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Event The Birth of Certainty: A Global History of the Paternity Te
When Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4:00pm
Where Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center ICC 662
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Details For centuries, Western legal tradition relied on the assumption “pater semper incertus
est” (“the father is always uncertain”). But beginning in the early twentieth century, scientists
began a quest for a biological marker of paternity that could unambiguously link a child to his
or her progenitor. This talk traces the reception of paternity science in law and social practice,
showing how its consequences for men, women, and children differed across national contexts; how paternity science, which coincided with the rise of eugenics, was deeply racialized from its
inception; and how it migrated from family law into immigration law.
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Sponsors Institute of Global History
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