|ABOUT THE PROJECT
The RACE Project seeks to expand current thinking about race and human variation and encourage an integrative and comprehensive view of this complex topic. Through a series of activities, the RACE Project has commissioned papers and articles that examine race and human variation from varying viewpoints among scientists and scholars. The papers and articles presented here are meant to provoke thought and discussion and do not necessarily represent the views of the AAA or the RACE Project.
The RACE Project held an Interdisciplinary Scholarly Conference, RACE AND HUMAN VARIATION: SETTING AN AGENDA FOR FUTURE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION in September 2004. Conference participants considered and un-packaged the following themes: the history of the concepts of race and their relation to our understanding of human variation; human biological diversity; human cultural diversity; and the relation of race to racism both here and abroad. The conference brought together diverse scientists and scholars to share their expertise and develop an agenda for future research and education on race and human variation for funding agencies and the public.
The American Anthropological Association (AAA), with funding from the Ford Foundation, sponsored the interdisciplinary conference. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) co-sponsored the conference and, with 12 other scientific and scholarly organizations, helped to organize the conference.
SPONSORED SESSIONS AT AAA ANNUAL MEETINGS
The RACE Project sponsored sessions at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association (AAA).
The 2003 AAA Annual Meeting session EXPLORING THE NATURE OF HUMAN BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: MYTH V. REALITY presented anthropology's current understanding of human biological diversity: how biologically alike and different are humans, how differences originated, how those differences are expressed, and how these differences are related to the concept of race. In this session, biological/physical anthropologists offered science-based understandings of human biological variation. The Biological Anthropology Section and the AAA Committee on Minority Affairs organized the session.
The 2005 AAA Annual Meeting Presidential Session THE PAST, THE PRESENT, AND THE FUTURE OF RACE AND HEALTH IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE examined the connection between race and health from an historical perspective. Also at the 2005 AAA Annual Meeting, the Society for Medical Anthropology organized a session EXPLORING THE INTERSECTION OF RACE, HUMAN VARIATION, AND HEALTH that interrogated the assumptions and misconceptions of race and ethnicity that underlie most health research.
Papers to come.
ANTHROPOLOGY NEWS (AN) SPECIAL FOCUS:
RETHINKING RACE AND HUMAN VARIATION
The RACE Project and the AAA's Anthropology News (AN) developed a special focus on race and human variation for the February and March editions. Articles that encouraged anthropologists to "rethink" race and human variation in a comprehensive and integrative fashion and promoted dialogue were solicited for publication. The published essays present various perspectives on race, human variation and racism to stimulate discussion, inquiry, new avenues and approaches to future research and education.
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