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.

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Upcoming Meetings

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  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST

    Claude-Olivier Doron, Université Paris Diderot, Precisa de título (title forthcoming)

Past Meetings

  • December 18, 2019

    Hello everyone!
    Today, December 18, I am substituting the old file for a new one.
    Now, you have my paper "The use and abuse of genetic? Agriculture and Eugenics in Brazil and the United States early Twentieth Century" that I will present at noon (EST) [14 horas no Brasil]. To get the paper, click on the "Readings" tab.
    I have just downloaded the English version (pp.1-11) and the Portuguese version (pp.12-23). 
    I apologize for the eventual mistakes in both versions.
    See you soon,
    Robert Wegner, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ) 

  • February 12, 2020

    Paula Arantes Botelho Briglia Habib, Universidade Federal Fluminense (Infes/UFF), "Breeding, Genetics, and Scientific Dissemination in the Revista de Agricultura (1926-1937)"

  • 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>

  • 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.



  • 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”

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 is a Ph.D. student in the History of Science and Technology and Epistemology Program at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he conducts research on the history of biology in Brazil and Latin America. He was a Visiting Research Scholar in History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York from November 2017 to January 2018, where he developed his dissertation research on the history of the Lysenko controversy in Brazil and Latin America. 


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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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