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National Races: Anthropology, classification and politics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Seminar Room, Tyrconnell, Perrott Ave., Off College Road, University College Cork
Mon. 28-Tues. 29 July 2014
You are invited to attend a conference about the lost science of race classification. From about 1830 on, for over a century, the classification of biological human races was a respectable scientific project. The conference participants, who are leading historians of race science from throughout Europe, will nevertheless stress that this project was also highly politicised. It played a vital role in shaping the national identities that were developing at the time. In Ireland for example, scientific debates about dark, curly-haired ‘Black Kelts’ were used to link the Irish racially with the Mediterranean or even with Africa. Race scientists provided legitimacy to new nationalist accounts, in which nations were biological and cultural descendants of ancient tribes such as the Celts and Teutons. Scientists therefore defined races by factors like language, religion and psychological interpretations of national character, as well as biological traits such as hair colour, stature, blood type and (especially) skull shape.