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

  • Friday, August 19, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT

    Guest: Marcelo Lima Loreto, PhD at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Research Fellow at CHSTM, US.
    Title of the presentation: "Repercussions of Lysenkoism in Brazil [Manuscript of the book]"
    Reading: Text will be attached soon. Doctoral thesis can be accessed here.

  • Friday, September 16, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT

    Guest: Ana Paula Morais, PhD, Universidade Nove de Julho - Uninove, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
    Title of the presentation: "Os estudos de Chana Malogolowkin em Drosofilideos: 1946 - 1957" [Chana Malogolowkin's studies on Drosophilids: 1946 - 1957]
    Reading: Text will be attached soon.

  • Friday, October 21, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT

    Pamela Block (Stony Brook University, New York, US)
    Richard Scotch (University of Texas at Dallas, US)
    Allison C. Carey (Shippensburg University, PA, US)
    Title of the presentation: "Allies and Obstacles: Disability Activism and Parents of Children with Disabilities"
    Reading: Text will be attached soon.

  • Friday, November 18, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST

    Guest: Thomas F. Glick, Professor of History, Emeritus, at Boston University, US. 
    Personal website: http://www.thomasfglick.com/index.html
    Title of the presentation: "Darwin and Darwinism in Uruguay”
    Reading: Text will be attached soon.

  • Friday, December 16, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST

    Guest: Henrique Caldeira, PhD candidate, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
    Title of the presentation: "The Creation-Evolution Controversy in Brazil (1960-1990)"
    Reading: Text will be attached soon.

  • Friday, February 17, 2023 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST

    Guest: Jorge Quetzal Argueta Prado, México. [Still to be confirmed]
    Title of the presentation: The title will be announced soon.
    Reading: Text will be attached soon.

Past Meetings

  • July 15, 2022

    Guest: Marius Turda, Oxford Brookes University, UK.
    Title of the presentation: “We are not alone”: Legacies of Eugenics"
    Reading: Text will be attached soon.

  • June 17, 2022

    Guest: Gustavo Caponi, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Santa Catarina (SC), Brazil. 
    Title of the presentation: "Georges Cuvier e Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire em On the Origin Of Species"
    Reading: "CAPONI, 2022 _ Cuvier and Geoffroy in On the Origin of Species".  (The text is attached)

  • May 20, 2022

    Guest: Benedict Ipgrave, Oxford Brookes University, UK. 
    Title of the presentation: " 'From Small Beginnings...:' Addressing the continuing shadows of eugenics".

  • April 15, 2022

    Miguel Ernesto Gabriel Couceiro de Oliveira, PhD in History of Science and Health, Casa de Oswaldo Cruz/Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Fiocruz, Brazil.
    Title of the presentation: "The Center of Genetic Research of the National Faculty of Philosophy of University of Brazil: the institutionalization of genetics in Rio de Janeiro (1945-1968)"
    Reading: The summary for the presentation is attached. Click here to access Miguel Oliveira's doctoral thesis.

  • March 18, 2022

    Guest: Juliana Manzoni Cavalcanti, PhD, Fiocruz/Brazil. Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Anthropology at the University of São Paulo/Brazil.
    Title of the presentation: "History, Genetics and Politics: Global Health and South-South Cooperation for Hemoglobinopathies".

  • February 18, 2022

    Guest: Rodrigo Ramos Lima, PhD, Fiocruz/Brazil.
    Title of the presentation: "A hormonal eugenics: endocrinological diseases as a medical and social problem in Brazil (1909-1948)" / "Uma eugenia hormonal: As doenças endocrinológicas como problema médico e social no Brasil (1909- 1948)".
    Reading: Between Snakes and Plants, Several Glands: The Hormones Production and the Assistance to the Endocrinological Diseases in Butantan Institute – 1917-1945 

  • 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)

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 publication is the entry on I.V. Michurin in the Encyclopedia of Genetics. 


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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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