History of Evolution and Heredity in Brazil

This group examines the history of the evolutionary synthesis of genetics and natural selection, and its impact upon agriculture, and theories of race and eugenics.
Meetings are held in Portuguese.

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Upcoming Meetings

  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST


  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST


  • Wednesday, March 16, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT


  • Wednesday, April 20, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT


  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT


Past Meetings

  • November 17, 2021

    November 17, 2021 - “Psiquiatria Genética na Eugenia alemã e no Brasil” - Pedro Muñoz (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro)

  • October 27, 2021

    "Theodosius Dobzhansky e os brasileiros"
    Aldo Mellender de Araújo (Instituto de Biociências - UFRGS)

  • September 15, 2021

    "Epistemologia feminista e caminhos para uma ciência melhor: discussões em torno do conceito de objetividade e dos saberes localizados"
    - Eliza Teixeira de Toledo (PhD in History from the Graduate Program in History of Science and Health at Casa de Oswaldo Cruz - COC-Fiocruz)
    - Isabela Dornelas PhD Candidate (History Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais; Visiting Predoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for History of Science)

  • June 16, 2021

    June 16, 2021 –“Síndrome Congênita do ZikaVírus, Deficiência e memória da Eugenia” - Alessandra Santana (Federal University of Bahia Ondina)

  • May 12, 2021

    "Gene e desenvolvimento no período pré-Síntese moderna (1926-1931)," Fernanda Arcanjo (PhD student, University of Sao Paulo, Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters at Ribeirão Preto)

  • April 14, 2021

    "Interações interdisciplinares: genética humana e povos indígenas no Brasil” – Rosanna Dent (Rutgers University)

  • November 18, 2020

    Hello everyone!
    (também em português, abaixo)
    Next Wednesday, Claude-Olivier Doron (Université Paris Diderot) is going a speech about "The genetic redefinition of race between science and (science)-fiction: the case of William Boyd." He will speak in English. 
    We are sending a paper by Doron about the subject. 
    Remember: the meeting happens at 12 p.m. (Eastern Time), 2 p.m.(Brasília Time).
    See you next Wednesday!
    Robert Wegner 

    Olá, pessoal!
    Na próxima quarta-feira, Claude-Olivier Doron (Université Paris Diderot), fará a exposição sobre "A redefinição genética da raça entre ciência e (ciência)-ficção: o caso de William Boyd". A apresentação será feita em inglês.
    Estamos enviando um texto escrito por Doron sobre o tema.
    Lembre-se: o encontro ocorre ao meio dia do Leste dos EUA e às 14 horas do horário de Brasília.
    Robert Wegner.


  • September 16, 2020

    William deJong-Lambert, Bronx Community College (CUNY), “Synthesizing a Synthesis: The Relationship between Theodosius Dobzhansky, Andre Dreyfus, Crodowaldo Pavan and Antonio Brito da Cunha”

  • June 17, 2020

    Marcelo Lima Loreto, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Paper: “Breve ensaio sobre política e ciência".

    Dear colleagues, sorry for the delay in attaching the text. It can also be accessed through this link:
    Any questions, just let me know.

    Below is the link to my thesis if you are interested in additional information that is suggested in the attached text.



  • April 15, 2020

    Lilian Al-Chueyr Pereira Martins, Universidade de São Paulo. Article: Franco, José Monte Sião. 2007. “As Contribuições de Theodosius Dobzhansky Para o Desenvolvimento Da Genética No Brasil ( 1943-1960 ): Um Estudo Bibliométrico.” Filosofia e História Da Biologia, Porto Alegre 203–25. <http://www.abfhib.org/FHB/FHB-02/FHB-v02-13-Jose-Franco-M-Siao.pdf>

Group Conveners

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    William deJong-Lambert

    William deJong-Lambert is a Professor of History at Bronx Community College, CUNY, whose current work addresses the evolutionary synthesis of genetics and natural selection. His most recent book is, The Fly Room: The Invention of Genetics, the Science of Evolution (MS complete and ready for peer review), and he is the author of numerous other books, articles and edited volumes. He has also received numerous fellowships and grants for his work, including most recently a Fulbright Specialist grant which has resulted in the idea of creating this working group.


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    Marcelo Lima Loreto

    Marcelo Lima Loreto holds a Ph.D. in History of Science and Technology and Epistemology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he conducts research on the history of biology in Brazil and Latin America. He was Visiting Research Scholar in History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where he developed his dissertation research on the history of the Lysenko controversy in Brazil and Latin America ( see http://www.hcte.ufrj.br/docs/teses/2019/marcelo_lima_loreto.pdf)


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    Robert Wegner

    Robert Wegner is a researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation/Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil, where he works in the Graduate Program in History of Science and Health. Wegner’s research specializes in intellectual history and history of science. Robert Wegner investigated the history of agriculture, genetics, and eugenics during his sabbatical year (2018-2019) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Wegner published “Eugenics, Genetics and Anthropology in Brazil: The Masters and the Slaves, Racial Miscegenation and Its Discontents” (with V. S. de Souza, in Luso-Tropicalism its discontents, Ed. by W. Anderson, R. Roque, and R. V. Santos. Berghahn Books, 2019) and A Conquista do Oeste (Editora UFMG, 2000), a book that studies Sérgio Buarque de Holanda’s work, and his dialogue with Frederick Jackson Turner.


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