: ancestry testing and repatriation.
This project is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery grant.