Dr Josie Gill receives IAS Research Fellowship
23 March 2017
Dr Josie Gill has received an IAS Research Fellowship on the theme of Diversity for her project 'Decoding Race in Genetics and Contemporary Fiction'. This research project examines how the fiction of contemporary black and minority ethnic (BME) writers has been shaped by genetic developments. It explores the influence of this fiction on scientific conceptions of race, and the role that literature plays in the formation of emerging racial imaginaries in genetics. Through five case studies, the project situates the fiction of African American writers Alex Haley, Toni Morrison and Octavia Butler and British BME authors Zadie Smith, Kazuo Ishiguro and Salman Rushdie, in the context of racial developments in biological anthropology, population genetics, genomics, genetic medicine and epigenetics. Drawing on scientific research papers, popular science writing and journalism alongside the novels,'Decoding Race in Genetics and Contemporary Fiction' tracks the production and re-production of racial ideas as they move between the literary and scientific fields. The Department sends its warmest congratulations to Josie on her fellowship award for this exciting interdisciplinary project.