Making Memory: Fingerprinting to Genomics, Literature to Biocultures – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Making Memory: Fingerprinting to Genomics, Literature to Biocultures

Are new technologies – cell phones, ipods, nanotechnology – new genres of memory and life?

Are stem cells, 'immortal' cell lines and genomics a new literary genre of life, gender and personhood?

Fisher Center pre-doctoral fellow Cynthia Current will examine how new combinations of life, technology and culture gestate in science and literature as the next guest in the Fisher Center lecture series at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 in the Geneva Room.

Current is interested in how science, technology and literature do more than mediate or represent forms of life.

Memory, race and gender are created anew, she argues, in what today are being called 'biocultures'- minglings of science, technology, and literature.

Current is completing a Ph.D in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a certificate in Women's Studies from Duke University. Her dissertation,”Fingerprinting to Genomics: Technologies of Race and Gender in American Literature,” explores the implications of technology on identity formation in American literature from 1880 to 1910. A concluding chapter draws such concerns into recent debates on human genomics. She has a forthcoming essay, “Innovation and Stasis: Technology and Race in Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson,” and served as a co-editor of The North Carolina Roots of African American Literature: an Anthology of Nineteenth-Century African American Writing.

An informal roundtable talk will be held the following morning from 9 to 10 a.m. in Room 212 Demarest Hall, the Fisher Center.

For more information on Current, visit Fisher Center Predoctoral Fellows