GRID research, education, and engagement activities attract national and international attention. You will find us in the news that highlights our work and special events.
Entangled Belongings: Reimagining Transnational Biographies of Black and Global African Diasporic Kinship
Melding auto/biographical narratives and conceptual theories, Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe delivered a public lecture at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
By crafting entangled and transnational biographies of belonging for black constituents of the Global African Diaspora, her intention was to unsettle the conventional conceptual tidiness as discursive formations of Europe, Africa and the Global African Diaspora including the ways in which circulating discourses on blackness are both indigenized as well as mediated by the institutional might and globalized presence of African American idioms. Watch the video.
Genetic Testing Raises New Questions About Race
Frank Stasio host of The State of Things talks with Glen Fisher, financial aid advisor at Durham Technical Community College, who took a DNA ancestry test, and Charmaine Royal, Director of the Duke Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference. Listen to the podcast here.
What is in Your Gene Wallet?
As part of the speaker series for the featured exhibition, “RACE: Are We So Different?” Charmaine Royal led a conversation about DNA testing and race at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. Watch the video on the Science Café’s Event Post
Genetic Ancestry Reveal
During a special presentation, Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal traces his genetic ancestry. Watch the video.
The accompanying panel features Rick Kittles, leader of African Ancestry and the Director of the Center for Population Genetics at the University of Arizona, Karla FC Holloway, James B. Duke Professor of English who also holds appointments at Duke Law School, and Alondra Nelson, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University as well as GRID Director Charmaine Royal.
Critical Mixed Race Studies
Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe’s pioneering contributions to the burgeoning academic field of critical ‘mixed race’ studies are recognized in the inaugural volume of the new peer-reviewed journal. Read more.
Moving Beyond Race-Based Drugs
Charmaine Royal and colleagues question the use of race in precision medicine In a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In this perspective piece featured in Duke Today, they tackle race as a common factor in prescribing, and how race has become a shorthand for biology when treating disease.
Racializing Contemporary Clandestine Migration Strategies in Europe
As part of the European Cultural Foundation’s Ideacamp in Botkyrka Sweden, Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe delivered a keynote Ideatalk entitled “When Commoning Strategies Travel.” By placing race at the center of her analysis, she argued for more nuanced policies that recognize how contemporary clandestine migration strategies in Europe are often both communal and improvised. Watch the video or read about it here.