Being Human 2021: Are Genes Deep History?

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London – School of Geography and the Pathways to Ancient Britain project are delighted to be partnering with the Prehistoric Society for this year’s Being Human Festival.

Our DNA is a part of us: it stores genetic information and clues about our sex, what we look like, who we’re related to and much more besides. Studies of DNA from ancient people continue to reveal fascinating stories about the history of humankind and where we come from. But what exactly is DNA? And what can it tell us about the human past? What can’t it tell us? Perhaps most importantly, what does it allow to say about ourselves? This panel event brings together a range of perspectives to discuss these questions, dispel myths about genetic data, and show the relevance of a deep past perspective to present concerns about diversity, ethnicity and migration.

Online event | 17 November 2021 | 19:00 – 21:00 – This event has taken place but you can view the recording.

Panelists: Dr Tom Booth, Professor Joanna Brück, Subhadra Das, Dr Adam Rutherford, Professor Chris Stringer

Panel Chair: Mike Pitts

Organising Committee: Professor Clive Gamble, Dr Claire Harris, Dr Matthew KnightProfessor Simon Lewis, Dr Tess Machling

Being Human Resources: pdf with videos, podcasts and readings to get you thinking ahead of the event!

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For further information please contact Claire Harris.

This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 11–20 November 2021. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see